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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated 23 February 2015
Updated 23 February 2015
130 Reviews
3.7
130 Reviews
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Los Alamos National Laboratory Director & President Charles McMillan
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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 place to work

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    Current Employee - PSA I in Los Alamos, NM (US)
    Current Employee - PSA I in Los Alamos, NM (US)

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The laboratory is a great place to work. Balance between personal life and work life is pretty good. There are plenty of opportunities to work on different areas if you have the appropriate skill set, but you need to be at the right time in the right place. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Little to no upward mobility in this area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of paperwork sometimes unnecessary. Need to listen and engage staff to streamline work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work... If You Can Deal With Bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Pay his high, especially for postdocs. Benefits are great, good 401k matching. You get to work with some of the best minds in the world.

    Cons

    You're stuck in the middle of nowhere New Mexico. The scenery is great, its a wonderful place to hike and a wonderful place to be outdoors, but the restaurants close early and you have to drive an hour to get to target. Sometimes the bureaucracy can be a little too much to handle. It took me several months to get a new desk chair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is great at LANL - the problem, in my humble opinion, is that the oversight from higher up is too stringent. Relaxed rules might lead to more productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Wonderful internship experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern
    Current Intern - Intern

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern

    Pros

    It was great to have the opportunity to work on real, meaningful problems and have some freedom in my studies, all while in a beautiful mountain setting.

    Cons

    Some of the infrastructure is aging and there are management issues. Science progress at times moves slowly due to bureaucratic roadblocks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    great benefit, excellent working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Very disorganized place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Decent salary. Great benefits

    Cons

    Terrible people. I was always watched by pretty much everyone. They did not trust co-workers. My bosses did not like me from day 1. Too many strange and complicated policies. If I complain, they always say "if you don't like here, just leave!".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect employees who are doing the hardest work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    4 Years and looking elsewhere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Holidays Off, and flexible schedule

    Cons

    Hard to advance & nothing gets done quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In CFO/Accounting very slows; not structured very well

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Very happy. Don't like the bureaucracy.

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    • Senior Management
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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
  10.  

    Incredible scientific community with very interesting interdisciplinary projects.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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