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Sandia National Laboratories Reviews

Updated 25 Jan 2020

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3.7
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Sandia National Laboratories Laboratories Director James Peery
James Peery
2 Ratings
Pros
  • "Atmosphere and work life balance(in 159 reviews)

  • "Great work Life balance with 4/10 schedule and 9/80(in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • "Albuquerque can be quite dangerous(in 59 reviews)

  • "I can imagine this stems from a lot of HR red tape(in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing Job"

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    Current Employee - Technologist in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Atmosphere and work life balance.

    Cons

    Lower than average annual salary increase.

    Sandia National Laboratories2020-01-25
  2. "Really great place to be a postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Things get done. Really great staff to support research operations. California/Bay Area quality of life.

    Cons

    Can be corporate when coming from academia

    Sandia National Laboratories2020-01-22
  3. "An Oasis In The Desert"

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -empowered environment -great support staff -highly qualified colleagues -resource filled environment

    Cons

    -bureaucracy exists but less than other similar entities -interoffice politics

    Advice to Management

    Continue to empower employees and support free of personal influences. Great place to work with needs for minor tweaks.

    Sandia National Laboratories2020-01-07
  4. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Information Systems Architect 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    stable funding with interesting technical opportunities

    Cons

    plenty of government rules to follow, compressed fiscal year

    Sandia National Laboratories2020-01-02
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great work/life balance."

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    Current Employee - Production Planner in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Sandia has very rewarding and interesting work. Onsite healthcare is a great resource and can be used at no-cost for employees. There are opportunities to move around to different departments. Although some PTO has been taken away recently, it is still more generous than most places. Depending on the department, there are opportunities to work remotely. The people and culture are great.

    Cons

    In my three years at Sandia I have seen benefits slowly being taken away such as reductions in PTO, increases in insurance premiums, and opportunities for promotions were dramatically decreased, flex time was changed to make it nearly impossible to use, and flextime on travel was taken away. The year end bonuses were pretty much taken away and we were told that base salary increases would make up for the difference in pay however, this was not true. This is all based on the performance process and anybody that scores "above average" receives a non-base award. In theory, this is how it should work but the problem is that managers are pushed to use a forced distribution so almost everybody receives a "average" rating which does not qualify for a non-base award. Before 2019, "average" performers did qualify for a non-base award which is why most people recently lost their year end bonuses essentially meaning a decrease in take home pay from the previous year. To make it worse, management tells us that "we should be proud of an "average" rating because Sandia employees have a history of performing higher than the general workforce". If we are held to higher standards, we should be compensated as such.

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    Advice to Management

    It is frustrating to be told all year that you are doing great work, your performance is great, and your attitude and persona are exceeding Sandia's 8 behaviors but come review time, you are just an "average" employee. Greater transparency would be appreciated. When we were told that base increases would help supplement the loss of non-base increases, we expected this to be true and based on the raise packages this year, it was not the case. Bring back opportunities for promotions. With the current situation the only way to get a decent raise is to change job titles which typically means changing departments. This causes a high internal turnover in a lot of departments and the time and cost to get new employees up to speed outweigh the cost savings of limited promotions.

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    Sandia National Laboratories2020-01-07
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Look elseware"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Many smart people work here

    Cons

    Here are the list of benefits that have been cut in the past two years: 1.Very strict IP Agreement almost forced on us. 2.Flex and EWW heavily damaged. 3.Loss of non-base pay for most everyone. 4.Loss of most of our long-term sick time, reduced to 6 weeks. 5.Promotions cut in half to make up for loss of money for people promoted. 6.Loss of celebration money – retirements, etc. 7.Gained heavy hand on corporate credit card strict usage. 8.Personal time getting cut from 56 to 40 hours, and heavier restrictions on use 9.Cut 32-hours per year on learning what we wanted. 10.Division support cut in half (this FY) 11.Fee’s on 401k. 12.Paternity Leave gained at partial expense of Maternity Leave. 13.Cell phones moving outside of buildings

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    Advice to Management

    Lab management continues to cut employee benefits while still receiving their large yearly compensation and bonus packages.

    Sandia National Laboratories2020-01-08
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not for everyone, but probably the best opportunity you'll find in Abq"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent health, dental vision at an affordable price based on salary and number of people covered. Excellent PTO and sick leave. Company contributes to and also matches 401k. Relatively laid back atmosphere, no real dress code. Fairly well protected from federal budget continuing resolutions, furlows, etc. 9/80 and 4/10 schedule options.

    Cons

    Extremely difficult to get promoted no matter your role. Very few opportunities to advance without specific degrees. Culture has gotten very weird since the contract change. Lack of communication from upper management on important changes.

    Sandia National Laboratories2019-12-31
  8. "Excellent Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - R&D Cybersecurity in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent place to work that sits in between industry and academia. Solid pay and benefits, great culture, great work, great coworkers.

    Cons

    The federal government seems to want to reduce the cost of operating Sandia Labs, which means cuts in non-base pay, benefits, as well as general perks. This is a mistake, and it can make retention very very challenging for a young workforce that has tons of employment options.

    Advice to Management

    While NTESS and senior management must heed NNSA's desire to cut down Sandia's operating costs, it is important to realize that in order to recruit and retain the "best and the brightest" you must offer the best value to them. This place will be vastly different in the future if the current trend continues.

    Sandia National Laboratories2019-12-06
  9. "Times have changed"

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    Current Employee - Office Management Specialist 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with. Top heavy with lack of diversity.

    Cons

    Benefits rate raises annually, comp packages leave more to be desired, no retention, no openness to change

    Sandia National Laboratories2019-12-12
  10. Helpful (4)

    "The sun is setting."

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    Current Employee - Technologist 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay is high for the state, top-tier scientific research in some departments, benefits are competitive for the area. Good work-life balance, dependent upon manager. Good place to launch a career in science or engineering - extremely generous pay for undergrad and graduate interns.

    Cons

    Benefits, bonuses, and promotions have been bleeding away since 2017. Low promotion rates make it necessary to self-promote to be considered for advancement, and higher levels of advancement for technical staff are nearly unattainable. Complaints to management about waning benefits are typically met with national service propaganda - it is your privilege to serve our nation by accepting less pay and worse benefits. Salaries are lower than the national average, which is exacerbated by incentives like bonuses and profit sharing being unavailable. Pensions are no longer available to new hires, but most people with over 15 years of service still have them, creating a sense of inequity. Data indicates a retention crisis among mid-career professionals without a pension, but it is routinely denied by senior management. Individual experience can vary wildly from manager to manager - it is common for some people to sit for months without work, and others to work at such a frantic pace that they become ill. The bureaucracy around the simplest tasks is crushing on a day-to-day basis and at absolutely every level.

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    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge that there is a retention problem, and work to address the underlying issues. Sandia is a decent place to work for 3-5 years, but there are much better, faster paths for advancement elsewhere in the science and engineering fields. Make Sandia a place worth staying at.

    Sandia National Laboratories2019-11-19
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