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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated September 7, 2018
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Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry C. Wallace
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Pros
  • "Great Place and work life balance" (in 29 reviews)

  • "Excellent pay and benefits, opportunity to work into placement instead of solely relying on prior education" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Small town has limited activities for the more urbanesque" (in 23 reviews)

  • "Also in the middle of nowhere, even oxygen doesn’t like it there" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Pay is great, get to meet a lot of great scientists, and overall awesome experience for a graduate student

    Cons

    It is a bit bureaucratic and you often have to do a lot of paperwork/get higher ups to sign off on things. I think it would be helpful to allow the scientists/engineers a bit more freedom.


  2. "I love it here! Check out lanl.jobs"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in Santa Fe, NM
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in Santa Fe, NM
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Outstanding: benefits, peers, and opportunities. The Northern New Mexico area is beautiful and the climate is outstanding. Roughly 10% veteran workforce! We have a very diverse workforce. Great life/work balance; 9/80 schedules.

    Cons

    The area is too remote for some, but that is one reason I like it. You will find plenty shopping in Santa Fe or Albuquerque.

    Advice to Management

    We love the 9/80 scheduling and the internal growth opportunities.

  3. "Excellent Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the smartest and most interesting people on the planet come here to work together on problems of significant importance. Proud to be a part of it! Compensation, benefits, work environment, and opportunities to do different things are great. Strong safety and security culture. Very good business outlook. Northern New Mexico is beautiful.

    Cons

    Expect a lot of regulatory/government compliance--it's an important and necessary part of the work, but can sometimes feel taxing. The performance management system currently includes a forced-distribution component that is out of date and not progressive, but good employees are still rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing for innovative benefits, policies, procedures, and work/life balance initiatives. Our Laboratory is clearly a best place to work, but we can make it even better.


  4. "A Good, Steady Place (Especially for those with technical degrees)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

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    Cons

    Location
    Hard to get a job/have job mobility if you don't have a technical degree
    Hiring process takes a long time


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Non-trivial work. Good pay. Great collaboration with colleagues.

    Cons

    Must be self motivated, sometimes students will have free time that must be filled with new projects.


  6. "Security Group Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Terrific mission and exciting work. The lab is populated by exceptionally intelligence and dedicated scientists. The location of the Lab in the New Mexico Mountains is beautiful.

    Cons

    Difficult federal government regulations can hinder work. Cold winters with much snow

    Advice to Management

    The scientific work force questions everything so know what you are talking about.


  7. "Corporate travel consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    The salary is decent for the state of New Mexico

    Cons

    Housing is extremely limited, and the commute is grating

  8. "Post Bac"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Good Work.

    Cons

    Nothing to do outside of work.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Response

    Aug 6, 2018 – Diversity and Strategic Staffing Specialist

    Thanks for leaving a review! For those concerned about nothing to do outside of work, we recommend checking out this great resource for events and activities: https://www.newmexico.org/


  9. "RCT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Lots of interesting work to do

    Cons

    Live in the middle of nowhere

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Response

    Aug 9, 2018 – Diversity and Strategic Staffing Specialist

    It depends how you see it. Los Alamos is among the 8 northern communities of Northern New Mexico, which is a whole lot of somewhere. While the community may be small, it along with it's sister... More


  10. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    good pay with good benefits

    Cons

    it would be nice to have more vacation time accrued.


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