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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated November 23, 2017
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Los Alamos National Laboratory Director & President Charles McMillan
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Pros
  • A good work-life balance is important here; with the exception of deadlines, most people work their 40 hours a week and go home (in 26 reviews)

  • Excellent pay and benefits, opportunity to work into placement instead of solely relying on prior education (in 10 reviews)

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

  • Need to go to Santa Fe for any nightlife (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Program Manager
    Former Contractor - Senior Program Manager
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful area, spectacular sunsets, safe town.

    Cons

    Applied for an opening as team lead, PM for RLWTF that was very similar to a project I had recently completed. My team won. LANL directed company to use sub as lead, company refused, was told the would not get job unless they hired him. Good old boy network at its best. Saw this happen over and over.
    Housing is very expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the best, not your buddy.


  2. "Great place to get experience"

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    Former Intern - Visiting Scientist
    Former Intern - Visiting Scientist
    Recommends

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    State of the art facilities with top scientists in their field

    Cons

    Location is in the middle of nowhere, so there's nothing to do but work

  3. "Field engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    It pays very well with room for growth

    Cons

    Boring area and very expensive housing


  4. Helpful (2)

    "LANL"

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Los Alamos, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, good benefits and good projects.

    Cons

    Lots of micro managing, lots of red tape on projects, need a security clearance to do any meaningful work.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  5. "Data Scientist and Software Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A intelligent group of scientists and impressive computing resources

    Cons

    Not much to do around the area


  6. "postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good place for postdoc. Casual work environment.

    Cons

    isolated surrounding area. some unstable funding situations.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Beware golden handcuffs and incompetent management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    salary, benefits, location (mountains are amazing)

    Cons

    location (town is strange), salary (you'll never be able to find another job that pays as well so you will end up staying despite), incompetent management, "project maximum effort but don't actually propose to do anything innovative" attitude

    Advice to Management

    Extreme micromanagement followed by lengthy periods of completely ignoring your employees does not = management. Do not penalize or chastise employees for hard work or outside-the-box thinking. If you hire a strategist, consider actually listening to their thoughts on strategy instead of just being reactive (which is the norm around LANL).

  8. "review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady job, mountains are great.

    Cons

    Hard to advance, too focused on advanced degrees


  9. "Not a bad place to work if you work on the programmatic side!"

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Los Alamos, NM
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great 401k match - Automatic 3.5% match and another sliding match up to 6%
    Pretty good health care - still has a PPO option
    3 weeks vacation, 2 weeks sick leave, and 12 paid hoildays
    Flexible work schedules - 9/80 workweeks, regular 40

    The only reason LANL gets a 3 stars from me is because of the above benefits.

    Cons

    Work culture is bad and morale is bad. Not much promotion from your current position. To get promoted you have change positions and apply for them like your a new employee. Hard to move around the Lab.

    Management is not engaged. No professional development. Lots of politics so no clear rules on who gets promoted.

    They use a bell curve for performance ratings so every year there are 5% to 10% people that have to be put in the needs improvement or bottom. Which means you either get no raise or very little like 1% whether you are a good employee or not. De moralizing process.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the demoralizing performance reviews. This is a major cause of employee turnover. Its okay to tell your employees that they did a good job!


  10. "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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