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Sandia National Laboratories Reviews

Updated 18 Jul 2019

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3.7
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Sandia National Laboratories CEO Steve Younger
Steve Younger
67 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work/Life balance is very high priority(in 140 reviews)

  • "9/80 workweek is pretty standard(in 54 reviews)

Cons
  • "Living in Albuquerque, outdated buildings onsite(in 55 reviews)

  • "A lot of red tape for work can make it challenging to accomplish task(in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Don't base your career decisions solely on this place -- it's not a normal place"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Don't have to work long hours even though each 60 minutes generally seems like 90

    Cons

    Soul crushing waste of time mostly. The most productive time of day is the wait of 20-30 minutes getting through the gate, when you can imagine a better world.

    Advice to Management

    Quit, die, whatever, just get out of the way of productive people.

    Sandia National Laboratories2019-07-19
  2. "They discriminate against disabled vets"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay, healthcare, vacation accrual

    Cons

    My boss harassed me because I am disabled. I asked for a work accommodation and he repeatedly denied it and then complained about how he had Togo out of his way to accommodate me. I sought out help from senior management and HR, but they all condoned his behavior and said he did not violate any policy.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to take care of your people

    Sandia National Laboratories2019-07-18
  3. "member of staff"

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      Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Albuquerque, NM

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

      Pros

      Great environment and excellent projects to work on.

      Cons

      Education requirements for advancement are difficult to navigate

      Sandia National Laboratories2019-06-02
    • Helpful (3)

      "Was a great place to work 10 years ago but ever since NTESS (Honeywell) took over it sucks"

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      Current Employee - Computer Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Smart technical people; pay above average for the area.

      Cons

      ABQ has a big crime problem. But that is the least of your worries. Ever since Honeywell (NTESS) took over management they have started running the place into the ground. No parking. Limited office spaces (you get to work in a mobile shed). They are cutting benefits and they don't want to pay to upgrade your computing equipment. Internet is slow. It is harder to get promoted because NTESS doesn't want to spend...

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      Advice to Management

      NTESS quit. You are bad for the labs. Sandia used to mean something -- a crown jewel of the National Laboratory System; these days it barely lives up to its famous motto: "Exceptional Service in the National Interest". Too bad.

      Sandia National Laboratories2019-06-26
    • Helpful (3)

      "Solid Place to Work"

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      Current Employee - Computing Infrastructure Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      Flexible schedule, great work/life balance, job security, lots of training and growth opportunities.

      Cons

      Tread water on pay. Its not uncommon to not keep up with inflation. So much waste. Wasted time & money. Typical government stuff. Spend it or lose it at the end of the fiscal year, nonsense training (I don't lock out/tag out stuff but take a training for it yearly), red tape and a "process" for everything. Promotions use to be a way to get an "adjustment" when your skills/responsibilities grow, but those are...

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      Advice to Management

      DOE hires a private company to manage the labs because the work here is important to the nation. Stop running it like the same way the government would.

      Sandia National Laboratories2019-05-30
    • Helpful (1)

      "CA site - If you value work/life balance, if you want to grow in a company without office politics, keep looking."

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      Current Employee - Financial Analyst 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook

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

      Pros

      AWS - alternative work schedules, medical facility onsite, farmers markets and fun runs, Virgin Health Miles participating organization,

      Cons

      Technical work is favored over non-technical work, very low minority representation in lab leadership, promotions are extremely hard to come by, raises do not track with the cost of inflation (if you get one at all), benefits are becoming more costly and the overall sentiment of the site is overworked and under appreciated.

      Advice to Management

      Model the change that you want to see, from the top down. Missions being met at the expense of the members of the work force may yield short term "wins" but attrition will continue to be an issue

      Sandia National Laboratories2019-06-05
    • "Scientist"

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        Current Employee - Associate Scientist 

        I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time

        Pros

        Good place for me to work in abq if you like science need more words to satisfy count

        Cons

        Not everything is good here all the time at work at this place more words would be better. I want access

        Advice to Management

        I have various advice to give to superiors

        Sandia National Laboratories2019-06-02
      • "Great Place to Work"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

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

        Pros

        Great benefits, fantastic coworkers and work environment.

        Cons

        I have nothing negative to say at this time.

        Sandia National Laboratories2019-05-16
      • Helpful (5)

        "Circling the toilet bowl"

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        Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than 10 years

        Pros

        High turnover, makes it easier to sell your house when you leave. Staff is considering starting a union to be treated fairly.

        Cons

        Honeywell, disgusting, dirty facilities, poor 401k investment options, New Mexico/Albuquerque Area, terrible schools, horrific crime. They cram 3 people in a 96 sq ft office and act like it's a luxury office. Soviet-style communist policies and fear tactics. Socialist rating system; zero incentive to work hard. They're more concerned about your bedroom activities than your technical expertise. Parking...

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        Advice to Management

        NTESS/Honeywell: just go away. Quit. Nobody wants you and you’re running what used to be a great national lab into the ground. I used to be proud to work here, now I'm completely ashamed. You even managed to ruin an already terrible cafeteria. The economy is booming, slashing benefits, pay, and flex/eww was a terrible move. The 9 block rating is a joke as is the leadership.

        Sandia National Laboratories2019-06-10
      • "Overall, A Good Place to Work"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No Opinion of CEO

        I worked at Sandia National Laboratories full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        I should preface this review by saying that I worked at the Livermore location, and my review is specific to it. Every day that I worked at Sandia, I felt that I was doing something meaningful. All of the work was cutting edge, and some of it had never been done before. The pay was competitive, and the standard benefits were as expected for full-time work at a large organization. There were also some nice fringe benefits,...

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        Cons

        There weren't a lot of things that I didn't like about working here, but a few do come to mind. First, there was the standard bureaucratic red-tape that comes with any large government organization. Second, the way I was assigned tasks and carried out my work didn't match up well with the format of the performance management/review process. Nor did it match up well with the way that I was expected to complete my time...

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        Advice to Management

        Don't try to use a one-size-fits-all format for performance management.

        Sandia National Laboratories2019-05-02
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