Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 21 Jan 2021

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director Bill Goldstein
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  • "My management is very supportive of work-life balance and the company benefits are great(in 218 reviews)

  • "Cutting edge work with some of the best scientists in the field(in 60 reviews)

Cons
  • "red tape so it takes longer to get things done(in 53 reviews)

  • "Expense of living in the Bay area(in 44 reviews)

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  1. "Great work environment, low pay"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    * Everyone here is really smart, top of their fields, and humble about it. * Very friendly teams generally, people generally aren't antagonistic * Good work-life balance, most people can maintain near-40-hour work weeks. * Flexible work schedules (9/80, 4/10) * Low-stress, once you get past your first year, it's pretty hard to get fired.

    Cons

    * Pay trajectory over your career is terrible compared to industry. If they want to keep the best at the lab, they need to raise salaries.

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  2. "Dedicated to the core mission"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Training Specialist in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Love working here because of the work we do for our nation. National security is our prime mission - making the world a safer place. We have brilliant people working here and I love the work I do to support the people who are essential to our core mission. My management is very supportive of work-life balance and the company benefits are great.

    Cons

    Funding is dependent on the federal government administration. As with most government entities there are a lot of restrictions and red tape, but you learn to live with those realities.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    January 25, 2021Recruiting Group Leader

    Thank you for your review. LLNL strives to be supportive of work-life balance for all its employees.


  3. "Lots of great work and great people"

    4.0
    Former Intern - Graduate Student Intern in Livermore, CA

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for less than a year

    Pros

    Very smart and friendly people, great benefits, good work life balance

    Cons

    Slow pace and red tape, hard to collaborate with departments

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    "Work environment"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Great place for science and technology work that challenges you with a good work life balance if you manage it correctly.

    Cons

    Middle management needs improving and more accountability for managers should be addressed by senior management.

  5. "Great place to work!"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Administrator in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work/life balance Many different career opportunities within one company

    Cons

    As a government contractor, the Lab is limited by funding sources. Additionally, the Lab needs to improve their DE&I culture/environment.

  6. "Great Benefits, fantastic place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package and competitive salary for a postdoc in CA. Great work-life balance. The projects are interesting and engaging, and the people have been great to work with.

    Cons

    Conversion from postdoc to staff in really dependent on funding availability and not talent, so there's a huge luck factor into whether or not you stay here long-term.

  7. "Great place to work!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of career growth opportunities. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Navigating process policies and procedures can be challenging as each dept has their own way getting things donem

  8. "Great place to work!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You won't find a highly competitive place that equally values work/life balance.

    Cons

    Working with a lot of smart people can be intimidating sometimes.

  9. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Challenging technical problems Great work-life balance Very skilled and professional colleagues

    Cons

    High cost of living in the Bay Area

  10. "Science in the national interest"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Physicist in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Has great work life balance

    Cons

    Area has high cost of living

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