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Updated Jun 29, 2022

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Sandia National Laboratories Laboratories Director James Peery
James Peery
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Pros
  • "and great people!(in 113 reviews)
  • "Good work/life balance if you already have a family and are not looking for exciting things to do.(in 110 reviews)
  • "Good benefits with 3 weeks of vacation and enhanced 401K for new hires.(in 93 reviews)
  • "Good pay and benefit.(in 80 reviews)
  • "Great community and culture(in 28 reviews)
Cons
  • "poor management, very risk adverse which impacts mission accomplishment(in 33 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 17 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 11 reviews)
  • "Endless corporate training(in 10 reviews)
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  1. 4.0
    Current Employee

    A Downward Trajectory

    Mar 21, 2015 -  
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunities for research and further training opportunities, good work life balance, great coworkers and resources, decent midsized city with great weather

    Cons

    Slow salary growth below industry standards and often people are compensated comparably for vastly different work Lots of politics Few job opportunities with reasonable salaries outside the lab Benefits are always getting reduced There is a bit of a racial bias towards certain ethnic groups

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    3 people found this review helpful
  2. 3.0
    Current Employee

    good pay but stressful for hard workers

    Jun 11, 2022 - Senior Member of Technical Staff 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    the pay is great for the area

    Cons

    there is a lot of turnover and people who end up sticking around get a lot of things dumped on them

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Fair but can be frustrating

    Dec 22, 2014 - Senior Member of Technical Staff 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The people are friendly and approachable

    Cons

    Too many projects at any one time

    1 person found this review helpful
  4. 5.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Good Experience

    Jan 28, 2022 - R&D Undergraduate 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    Lots of great people who are willing to help you learn and grow in your career

    Cons

    Working on an active military base can be annoying

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  5. 5.0
    Former Intern

    Great place

    Feb 18, 2021 - Intern 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    People are smart and nice

    Cons

    California is very expensive and just broke even

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Excellent starter job

    Jan 31, 2009 - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay. Chance to help national security

    Cons

    The best technical people can be overlooked in favor of flashy self-promoters or salespeople. Salary increases are dictated by people who have no incentive to do a good job of it.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    SNL

    Aug 17, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great reputation. Variety of work and able to work with some of the smartest people in the world.

    Cons

    Apparently HR dictates what your performance review should be graded as NOT your immediate manager. Egotistical colleagues, poor management.

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    awesome people , but a lot of rules

    Mar 29, 2016 - Postdoctoral Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    people are smart and very friendly

    Cons

    there are a lot of rules to follow and remember .

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great work life balance and good compensation in NM

    Jan 1, 2015 - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Sandia is a great place if you are looking to work at some of the greatest technical challenges and still want to have some time with your family. Projects are challenging and typically leading edge in the world. Depending on the department you are working in many industry contacts are possible. People are professional and self motivated but there is no culture of taking quantity of work as a sign for quality. I.e. results matter not how much time you spend in the office. Compensation is good in particular when taking into account the cost of living in Albuquerque.

    Cons

    Albuquerque has its nice aspects, the whether is pretty good you even got a nice winter with sometimes snow and the possibility to go skiing nearby, but its missing a nice downtown. You also have to take care that you live in the right corner, many schools are pretty bad.

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

    Good, with a few issues

    May 27, 2016 - PMTS in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Meaningful work and top notch people mean that there is never angst about 'why am I doing this'. Most departments are good on work-life balance (and the corporate policies are as well.)

    Cons

    Management is not in control of our destiny, salaries, or benefits. Congress has been restricting these more and more and we are no longer paid better than industry, meaning getting the best people is getting harder every day.

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