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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated April 24, 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
  • Nearest real town is about 40 minutes away (but the small town feel is actually kinda cool) (in 20 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "HR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great if you were hired before 2006

    Cons

    Management. Inflexibility. If you are not in the sciences you are not valued.

    Advice to Management

    Teach people how to manage. Born of innovation..get back to it.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Research Associate (postdoc) at LANL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate 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

    Great pay and benefits: healthcare, 401K, legal. Relocation. Great scientific environment, many research options. Range of opportunities within and outside of the lab. Nice location, lots of outdoor opportunities, able to make few ski runs during lunch break.

    Cons

    Difficult conversion process, all kinds of paperwork move very slow, very lengthy hiring process. Lots of red tape here and there, especially for non-US citizens. Somewhat isolated town lacking entertainment.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if paperwork things move swiftly.


  3. "Great place to work with some drawbacks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer I in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer I in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work environment is second to none. Just get your work done and line management tends to leave you alone. There are ample opportunities for great projects that have large impact on national security.

    Cons

    The support services at the lab (hr, business operations, facilities) are severely lacking. The culture of support staff at the lab is very lazy and uneducated. As long as you can just do your work, you are fine. Once you need something from hr, receiving, security, etc... good luck, you'll be waiting forever and more often than not dealing with incompetent people.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making the business side more efficient even if that means letting large amounts of people go. We must eliminate the persistent culture of laziness.


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  5. "Sr,Subcontract Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Subcontract Specialist III in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Subcontract Specialist III in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great position, I like all the contract I manage

    Cons

    I commute 2 hours both ways to work

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. "Interesting Place to WorkG"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist II in Whittier, CA
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist II in Whittier, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and vacation days. Beautiful place to work.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for advancement in the supporting roles.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate glut of middle management and implement a retirement age.


  7. "Quality Program Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Consultant in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - QA Consultant in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work in Nuclear Facility under DOE/NNSA Regulations. State of the art Computer Programs/Processes

    Cons

    Long daily commute of 110 miles from residence in Albuquerque. No company Vans

    Advice to Management

    Stress "Attention to the Details to all Personnel"


  8. "The World's Greatest Minds"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Being involved with the world's greatest science and the brilliance of the minds that protect and serve the nation.

    Cons

    Remote with no consistent policy to support virtual work environments


  9. "Not the greatest company to work for anymore."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good salary, some fun people to work with, plenty of money for training/travel

    Cons

    Isolated location, top heavy with management, limited prospects for promotion in many fields, the change from non-profit to for-profit changed the work environment for the worse. Prior to LANS taking over the contract, it was a great place to work, felt like management cared about the workers but doesn't feel like that anymore.

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees and conduct another employee review of management. This time, you should release it instead of burying it like before.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Software Developer 3"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer III in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Software Developer III in Los Alamos, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice location for outdoors oriented persons.

    Cons

    Software, and IT departments are headed by IT-layman. Managers have various backgrounds none of which are from IT, or software industries. Upward mobility is lacking, pay scale is behind peer groups across the country. Little to no ability to draw talent to Los Alamos. Tight software stack tie-in with Oracle. Little ability to choose "best tools for the job". Multiple managerial levels to deal with. For instance, I have 7 managers. LANL is manager heavy and work/talent depleted. No ability for collaboration outside of your workspace due to heavy security restrictions, even on un-classified work.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on truly competitive salaries for software developers. Develop a person first culture, rather than a cots based solution culture. Tools can't solve problems without the professionals to use them.


  11. "Ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Student in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Student in Los Alamos, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, ok management-depends on your department.

    Cons

    Land of tomorrow! If you want something done you have to literally babysit the project in order to make sure it gets done or else you will be waiting on someone to get things finished.


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