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Updated May 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Great pay, work/life balance, job satisfaction (in 23 reviews)

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

Cons
  • very small town at a remote area (in 20 reviews)

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

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  1. 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.


  2. "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


  3. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Los Alamos, NM

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Smart and kind people to work with.

    Cons

    There is not much to do in town.


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  5. "LANL Internship Review"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very smart and wonderful people to work with

    Everyone is treated as an equal. I did several projects and I was able to talk to whomever I wanted to solve the problem and everyone I contacted was willing to help me accomplish my goal even if they were not in my group.

    Good environment to work in.

    Cons

    Some summer students do not get enough work from their bosses which can make it very boring

    If you are working in a group that is behind the gate and you do not have a clearance you will be put in an unclassified trailer with other students.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for career, but limited by being a government lab"

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    Former Employee - Student Intern in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Student Intern in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Very strong student program
    - Lots of computational resources
    - Talented and motivated staff

    Cons

    - Sensitive to budget constraints
    - Lots of red tape, training, and security constraints


  7. "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Scientist in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Reasonably stable job, depends on research funding situations.

    Cons

    a lot of paperworks.

    Advice to Management

    reduce unnecessary paperwork


  8. "Good Internship"

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    Current Intern - Mechanical EngineeringUndergraduate in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Intern - Mechanical EngineeringUndergraduate in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good flexibility of work schedule and ability to work on interesting projects. A lot of design work. Pay is also pretty decent.

    Cons

    The city is small and unappealing. Experimental spaces are nice but office space is not good. Takes things a long time to happen and safety is over the top.

    Advice to Management

    Safety is important, but only if it's not overbearing. Otherwise we think it's a waste of time.


  9. "Good place to work, not so good place to live"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Ithaca, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice and vibrant place to work.
    Good place to work to develop career.
    Supportive management team.
    Benefits are salaries are good.

    Cons

    Los Alamos is isolated location. Due to isolation from large cities, it has very few opportunities for kids to challenge them. Also, commuting to Santa Fe for every little needs can take toll.


  10. "Cyber Security Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Cyber Security in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Cyber Security in Los Alamos, NM

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, talented employees, great projects

    Cons

    High Management turnover, long commutes


  11. "Great Pay and Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are fantastic. Many employees work a 9-80 schedule so you get every other Friday off to enjoy the outdoors in northern NM.

    Cons

    Not much to do other than outdoors activities. Admin are not great and can slow down your work. Even if you are on a 9-80 you might collaborate with others labs that are not, making it difficult to actually take your Friday off.

    Advice to Management

    Place more trust in the workers to do their job so we don't get slowed down by bureaucracy.


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