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Updated 25 April 2019
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Pros
  • "Incredibly interesting work; opportunities for career growth; job stability; work-life balance; great location" (in 118 reviews)

  • "Terrific cutting edge work with interesting people" (in 36 reviews)

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

  • "Cost of living in CA is relatively high entrance cost for housing" (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Very nice place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Great Workplace!"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Livermore, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Electrical 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

    Work/life balance
    Cutting-edge research/experimentation
    Wide exposure to multiple scientific disciplines
    Great Benefits Package
    Management seems to really care about lower levels' opinions
    Employee safety is
    Diverse, intelligent co-workers who have always been willing to help

    Cons

    No longer offer pension, but generous 401k has taken its place
    A lot of procedural red tape, but understandable considering the large operation being undertaken.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage a culture of openness where employees feel valued. Consider bringing the pension back.

  3. "Intelligent Employees and Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hires the best of the best, work/life balance, benefits, alternate work schedules

    Cons

    Slow to change processes, dated systems/software

    Advice to Management

    Be open to change as the companies around you evolve to help with employee retention


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scientist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Interesting projects
    - Good work-life balance
    - Good tradeoff between academia and industry

    Cons

    - overhead and training sometimes slows down research


  5. "Great pay, Challenging work and unlike Silicon Valley they care about work life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Managers and project leads all work at placing talent where needed.
    Balance is valued and collaboration is rewarded.
    Pay is excellent. I have looked at other companies in the Bay Area and they all push their stock options - which is a gamble. Base salary is great at the lab (you have to work for it, no doubt.)
    Benefits are very good.
    They spend a lot of energy on healthy, active lifestyles for their employees. It’s part of the culture.

    Cons

    Working in an environment that requires a security clearance is stressful at first.


  6. "Relaxed"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Vacation time, interesting work.

    Cons

    Low pay for CA, long hiring process


  7. "Great place to put down roots"

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    Current Employee - Public Information Officer in Livermore, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Public Information Officer 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 feel like I am valued as a person. Great work/life balance. Competitive pay.

    Cons

    It's quasi-government so processes are slow and long.

  8. "Great place to be!"

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    Current Employee - Hydrogeologist
    Current Employee - Hydrogeologist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good for the (generally) lower stress working environment. Decent health benefits. Great 401k matching. Great seminars to help you in finance, social, health. Decent on-site cafeterias. Fantastic interest groups, including cheap fitness classes, drama club, music groups, speech help, cycling clubs, Ham Radio clubs...

    Management is generally accessible and communications is open.

    Great safety culture. You know you will never be put into a position to compromise safety.

    Cons

    Hiring process is painfully slow. Expensive to live in area.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Improve Please"

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    Current Employee - Contract Analyst in Livermore, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Contract Analyst in Livermore, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and great workers!

    Cons

    The salary is ok, but could for certain improve. The vast majority of managers do not know what it means to be a manager. They are almost only there if something you did goes wrong, or to micromanage every little move you make. They do not listen to ideas of any kind, and act as though they are the gate keepers, those with all of the knowledge above all else, other than those above them. Very counter-intuitive to the Operational Excellence campaign implemented sometime ago. It will lead to a revolving door once all the pension vested employees retire.

    Advice to Management

    Start to listen to the people doing all the work, they actually know what they are talking about. Spend more time going around and talking to your people, see how they are doing, see if they have any ideas. Stop being the status quo type leader, stuck in your institutionalized mind set. Promote more of the people already working here as well. I have heard more than once that they do not promote internally because it causes more work. If they promote the internal person now they have to go and fill their old position as well, too much work.


  10. "Proud to be a contributor to the mission of the National Laboratory"

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    Current Employee - Business Operations Specialist
    Current Employee - Business Operations Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly interesting work; opportunities for career growth; job stability; work-life balance; great location.

    Cons

    Cost of living/location; some internal process are outdated and we are slow to come up to speed.