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Sandia National Laboratories Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Dec 3, 2021

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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. 3.0
    Former Intern

    Decent Company for Technical Summer Internship

    Oct 15, 2017 - Intern in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Was overall a decent place to intern during the summer. The work was interesting and my mentor and manager were quite good. I also got to work in a fairly social environment with other interns, but I heard that wasn't the case for everyone else. They don't expect you to work more than 40 hours/week and there's a 9/80 plan that allows you to take every other Friday off which was nice.

    Cons

    - New Honeywell upper management not that well received, tried to push a more broad IP agreement onto employees - Bureaucratic, lots of rules and regulations - Not the highest paying internship for engineers - No student housing provided, everyone had to find their own place to live - Being located in Albuquerque, not as fun a place to live as other engineering/tech hubs (this varies by person)

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Interesting work, annoying bureaucracy

    Jul 27, 2014 - Mechanical Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great work life balance and good starting salary. Lots of interesting R&D work to pursue. There are opportunities to do research in many different areas, so an employee could potentially have many different careers while working there. The onsite health clinic is very convenient and same day appointments are available. There are also a lot of other services available to Sandia employees thanks to being located within an Air Force base. Layoffs are pretty much unheard of.

    Cons

    Inefficient government bureaucracy. Starting salary was good, but after a new compensation and performance review system was put into place, salary increases are not much, just barely above inflation. Good work is not really rewarded, and bad work isn't really punished unless it causes a major security or safety problem. Also, seems to be a glass ceiling if you don't have a PhD. Many people in upper management seem to value degrees more than experience. The Albuquerque area leaves something to be desired, but if you like living in a desert, then it's probably not so bad.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  3. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Deteriorating Rapidly Under NTESS

    Mar 8, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommend
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    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, but not staff) Tier boards are essentially complaint boxes or where you go to throw colleagues under the bus NTESS eliminated the Ombuds office Claims to promote diversity but definitely doesn't lead by example Adversity and stove piping is not only enabled but seems to be rewarded- duplication of effort is the highest I've ever seen it since orgs with different management chains have no incentive to work together anymore.

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    12 people found this review helpful
  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Excellent Place to Work

    Dec 3, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Very competitive salary and benefits Engaging and meaningful work Supportive community Ample training and professional development opportunities Truly a great place to work.

    Cons

    The work can be high stress with long hours For a long time, there was a negative attitude towards teleworking. This seems to be changing (I am currently a virtual worker), but much of upper management is still stuck in the mindset that on-site work is better.

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  5. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Innovating work but heading in a bad direction

    Feb 23, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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    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

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    6 people found this review helpful
  6. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Wonderful place to work

    Sep 23, 2015 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent colleagues! You will absolutely feel critical to the mission, and know your impact.

    Cons

    Sometimes upper management seems abrasive, but they really have your best benefit in mind.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  7. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Above the Law—Above Common Decency—Not an equal opportunity employer

    Jan 16, 2014 - Scrub Crew in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommend
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    Pros

    –Pays well for some positions. –9/80 work shifts are excellent –Some departments offer some good education opportunities. –There are a lot of good people at Sandia Labs.

    Cons

    From the bottom to the top career opportunities have been become increasingly political and very little about qualifications, skills, or experience. In certain organizations, specifically support organizations, nepotism is rampant and obvious to all employees. Management is held to a lower standard than regular employees. In some situations Sandia will hold on to managers even if there is not a job for them, meanwhile they are making cutting other necessary employees and stretching teams thin. Management is petty and clique oriented. Performance is not rewarded or noticed while managers pick favorites to recognize. Managers and team leads will even go as far as to fabricate instances and spread rumors about employees. That kind of behavior is highly unprofessional! Management is not held accountable for their actions. In 2010 a manager told me he wasn’t going to hire a soldier, in front of witnesses. Nothing happened to that manager even after I involved upper management and outside agencies. On other occasions a VP has received a DWI, a criminal act that would cost a regular employee their job, but nothing happened to the VP as a result of his criminal actions. Management does a lot of talk about safety but does very little to implement it. Managers will fail to inform workers of hazards in their work environment, such as asbestos present in the building material. During an all hands meeting an upper level manager declared that the accident caused him more suffering than the injured employees. Again, not funny and highly unprofessional.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  8. 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
  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    I worked at Sandia for 11 years as a researcher.

    Feb 6, 2015 - Principal Member of the Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Sandia has a huge variety of projects and a lot of mobility within the company. If you know what you want to do, there is a decent chance that you can figure out how to do it.

    Cons

    There is a fair amount of Dilbert-flavor activity, typical of any large company. Upper management is primarily motivated to minimize safety or security incidents, rather than promote breakthroughs and research success, so bureaucracy can be stifling at times.

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  10. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    NTESS is clueless

    Jan 18, 2019 - Staff Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Pay is good relative to the amount of work they expect out of you. Perfect for new families. No more than 40 hr weeks expected.

    Cons

    The new managing company NTESS is inexperienced and has done a poor job at managing the labs. As a consequence, they are squishing employee moral. They roll things out without thinking of the consequences and only thinking of how the bottom line looks (most things intended to save actually cost more tax money). In my humble opinion, they do not have the best interest of the American tax payer in mind. It's starting to become a quantity over quality place (just like Honeywell). I've been increasingly disappointed by the upper management.

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    10 people found this review helpful
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