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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Reviews

Updated Jun 21, 2019

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory CEO Bill Goldstein
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Pros
  • "Incredibly interesting work; opportunities for career growth; job stability; work-life balance; great location(in 123 reviews)

  • "The chance to work with cutting edge science with experts in the field is exciting(in 38 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some processes are slower due to red tape(in 43 reviews)

  • "Bay Area has huge Housing problems that can't be fixed(in 19 reviews)

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  1. "It's the best place I've worked so far."

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Livermore, CA
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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best part of work life balance. However, I have a good amount of freedom to choose projects I work on. They tend to be interesting and challenging. Management is competent and responsive. I feel valued and respected by the people I work with. I actually have an office with a window and not a cubical.

    Cons

    The government doesn't like to waste money. Don't expect any way-out perks.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory2019-06-21
  2. "Fantastic Place to Work -- Amazing Scientific Breakthroughs"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager 
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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Varied and important scientific research supporting everything from medical disease cures to national security and counter terrorism. Great benefits, competitive salaries, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Traffic from the valley is a challenge

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory2019-06-21
  3. "A Great Work/Life Balance and Stimulating Environment"

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    Current Employee - Firmware/Software Engineer in Livermore, CA
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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    LLNL is a lab filled with interesting people and cutting edge science/engineering projects aimed at solving problems of national and global interest. The work/life balance has come along way over the 10 years I have been here. Flexible hours, onsite fitness facilities, and the ability to work from home are great perks offered by the lab. People are treated fairly regardless of age, gender, sexuality, or ethnicity.

    Cons

    The salaries aren't quite as good as Silicon Valley, and there's a bit more bureaucracy to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory2019-06-21
  4. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Cutting edge science, coupled with a positive and inclusive work environment make LLNL a great place to work. A large variety of interesting projects, cutting edge facilities and great people to work with.

    Cons

    No real cons to report.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory2019-06-20
  5. "Life @ LLNL Lab"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Livermore, CA
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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent group of peers and colleagues working to support a mission. Opportunities to grow and expand within the lab with various opportunities. Benefits are top tier and employee friendly. Networking groups and events frequently. Incorporating new technology and current market practices. Alternative work schedule has been amazing for my mental health and keeping me sharp. Compensation is competitive and opportunities...

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    Cons

    Ranking process is a little murky and could use touching up / changes on ranking groups. Too many stakeholders or cooks in the kitchen.on projects at times. More streamline processes but understand some of these are dictated by mandates. Older facilities / buildings / workspaces

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the trajectory with the mission, people, and growth. Continue to work and align the PADS. Promote more mentoring within groups and cross training.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory2019-06-19
  6. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Livermore, CA
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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supporting the mission Employee Resource Groups Fun activities such as various clubs, gyms, dance, farmers market, author series

    Cons

    Cost of living and traffic

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  7. "Great atmosphere, smart people dedicated to science and technology"

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    Current Employee - Traffic Analyst in Livermore, CA
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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy going, smart people working towards a great mission. Diverse workforce.

    Cons

    Processes move slow. Nothing happens fast here. Getting things approved or completed can take weeks vs. days.

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  8. "Technical challenges for national needs"

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    Current Employee - Code Developer in Livermore, CA
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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A great breadth and depth of technical talent working on R&D challenges of national and international scope. Cutting edge computational and experimental facilities. Low-key atmosphere with plenty of room to grow your skills, responsibilities and impact. Cooperative and collaborative workforce.

    Cons

    You will never get a Rolex watch as a holiday bonus. You may only be able to tell family and friends about your challenges and accomplishments in general terms.

    Advice to Management

    Nurture our newer employees as they build the latest edition of the Laboratory. Of course it will be different, and that will be part of the fun.

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  9. "Great place for a full career"

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    Current Employee - Work Control in Livermore, CA
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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Many avenues to explore and build your career without moving between companies. Great benefits with excellent 401k matching funds. Alternate work schedule.

    Cons

    Periodic changes in management due to the lab being an LLC. Expensive area to live, many commute from the central valley.

    Advice to Management

    Promote transportation alternatives for commuters.

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory2019-06-19

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Response

    June 20, 2019Recruiting Group Leader

    Thank you for your review. The Lab offers transportation alternatives for commuters, such as carpools, vanpools, and mass transit options, where employees who take mass transit to work can reduce their commute costs by signing up for the Pre-Tax Transportation program. This information ...

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  10. "Great place to establish a long-term career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    -Great people at all levels in the organization -Employees and managers have built long-term careers here so leaders have lot of corporate knowledge -Promotes work/life balance -Many events and activities/exercise classes to do at lunch -Exciting to be part of science in the national interest -There are so many various programs and areas here, you can "change careers" while still working for the same employer ...

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    Cons

    -Things tend to move at a slower pace due to additional government requirements -Hiring process is slow -Health benefits are still good, but nowhere as affordable as they used to be -Moving up tends to take longer than you possibly could in outside industry

    Advice to Management

    Continue promoting the work/life balance atmosphere and doing what you are doing to keep this a stable place to work!

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