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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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  • Nearest real town is about 40 minutes away (but the small town feel is actually kinda cool) (in 19 reviews)

  • Next largest town is Santa Fe - 35 miles away; Albuquerque (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Good Lab"

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    Current Employee - Scientist IV in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Scientist IV in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many excellent scientists doing great things

    Cons

    very small town at a remote area


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get to learn a lot, work with a lot of bright technical scientists and engineers.

    Cons

    Paperwork can be slow sometimes.


  3. "MANAGEMENT DISCONNECTED"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, 9/80 schedule

    Cons

    management disconnected, management has no idea how to lead.

    Advice to Management

    get out in the field and meet your people!


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  5. "Scietist IV"

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    Current Employee - Scientist IV in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Scientist IV in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting research, challenging missions, great technical teams.

    Cons

    Inbreeding amongst management is a problem. Lack of outside world perspectives.

    Advice to Management

    Betting management training and incorporate external experiences better.


  6. "Rewarding Work"

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    Current Employee - Scientist IV in Santa Fe, NM
    Current Employee - Scientist IV in Santa Fe, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, beautiful location, good benefits, job security. Get to work with latest technology. Able to attend conferences and training

    Cons

    Small town. Need to travel to Albuquerque for flights. Not a lot of choices for shopping and restaurant. Dusty in summertime and people develop allergies

    Advice to Management

    Great job


  7. "Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great pay, work/life balance, job satisfaction.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.


  8. "Fantastic place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    The salary is outstanding and the benefits are very good. The work is very important contributing to our nations defense

    Cons

    Los Alamos can be a very isolated place to live


  9. "Postdoctoral Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary compare to other placess, very good support financially and academically, secure and very good outdoors

    Cons

    very restricted on many things. administration is not very research friendly/. there is no much academic freedom. many exchange and communications between academia . but not enough. it is not near many good insitutes like both coasts.

    Advice to Management

    It is so because of the type of lab it is. I have no idea how that will change. maybe that's the trade offs


  10. "worked here for 4 years as a research engineer"

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice little mountain town full of nice and educated people. Good benefits regarding vacation, sick, holidays, retirement

    Cons

    -Poorly managed.
    -Difficult to get promoted.
    -Housing market is terrible -- run-down old houses that are expensive.
    -Rules and regulations are so tight, it's difficult to get real work accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of figuring out who your good researchers are and take better care of them.


  11. "R&D Engineer III"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work on highly constrained and very challenging problems related to national security

    Cons

    Sometimes it literally takes and act of congress to get work done. The bureaucracy can get rather old.



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