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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated September 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance, 9/80 schedule (in 24 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)

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

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  1. "Postdoctoral Research Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good salary compare to other placess, very good support financially and academically, secure and very good outdoors

    Cons

    very restricted on many things. administration is not very research friendly/. there is no much academic freedom. many exchange and communications between academia . but not enough. it is not near many good insitutes like both coasts.

    Advice to Management

    It is so because of the type of lab it is. I have no idea how that will change. maybe that's the trade offs


  2. Helpful (1)

    "worked here for 4 years as a research engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer 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

    Nice little mountain town full of nice and educated people. Good benefits regarding vacation, sick, holidays, retirement

    Cons

    -Poorly managed.
    -Difficult to get promoted.
    -Housing market is terrible -- run-down old houses that are expensive.
    -Rules and regulations are so tight, it's difficult to get real work accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of figuring out who your good researchers are and take better care of them.

  3. "R&D Engineer III"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work on highly constrained and very challenging problems related to national security

    Cons

    Sometimes it literally takes and act of congress to get work done. The bureaucracy can get rather old.


  4. "LANL"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Pay and Great Benefits

    Cons

    Hard to advance into better paying jobs


  5. "Great Work in Middle of Nowhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the most amazing projects to work on. Laid back atmosphere and flexible work hours. Great coworkers and management team.

    Cons

    The city is very boring and has little to offer. Pay is not great for interns. Altitude and sun intensity are killers.

    Advice to Management

    Explain to interns what their future at LANL looks like, and further explain what LANL's 3-5 year outlook looks like.


  6. "Interesting and not"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Staff Assistant in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Professional Staff Assistant in Los Alamos, NM
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Varied responsibilities, many interesting people, the area is beautiful, there are different opportunities once you learn where to look

    Cons

    Relentless bureaucracy, difficult to advance to appropriate levels for newcomers, a major good old boy network, very top-heavy on male management, female admin support

    Advice to Management

    Look at people's abilities and not their tenure, discourage pettiness, encourage good performance, train management to be managers


  7. "Large, For-profit"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Los Alamos, NM
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Los Alamos outdoors and landscapes

    Cons

    Drought, benefit cuts, budget problems

    Advice to Management

    Private management experiment did not work

  8. "Great Tips!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The team is great to work with, when everyone is on one accord and there are more drivers on the road.

    Cons

    You drive in a circle all day, sometimes non-stop


  9. "Great Student Internship Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Student in Santa Fe, NM
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Student in Santa Fe, NM

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

    Pros

    Great place for a technical internship

    Cons

    Not any cons to mention


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to do research but not a good place to develop your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Government benefits; give you space to discover areas you are passionate about.

    Cons

    Boring life, promotion is not transparent

    Advice to Management

    More transparency and guides for promotions.


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