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  • "poor management, very risk adverse which impacts mission accomplishment(in 35 reviews)
  • "It's hard to advance without becoming a manager, which is basically an HR position.(in 21 reviews)
  • "pay a little substandard and raises are small(in 19 reviews)
  • "Big and very bureaucratic, amateurish upper management, some really bad managers, lots of really poorly managed projects, lots of projects that should never have been funded.(in 12 reviews)
  • "Endless corporate training(in 9 reviews)
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  1. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Looking to Change Jobs

    Feb 13, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    My colleagues are great and supportive. If one insists upon it, work-life balance readily achievable through flexible schedules. Diverse organizations.

    Cons

    Management is reactive and not proactive. Management does not trust staff. Gender discrimination is very prevalent. Performance review system is punitive.

    9 people found this review helpful
  2. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Good company

    Oct 15, 2015 -  
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Professional company. Lots of opportunities for advancement and growth. Good benefits package and paid time off. Enjoy working here for many years to come.

    Cons

    Management can sometimes be closed minded and not open to new ideas. Hard to implement changes within the daily systems.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  3. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Room for improvement

    Mar 9, 2017 - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Livermore, CA
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    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.

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    7 people found this review helpful
  4. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Once Great, Trend is now Downhill

    Jun 11, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Work/Life balance has always been one of the better perks. Management is typically very flexible about schedule and hours. Although, this is dependent on your direct manager and their personal preferences on what flexibilities you can or cannot have. So, milage may vary. Sandia does like to encourage educational growth. Sandia offers flexibility in one's schedule to take courses as well as pay for these. Although, I did have trouble with an ask to for flexible schedule only (so was not asking for compensation) to go back to school for an unrelated field to my current job, despite the field being related to other jobs at Sandia. Although, another manager may have allowed this. Flexibilities are solely left to the discretion of management. Generally speaking, there is a laidback culture and dress code is extremely casual. Instead of having lots of Federal holidays off throughout the year, we get a week off around Christmas.

    Cons

    Sandia is extremely compartmentalized with lots of silos. This a lot of times can lead to hindrances of getting projects done, as you can only go so far before another group has to be involved, or even double work as two or more groups converge on similar project tasks and goals. This also makes it troublesome for development of broader skillsets since you are very much confined to your silo. Management over the last few years has been getting worse and there has been a disarray of asks, project organization, and leadership. This has also led to conflicting projects, overload of work, and confusion. So much so that I've noticed an exodus of employees, a lot of them invaluable. There seems to be difficulties obtaining new employees. So, those who remain are highly stressed and flustered. Change management and other approval procedures are a big headache. Current top level management has been trying to be fiscally leaner to the point where they are sometimes shooting themselves in the foot. Sandia preaches diversity, but they tend to forget about diversity of thought. COVID restrictions and handling are hypocritical at best. They have also opened the door to leakage of personal private information to fellow employees as well as various harassment type situations. I don't consider the following strong cons, but others may, so it's good to note: --You cannot have your personal phone or other electronic devices, especially bluetooth devices on nearly all of the premises. This may mean leaving these devices in a hot car all day. --For some jobs you may need to work in a classified environment. This is a highly restrictive environment and easy to get into troubles with, especially while still new and learning routines. --For some jobs you may need to take a lie detector test. This can be asked of randomly. This tends to be just for a hand-full of jobs and not most. --Cannot smoke marijuana or use any CBD products despite state legalities. This includes for medical needs. This is due to marijuana is still a schedule 1 drug Federally. --Getting onto KAFB can sometimes be cumbersome and delays are common. --The campus is very large. Which might be fine for some but not others. Sometimes this can mean big treks from the parking lot to your office, going to a meeting, visiting a colleague, going to a lab, or going to cafeteria. Luckily NM weather tends to be pretty mild. --Parking is atrocious. Spaces still fill up fairly quickly, despite more people working from home. --A clearance can take a while to get, until then you need to be escorted, even to the bathroom.

    1 person found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Don't care about parents

    Jul 1, 2020 - Systems Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommend
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    Pros

    During COVID management is being more flexible than usual with hours

    Cons

    Seem to hate parents. In COVID management is actively holding parents and mother's back from advancement and working opportunities. Management also expects staff to put their health and lives on the line for the lab president's bonus.

    5 people found this review helpful
  6. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Going Downhill

    Jan 31, 2021 - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommend
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    Pros

    A company that really has the potential to make a difference, particularly with regard to National Security Great job diversity. Once you get in the door you can have many careers without ever leaving the company. Exceptional work/life balance.

