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Los Alamos National Laboratory Employer Reviews

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Good secure place to work nothing to do in town
QA/QC Inspector (Current Employee), Los Alamos, NMAugust 4, 2014
Good secure place to work nothing to do in town.
Lots of fun and new things to learn daily
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no Comment.
Extreme Fluids Intern (Former Employee), Los Alamos, NMJuly 27, 2014
fall co-op. Learned a lot. Seemed like they wanted to hire only Ph. D types.
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Great Place to Learn
Administrative Assistant/Student (Current Employee), Los Alamos, NMJuly 20, 2014
Pros: great opportunity to make connections, and learn new skills
Cons: job security is unstable if under the student program, and you wish to stay
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.
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Nice Area to Work if you love Mountains
Senior IT Security Analyst (Current Employee), Los Alamos, NMJune 19, 2014
Cyber Security is a growing field, and Los Alamos National Laboratory is a good place to work in New Mexico.
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A lot of rules and paperwork
Procurement Specalist 2 (Current Employee), Los Alamos, NMFebruary 19, 2014
Lots of rules and forms to fill out which slows down the process of getting job done.
Vacation time should be based on years of experience and given to employees all at once at the beginning of the year so employees can manage on their own. Do away with accrual process.
Comp Time should be given.
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research
technical staff (Former Employee), Los Alamos National LaboratoryFebruary 18, 2014
Pros: varied research assignments, flexibility, travel to scientific meetings
research in plasma physics and material science
project leader for 11 experiments with an annual budget of approximately $2 million

co-workers - PhD physicists
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LANL is a great place to work
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee), Los Alamos, NMJanuary 9, 2014
Pros: pay. safety.
Work as a postdoc is challenging and interesting. Pay and benefits are outstanding.
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Productive and fun workplace
Graduate Intern (Current Employee), Los Alamos, NMJanuary 6, 2014
My co-workers and the management team are a lot of fun I really enjoy working with all of them. The hardest part of the Job is all the paperwork and filling to keep track of orders and contracts.
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LANL
Student Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Los Alamos, NMDecember 18, 2013
Great place to work! Amazing team and great management. Only left because i was relocating .
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Good in certian areas
Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality Program Owner (Current Employee), Los Alamos, NMNovember 12, 2013
Pros: pay and benefits are very good
Cons: no real mission leads to poor morale
Organization in search of a real mission. Lots of areas to work but funding is tight and disappears overnight. Corporate takeover in 2006 has been disastrous for all concerned. Used to be a great place to work.
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Innovation
IT Project Manager (Former Employee), Los Alamos, NMNovember 5, 2013
Cons: los alamos is a horrible place to live
Great place to work

People are awesome

Lots of area to grow in management

Benefits are amazing
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Great talented people to work with
Intern / Summer Student (Former Employee), Los Alamos, NMOctober 1, 2013
Pros: great place, great people
Cons: sometimes, you need a break from the full immersion work life.
Working in a remote national laboratory gives a unique opportunity to fully immerse one's self in their work. Colleagues were passionate and hard charging as a result of the full immersion environment.

My immediate manager was fantastic and was responsible for developing the entrepreneur in his people. For example, he said "Your job is to do your job – more... so well that the position becomes obsolete." – less
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Diverse Environment
Post-Baccalaureate Intern (Former Employee), Los Alamos, NMSeptember 27, 2013
Pros: great learning environment
Cons: very little housing for interns, not much to do outside of the lab, transition from intern to full-time is highly dependent on government funding.
Great place to grow and learn. You are surrounded by many bright people with master's and PH.D degrees by their names. The work is challenging and very rewarding when you solve the problems.
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Security and Safety
Office Administrator for Security and Safeguards (Former Employee), Los AlamosSeptember 4, 2013
Pros: healthcare, benefits, retirement
Cons: far from home
Managed day to day tasks involving secret data, maintained security clearance, was able to gain knowledge about Los Alamos Laboratory on a confidential level.
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Student Research Assistant (Former Employee), Los Alamos, NMAugust 8, 2013
Seemed ok. Only there for short time.
People were nice enough.
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The effort that LANL has put towards making our everyday task safer while preserving the history, the mission and the future.
Undergraduate Student (Former Employee), Los Alamos, New MexicoJune 5, 2013
Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. developing technologies to reduce threats, and solving problems related to energy, environment, – more... infrastructure, health, and global security concerns. – less
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Great place to grow
Graduate Student (Current Employee), Los Alamos, NMJune 4, 2013
Pros: good pay and benefits. occasional scientific talks. occasional travel
Cons: uncertain laboratory future.
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 – more... 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. – less
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Bureaucratic institute saddled with politics, rife with favoritism/cronyism, aged facilities depending upon where you work/what you work with
Team Leader, Project Leader, Nuclear Engineer (Former Employee), Los Alamos, NMMay 10, 2013
Pros: salary, benefits, some new facilities with advanced equipment, opportunity to serve country
Cons: strict hours, stress, constantly changing budgets/audits/goals/job expectations, aged facilities expected to meet current standards
Management inconsistent with employee development, job expectations, working hours, constantly changing organizational structure and job duties, mainly in response to crisis situations arising from audit findings and/or budget cuts. Many unpaid overtime hours required of salaried staff.

