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Found 692 of over 836 reviews
4.0
80% Recommend to a Friend
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason
80% Approve of CEO

Found 687 of over 836 reviews

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Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason
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  • "Benefits are good.(in 89 reviews)
  • "Good pay and some of the benefits.(in 68 reviews)
  • "Some great people within arm's reach that know about just about anything you need to find out in science(in 55 reviews)
  • "Good salary and benefit.(in 47 reviews)
  • "Good work life balance and schedule flexibility(in 33 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

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    Nov 30, 2022 - Accountant 3 in Los Alamos, NM
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    Pros

    LANL is a great place to work

    Cons

    No cons for this review

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Life work balance

    Dec 3, 2022 - Project Manager in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommend
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    Pros

    A lot of interesting projects and opportunities within the lab to explore other roles

    Cons

    Housing is expensive and can be hard to find

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee

    World Class

    Dec 1, 2022 - Deputy Program Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    benefits, people, science, opportunity, community

    Cons

    process, roadblocks, restrictions, depth, location

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  5. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Good place to further progressing your reseach and make publications

    Nov 30, 2022 - Postdoctoral Research Associate 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Focus on research projects that have large-scale impact to the community Able to leverage all the resource need that a prestigious national lab can offer Give clear directions on the projects and communicate them in a straightforward way

    Cons

    Sometime it can be bureaucratic, and very top-down approach. But depends on the division and group, it could be mitigated by well-designed communications to the leadership.

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    LANL employee

    Nov 28, 2022 - Human Resources in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Excellent benefits, fully invested on day one. Nice! Awesome Met life - life insurance.

    Cons

    Fun work culture at the lab.

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  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Very nice to work here

    Nov 18, 2022 - R and D Engineer in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The pay is very nice.

    Cons

    Traveling to work everyday becomes a hassle.

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good Place to Work/Bad Location

    Nov 11, 2022 - R&D Engineer I in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -Good Salary -Good Work/Life Balance -Good Management/Coworkers

    Cons

    -Remote Location -Expensive Housing -Red Tape

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Good money, poor infrastructure

    Nov 6, 2022 - Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great place for a two year postdoc. Good funding for science and publications. Three year hard limit. Great benefits and compensation package.

    Cons

    Unless you work in weapons research or security clearance research, the permanent positions are had to find. Often partners come the this lab, where one finds a permanent scientist contract while the other hops around postdoc/technical positions.

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  10. 2.0
    Current Employee

    PC gone mad

    Nov 21, 2022 - Staff Scientist 
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    Pros

    I really wanted to give this a 5 star review, but the PC policies have gotten completely out of control. This is hardly surprising in the modern world, but it is growing unbearable at LANL. In general, the lab is a great place to work: a globally critical mission, great pay if you are a physical scientist (mid-range if you are an engineer, statistician or computer scientist), low stress if you want it, a beautiful, isolated work site (a pro in my book), endless scientific opportunity, exceptionally family friendly etc.

    Cons

    However, with HR doing so many things wrong, the attrition numbers are hardly a surprise. They are, to start with, SLOW, at a level to rival even my military days. While that makes it hard to get the best talent with multiple offers pouring in, that is nothing on the daily damage of (in my opinion) a blatantly illegal affirmative action culture. I could wax eloquent for hours here, but for the sake of readability, I'll keep it short. Lab policy officially forbids discrimination based on race, gender etc., which is a policy supported by law and one I deeply appreciate. Lab reality is that you either have to believe in statistical miracles, or accept that scientific hiring and coveted lab prizes, management positions, and funding are significantly biased in favor of anyone not white and (especially) not male. As a brief example (one of all too many), I have yet to have an interaction either as a reviewer or applicant to the lab's internal funding system where the funding office didn't openly pressure me to make gender a key consideration in staffing plans, PI positions, and proposal evaluation. After years of that, I am giving serious consideration to an organization that doesn't feel whites and/or males everywhere need to "make up for our bad behavior" as one LLNL manager put it, doesn't insult my female colleagues with the idea that they need an artificial leg up (a move that could not be more calculated to inflame real racism and sexism), and doesn't conflate race or gender as a correct (or even particularly good) surrogate for diversity.

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  11. 5.0
    Current Employee

    great place

    Oct 31, 2022 - Project Manager in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommend
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    Pros

    wonderful place to live in NM

    Cons

    is in a remote area

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Los Alamos National Laboratory has an overall rating of 4.0 out of 5, based on over 836 reviews left anonymously by employees. 80% of employees would recommend working at Los Alamos National Laboratory to a friend and 76% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.

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