    Cons

    Benefits have been on a continuous decline through the years. I have not compared benefits to other companies so they may be comparable but they are certainly not what they used to be. Hard work and superior accomplishments do not necessarily translate to high performance ratings. I suppose this is true of many companies especially bureaucracies. I was told that if I want to get paid for my performance I need to sell cars for a living. Too much emphasis on CRT by upper management and not enough emphasis on Science. I have seen people called out for their 'white privilege' by fellow staff members during CRT training. Too bureaucratic - used to have a 'Can Do' attitude but not anymore. If you want to work for an company that puts the politics of diversity and inclusion above all else this is the place for you. If you truly respect and value other people based on the content of their character but you do not embrace viewpoints that you may not agree with, you may find yourself in a toxic work environment for you.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Consider National Labs

    Nov 2, 2010 - Business Office in Livermore, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Values staff , motivated to retain employees. Management is focused on providing the nation with top level talent to address the nations security objectives

    Cons

    Most management in very senior, which has its draw backs. Lacks innovation in its thinking of how to encourage younger staff. Lots of bureaucracy.

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  8. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    About to leave. Here is my advice and a warning!

    Oct 17, 2021 - Senior R&D Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommend
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    Pros

    SNL WAS a premier engineering laboratory. The sister lab to Los Alamos. The benefits are good (401k, medical, yoga classes, work from home). If you are an engineer this is a great place to start your career. It looks good on the resume. Don’t end it here. After 3 years you are vested in the 401k. Take the money and run. HR gets point for bring you in below market value, whatever they offer you ask for more. They will cave!

    Cons

    NTESS took over the operation of SNL. It has been a disaster, worthless politically correct training, critical race theory, more make work than is conceivable. A total waste of tax payer dollars. If SNL was operated the this way during WW2 we would all be speaking German and Japanese now. Try and get something done. Impossible. Offer a different view point or a critical engineering judgement and you’ll be branded a “rogue engineer”. The merit/performance review process is 50% subjective personality by management. Bake cookies. Never complain about ANYTHING. Stay your 3 years. Get your 401k and go to real engineering company that will add 30-50% to your salary. Sure your first few years you might get a good raise, but it is a zero sum game. If you are in a group with all stellar people expect, “well you are new here so we can’t give you a good raise”. Someone is always the sacrificial lamb. Also expect management to tell you to work on your fridays off and your weekends for free. Finally albuquerque is a crime ridden rathole. Don’t even think about sending your kids to the public school system (rated last in the the USA). House price SEEM average if you want to deal with gunfire. Upscale neighborhoods are expensive.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Deteriorating Very Rapidly

    Jan 16, 2019 - Software Developer in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommend
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    Pros

    There are smart people at Sandia

    Cons

    When I started working at Sandia, five years ago, there were many young enthusiastic developers who really want to make positive difference. The management killed the momentum and most of the developers left Sandia or switch orgs. The management is used to old ways when they expect to be treated like Gods who know everything and whose decisions cannot be questioned. Do not work on any big project at Sandia because the management keeps putting warm bodies, people who do nothing except talking. That way they extract more tax payers money, and it is good on their performance review. It slows down productive employees, but the management always have excuse 'That is how we do business around here'. Once multiple employees point out that someone is not pulling his/her weight, the managers still expect someone at the lower level to deal with. The managers are responsible for staffing , hiring and firing employees, so they should deal with low performers. Large portion of senior employees play friendship card with the managers. They do not contribute as much as they would like you believe. If you disagree with them, they will definitely report you to your manager, and you get bad performance review. Managers will trust them no matter what. It is so bad that most younger employees do not dare to express their opinions. If you point to an obvious risk, you will be labeled as enemy and your manager will talk to you. You will be accused of defeatism and not cultivating Sandia values. They will find a way to phrase something bad about you. Popular back stab is 'It is the way you said it'. Culture conflict between young developers and dinosaurs managers and their extensions is so deep. I have been told about the same problem from many different orgs within Sandia. There is no democracy any longer. Keep your mouth shut is the best everyone can do till they forge friendships with managers. Managers only react if least ten developers start complaining together about same thing. And they only take action because they get scared everyone will quit or move somewhere else within Sandia. Managers at Sandia are never hired from outside. They are always long time insiders, so the culture never changes. What they do wrong, they cannot see it. Do not work on any project that is in collaborative lab space. Sandia has stack ranking system for performance reviews. Many hi tech companies are abandoning stack ranking. It is killing Facebook. In collaborative work space, in order to secure positive performance feedback, employees forge friendships which means they talk and talk a lot, go together to lunches. There are many that do not work much but the friendship is what counts at the end. At work you have to always act like you love Sandia and you are extra patriotic. If you do not, someone will make sure your managers knows about it. Facilities do not fix anything and if you are lucky it takes them months for very small, very simple things. By now, six times they totally ignored my tickets. There is no diversity at Sandia. Female workforce is the only diversity. One out of hundred employees is Asian. 97% is all white male.

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    13 people found this review helpful
  10. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Interesting Work Hampered by Out of Touch Management

    Aug 31, 2020 - Principal Computer Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Work is interesting. Pay is great for the local Cost of Living.

    Cons

    Management is disconnected from work being performed so problems requiring management intervention often go unaddressed long enough to spoil the culture/project/motivation/etc.

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