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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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  • Nearest real town is about 40 minutes away (but the small town feel is actually kinda cool) (in 19 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great Pay and Benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 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.


  2. "Decent place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Los Alamos, NM
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Los Alamos, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Some of the groups are really well funded
    - Salaries are high (and cost of living is low)
    - Much of the research only takes place at LANL.

    Cons

    - Your work environment really depends on which group you work for
    - Advancement depends just as much on connections as performance
    - Los Alamos is 2 hours from the nearest big city


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A good place for followers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    *Had access to speakers and researchers of excellent caliber.
    *Some facilities are cutting edge.
    *Networking opportunities extant.
    *Flexibility with time spent on job as well as parental leave options.
    *Good for people who are passionate about working until the job is done.

    Cons

    *Remote location.
    *Lack of consistent culture and ability to cross-pollinate effectively with other disciplines.
    *Facilities failing and some equipment is twice the age of youngest employees.
    *Little ability to work remotely resulting in unnecessary commutes.
    *Inconsistent messages about work expectations
    *Lacks comprehensive child care so responsibility falls on new parents.

    Advice to Management

    *Inconsistent communication across levels of management.
    *Expectations for employees intentionally left unclear to allow bullying behavior when managers feel subordinates are out of bounds.


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  5. "Average Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Computer Systems Professional III in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Computer Systems Professional III in Los Alamos, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is higher than normal for the area. A lot of open spaces.

    Cons

    Politics everywhere. Everybody is trying to build their own empire which does not help grow the lab.

    Advice to Management

    Work better with other organizations and employees. Build better work relationships with your employees


  6. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect IIII in Los Alamos, NM
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect IIII in Los Alamos, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair pay, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Too much focus on "box checking" and not enough on employees and projects. Management values other levels of management more than employees.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example. Reward the type of behavior you want to see in your workforce.


  7. "LANL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    High salary, good research environment

    Cons

    you need to drive 100 miles to the airport


  8. "smartest people, need security clearance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher

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

    Pros

    Interesting research projects, smartest people on the planet.

    Cons

    Need a security clearance to work at the national lab.


  9. "Nice place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice place to work. Very technical people

    Cons

    Can be slow paced since it's the federal government

    Advice to Management

    Stay motivated


  10. "Los Alamos National laboratory ex-eployee."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Beautiful small town up in the mountains, if that is your thing. A research laboratory that prides itself on its rich history of innovation and research. Great compensation and benefits for all people. Only left to return back to school, and hope to get a job there

    Cons

    As a government employee, there is lots of bureaucracy involved in the whole processes. A necessary evil I guess. The application process if really really slow, so don't expect any response to applications or inquiries in a timely fashion. The town itself clearly is impacted by all the nerdy scientists / researchers working at the lab, but you can always commute from Santa Fe. Tough to get in without a PhD.

    Advice to Management

    Try and expedite the hiring process, if anything at least make it a little more open and communicate more with employees. Tough to gauge other offers while I haven't heard anything from this application.


  11. 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.



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