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Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated 23 November 2014
Updated 23 November 2014
118 Reviews
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118 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 8 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    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 an 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
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    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 an 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
    No opinion of CEO
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    LANL

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    LANL has some very talented staff that does great work.

    Cons

    Talented staff is thwarted by bureaucracy which has increased overhead and decreased performance simultaneously. Rules are not employed uniformed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Double-dipping was NOT a good idea and has adversely affected people relying on the pension fund.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Like being a kid in a candy store, but you can only choose one candy.

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

    I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good holiday, vacation and sick leave with mild time flexibility in a small, rocky mountain town. Great ergonomic support, computer monitors and supercomputing opportunities. Many technologies to play with across a broad corporate structure. Significant training opportunities. Engineers and physical scientists are highly valued.

    Cons

    Approved software is greatly restricted. The town is too small and remote for most people, or at least most people's families. The culture values narrow specialists -- to be the best in the world at one small thing. Most people get type cast before they find that one thing they like, and have to stay in their original role. Most of the place runs on software with mild software engineering and a computer science phobia. Computer scientists will be lonely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High morale leads to hard work and innovation. Boost moral so people return to their late night work habits and world class research publications.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    15+ experience providing R&D and Nuclear Material Support.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, however culture has shifted over the years. There is opportunity to do some diverse work at LANL, everything from weapons research to bio science.

    Cons

    Support to do real science is often times a hold up. Promotions tend to come by who you know vs what you know.

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    Fulfilling Internship Experience

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    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Los Alamos, NM (US)
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Los Alamos, NM (US)

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

    Pros

    The facility has developed an internship program that allows students to work directly beneath a mentor. The close connection between me and my mentor helped me develop my professional skills.

    Cons

    The town is small and everybody knows everybody. I've seen that the small-town mentality can diminish some goals and passion of employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Geophysics intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Pros

    Very intelligent people, laid back workplace, 980

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, hard to see things being implemented

  9.  

    Great place to start a career

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Academic freedom, work-life balance, meaningful work, fun people, great work environment, compensation and benefits. People at all levels can contribute in big ways. Great town for families.

    Cons

    Long commute if you don't want to live in Los Alamos. There is relatively little (permanent) new blood. The bureaucracy is so expensive that it is difficult to get external funding for research projects, and if you are an engineer, it is sometimes difficult to win internal funding for research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing they don't already seem to be considering.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good place to work for postdoc

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

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

    Pros

    LANL is a place where scientific staff members are devoted to supporting the career development of postdocs. Entire career support department and career fair are organized for that purpose. Salary is good and support for travel and purchasing books are excellent.

    Cons

    Bureacractic procedures in usual government organizations. As long as you know how to navigate the system and try to make arrangements ahead of time, this usually is not a big problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management takes too much overhead from scientific staffs. For the place to grow, it has to install a system to re-assign old staff members who are not doing research and mainly sitting on internal funding (with the postdocs being the workhorse in those projects). Only then can it free up resources to bring in and keep new talents.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not All It Could Be

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    Current Employee - Technical Non-staff in Los Alamos, NM (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Non-staff in Los Alamos, NM (US)

    I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Mission oriented. Largely excellent teamwork. Wonderful natural surroundings. If in weapons work there is high job security (says a lot about human nature). Excellent area to raise children.Excellent community services. Lots of bright people. Great weather.

    Cons

    Poor pay and advancement for non-scientists. For-profit management appears to be adding to a perceived decline in worker morale. Dearth of decent restaurants in local area. Local government by well- meaning amateurs, some of whom take themselves too seriously..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't kill the Goose for the bonus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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