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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Menlo Park Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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Menlo Park, CA

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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Laboratory Director Chi-Chang Kao
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  • Too many politics gets in the way of getting things done (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management has created a hostile interaction between these shops and the large projects (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart people, cool projects

    Cons

    Surrounded by some not so smart people sometimes, or fossils


  2. "Sr. Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great training. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Funding comes from DOE which creates unstable job security for newcomers.

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "Sci & Eng Assoc I"

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    Former Employee - Sci & Eng Associate I in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Sci & Eng Associate I in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair pay and good benefits. Descent work place.

    Cons

    No employer loyalty. Lots of politics in upper mgt. affecting operations. No desire to rehire former emp's who left to help budget shortfall.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that SLAC mostly built on old "bones" that new kids don't know. It takes experience sometimes.


  4. "SULI Intern"

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    Former Intern - SULI Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Intern - SULI Intern in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory as an intern

    Pros

    Everybody I worked with were very nice and helpful. Having my own project to work on was a great experience. Area around SLAC is very nice. Housing provided in Stanford dorms.

    Cons

    Because housing is provided in the Stanford dorms, the school requires an expensive meal plan to be bought.


  5. "Good environment"

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    Current Contractor - Mechanical Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Contractor - Mechanical Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Campus like envrionment, great people to work with, and unlimited projects...

    Cons

    Lack of efforts on improving management. Places can be messy

    Advice to Management

    Need to be organized and trasparent,


  6. "Facilities and Operations"

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    Current Employee - Facilities Technician in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Facilities Technician in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location and surroundings, excellent benefits including children's tuition grant (50% of Stanford University's tuition), great training programs & opportunities. Clear vision and goals from Directors.

    Cons

    Funded by DOE which can be stressful at times regarding Government budgets, every few years new management comes in and tries to reinvent the wheel.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "SLAC Cowboys still rule here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great location. Solid benefits. Good job security. Interesting work. You can do some cutting edge science here. Technical execution and experimental support are world class.

    Cons

    Management has generally been promoted from hard driving scientists, engineers and technicians who have close to zero people skill. A macho, bullying, cowboy attitude still prevails. Slim advancement opportunities since many here are lifetime SLACers. A friend once told me that SLAC is a place careers go to die, so don't stay too long.

    Advice to Management

    Chi-Chang is a great guy, but I don't know if he will be able to overcome the entrenched cowboy culture or the horrible dehumanizing mistake of matrixed services that were started under Persis. I wish you the best of luck, Chi-Chang, that you will be able to cut out the few bad apples and promote a culture that supports good communication and appreciation of the faithful employees who truly do love the lab.

  8. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most meaningful engineering work I've ever done

    Cons

    management could be more effective


  9. "PostSoc at SSRL"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great research center. Excellent collaboration.

    Cons

    Lower salary that in industry.


  10. "Visiting Physicist"

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    Former Contractor - Visiting Physicist in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Contractor - Visiting Physicist in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Lightsource LCLS
    - Many bright people
    - Inspiring environment (Silicon Valley / Stanford)
    - Stanford University
    - Benefits

    Cons

    - Director
    - National Lab Environment
    - Safety
    - Hierarchical
    - Lab-vision
    - Scientists seen as beamline support staff
    - Living-cost

    Advice to Management

    Career possibilities for young scientists. Less Hierarchies. Valuation of scientists


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