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Updated Oct 14, 2021

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4.1
74%
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73%
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Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason
Thom Mason
103 Ratings
Pros
  • "Phenomenal emphasis on maintaining work life balance and pay that is actually commensurate on expertise(in 50 reviews)

  • "Great place for young aspiring engineers to work(in 27 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Los Alamos (town) is a nice little community but it is a small town that rolls up at 7:00pm(in 29 reviews)

  • "The commute from Santa Fe is a little challenging in the winter(in 25 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great place to work!

      Oct 8, 2021 - Research Scientist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Family friendly, high salaries, flexible hours.

      Cons

      Old buildings present unique challenges.

      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good work, difficult location, other disappointments

      Sep 30, 2021 - Post-Masters Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Decent salary for students/recent grads, great health insurance and 401k contributions, good vacation and sick time for starting out, flexible work schedule options, interesting work

      Cons

      Minimal paid parental leave with no flexibility (must be taken all at once), remote location with very limited housing options nearby, Covid vaccine mandate with a joke of a religious exemption making it obvious upper management doesn't value opposing viewpoints like a scientific institution should, vacation time doesn't increase for 10 years (not competitive with many other companies) and maxes out at less than 5 weeks after 20 years, no relocation for full-time year round students

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      2 people found this review helpful
    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      I Love working at LANL

      Oct 4, 2021 - Solutions Architect in Los Alamos, NM
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Opportunities to learn, interesting work, important work, a lot of freedom to innovate, people really appreciate solutions

      Cons

      The institution is siloed and it can be difficult to get what you need or to know where to ask. Decisions can and do get made in other directorates that affect everyone, but everyone's needs are not considered.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Place to Work!

      Oct 6, 2021 - Chief of Staff in Los Alamos, NM
      Recommend
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      Pros

      If you work hard there is opportunity. Great salaries. Amazing people to work with. Wonderful projects and skill learning.

      Cons

      Everything takes a lot of approvals and process, so expect a long time to get just about anything done. A lot of politics.

      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Work at Los Alamos

      Oct 14, 2021 - Production Control Specialist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great group of people. Interesting Job . Great opportunities.

      Cons

      No where to live in Los Alamos unless you are willing to pay over half a Million for a 1940s home. Navigating Hierarchy can be challenging.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Watch for the Snowflakes

      Oct 1, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
      Recommend
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      Pros

      1) Competitive pay 2) Work-life balance 3) Great location if you love the outdoors

      Cons

      1) Senior PhDs in project leader roles with no industry experience have easily bruised egos: they expect their word to always be taken for “gospel”, are not receptive to constructive criticism on how they execute their projects, and complain loudly to leadership over it 2) Related to above, leadership cares more about placating those above-described egos than improving cost-schedule management (ISR) 3) Not receptive to outside cultures

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      1 person found this review helpful
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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Can be a good place to work

      Oct 11, 2021 - R&D Engineer in Los Alamos, NM
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Cutting edge research and development

      Cons

      Unqualified upper level management in some instances

      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great Place

      Sep 12, 2021 - Undergraduate Student in Los Alamos, NM
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible Work Interesting projects given Great Mentors

      Cons

      Little town Not much to do in Los Alamos

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    10. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      No Privacy. Management is awful.

      Aug 30, 2021 - Scientist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work / Life balance if your management knows how to hire decent people. Decent Budget and Job availability. Amazing research opportunities and projects

      Cons

      Very unscientific. Absolutely no respect for medical privacy or medical rights. Director (CEO) and upper management generate COVID policy for political brownies versus science based evidence. There is a lot nepotism related hiring. IE Managers hiring friends. Northern New Mexico is a hard sell unless your local to the area as there are next to no amenities.

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      1 person found this review helpful
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