Security and safety mandates sometimes at cross-purposes with – more... each other and always with project goals and budget constraints. High level security requirements mean extensive background checks and daily commitment to clean living, attention to detail, dedication to nation's welfare and constantly at beck and call at all hours. Sacrifices are expected and made.

Audits and budgets are problematic because many facilities here are antique and well past their lifetime, especially any building associated with nuclear materials. No facility has been successfully built for substantial quantities of nuclear material for the past 35 years, largely due to Congress' gross inability to recognize this need and fund one, but also due to poor planning and ever-escalating estimates. This place is highly political.

I worked at the group with the highest level of disablity-retired employees due to stress-related illnesses. Our positions were so critical, we were denied any of the voluntary RIF separation packages when downsizing. Yet we were understaffed, overworked, underpaid, under-appreciated and badly used. Upper level management's not interested in exit interviews. A lot of lip service paid here.

Work achievements sometimes recognized but politically backfire in regards to co-worker interactions and/or loss of job position.

Just be sure to get a Scientist or R&D position, nothing lower, and stay away from engineering, project management, quality assurance, nuclear safeguards, or accounting divisions. If you're in any kind of supporting position, you feel the crunch - constantly. Support positions are all about taking care of problems behind the scenes, letting the technical folks shine and be unbothered by trivia.

Also be sure to negotiate highest salary upon job offer as raises are inconsistent over time and across employee/division/job position lines. And it's difficult to ascertain salaries to assure equitable distributions are made. The Lab has lost 2 past court cases where they were found to pay women lower across the board as compared to men. The gender gap is alive and well here.

Work/life issues/parental leave/part-time hours with respect to family are regarded as women's issue only and is expected and supported, as long as you're female. For males, such career limitations are not tolerated and have led to job loss. And although grievance process is fair and equitable, in the event of the Lab proven to be in the wrong, no power may reinstate an unfairly fired employee. (And black-balling said employees from re-hire is alive and well, in many more than our case in point.)

Some managers great, others not. Your job security and overall satisfaction depend on them. Recognize that and suck up accordingly.

Also be sure any FMLA leave is accurate - HR has miscalculated employee hours, wrongly denying FMLA requests, whereupon managers have immediately demoted employees while they're proven to be, and supposedly protected under, legal FMLA. Of course job security at that point is nil. This is a separate employee from above case. Again, all depends on who your manager is and how well they think of you, regardless of your performance or how highly it was last rated (even by them!)

Good luck and happy job hunting! – less
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Enjoyed working with Bechtel Project Managers
Project Administrator, Marketing (Former Employee), Los Alamos, NMMarch 13, 2013
Pros: benefits
Cons: nepotism
I worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for ten years. I enjoyed the majority of the people I worked with during my time at the Laboratory. My only issue with the Laboratory was the nepotism was beyond control.
There were many hard workers, but there were many others who lied, and cheated on their time and stole personal property and nothing – more... was ever done. – less
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Routine, but can be boring.
Quality Assurance Specialist II (Current Employee), Los Alamos, NMJanuary 14, 2013
Pros: flexible work schedules, competitive pay
Cons: repetition leading to boredom, and poor leadership
If you are into science, research and development, this place has plenty of resources and opportunity. Do not work here if you are working on developing your leadership and management skills. The pay is generous, the facilities might not be what you had in mind, in terms of a nice cozy office, and fancy lobby areas. Nope. Not here.

About Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national – Read more