Los Alamos National Laboratory
3.5 of 5 83 reviews
www.lanl.gov Los Alamos, NM 5000+ Employees

Los Alamos National Laboratory Reviews

Updated Apr 19, 2014
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3.5 83 reviews

                             

82% Approve of the CEO

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director & President Charles McMillan

Charles McMillan

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66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good work/life balance and family-friendly"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Good pay and job security and good if you are a scientist"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "Located in a small town, not much to do around here off the clock"
    in 6 reviews
  • "The amount of red tape is incredible"
    in 5 reviews
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Issued Contracts to various contractors and negotiated all requirements.

Procurement Specialist III (Former Employee)

I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

ProsI was on a time schedule and after 3 1/2 years the schedule I was on was termininated

ConsWorking with DOE and with the Fars to ensure contractors followed the guidelines

Advice to Senior ManagementI have had many years both is government and engineering companies in both procurement and contracts.
Have had positions all over the United States and Foreign assignments.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The mission is compelling

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat people committed to important work

ConsConstrained government funding makes long-range planning difficult.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Research Technologist I (Former Employee)
Los Alamos, NM (US)

I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFantastic location for outdoorsy people, high paying, great benefits, good work-life balance, relatively high potential for career growth depending on which group you work for

ConsBureaucracy, dealing with people who have no incentive to work hard (and therefore do not work hard), scientifically isolated depending on which group you work for, easy to become complacent and waste important years in career.

Advice to Senior ManagementToo many problems to even begin...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Cutting edge science and technology

Program Management (Current Employee)
Los Alamos, NM (US)

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

ProsAmazing research, innovation, and collaboration on the science side of the house. Fantastic work life balance, secure and stable funding in most areas. The pension plan was a great pro, but it is now a closed plan.

ConsResistance to change, political based decisions, heavy oversight, attempts to govern by consensus, self-inflicted red tape and externally imposed bureaucracy.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not succumb to just maintaining the status quo.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Many years, many places in the Lab

Technical Staff Member (TSM) (Current Employee)
Los Alamos, NM (US)

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

ProsGreat if you like rural and want to be an important part of a very important mission.

ConsRed Tape. Procurement is a 12 week ordeal. Engineering processes do not have to be so rigorous in non nuclear facilities, it just increases cost with no benefit. You just have to realize this going in to the workplace. Make sure the spouse likes Los Alamos before you move. Go to realtor.com before you move.

Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to pre-2006 management practices if this place is to survive.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Quality Assuance (Former Employee)
Los Alamos, NM (US)

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

ProsGood pay and some of the benefits.

ConsLack of concern for employees. Major accident after major accident and management doesn't seem to care or to learn from the repeated mistakes. Retirement is geared around forcing people to work to age 65. not for time of service. Housing in the local area is hard to find.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart protecting the whistle blower and people that are willing to stand up and say stop work and not punish them. Which include termination. New upper management comes in stirs the lower management to correct the issue that caused the issues in the first place. The same problem manager just stay in their jobs or find others. sometimes higher in the management chain. Just because you have a degree does not mean you can lead or manage people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to learn from intelligent mentors; however things take too long to get done.

Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Los Alamos, NM (US)

I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern for less than a year

ProsAs a young scientist, it's a great community to learn from. There is a considerable amount of job security--even as an intern. And, you can take every other Friday off!

ConsThe structure of the lab makes it difficult to get tasks completed in a timely manner. Living in the city of Los Alamos is extremely dull.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet the scientists focus on the science.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I enjoyed my time at LANL as a student intern and I learned a lot of useful skills.

Mechanical Technician Student Support (Former Employee)
Los Alamos, NM (US)

I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an intern for more than 5 years

ProsMy mentor was very hands on and he taught me a lot over the course of my time at LANL.

ConsThe work I did had very little to do with the degree I was seeking, but the skills I learned are still very useful.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A so-so place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory

ProsTime and life balance is great.

ConsSoft money is going away - makes it hard to recommend LANL as a place to work. Can be tough to remain at the top of your profession, there is not a lot of support for professional development.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Once a paragon of scientific endeavors, now just a jobs program

Middle Management (Current Employee)
Los Alamos, NM (US)

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

ProsThis laboratory was once a beacon of strong scientific work. Many scientists of repute wanted to work at the laboratory.

Living in Northern New Mexico is a truly great experience. And the Dept. of Energy still assists in keeping the local schools competitive with the best nationally.

ConsThe laboratory is raping the scientific programs to maintain its position as a jobs program for Northern New Mexico. Bloated management and even more bloated support structure that is immune to budget issues. Those are borne by the scientific staff.

Bechtel has turned the place into a site for rotations of their management members. They come for a few years, refuse to live in Los Alamos and after reeking havoc for a couple of years, return to the mother ship.

The schools are falling apart to maintain salaries that are among the highest in the state.

This organization cannot propose a major activity and complete it within schedule and budget. And this mindset has permeated the entire laboratory.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop ripping off your employees for the benefit of the lab contractors. The saddest day in this lab's history was when management decided to become a for-profit organization. Now it is all about the fee and profit, not the excellence of the work being done.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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