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
Nuclear Quality and Assurance Requirements, Senior (Former Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – August 2, 2016
For lower level types, it is a great place to work. However, its main reason for being (modernizing and refurbishing the nuclear weapons stockpile) is going to cease in the near future, no matter how many new projects are dreamed up to delay that and keep the money flowing. Sandia is doing its best to expand into other areas of technology, but the looming loss of the weapons is causing a huge amount of stress at the Labs, I believe.
Rotating Fridays off.
Nearly everyone needing expensive clearances, even people who will never need (or want) to be exposed to classified information.
Admin Support (contractor) (Former Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – May 10, 2016
The people I worked with were very nice and my supervisor was wonderful. I enjoyed the work very much, but it doesn't matter how well you do your job, if you are a contractor, their policy is that you have to leave after 3 years. The policy needs to be done away with.