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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Employer Reviews

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Productive and Challanging
Radiation Control Technician (Former Employee), Berkeley, CAFebruary 27, 2014
A typical day at work involved a morning overview of what was planned for that day. Which scientists(customers) I would be working with, and what projects they were planning on starting or planned to finish working on. I would plan and schedule these radiological work activities to fit around both the customer's and my own availability. I would conduct – more... assessments and surveys of radiological activities and conditions, and document my findings. I also had to assure all radioactive work activies in my zone were safe and compliant in accordance with DOE regulations and our own radiation protection program. I worked very close with the Health Physicist assigned to my zone. On occasion, I would respond to a radiation/contamination spill, and support my team with decontamination. I learned so much while working at the labs such as, sealed and non-sealed sources. I recieved DOT training, and supported the packaging and shipping of radioactive materials. I think that the hardest part about my job was that I was so far away from my family. Other than that, I really enjoyed every other aspect about working at the labs. – less
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Thermal hydrology coupling analysis
Assist in R&D (Former Employee), Berkeley, CAFebruary 13, 2014
Excellent place for students to gain in depth world class research that stimulates the thought process and rewards generously for hard work. Typical day consisted of providing simulation runs of previously hypothetical computer models and optimizing design options to set forth variable constraints (i.e. temperature limits). Management was often helpful – more... and were ready to provide help to your questions. They did not give you the answer but expected you to independently research your inquiries and present to them your findings. The hardest part of working in a research lab is to meet deadlines. The research group expected that students will get the work done and often times I would be at the lab until late night. In spite of that, the enjoyable part of this job is that I know that my work has been a contributing factor to the Department of Energy and the Office of Science whom providing funding for this research experience. – less
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Great place to start out, but difficult to make a career (without graduate schooling)
Research Associate (Current Employee), Berkeley, CAFebruary 5, 2014
LBNL is a great place to work for many reasons, but it also has its drawbacks. It is a great place to gain experience and exposure to a wide variety of disciplines and projects, and its also a great place to network. As a research associate, it can be tough to advance in your career. Without graduate schooling your movement becomes limited. Most of – more... the people on campus are nice. The befifits are truly great (health care, dental, vision, retirement, etc). I have better health care now than when I lived with my parents. – less
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A place where you can grow
Computational Scientist Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee), Berkeley, CAJanuary 21, 2014
The LBNL is a great place where you can meet a lot of very skilled guys that can teach you a lot.
The interaction between co-workers is not that high.
The hardest part of the job is continuously writing proposals for new founding opportunities, this does not let you focus completely on your real job.
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Excellent place to build your skillset, earn publications, and great job security.
Senior Research Associate (Current Employee), Berkeley, CAOctober 19, 2013
Pros: relaxed, interesting work, amazing mentors, great job security, adequate benefits, fun coworkers, interesting talks
Cons: terrible union, horrible hr, allusions of a corporate ladder system, lazy admin, lower than average salary, no bonuses
Very relaxed atmosphere and great people to work with. Extremely low stress except for the research which can be daunting but that's research. Every tool in molecular biology is at your finger tips and you're working along side some of the most brilliant scientists in the field.

