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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. "A good place to work and learn"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented coworkers. Good benefits. Good work-home life balance. Excellent resources for research. Administrative support.

    Cons

    Sometimes the arbitrary paperwork can be annoying.

  3. "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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Careful with Job Descriptions & Expectations"

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful location and a nice variety of technical work.

    Cons

    Got hired into a position for which it was **assumed** I had the requisite knowledge to succeed in with zero training. Not sure how the fact I didn't have this knowledge/prior experience wasn't ever brought up during the interviews and hiring process. It only became painfully obvious only once I relocate and drag my family out to NM. The stress of the situation made me physically ill and hands down this was the worst experience of my life. Luckily, I left LANL and have never been happier.

    My manager was useless during this experience and could have cared less. No help in trying to find a better matching position and no help with at least finding out if getting me trained was an option. A real jerk.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with a moral compass into management.


  5. "You get to see a lot of things here."

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

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory part-time

    Pros

    I was only an intern. Every office is doing a research on a different topic, you get to interact with many people with a different profession. Los Alamos is a quiet town with free bus and hiking trails. I think it is a great place to spend your summer.

    Cons

    LANL is belonged to the government and is very strict about security.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible place to work as a software engineer."

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    Former Employee - Research Technologist I in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Research Technologist I in Los Alamos, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of interesting science going on.

    Cons

    Uncertain funding. Egotistical scientists who don't understand the software engineering process, but think they do, and therefore have no confidence in your software engineering methods.

    Advice to Management

    Give a performance review before 8 months in. If you are dissatisfied, communicate that to your tech, instead of just firing them suddenly. Consider that a tech is actually fairly educated, and their opinions deserve to be heard instead of shunted aside in favor of your senior scientist who knows nothing about programming.


  7. "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.

  8. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Professional Staff Assistant I in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Professional Staff Assistant I in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people., Benefits, Salary. Low crime. Clean with lots of fresh air. Lots of training available. Access to Jemez Mountains, hiking and fishing. Flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Located in a very small town. Limited public transportation. There is only one hospital located in Los Alamos. Advancement can be difficult depending upon the job category you are in.

    Advice to Management

    Too many managers, not enough workers, silo management


  9. "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.


  10. "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


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