Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated 17 January 2015
Updated 17 January 2015
125 Reviews
3.7
125 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fantastic work life balance, secure and stable funding in most areas (in 11 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits, however culture has shifted over the years (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Located in a remote, small town (may be a plus, depending on your preferences) (in 9 reviews)

  • too much red tape, bloated management, oversight and mistrust (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    great benefit, excellent working environment

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Los Alamos, NM (US)

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    great place to do and learn science. excellent collaborative environment

    Cons

    too many official formalities to do a simple task like travel or attending a conference etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Career track disappointing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    important work with great colleagues

    Cons

    frustrating and sometimes embarrassing amount of bureaucracy and illogical rules and regs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Very happy. Don't like the bureaucracy.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Scientific environment, resources, location, natural setting

    Cons

    bureaucracy, politics, isolation of location

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Laid back federal organization with outdated research esp in biological sciences

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Los Alamos, NM (US)
    Former Employee - Scientist in Los Alamos, NM (US)

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, excellent work-life balance. Flex hours and with schedule like 9/80, one can spend lot of time with family!

    Cons

    Poor growth opportunities, promotions driven more by whom-you-know than how-good-you-have performed! Outdated research! Not much exciting projects especially in biosciences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote research by rewarding good scientific publications; promote developing new processes and acquire key patents!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Incredible scientific community with very interesting interdisciplinary projects.

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    Current Employee - Scientist II in Los Alamos, NM (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Los Alamos, NM (US)

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Los Alamos is one of the best DOE laboratories to work in science. The major advantage is the comprehensive research that can be done here, since the lab has a lot of infrastructure and expertise in all aspects of science. From theoretical to experimental scientists, the projects enjoy the whole spectrum of scientific endeavor.

    Cons

    One the major obstacles is the burdensome and crippling bureaucracy everywhere in the lab. Additionally, the overhead to bring in new funding is way higher than in many institutions, making it extremely difficult to get grants into the lab.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce management! There are way too many managers, which financially burdens the scientific community at LANL in form of overhead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great people! Awesome view's of the Sangre De Cristo mountain range!

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    Former Employee - Computer Tech in Los Alamos, NM (US)
    Former Employee - Computer Tech in Los Alamos, NM (US)

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large enterprise class network. Fast internet. Highly trained tech support. Small community up in the Jemez mountains with very little crime. Great hospital and best school system in the state!

    Cons

    Atmosphere has changed over the last 20 years. Very little espre de corps there any more. New guy's don't have any retirement possibility, just standard benefit's these days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the do nothings, and the people who are retired in place.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    My experience depended on which project I worked on.

    Former Employee - Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Los Alamos, NM (US)
    Former Employee - Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Los Alamos, NM (US)

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Job depends on where you work.

    Cons

    When landing in a good position, you learn a lot.

  9.  

    Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM (US)

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work at. The people are really nice and try to guide you throughout your internship.

    Cons

    There are no negative comments

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Lab, boring town

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Alamos, NM (US)

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I was there for a summer internship. The research was very interesting, and that got me very motivated to do the work. I learned a lot that summer, it was one of my favorite research projects to date! My mentors and everyone in my group were all amazing people: very friendly and very smart, and they really cared about their interns. The pay was also very good, considering I was only an undergraduate at the time.

    Cons

    It's placed in a very boring, small town. There's one movie theater and a few restaurants and that's about it. If it wasn't for this I would have seriously considered returning to Los Alamos as a postdoc after my PhD. But I like big cities so for me that's a deal breaker. If you're OK with commuting everyday you could live in Santa Fe (a lot of people do!), but I find that would be too much of a haste for me.

    Recommends
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