Health Physicist (Former Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – July 20, 2017
Current contract companies are on there way out due to mismanagement of the laboratory and terrible worker morale. Great place to work for the science, but only if you have a good supporting manager. R&D side is always well funded. The support side is always underfunded and stressed. Hard to transfer around in jobs under current contractor.
Good salaries and benefits
Current company management needs improvement to support workers.
Consultant/Contractor (Former Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – June 26, 2017
The accommodation was excellent and directly involved my consultation job with curriculum development. Although, I did not utilize the full extend of what Los Alamos National Laboratory offered, I have met my goals.
Paralegal/Legal Assistant (Former Employee) – Los Alamos NM – June 20, 2017
In the 12 or so years I worked in Los Alamos, I had several positions and learned so much about the Lab is about and its functionality to the Sate of NM, I really did gain much experience in those years there.
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – June 13, 2017
typical day at work: Relaxing atmosphere; However lots of bureaucracy.
-- The culture within the lab is much different than within academia; Unfortunately, scientific seniority is based upon years of service to the laboratory, not scientific achievement. The result is an extremely dysfunctional organization.
-- Culture is a regular 40 hour per week job; Very laid back. Minimal if any dress code.
-- Politics is a large part of success at the lab. Learn to make as many friends as possible as early as possible.
Program Manager (Current Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – May 4, 2017
A simple search for news articles detailing the woes at Los Alamos will tell you most of what you need to know. Leadership is willfully dysfunctional with no real commitment to ethical behavior, regulatory transparency, or healthy safety culture. Line workers are conscientious but fearful to speak out about problems. All efforts to effect positive change devolve into window-dressing and protection of the status quo. The laboratory routinely retaliates against and terminates employees hired in specifically to identify and correct issues when the proposed solutions involve honesty and transparency.
Managers who have been trained and have worked within healthy leadership and safety cultures would be completely aghast at the behaviors displayed at LANL...it's that bad.
Engineer - Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – April 27, 2017
Don't come here unless you're already married and have no desire for a social life. There are 2 bars, both close early, and absolutely nothing else to do except for a few outdoor things which get old fairly quickly. People you randomly meet will either be extremely friendly, or complete jerks. The people I worked with were excellent and I was inspired regularly. I did some of my best work here. They treat students very well. It's too bad such a cool place to work is trapped in such a boring little town.
Technical Staff Member (Former Employee) – Los Alamos, NM 87545 – April 15, 2017
This is an excellent place to work. The people and management is very professional and truly want to help you. The security is a bit tough to deal with sometimes but the availability of resource more than makes the up
Project Director (Former Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – April 11, 2017
A highly diverse and multidisciplinary work environment. Most work of interest requires security clearance. Sometimes called a work free safe zone due to the overbearing micromanagement from Congress and the resulting policy and procedure. Highly exotic and exciting work assignments of a nature found only in a very few locations around the world.Very high probability of never being the smartest person in the room! Management team is composed of scientists awarded the position due to their excellence in their field. Management skills are an after thought.
This is a government funded organization. Progress is highly dependent upon congressional budget.
Administrative (Current Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – March 7, 2017
If you like being in prison......you'll love LANL. You are on a mountain top and can't reach the outside world. You need 10 approvals and 15 forms to do anything. Everything is monitored. You interact with robot like people.
Like being in prison, no cell phone, Big Brother watches you, insanely complicated procedures for everything, cut off from society
Worked for the travel department testing out a new database system
Student Intern (Former Employee) – Los Alamos, NM – February 27, 2017
It was interesting work and taught me a lot about database use and development. My favorite part of the process was the review at the end of the summer where I wrote a review on the database system as it would apply to their needs. It was interesting and I think I convinced them not use the database because I didn't feel that it fit well with their organizational needs.