Though, it is extremely difficult to work your way up the ladder here. – more... Raises are very rare and you're better off going somewhere else for more money if that's what you need. No bonuses ever. Expect a lower than average salary since it's academia. The RA union is terrible and only take their portion from your paychecks ($50/month), never really coming to your aid when you want a promotion. HR will not help you at all in advancements. The trick is to get an outside offer which forces them to do their job. They hate working more than they have to. Most of the admin on the campus is like this so you'll have to be aggressive to make it to Sr. RA. Good luck. – less
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Not a good place for women
engineering associate (Current Employee), Berkeley, CAOctober 16, 2013
Pros: nice view
Cons: high stress
This is a highly competitive research environment. Most the senior management are white middle aged men. Some women manage to break through but they are token. Typical day at work is fighting for funding, dealing with difficult personalities, and having uncertainty about future employment. Compensation is decent but flat -- do not expect good raises, – more... especially if you are in research. Support and overhead personnel make better salaries than primary researchers. Human resources is not helpful. Benefits and retirement have been good in the past but are dimming quickly. – less
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One of the best lab
R&D Engineer (Former Employee), Berkeley, CASeptember 16, 2013
Great lab with amazing scientists doing cutting-edge research. My time at Berkeley is truly wonderful, everyone makes me feel very welcomed.
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Good science, stale management
Research Scientist (Current Employee), Walnut Creek, CASeptember 11, 2013
Scientists are great, managers are slow and nepotistic.
Great opportunities for learning and collaborations, but not many opportunities for career advancement. Plus with the 2013 sequestration job cuts have been quite horrendous.
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good
Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee), Berkeley, CAAugust 5, 2013
the lab is great, everyone is nice here. The working load is not too high.
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It is the crown of the country
Senior Scientific/Eng. Associate (Current Employee), Berkeley, CAAugust 3, 2013
Pros: many
This is one of the best places to work on the earth for science and technology and to devotion, if you love science. I hope I will work here until my retirement. But the political decision to support financially and program elimination made a hard hit not only on the scientists and the personnel, but it is damaging the countries reputation and glory – more... and progress of industry. Berkeley Lab is the science crown of the country. – less
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Good Place to Work
Finance/Budget Analyst (Current Employee), Berkeley, CaliforniaJuly 24, 2013
Pros: off on weekends and most holidays; shuts down for christmas
Cons: union members have a tough time with management
I have worked for the Lab for over 10 years. My experience here has been nothing but positive. The work environment is very diverse-- with workers from all over the country and world. The Lab produces great work and have some of the best scientist in the nation. Their finance systems are very different and probably more complex than outside entities. – more... But overall, very friendly environment. – less
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Good but a little bit tired
Intern- Student Assistant (Former Employee), Berkeley, CAApril 25, 2013
good environment for research, close to the nature, when you tired you can enjoy the good view. But also a lot of persons come by give presentation, talk current energy iuuse, you won't feel isolated.
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Fast paced, challenging, rewarding, fun place to work
Senior Subcontract Administrator (Current Employee), Berkeley, CADecember 13, 2012
Pros: diverse workforce, challenging work environment
Cons: things take longer to get approved and implemented than a private industry
Everyday is something different. LBNL is a large government research and development organization located in the beautiful Berkeley hills.
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Science / Research Lab environment
Senior Accountant (Former Employee), Berkeley, CADecember 12, 2012
Under the management of UC and DOE. Opportunity to meet people w/ different background and expertise.
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Work work work
Accounting Supervisor (Current Employee), emeryville, CaNovember 13, 2012
Work work work that's all I did, and no time for anything else.
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Casual
Project Administrator (Former Employee), Berkeley, CaSeptember 19, 2012
Pros: december shut down
Provides training and tools needed to perform your job.
Part of the University of California so I was able to continue to stay in the system, maintin my services years and transfer among the organization.
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Software Developer at LBNL
Software Developer (Former Employee), Berkeley, CASeptember 12, 2012
Doing research as a software developer at LBNL. It's a nice place to work, your co-leagues are all Masters / PhD and really smart people. The working pace is really fast and you feel like you learn / produce something each day. However, since it's a research institution, it doesn't pay as well as the private firm.
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Wonderful Place to Learn and Work
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Former Employee), Emeryville, CAAugust 6, 2012
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Nice people, great facilities and equipment, learned laboratory techniques like Western blots, Transfection, Transformation, SDS-PAGE. etc
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Great place to work
Project Coordinator (Facilities) (Former Employee), Berkeley, CAJuly 20, 2012
Pros: small fee for coffee (starbucks)
Cons: can only work 1 year as a contractor
I really enjoyed working as a Project Coordinator. Working on several projects made it challenging and a great learning experience.
Having to work with other employees outside LBL and coordinating/planning meetings with them made it even more enjoyable. I make any job part of me...my ability to work with others, being resourceful, being the go to person – more... and wanting to be the best Project Coordinator. – less
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Every day is an opportunity to learn
Scholar Researcher (Current Employee), Berkeley, CAMay 4, 2012
Being surrounded by so many experts in the energy sector is a great opportunity to learn day a day and being an actively asset of the up to date technological researches in the world. Good and calm atmosphere.

About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

LBNL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research – Read more