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    "Awesome Company with Meaning"

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    Current Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Sandia offers a chance to use ones God given abilities for the greater good while earning a very competitive paycheck and generous work/life balance. Some Managers are better than others but the mission remains the same, keep America’s strategic military advantage or risk conflict with our emboldened adversaries.

    Cons

    The one main downside is the lack of a pension. This becomes evident when NNSA management uses that carrot to entice Sandians to quite and take a job with them.

    Advice to Management

    Please approve the 4/10 schedule in SNL/ABQ.

  2. "Electronics Technologist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Allow Flexible Hours and Schedules Good Pay Great People

    Cons

    Steep Learning Curve Upon Entry

  3. "Great environment for engineers"

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

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Overall, the entire compensation package is good when including 401(k) and other benefits. Work/life balance is excellent.

    Cons

    Most technical jobs require a security clearance, which by itself is not a big problem, except that it takes a very long to acquire clearance.

  4. "Great organization, wonderful benefits, true work-life balance and tons of opportunity!"

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Advertising Coordinator in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Sandia is as billed as a top employer in New Mexico for a reason! They deliver the promise of true work-life balance, while also giving employess the opportunity to deliver meaningful work in a challenging environment filled with great, diverse colleagues. Sandia is actively engaged with the community in effort to raise the status of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico.

    Cons

    Diversity and Inclusion is a space that is lacking in the management space and above into the executive level. Sandia is actively engaging and aggressively working to push into a space that does deliver in balance, representation and inclusion, however they are not there yet.

    Advice to Management

    Be ready to solve the onboarding problems. New employees struggle to understand the culture that is and expect to be able to lean on management for direction and career guidance. All managers should be capable of having the institutional knowledge to support their staff at every level of employment.

  5. "Good place to work and live"

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      Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant 

      I worked at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Nice area Flexible schedule Experienced mentors are available to help you

      Cons

      Competitive On the base so travel to and from work can become congested

    • Helpful (1)

      "Deteriorating Rapidly Under NTESS"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Decent work/life balance- 9/80, 4/10 schedules Vacation buy options Reasonable job security Work on unique missions & projects

      Cons

      Perks & benefits being cut rapidly under NTESS (flextime, sick leave, variable pay, promotions, annual raises, training, etc.) Little to no ability to get promoted, especially under new recent changes Archaic performance rating system Upper management is clueless how to run an R&D lab, very disconnected Management held to different standards than staff (they can be average performers and be eligible for bonuses,...

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      Advice to Management

      The communication and transparency under NTESS has been horrendous and is breeding a lot of mistrust and bad behavior. Stress levels are high and morale is on a rapid decline as NTESS arbitrarily cuts various areas because of their shortsightedness and lack of understanding in how it may impact other areas. Many of the details of the recent benefits cuts have been very quietly rolled out or only given a small mention...

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    • "Safety and Health Coordinator"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Sandia National Laboratories

        Pros

        Productive, Safely, economic, Team, Fun

        Cons

        Non-Productive, unsafe, loaner, miserable, untrustworthy.

        Advice to Management

        Listen, learn, lead.

      • Helpful (1)

        "Innovating work but heading in a bad direction"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        - Pay is competitive with industry - Great work/life balance depending on the type of work

        Cons

        - A lot of red tape for work can make it challenging to accomplish task - Major disconnection between upper management and the staff members for certain groups - Benefits and perks have been slowly getting cut

        Advice to Management

        Sandia used to be a place of innovation where the best and the brightest would work. With the cut in raises and number of promotions it doesn't encourage people to want to work at Sandia.

      • "Great internship for students!"

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          Former Employee - R&D Intern 

          I worked at Sandia National Laboratories part-time for more than 2 years

          Pros

          Awesome interns there and awesome research, great place to spend the summer

          Cons

          They want to keep you forever

        • "Flexible"

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          Current Employee - Intern - Hourly 
          Recommends
          Positive Outlook
          Approves of CEO

          I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories for more than 4 years

          Pros

          Very flexible with school schedule.

          Cons

          The work ethic varies widely.

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