Postdoctoral Appointee (Current Employee) – Livermore, CA – May 12, 2013
The research itself is great and the resources for performing the work are second to none. The culture is really tough, however, and there seems to be little incentive for the PI's to treat postdocs with respect or to care about the postdocs' future employment opportunities. I imagine as a PI or manager this might be a wonderful place to work. However, as a postdoc, it is really quite bad at times.
Terrific opportunities to learn about various aspects of business everywhere you look. If you want to get involved it's a great, inclusive space to try new things and learn from the nation's best in research and development.
Senior Member of Technical Staff (Former Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – June 3, 2017
Work environment is very political because there are no market metrics. The most important thing is how you are viewed, so nobody wants to take any risks. You are coached to keep your head down and collect a paycheck. Over-regulated environment is very stifling. Not a place for people with initiative.
The labs are a well above average place to work. There is so much going on at such a large complex that there is a lot of variation in work satisfaction. However, the things that stand out is their focus on work life balance, the great pay, and the good benefits.
Different departments vary in management. I learned a lot in the 14 years but some departments were showing signs of stress due to management coming and going. In two years I was assigned to 6 managers and staff but was initially hired for two managers. This was due to restructuring of departments with staff and manager since Homeland Security was cutting budgets more and more with each year. The workload fell on new staff and doubled for the assistants. Some managers were given a negative incentive to retire before they were ready to ease the upcoming budgets.
Security and busy work environment
Budget cuts and negative incentives created problems with staff leaving.
Relaxed but vigilant professional corporate atmosphere
Technologist (Current Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – May 8, 2017
Relaxed work atmosphere. Stress largely self-imposed. Over-achievers will be better compensated in private industry. Management primarily concerned with managing business issues to the detriment of managing people/teams/groups. Very strict corporate policies in place with federal oversight to be constantly wary of, otherwise a lack of many standards for optimal workplace efficiency. Promotion opportunities limited to turnover within existing hierarchies.
low-stress, highly educated workforce, national impact, job security
I have enjoyed working at Sandia. The compensation and benefits are some of the best in the region, and a high value is placed on education. Since Sandia is a government owned facility, there can be a good deal of bureaucracy, which can make progress hard. The culture at Sandia is very unique because of the diversity of disciplines required for day to day operation of a national lab. Promotion within Sandia usually requires an advanced educational degree, unless you are working in facilities, or logistics departments.
Business & Communications Intern (Current Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – April 5, 2017
I interned at Sandia National Laboratories for three years. The work was challenging ( in a good way), and I was always treated with the utmost respect and kindness. My coworkers are some of the smartest and kindest people I know. The pay is excellent and the 9/80 schedule offers great balance and flexibility.
Competitive pay; Fridays off; Great people; Exciting work
Location; Communications issues between departments
As a student intern, I was responsible for running problems for the code writers using Sandia's Finite Element Code. I was able to help customers fix their problems by running simple problems using the same constraints.
Excellent company, great benefits, wonderful management
ASA, Tier IV, Administrative Asst. (Former Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – March 18, 2017
Working at Sandia gave me a sense of pride, as this company strives for excellence. I was able to move around within the organization and learned a variety of job skills. The culture is very laid back and concerned with employee health, safety, and welfare. The hardest part of the job was getting in the gate. The two-weeks during Christmas and New Year every year that the organization closed down was the most enjoyable aspect. This is an excellent company to work for.
Productive, flexible and rewarding work environment
Post Doctoral Fellow (Current Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – March 16, 2017
I have worked at Sandia as both an intern and post-doc with two different advisors and several mentors. To date it is the most rewarding place that I have worked. From the start, my ideas were listened to and taken seriously. Everyone around me is helpful in the most extreme way. There doesn't seem to be any work place competition even thought the people I work with are extremely successful and motivated. The work schedule is extremely flexible. The only down side is its location in Albuquerque NM.
Sandia is perhaps the premiere place to work in Albuquerque
Business Systems Analyst (Current Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – December 28, 2016
My typical day can sometimes be hectic but I think this is often the nature of software development. For years, Sandia has been a place where mobility has been encouraged, but over the last several years this has been less so. I have benefited greatly from the ability to move around and work outside my degree, but current leadership has made this more difficult with many on the higher echelons focused too firmly on degree status.
While there is a great deal to like about Sandia; management and culture is oftentimes dysfunctional. Many of the staff are great to work with but there are elements of favoritism and personalities that make getting the job done more difficult. In addition, their focus on degrees and GPAs creates an elite environment where people constantly feel the need to prove themselves and will go to great lengths to do so. I find these facets the hardest part of working there.
The most enjoyable part of the job is there are a lot of great and innovative people who want to achieve great things.
Productive work environment with opportunities for growth in technical, programmatic, and leadership areas
Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee) – Livermore, CA – November 5, 2016
Sandia National Laboratories is a well respected institution within the nuclear weapon complex as well as in the general science and engineering community. The laboratory is committed to recruiting the best and brightest individuals to carry out its mission and committed to creating solutions to the world's technical problems.
Internship (Current Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – October 15, 2016
Was a great place to develop research experience. Cultivated growth of employees and collaboration of ideas to move projects forward. All employees, management, staff and technicians were approachable with asking for help to solve problems.
Worked with needs of school and adjusting schedule