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Sandia National Laboratories Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Has a really good work-life balance with the 9/80 schedule (every other friday off) (in 86 reviews)

  • On-site medical clinic, 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off), work-life balance, company truly cares about its employees (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Performance review needs to be revamped (in 17 reviews)

  • Lots of bureaucracy and office politics (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Ideal lab to work at"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D S&E Electronics Engineer MM in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - R&D S&E Electronics Engineer MM in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Competitive salary and benefits
    - Technical work is challenging and interesting
    - Managers allow engineers to focus on technical work, rather than the politics involved with national labs.

    Cons

    - A little far east in the Bay Area. Wish it was closer to the city

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to allow engineers to focus on their technical work by dealing with Sandia politics and making these issues as transparent to us as possible.


  2. "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.


  3. "summer intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    best place to work with many smart guys, flexible schedule

    Cons

    terrible traffic after 5 to 6


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  5. "Great Department"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible with school schedule, competitive pay, great room for skill improvement

    Cons

    Departments are managed individually, so some are more strict in certain aspects than others.


  6. "Cyber security"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Dedication to mission, work life balance, good culture and managers

    Cons

    Cannot keep pace with industry salaries, lack of senior technical talent


  7. "Purchasing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sandia National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    The best company I've ever worked for. The people are simply AMAZING. Sandia provides excellent benefits. Cannot say enough good things about this company. It truly is a family type environment even though there are so many employees. Would still be there if I hadn't moved.

    Cons

    Without a masters degree you will limit your career growth.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place with good people"

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    Current Employee - Product Design Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Product Design Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable positions with good lateral and vertical opportunities. I have found that the people I work with are some of the brightest and friendliest around. The work-life balance is fantastic and the benefits are good. The pay is good relative to Albuquerque's cost of living, I have heard that this is less true for the Livermore location.

    Cons

    Draconian and elitist hiring policies surrounding GPAs (if your GPA is too low you will be passed over even if you have tons of relevant experience) with a functional floor at 3.5/4.0 for undergrads and 3.7/4.0 for graduate degrees. It is a large company that works for the Department of Energy, so bureaucracy is sometimes choking. I have observed qualified individuals who were hired for their experience but didn't meet the preferred GPA requirements see their careers stunted because of their GPAs even after working at the Labs for years.

    Advice to Management

    Stop punishing people who already work at the laboratory if their GPA isn't in the preferred range. Be more transparent about hiring goals with respect to what you want/expect out of candidates (e.g. if you really only want to hire students from a certain set of schools, say so).


  9. "Fun in the middle of nowhere"

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sandia National Laboratories full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to work on a variety of project types from basic research to customer-based deliverables/products. Excellent projects are available and are worth it, even if you have to dig and/or fight for them.

    Cons

    Security is a necessary, though painful, burden, but I hear it's slightly better now. Safety training has gotten out of hand. The labs are in Albuquerque, which only offers a slow-paced life. If you're looking for that, it's perfect.

    Advice to Management

    You could do better to help guide careers, particularly those at level 2 and above who seem to be rather out of touch with the people working for them. Most directors seem to be box-checkers who could easily be replaced by robots. The performance management system only tries to prove the employee is still useful. This only benefits the company, not the employee. What about mentoring your staff on what they could become or do? That would help morale and improve output. Also, while safety is important, the "you must be safe or else" attitudes from management and safety staff are really unproductive. Try providing support to help staff _become_ safer. And, I don't mean more training courses.


  10. "Sandia"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Great growth and development opportunities, work life balance, and benefits

    Cons

    Office politics and slower paced work environment


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Principle Systems Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    I love the culture. It is more like working for a university or think tank rather than the daily-grind, Bataan death march that has become typical of defense contractors these days. Management treats you like a professional, no kindergarten crap where some anal manager watches your every trip to the restroom. Salary pay is competitive and bonuses are paid yearly. Merit raises are nothing to write home about percentage-wise, but at least you get one.

    Cons

    Parking space and office space is at a premium because the air force base where Sandia is located will not give up any more land to build. Parking sucks. People are squeezed two to an office due to no office space availability. No privacy. Hard to concentrate sometimes. It is a high-security area and that security is taken very seriously. Easy to get into big trouble if you are lax or careless. No cell phones or personal electronic devices allowed in the work areas.

    Advice to Management

    As of this writing, Honeywell has been awarded the M&O contract after 23 years of being managed by Lockheed Martin. This is a bad thing. Honeywell doesn't give a rip about its employees. Don't let Honeywell's draconian, Jack Welch management style destroy the great intellectual culture and professional atmosphere that makes Sandia great and turn it into another Honeywell slave labor camp. Also, we need more office space to do our jobs and more parking.



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