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Sandia National Laboratories Livermore Reviews

Updated June 24, 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. "Research and development of new products and technologies"

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    Current Employee - R&D Mechanical Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Mechanical Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great. Flexible schedules. Great people. Opportunity to follow your interests. Great job security. Onsite gym and health classes. Safety conscious culture.

    Cons

    Livermore is not the most exciting place to live and housing is expensive. If you live farther east be prepared for an ugly commute.


  2. "High turnover rate"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Livermore, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, relaxed environment, casual dress code

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can be dull.

  3. "Great place to intern"

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    Current Intern - Undergraduate Research and Development in Livermore, CA
    Current Intern - Undergraduate Research and Development in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Emphasis is placed on making school the priority.
    -Interns are encouraged to network with lab staff and seek opportunities to work on other projects
    -Mentors provide you with opportunities to push the limit of your skills and knowledge to be constantly learning

    Cons

    -The looming threat of your project running out of funding and being unable to secure another project.
    -Educational recruitment opportunities such as the critical skills masters program have strict requirements and are limited to only those seeking master's degrees; there does not seem to be an equivalent program for those seeking a PhD.


  4. "Federally Funded Research and Development Center"

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    Current Employee - Department Manager in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sandia is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center with a broad range of activities related to national security from maintaining nuclear stockpile systems to cutting-edge research and development. They have an exceptional work life balance.

    Cons

    Security clearance requires a thorough background check both at hire and every five years. High clearances required lie-detector tests. Employees must submit to random drug testing. Salaries and benefits are at or below market average.

    Advice to Management

    Continue moving towards modern compensation practices including industry-competitive wages, retention of nonbase rewards, and flexible work arrangements.


  5. "Never met so many bright people"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They are not kidding when SNL say they recruit "the best and brightest". ~ 70-80% with advance technical degrees and so many PhD's that no one is called "Dr.".
    Great people willing to share their knowledge and actually help
    Good work-life balance with 9/80's, 4/10's, telecommuting
    Two major locations: Albuquerque, NM (~ 9000 employees) and Livermore, CA (~ 1500 employees)
    Easy to switch jobs and there are always internal postings
    Good benefits and excellent 401k matching, better than industry

    Cons

    NTESS (Honeywell) management starting May 1
    Low raises common to government
    Aging workforce, many are retiring but guess that creates opportunities
    More red tape and documents to be generated

    Advice to Management

    Don't change the culture and realize this IS NOT a production agency like NSC (Kansas City Plant)
    Keep the benefits the same


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Room for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to work on a variety of challenging problems with excellent colleagues. The compensation in Albuquerque is high relative to the cost of living.

    Cons

    Albuquerque is geographically isolated, and the culture is often intolerant of women and racial diversity. The compensation in Livermore CA is low relative to the cost of living. Management flat out refused to allow an internal diversity panel that included staff to review the metrics of hiring, performance review, pay, promotion, or retention by gender or race. Management did approve planting a diversity tree to celebrate our bravery in asking for the information. I feel sad that employees had to file a class action lawsuit claiming gender discrimination to access compensation data by gender.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people. Toss the rank method of performance review.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company for internships, would recommend"

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    Former Employee - Student Intern in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Student Intern in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sandia National Laboratories (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Huge focus on treating interns well and giving them room to grow. If you want to come back the next year and want to try a different department, that's fine. Good pay. Intern program organizes presentations to help interns in school and their career path.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay as well as Silicon Valley, poor name recognition.

    Advice to Management

    More aggressively reach out to universities so students know about Sandia. Basically no one has heard of Sandia or the national labs.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Strongly not recommended for postdoc pursuing your carrier"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sandia National Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Nice benefits and insurance.

    Cons

    The promotion is very political and not based your merits. Only the manager likes you matters, no matter how hard you worked or how significance of the contribution you made.

    Advice to Management

    Management is the worse part of the Sandia. Basically, they are hurdle of the research in the Labs.


  9. "Great Company."

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. People are friendly and smart. Never worked with a person I didn't like. Plenty of space to move around and explore different projects.

    Cons

    Pay is a bit low for the area.


  10. "Research Scientist"

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

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some centers at Sandia are very similar to academia as far as research in concern. Research are funded by a competitive RFP process. R&D range from very applied to highly theoretical and risky.

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive in the Bay Area. R&D staff spend a significant amount of time pursuing funding and engaging with funding agencies and program managers. This aspect is similar to an academia.

    Advice to Management

    Salary is CA should be more competitive in the Bay Area, especially for R&D staff in computer science, computational math, and engineering.


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