Sandia National Labs is a great company to work for! Plenty of room for advancement and career changes. Management is encouraging and understanding. The company promotes healthy living. Company has an onsite clinic and workout facility. Great Benefits and Great Pay
Run. Don't get lured into this low quality of life company and job. The managers are the worst, play favorites and a good ole boy system. So if you are a white, Christian, Male with no ethics this company is for you. If not there is very little diversity and you'll struggle with the white male culture.
Use to have a Pension--but that is gone for new employees
I have been working at sandia labs for 13 years full time
Secure employment and benefits. The only game in town in Albuquerque. Very intelligent work force.
Management hires the best and brightest, but doesn’t effectively manage the workforce. The quality of your work does not seem to matter in terms of career advancement. As a result, cynicism is rampant. The entire organization seems to function as a good old boy network with the chosen few being promoted. As a government institution it is fraught with waste. I firmly believe that if Sandia functioned as a for-profit organization, it would be out of business in less than one year. I highly encourage young engineers to seek employment elsewhere, where the quality of your work has a better chance of being recognized
Subcontract Professional (Current Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – January 9, 2018
Many highly motivated individuals. Work-life Balance is a priority. As a Subcontracting Professional I found it difficult to deal with the constant, numerous and often times contradicting policies/procedures established by the plethora of teams involved with procurement.
Principal Project Controller / Project Scheduler (Current Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – January 4, 2018
You should be very clear coming in what your job duties will be and what the plans for your career advancement are. They tell you how easy it is to move around, and that's mostly true, but you can't move up very easily.
On a typical day, I would edit documents, collect data in a lab, and work on creating figures. I learned how to edit images for PowerPoint slides, make inferences from data, and communicate and work with others on problems.
Worked with several PHDs and some techs. If you manipulate the system and have no character you can have a laid back easy job.
If you actually care about the way you are viewed and care about the product that you put your name on, Sandia isn't for you. Bunch of people work here that milk the system for all it's worth and most of em are liars that make well over $70k a year.
Couldn't work with a bunch of lazy manipulating co workers so got the heck out of there while I still had my character.
Engineering Support Technologist (Current Employee) – Kirtland AFB, NM – November 21, 2017
some of the coolest work in the world with the smartest people in the world! there are not a lot of places where you can work with lasers, rocket fuel, vacuum chambers, and supercomputers all in the same week.
Senior Member of Technical Staff - R&D (Current Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – October 30, 2017
The starting salary seems to be higher than the industry standard, but raises and performance bonuses are much lower.
The work and life balance is really good, and it is a stable work environment. However, this means the company is filled with people who are just putting in their time before they can retire.
The biggest frustration is the overhead and bureaucracy of the company. Work has all the overhead of government, plus the extra rules of being contractor. (Sandia is an FFRDC, and employees are government contractors - not feds.)
Albuquerque is great for outdoor activities and the weather is agreeable. But property crime is really, really high. If you want to move to Albuquerque, look at crime rates and maps, and actually visit locations before signing anything.
Work and life balance and a low stress environment
Specialist/Consultant (Former Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – October 24, 2017
Was very fortunate that almost wherever there was a need, I was able to transfer into playing or leading roles to produce high quality results and products on projects where the results were highly visible and had significant impact across a specific or multiple business areas.
Most of my managers were very supportive of allowing me access to training and certifications I needed to excel at my job in order to meet and exceed customer expectations.
Before I retired, new leadership had occurred in my area and the role I played was no longer valued given I was sought out to lead a corporate strategic initiative rather than directly aligned with my center's mission. This was reflected in my last two review where I was reviewed among my peers in my center, even though I had received multiple awards for excellence from executive sponsors where I was leading efforts that impacted all the business entities of the laboratory.
Great Flexibility for Creating Innovative Solutions
Inconsistency of Management Excellence Across All Business Entities
Great company with great benefits and potential for advancement. Educational opportunities and wide range of departments to work within the company allowing to gain experience and knowledge. Competitive salary.
Advancement, job security, benefits and education reimbursement