Administrative Assistant/Student (Current Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – July 20, 2014
I came on board as a student, and have learned multiple skills within the government realm, and have strengthen existing skills. However, now that my degree is complete, I am not guaranteed a full time position within the Laboratory.
Great opportunity to make connections, and learn new skills
Job security is unstable if under the student program, and you wish to stay
Waste Management Specialist (Former Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – July 29, 2016
There is more work to do than people to do the work. Very political environment. If you don't fit in with the "crowd" your career can suffer. Salary is good, benefits are very good overall. Co-workers were overall easy to get along with, but favoritism runs rampant.
Productive and career oriented working with national security
Materials Handler IV (Former Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – January 23, 2017
awesome environment working with top advanced technology constructing small scale review in restricted area,s. Certified by national government in standards , polices and procedure's licensed by OSHEA .Heavy equipment trained and licensed by federal standards working in extremely dangerous work environments with high voltage .and top grade equipment . Trained by highly professional staffs within work enviorment .
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.
QA Inspector (Former Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – December 12, 2016
1) 10 - 12 hour uncompensated work days 2) great educational opportunities 3) middle management is untrained in management techniques and can not see beyond their personal opinions 4) co-workers are usually worried more about what you are doing rather than working their jobs 5) boredom comes easily
Computer Science Intern (Former Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – January 19, 2017
On my internship, the team I worked with at LANL was fun, refreshing and engaging. They were always willing to help and great to work with. The team would take new employees to lunches, local activities and more.
Undergraduate Student (Current Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – July 14, 2016
On a typical work day I had to help my mentor with procedures and make spread sheets for a shipment log.I learned how to use my Microsoft Word and Excel skills and I was also able to better my skills. The management was great and made sure you did your work.
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
Best part of my job are the people I work with. Everyone is always ready to help and encourage one another.
Undergraduate Student (Current Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – May 24, 2016
I begin most days by coming into the office early to make sure everything is ready for our Small Business office vendor liaisons. This includes ensuring meetings are effectively organized, greeting numerous visitors, answering and managing incoming and outgoing calls while gathering approved supplier reviews and entering them into our supplier website. The majority of my duties include assisting vendors, both in person and on the phone. The most enjoyable part of the job without a doubt is the work environment. My teammates and I get a lot of challenges - work load, deadlines and the pressure to be perfect, but I see them as opportunities to see how far we can push ourselves, excel at what we do, and be stronger as a team. My organization offers flextime which allows me to work and also attend college, giving me the opportunity to have the best of both worlds.
Graduate Student (Current Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – June 4, 2013
I started at LANL soon after receiving my BSME as a post-baccalaureate student. After a year as a post-baccalaureate student I started graduate school and now I have an MSME. LANL has taught me a lot of what a Mechanical Engineer does and how to deal with multidisciplinary teams.
At LANL I am given the liberty to work independently while having upper management available for guidance. Here I've had the opportunity to travel across the country to visit vendors or to attend national and international conferences to present my work.
Good pay and benefits. Occasional scientific talks. Occasional travel
Productive research place with lots of collaboration and scientific support
Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – September 25, 2014
Comparing academic research environment, LANL is way more open and collaborative. Travel grants are frequently available and good opportunity for building up network. Good health benefits. Great place for postdoctoral researchers to build up resume. Higher management often very supportive. Also very accomodating for foreign nationals.
Great research environment
Lots of paperworks sometimes unnecessary, Budget crisis by government during economic down time, Management particularly IT support has very slow response.
Research Assistant (Current Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – August 18, 2016
Most notable among the many wonderful qualities of Los Alamos National Laboratory, is the positivity and support given by the mentors. Interns are given their due credit, and asked to perform tasks that are not mundane, but intellectually stimulating.