Human Resources (Former Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – October 20, 2015
LANL is a great place to work for scientists and people who like a culture that is established routine with little change or challenge. The culture is very closed. Many of the key people take years to trust someone new and it has a certain junior high aspect - hazing new comers, making up false rumors, political back stabbing, etc. If you like to work in a positive environment, or like to create change this is not the place to go. If you like government regulation and someplace where change rarely occurs it will be a great fit. Also if you are moving to the area make sure you get very involved in churches and community groups so you will be accepted.
Research associate (Former Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – July 9, 2015
LANL located in the middle of nowhere in New Mexico. The Los Alamos town is small and safe, however there is no much fun you can do except outdoors like hiking and biking. The lab is a great place with a lot of smart people. You can do great research there. The career opportunities are limited.
Professional environment that allows for career advancement
Training Specialist- Student (Current Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – June 22, 2015
LANL provided flexible and accommodating work hour for those going to school. I was able to learn new jobs and move around to groups that could benefit my career goals. Co-workers were nice and welcoming.
Subcontract Specialist III (Current Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – June 15, 2015
This is a wonderful place to live and work IF you are not a die hard city dweller. It is a long way out of Santa Fe to the Lab and there are no top quality restaurants in Los Alamos, I'm a steak guy from Texas and there are no good steaks to be found. What's here are mediocre at best and all over priced. The outdoors, outdoor entertainment, hiking and natural beauty here are breathtaking.
Given an opportunity to come here, you must give it a look. The public schools are incredible and the weather is fairly cool in the summer.
Occupational Medicine / Student (Current Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – March 18, 2015
Overall working there was a good experience but, the culture has changed over the years. Its not the greatest job anymore. In the past it was considered one of the best jobs a person could have over the years that's not the case anymore. A typical day would be like any other job. The hardest part of my job was the paperwork. the most enjoyable was the customer service.
money, not extremely hard work, customer service
job instability due to budget cuts, not as fun as it once was
Scientist 2 (Current Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – January 4, 2015
The laboratory is a great place to work. Balance between personal life and work life is pretty good. There are plenty of opportunities to work on different areas if you have the appropriate skillset, but you need to be at the right time in the right place. Most of the positions seem to be written for some people in particular.
good bebefits and pay.
you'll get stagnant after a while. management is very poor.
LANL is a great place to work. I had a wonderful boss.
Admin. Spec.III / Prof. Staff Assistant (Former Employee) – Los Alamos, New Mexico – December 15, 2014
I really enjoyed working at Los Alamos National Laboratory. I always enjoy a challenge and LANL provided that opportunity. I learned about purchasing all types of equipment, some in the one to two million dollar range. I learned what types of purchases required what types of paperwork. I also really enjoyed helping the scientists administratively to get what they needed so they could work on their experiments. I had a great supportive boss. He was always encouraging and let me try new things, such as working in the lab. I turned out that the lab wasn't for me, but at least I got a chance to try it. My coworkers were great and I liked being part of the team. While I worked on projects on my own, being in a team environment is always a big plus. The most enjoyable part of my job was being a personal assistant for my boss and sometimes my bosses boss. There was always a lot going on and if I could help out in any way I was happy to.
If you are early career it is difficult to move upward in this company
Financial Analyst (Current Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – November 6, 2014
This company is better suited for those who are later in their career and have already built a good salary base. Those coming from student type positions will have difficulty getting compensated for the work they do.
Often times there will be employees that have more education and experience that are passed over for career advancing opportunities for those that do not have said education and or experience.
flexible working environment
little to no upward mobility, management and employees are very segregated