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Sandia National Laboratories Reviews

Updated November 12, 2018
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  • "Performance review process is constrained by corporate percentages" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Red tape gets in the way at times" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Really is changing the world"

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

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, interesting projects, wonderful benefits

    Cons

    Takes a long time to get through "government" requirements and processes


  2. "Clerical intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Open to improvement. Mentoring.

    Cons

    Management is always changing

  3. "Summer Intern Experience - Learn a ton, meet new people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories part-time

    Pros

    Chill work environment, good co-workers

    Cons

    Sometimes boring projects, or not much work


  4. "R&D Intern"

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    Current Employee - R&D Intern in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - R&D Intern in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to explore and learn within your mission domain. National labs have a great culture.

    Cons

    Government work can lead to a lot of red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Times have changed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Close to SF. People are nice.

    Cons

    New management company is the worst in decades. Stripping benefits. Pay sucks. This new set of leaders don't care. Took nearly 2 years to receive clearance. Not worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. Pay more. Care more.


  6. "Great 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

    Great place to work; interesting, cutting edge R&D

    Cons

    Limited bonus earning opportunity at the lab


  7. "Great People"

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

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people you'll meet.

    Cons

    A bit stiff culture for a research and development environment.

  8. "Lab Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get mentorship and the chance to learn and work on several different projects

    Cons

    Some months your hours are steady and some are either hectic or extremely slow


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A very good work/life balance company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sandia National Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Definitely a company that works with your home life, which a lot of companies don't seem to do, especially in the tech world. Good people, pretty laid-back atmosphere. I enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    I hear the benefits are getting cut a bit, and the pay for the Technologist could be a bit higher here in Livermore, as the cost of living is pretty high.

    Advice to Management

    Benefits are a huge selling factor to prospective employees, keep them strong, or at least don't cut them back as much as you have been doing.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Historically good place to work but benefits keep disappearing."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the co-worked are really smart and most people are very helpful. Some of the benefits are still good but there is anticipation of more cuts coming.

    Cons

    Red tape hinders progress and hyper safety culture keeps people from making decisions. People try to pass off responsibility and not make decisions which hurts morale.
    Consequently projects stall and or take much longer than necessary.
    They hire many people under the guise of R&D but that’s likely not what the job is.
    Management keeps taking away benefits which is causing many of the better staff to leave for better opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Leave Sandia alone and stop hurting the laboratory culture. NTESS is a Honeywell subsidiary (sandia managing contractor) a production company and trying to levy production types of processes onto a research laboratory.


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