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Sandia National Laboratories Albuquerque Reviews

Updated July 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Most of the time a good work-life balance is supported and there is a lot of resources to draw from (in 99 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedules are very personal life friendly (in 42 reviews)

Cons
  • My personal (and private) annual goal has evolved into not becoming depressed and demotivated for several months after the annual performance review (in 19 reviews)

  • Security clearance requires a thorough background check both at hire and every five years (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Stimulating Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sandia National Laboratories as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mobility within the company, important mission, interesting research, good management

    Cons

    PhDs can be really arrogant, it is basically a small step up from a research professor so if you don't like the politics at universities it may not be the position for you. However, the general atmosphere is very professional and people are quite polite.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that employees don't end up pigeon-holed and ensure there's enough interaction because a lot of the employees at SNL can be pretty introverted.


  2. "Student Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Student Intern in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Intern - Student Intern in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories as an intern

    Pros

    Excellent pay. Really care about their employees. Great benefits.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Typical corporate environment with extra policies and security."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Job security. Optional 9 hour days for every other Friday off, possibly going to optional 10 hour days with every Friday off.

    Cons

    Job security; low pay; Albuquerque and most of New Mexico; over-policing policies; shrinking benefits; poor medical coverage.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to attract talent with the message to sacrifice professional advancement and pay for the sake of working for the government. It's very sad to hear retirees describe watching people stay at the labs for their entire career for fear of leaving.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sandia National Laboratories (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and salary. Most of the people are nice to work with.

    Cons

    Managers micromanage and are not always knowledgeable about the laws etc. They need to train their managers on how to be managers and not just promote people because they are good at being a "worker".
    Work life balance is supposedly great, but there isn't any real work life balance. If you take off the manager gets unhappy with you!

    Advice to Management

    TRAINING would make the environment better.


  5. "Sandia Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of interesting work in multiple areas, and the government probably won't go out of business.

    Cons

    Funding for projects is always a crapshoot. Every year it's a question whether you'll be able to continue working on your project.

    Advice to Management

    Be more people-oriented--while programs are important, the people should be more important.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of motivated and smart people, work that is important to greater good and meaningful to employees.

    Cons

    Can be Hierarchical, Government Bureaucracy is imposed on Laboratories, Historically a "Wait your turn" culture where time in company and experience matter more than ability

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to engage your younger staff in leadership and decision making and increase the value proposition for recruits to move to Albuquerque


  7. "Don't get sick"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computer Security R&D, Principal in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Computer Security R&D, Principal in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sandia National Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun, cutting edge work.
    Good starting work for Ph.D.s or those who want a masters or Ph.D. degree.
    Will get you a good job with industry - we sent people to Google, Microsoft, and a host of security companies.

    Cons

    If you actually use the generous sickness absence benefits because of a chronic disability, they will refuse to make the most important disability accommodation and fire you a year from retirement. This is part of the bureaucratic, pseudo-government management that constantly pesters you with administrivia, ethics training because of LockMart's (operating contractor) settlement back in the 1990s, and limits your ability to find and capture customers.

    Advice to Management

    Get training on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Let staff talk to customers - you're management and very few of you know the specialties of the staff.

  8. "Best Internship Gig In Albuquerque"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - SIP Technical in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Intern - SIP Technical in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Hours
    Extremely competitive salary
    Mentors who take an interest in teaching you things
    Prestige of working for a national lab
    Top-notch equipment
    Health Insurance for interns and their spouses
    Freedom to pursue idiosyncratic interests and projects
    Lots of opportunities for learning

    Cons

    Weird organizational issues
    Lots of paper work

    Advice to Management

    It's the best internship in ABQ, bar none.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Golden Handcuffs"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sandia National Laboratories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working on unique scientific solutions
    Wide variety of challenges
    Flexible work hours

    Cons

    Extremely slow pace of innovation in terms of IT
    Customer based almost exclusively public sector
    Pay is average to below average in comparison to industry

    Advice to Management

    Diversify, diversify, diversify


  10. "Nice Internship"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Intern - Graduate StudentSummer in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Intern - Graduate StudentSummer in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I can actually do research that is publishable, (that might be only a few, my work is unclassified)
    I earn a decent amount (especially compared to the stipend)
    Relocation benefits
    40 hours a week

    Cons

    Sometimes the trainings etc. might get too much
    It's in Albuquerque
    PhD students with and without a masters get different salaries

    Advice to Management

    I'm just and intern, why are you even listening to me.


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