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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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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. "LANL"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job flexibility, great area, good work-life balance

    Cons

    No bonuses, promotions highly dependent on what division you are in


  2. "Great place to learn, Slow to execute"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of bright postdocs and colleagues to learn from
    Excellent facilities and plenty of access if you can find the right people
    Great pay, benefits and vacation
    Beautiful location for outdoor activities

    Cons

    Slowwwww pace of work
    Govt bureaucracy makes it impossible to plan and execute projects effectively and on time
    Lots of politics behind the scenes for funding
    Territorial attitude of entrenched people

    Advice to Management

    No advice that would make an actual difference.. govt bureaucracy is impossible to change.

  3. "Internship"

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

    Pros

    Great mentorship programs! Wonderful location!

    Cons

    Usual large organization/bureaucracy can be annoying.


  4. "Director's Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Director's Postdoctoral Fellow in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Director's Postdoctoral Fellow in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing place to work: the Science is great, the people are great. The location is phenomenal if you're into outdoors stuff. If you're more into cities, Santa Fe is 40 minutes away and one of the nicest mid-size cities in the U.S.

    Cons

    Too many regulations and too much paperwork, even when your work has nothing to do with anything sensitive / confidential.


  5. "Postdoc"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    The place is very Secure

    Cons

    The work is different from the university


  6. "Real talk"

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

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great people to work with, great benefits,

    Cons

    opportunities for advancement, nepotism, commute (remotely located)

    Advice to Management

    be open to new ideas


  7. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefit. Academic culture.

    Cons

    Hard for a foreign to be converted to be a staff.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Lab, Great People, Great Science"

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    Current Employee - Professional in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Professional 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

    Los Alamos is truly one of the most intriguing places to work. You meet so many exceptional individuals. The pay and the flexible 9/80 schedules are great. Love the community!

    Cons

    Individuals with no people skills are made managers.

    Also, every new hire begins to quickly learn that everyone's son, daughter, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, husband, wife, ex-husband, ex-wife, uncle, aunt, cousin, 2nd cousin, 3rd cousin, boyfriend, girlfriend, godmother, godfather, grandpa, and grandma all work at the lab. It is one giant family reunion every day, all day. Welcome to Northern New Mexico. Brilliant.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't let individuals become managers that have no people skills. They will in turn make poor people decisions.


  9. "Work and play at a good elevation"

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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

    I'm not a scientist, but I look like one. I was drawn here years ago by the fact that good downhill skiing can be had at Pajarito Mt., 15 minutes from town, Taos, 2 hours from town, and southern Colorado 3~5 hours away. Take your pick: Wolf Creek, Purgatory, and Telluride, to name a few, plus serious back-country territory.

    Cons

    Housing is tight. Make your own night-life. Good careers exist for highly specialized technical specialties.


  10. "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


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