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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated 26 October 2014
Updated 26 October 2014
114 Reviews
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114 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fantastic work life balance, secure and stable funding in most areas (in 11 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits, however culture has shifted over the years (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Located in a remote, small town (may be a plus, depending on your preferences) (in 8 reviews)

  • too much red tape, bloated management, oversight and mistrust (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Many positions have good job security

    Cons

    Lots of rules and regulations to follow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    15+ experience providing R&D and Nuclear Material Support.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, however culture has shifted over the years. There is opportunity to do some diverse work at LANL, everything from weapons research to bio science.

    Cons

    Support to do real science is often times a hold up. Promotions tend to come by who you know vs what you know.

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    Fulfilling Internship Experience

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    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Los Alamos, NM (US)
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Los Alamos, NM (US)

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The facility has developed an internship program that allows students to work directly beneath a mentor. The close connection between me and my mentor helped me develop my professional skills.

    Cons

    The town is small and everybody knows everybody. I've seen that the small-town mentality can diminish some goals and passion of employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Geophysics intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Very intelligent people, laid back workplace, 980

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, hard to see things being implemented

  6.  

    Great place to start a career

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM (US)

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Academic freedom, work-life balance, meaningful work, fun people, great work environment, compensation and benefits. People at all levels can contribute in big ways. Great town for families.

    Cons

    Long commute if you don't want to live in Los Alamos. There is relatively little (permanent) new blood. The bureaucracy is so expensive that it is difficult to get external funding for research projects, and if you are an engineer, it is sometimes difficult to win internal funding for research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing they don't already seem to be considering.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not All It Could Be

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    Current Employee - Technical Non-staff in Los Alamos, NM (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Non-staff in Los Alamos, NM (US)

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Mission oriented. Largely excellent teamwork. Wonderful natural surroundings. If in weapons work there is high job security (says a lot about human nature). Excellent area to raise children.Excellent community services. Lots of bright people. Great weather.

    Cons

    Poor pay and advancement for non-scientists. For-profit management appears to be adding to a perceived decline in worker morale. Dearth of decent restaurants in local area. Local government by well- meaning amateurs, some of whom take themselves too seriously..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't kill the Goose for the bonus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very good place to work for postdoc

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Los Alamos, NM (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Los Alamos, NM (US)

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    LANL is a place where scientific staff members are devoted to supporting the career development of postdocs. Entire career support department and career fair are organized for that purpose. Salary is good and support for travel and purchasing books are excellent.

    Cons

    Bureacractic procedures in usual government organizations. As long as you know how to navigate the system and try to make arrangements ahead of time, this usually is not a big problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management takes too much overhead from scientific staffs. For the place to grow, it has to install a system to re-assign old staff members who are not doing research and mainly sitting on internal funding (with the postdocs being the workhorse in those projects). Only then can it free up resources to bring in and keep new talents.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work if you are looking for a National Lab job with all the red tape included.

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Student Researcher in Los Alamos, NM (US)
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Student Researcher in Los Alamos, NM (US)

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    LANL has a rich history. There is unique research that goes on here that you cannot find anywhere else. Los Alamos is great town to live in if you are OK a small city without night life or a walmart.

    Cons

    Working at a national lab brings with it a lot of bureaucracy. National budget cuts affect projects at the lab. Some people cannot deal with a small town.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It's a job not a Career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Good befits, plenty of work

    Cons

    Low moral, not very many advancement opportunities, manager leadership is nonexistent.

  11.  

    Not too bad for a government contractor/facility

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    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in Los Alamos, NM (US)
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in Los Alamos, NM (US)

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are generally good. The work expectations are not overwhelming compared to some commercial companies.

    Cons

    Being a government facility with extensive DOE oversight, it is a bureaucratic place. There isn't the consistency of focus on the business side as there is in the private sector but being a scientific institution that's probably expected. The place can be fairly arbitrary with regard to equality in opportunities and compensation - they don't follow their published policies and procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more consistent and less cliquish with respect to employee opportunities and compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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