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Sandia National Laboratories Reviews

Updated June 14, 2018
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  • "My personal (and private) annual goal has evolved into not becoming depressed and demotivated for several months after the annual performance review" (in 20 reviews)

  • "Red tape gets in the way at times" (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, great benefits package, good salary

    Cons

    Large employer, red tape, politics


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Project Team Leader in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Project Team Leader in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Service in support of national interest

    Cons

    Competitive by not generous salaries

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond degrees

  3. "Great Employer if You're OK w/ ABQ"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible work-life balance, and high salary relative to cost of living. Sandia allows and encourages regular movement within the company, which allows opportunities to explore new job areas, learn new skills, and expand your network.

    Cons

    Albuquerque is not a fantastic location in terms of school quality and crime rates. Most people who do well at Sandia either have friends or family in the area, or place a high importance on outdoor activities like hunting, hiking, etc.


  4. "On overall disappointment"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary for the area, job security

    Cons

    Soul sucking employment; an endless hamster wheel of activity that generates nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Quit!


  5. "Great place for ABQ, if you find the right group"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sandia National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, low cost of living
    Decent benefits
    Generous time off options
    Flexible work schedules/arrangements

    Cons

    Politics are brutal and bad behavior is rewarded in some organizations
    Management values, culture, and ethics vary greatly. Some are amazing, others are the reason to run away.
    Many are managers because of their technical ability, not their management ability
    New management tries to run the place like a company "buy out" with little understanding or regard for what being an FFRDC actually means.
    Career mobility is not as diverse in some areas as you would expect
    Heavy emphasis on diversity which is great until you look at the org chart (very much a "do as I say, not as I do" mentality it seems)

    Advice to Management

    Sandia is not some giant corporate, revenue-driven entity so stop treating it like one.

    A year later and your re-org of the entire place still makes no sense. Be open to modifying and receiving feedback from orgs on what's working and what's not.

    There have been rumors about cutting some of the benefits which will be devastating to recruitment and retention. It's hard enough to attract top talent and keep them.


  6. "Interesting but Stressful Work"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros are the benefits, pay, a few decent people, and scope of work.

    Cons

    The cons are the amount of stress and the complete disrespect among co-workers. Many people are so set on promoting themselves such that other people are put down. Basically, engineers don't have people skills and don't see other people as human beings. HR is a joke and is not willing to admit that managers are bullies or that managers are the cause of the problem. HR will protect managers even if they are bullying an employee and will then tell the employee that they have problems. Some people are pretty set in their job and don't lift a finger. It is the best place to find a job and get paid to do nothing! Yes, I sound cynical but yet I have seen and experienced a couple things.

    Advice to Management

    Admit that bad management is the problem . Make every group a place where employees can get to work right away and not have to wait for work or pry for information. Every new employee in a group no matter what should have mentor. Reduce the snobbish anti-sharing stance of many employees which is due to the silent anti-trust attitude at work in Sandia.


  7. "new project controller"

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    Current Employee - Project Controller in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Project Controller in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    best minds to be around, smart driven people.

    Cons

    lots of red tap, lots of waiting

  8. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Principal Technologist
    Current Employee - Principal Technologist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Work-Life balance. Challenging work.

    Cons

    Not much mobility up the chain without a masters or PhD.


  9. "Business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    SNL has great work/life balance

    Cons

    need to invest in long time, loyal employees


  10. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment, nice work life balance

    Cons

    Benefits are not that great


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