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Los Alamos National Laboratory Employer Reviews

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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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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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School prioritized work environment
Seasonal Student (Former Employee), Los Alamos, NMJune 10, 2013
•Self start day that included research of financial literacy, create PowerPoint useful to the needs of college students, planning and coordinating a campus wide financial Literacy Fair; this included booking vendors, guest speakers, and creating an agenda.
•Management promoted teamwork and problem solving.
• Co-workers were friendly and always willing – more... to provide helpful suggestions and constructive criticism
• The most difficult part of the job was trying to generalize my research and inform
• The most enjoyable part of the job was having such a helping work environment. This allowed me confidence and creativity when completing my work tasks. – less
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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.
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Student Internship (Former Employee), Los Alamos,NMDecember 4, 2012
Lots of reading and research. There were some calculations. The working environment is calm and relaxing.
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Nice place to do postdoc, good benefits
Postdoc Research Associate (Current Employee), Los Alamos, NMAugust 24, 2012
The research atmosphere here is good, but management sometimes puts too much obstacles and slows down the progress.
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top level, prestigious institution for scientific research
Director's Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee), Los Alamos, NMAugust 20, 2012
Cons: healthcare
Los Alamos National Laboratory is a premier national security research institution, delivering scientific and engineering solutions for the nation's most crucial and complex problems. Our primary responsibility is ensuring the safety, security, and reliability of the nation's nuclear deterrent.

The Los Alamos of today emphasizes worker safety, effective – more... operational safeguards & security, and environmental stewardship, while outstanding science remains the foundation of the Laboratory.

In addition to supporting the Lab's core national security mission, our work advances bioscience, chemistry, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, materials science, and physics disciplines.

Los Alamos National Laboratory personnel play leading roles worldwide in basic and applied scientific research and technology. Whether it's conducting crucial experiments in space and at our linear accelerator in Northern New Mexico or developing breakthroughs in nanotechnology and determining how best to prevent the spread of
HIV and avian flu, the men and women of Los Alamos help lead the way.

Lab R&D helps curb a wide variety of threats to U.S. interests—whether it's the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the spread of deadly diseases, inadequate supplies of energy, or the effects of climate change. – less

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