Sandia National Laboratories Reviews

Updated 10 Jun 2021

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Sandia National Laboratories Laboratories Director James Peery
James Peery
73 Ratings
Pros
  • "Excellent work/life balance with internal movement freedom(in 183 reviews)

  • "Nice benefits, 9/80 schedule, above average pay(in 63 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Don't like living in albuquerque(in 67 reviews)

  • "I can imagine this stems from a lot of HR red tape(in 31 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years
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      Great Place to Work

      1 Feb 2021 - Member Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
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      Pros

      Professional working staff and employer.

      Cons

      None. This was a great place to work.

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good place to work, excellent benefits, family oriented. Many pros, definetely cons as well

      6 Jun 2021 - Facilities in Albuquerque, NM
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      Pros

      Sandia believes family is first. We work to live, not live to work. Management treats employees fairly, staff is seldom over worked with great possibilities for advancement. If I were asked if I would come back to Sandia, I would. But lesson learned, accept only what I am looking for. Do not think you can step into your desired position later. It may or it may not happen.

      Cons

      If you do not have a degree, all the experience in the world will do you no good. They say otherwise, but it is not so. As well, if there is a narrative being pursued by media and politicians, in many cases, Sandia will adopt narrative. This year for the first time they decided to elect black engineer of the year. Not simply based on skills but based on the narrative. As well, while pay is good, sometimes raises are slow. Union contract got 1.5% raise over 3 years, even though cost of living has gone far above that. No raises for cost of living. There is also no retirement option, there is however a 401k option which Sandia does a decent investment into.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good place to do work in theory, People get in the way

      14 May 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
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      Pros

      1) Opportunity to grow and lateral mobility is great here. 2) Lots of great people once you find your circle. 3) Great balance between R&D and production.

      Cons

      1) Competitive coworker can be malicious. There are plenty of people who will root against you and silently try to slow down your career. Steer clear of these people. Find people you work well with. 2) Management is unaware of your accomplishments if you don't tell them. Bragging about yourself is a hard thing to do as an engineer but if you don't vocalize your accomplishments then your management team will never know. 3) Job security only if you have a clearance. Most jobs at Sandia require a clearance. There is a fine print contingency to your job offer where you are responsible to obtain your clearance within 2 years of your offer. The clearance process is a black hole and totally out of your control. Your clearance paperwork can get stuck somewhere and there is nothing you can do. If you don't have clearance within the first 1.5 years, start looking for new work. Once you hit the 2 year mark without a clearance, management can fire you with cause for failing to meet a job contingency. 4) There is very little diversity.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great job

      7 Jun 2021 - Project Controller in Albuquerque, NM
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      Pros

      Great Enviornment all around I’d say

      Cons

      There are none that i know of

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Cool Projects

      2 Jun 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
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      Pros

      Really cool projects (not your normal CRUD business), flexibility, work-life balance, learning opportunity

      Cons

      Security Clearance, no outside-of-work perks (like retreats, etc.)

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Place to Work

      2 Jun 2021 - Nuclear Engineer 
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      Pros

      Great work, co-workers, mission. Lots of interesting work to get involved in.

      Cons

      Red tape can be an issue

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Culture Driven

      2 Jun 2021 - Human Resources Generalist in Albuquerque, NM
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      Pros

      Great culture to be a part of

      Cons

      Limited room to grow in specific career fields.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Amazing Place to Intern

      26 May 2021 - R&D Intern in Albuquerque, NM
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      Pros

      Amazing Work Flexibility for School Schedules

      Cons

      The biggest flaw at Sandia is that it is too corporate, too much paper pushing.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Fantastic research laboratory

      16 May 2021 - Staff Scientist in Albuquerque, NM
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      Pros

      World-class facilities, world-class scientists and engineers, exciting physics and security work in support of national security, excellent compensation and benefits

      Cons

      Some bureaucratic issues associated with government sponsorship, pace of individual projects can feel slow, location may not be ideal for everyone

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good place

      10 Jun 2021 - Principal Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
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      Pros

      Lots of technical challenges available

      Cons

      Not enough room for advancement

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