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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated 18 February 2019
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is the biggest advantage" (in 116 reviews)

  • "The Lab cares about your career growth Love working for such a great place" (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • "Being a government contractor does mean there is a lot of red tape" (in 40 reviews)

  • "Of course, the cost of living in the Bay Area makes the 'good' salaries not reach as far" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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    "Very nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Writer/Editor in Livermore, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Writer/Editor in Livermore, CA (US)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary and perks, friendly people excellent work/life balance. They do not run you into the ground. They allow you to explore where you're happiest and may pay for additional education needed.

    Cons

    Doesn't have the sexiness of Silicon Valley, but real work is done here.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the value of the work. Don't try to compete with Silicon Valley on the holy grail du jour, whether "diversity" or other.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    11 Oct 2018 – Recruiting Group Leader

    Thank you for your review. LLNL has very good perks/benefits and also offers education assistance for eligible employees. We hope you are able to take advantage of these benefits!


  2. "A great workplace for a scientist"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Livermore, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Livermore, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Sizable employee benefit -- 401k, medical coverage including dental and vision etc, flexible culture.

    Cons

    Commute can take long time if you live east of the laboratory.

    Advice to Management

    Doing great!

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Human Resource
    Current Employee - Human Resource

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and amenities while at work

    Cons

    behind the times with current trends in employment, (ie, telecommuting options)


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Physicsit in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Physicsit in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities, inclusion, great projects

    Cons

    salary, work on too many projects


  5. "freedom to innovate"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Livermore, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Livermore, CA (US)

    I worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very free and creative environment

    Cons

    livermore itself is crazy expensive

    Advice to Management

    management was transparent and a pleasure to work for.


  6. "Good paying balanced worklife friendly"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst IV in Livermore, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst IV in Livermore, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very friendly employees. Great pay and balanced worklife

    Cons

    Security clearance required. The process can be stressful


  7. "Great for science"

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    Current Employee - Post College Appointee in Livermore, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Post College Appointee in Livermore, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Less pressure than in college.
    Among the highest salary in academia.
    Full benefits (401k, Health, dental, vision, paid vacation, etc)
    Advanced research equipment
    Interdisciplinary

    Cons

    Strict background check.
    Bureaucracy and low efficiency. Paperwork for everything

  8. "Started as a new graduate and the perks are great"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Livermore, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Livermore, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I went through an ACE interview after being recruited at a career fair. Interviewed with about 8 multidisciplinary teams in the span of a day and was offered the job the next morning.

    Starting off I was able to:
    * have my own office
    * look for a team that was a good fit for me in the lab (toooons of projects)
    * now currently working in physics simulations, which is super cool
    * have the freedom to change projects over time
    * Tons of networking groups and clubs
    * free health check ins and many events
    * lots of lectures going on with bleeding edge science
    * I get to work on the fastest computers in the world
    * great long term stability if that's what you care about
    * potential to start your own projects by applying for funding
    * get to work with lots of scientists and engineers
    * get to have cool tours in different parts of the lab
    * Networking events and conferences
    * great work life balance

    Cons

    * lower salary potential than FAANG software engineers, but still decent
    * lots of security (which makes sense due to working with high clearance projects)

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  9. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Machinist IV in Livermore, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Machinist IV in Livermore, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are supportive, wages are good, benefits are as good as anywhere.
    Holidays and two weeks sick leave

    Cons

    You must go through the process of investigation into your personal life in order to get the security level clearance to be a lab employee
    This process can take a year or more


  10. "Sr. Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with - challenging environment

    Cons

    Takes a few years to make any headway - before people really give you good work to do