Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory FAQ

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18 June 2019

What is health insurance like at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Pros

They value your experience you bring to the table, it's not all about degrees (but that's a perk). A very hospitable and genuine management within the OCFO. The benefits exceed silicon valley: the work/life balance is great, healthcare package, they don't burn you out chasing that profit margin, competitive pay, etc...

Cons

The security clearances/background checks keep your life a open book....but it's understandable when you work for a national laboratory.

The benefits exceed silicon valley: the work/life balance is great, healthcare package, they don't burn you out chasing that profit margin, competitive pay, etc...

18 June 2019

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11 July 2019

Does Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory offer housing assistance?

Pros

LLNL dedicates itself to employee development and retention. This workplace supports and encourages skills development and actively seeks to place you where your skills can be utilized. LLNL welcomes and celebrates a diverse workforce and a safety-conscious, environmentally friendly and health-oriented culture.

Cons

The trade-off between affordable housing and commute-times is challenging.

The trade-off between affordable housing and commute-times is challenging.

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25 September 2018

Does Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory offer vision insurance?

Pros

Able to support myself with a mid range salary. Longevity, health, dental, & vision insurance.

Cons

Can't get a raise, I've worked hard, researching, training, implementing new processes, only to be looked over and passed by for any type of promotion. I've been sexually harassed, witnessed by my department head, only to be told it didn't happen when I finally went to him with a complaint. Pay raises have averaged .50 over the last 15 years. Told I'd be promoted far too many times, by managers who seemingly lied because I've been stagnate in the same classification for 20 years. I've begun to believe my dedication has not been worth the sacrifices made. In the beginning I felt a sense of pride working here, now I have come to the conclusion that I would have been better off working in my home town for less money, because the balance between time away from home and compensation is far lacking. It was good in the beginning but the economy has caught up to my salary, and it's just not enough.

Advice to Management

Don't tell your employees what they can do to get a promotion if you're not going to follow through.

Longevity, health, dental, & vision insurance.

25 September 2018

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11 June 2019

What is the retirement plan like at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Pros

Great pay, great benefits, great retirement plan People are passionate about their work Sense of community Safe/Secure working environment Regular and significant pay raises

Cons

*Can* have a tough work-life balance, but it depends what you do and who you work with Difficult to move up without advanced degree Advancement can be quite political Expensive cost-of-living (obviously not LLNL's fault...) and insane commute if not living in Livermore itself

Advice to Management

Less politics with career advancement

Great pay, great benefits, great retirement plan

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20 September 2018

Does Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory offer massages?

Pros

I'm a bit over a decade into my career here at LLNL. During that decade+, I've been able to work on a wide variety of things from computer hardware, to software development, to team leadership. My colleagues are generally excellent: they work hard, their egos are non-existent, they're interested in building great stuff as a team, and they're as willing to learn as they are to teach. I get to work on projects that push the frontier of high performance computing. The fact that some of the world's most powerful supercomputers are just downstairs from my office is simply amazing. That I get to help, in my own small way, push that frontier forward is the opportunity of a lifetime. And, not only do we push the art of supercomputers forward, but there's tons of amazing, world-altering science and engineering occurring here at LLNL. The Lab's catchphrase is "science in the national interest." And it's true! When I think about all the world-class scientific discoveries which I indirectly support, I'm consistently blown away. I love my iPhone, but the work to help create the next-generation smartphone pales in comparison to all the scientific discoveries and breakthroughs occurring here at LLNL. As wonderful as the work atmosphere is, I'm also able to have a great non-work life. I'm able to be home each evening to have dinner with my wife and kids. My weekends are family time, not extra work time. Schedule flexibility is pervasive (for example, the AWS schedule that gives me every-other Friday off is quite nice). And I can afford to live in the same town where I work: there's no soul-crushing commute wherein it takes me 35 minutes to move 10 miles on a jammed freeway.

Cons

Cons — doesn't every organization have them? The Lab is a large organization. Sometimes the gears of progress grind more slowly than they should in surprising places. For example, it takes a looooong time to get a new computer for your office. Being that this is a quasi-governmental organization, there are various restrictions in place that you might not experience out in private industry. There are no stock options, no exceptional account-busting bonuses, no compensation for volunteer work, no kegs with fresh beer at the end of the hallway, or other types of perks that you might expect at a Google, Apple, or other typical Silicon Valley enterprises. But, the fact that I get to see my family at a reasonable time at the end of every day more than makes up for the lack. Another con is that Silicon Valley is close by; the companies there love to poach Lab employees. This can be difficult. It's hard to see a steady stream of my fellow colleagues get enticed by the large salaries, free lunches and dinners, in-building massages, and other Silicon Valley enticements.

Advice to Management

Figure out how to stem the flow of our colleagues heading out to work in Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley isn't going anywhere; the problem won't solve itself. It's going to take active and creative measures — including how the Lab sells itself to potential new employees — in order to keep people working on all the important problems we have before us here at LLNL.

It's hard to see a steady stream of my fellow colleagues get enticed by the large salaries, free lunches and dinners, in-building massages, and other Silicon Valley enticements.

20 September 2018

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