Sandia National Laboratories Employee Reviews

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Tough environment for a postdoc
Postdoctoral Appointee (Current Employee) –  Livermore, CAMay 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.
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People environment
not for what I was hired for (Former Employee) –  AlbuquerqueFebruary 20, 2013
While I was there, there is a lot of "skirt chasing," even the married ones do it. Linked to the skirt chasing comes your promotions or whereever/whatever you want in the company.
Pros
clean building, some nice people
Cons
skirt chasers, sandian's treat contractors like dirt, except if you are the person being chased..then you are given "the world"
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Decent Company to work for
Software Analyst (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMAugust 5, 2012
As a staff augmentation contractor you fill positions at Sandia where extra hands are needed on projects. You are exposed to great deal of variety and have the opportunity to learn many new things. The attitude at Sandia is very up and coming in exploring the latest technology and its many uses.
Pros
wonderful, talented people
Cons
location
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Hard work pays off, while the government looks over your shoulder.
Postdoc (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMApril 14, 2012
Excellent work/life balance, salary and benefits. Strong management commitment to workplace equality and openness. Best part of the job is the ability to develop new ideas. Yearly training requirements, limited ability to carry personal electronics and cell phones and weekly time-charging can become tiresome, but that's life.
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Perfect place to grow
Student Intern (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMNovember 23, 2015
Hardest yet most rewarding job! Challenged everyday with new projects and new ideas. SNL pushes you to your limit. You discover things in yourself you didn't know you are capable of. Overwhelming at times and empowering at other times. Must be dedicated, but will be well worth it. Perfect place to professionally grow and strengthen yourself.
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Good job, decent benefits
Trades 1 (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMOctober 25, 2013
The work life balance is great, and that is probably the only good thing about this company. Management is poor and plays favorties, co-workers are ok, but are known to back stab. The hardest part of my job was staying awake, the most enjoyable part was clocking out!
Pros
lots of celebrations
Cons
weak management
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Great work life balance. Interesting mission. Opportunities to move around.
Project Controller/Program Business Lead (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMNovember 10, 2015
The mission of SNL is unique and rewarding. There are many opportunities to learn. Many opportunities to advance. Great people. The company only hires "the best and brightest" which makes for a unique working environment.
Pros
work life balance
Cons
Salary is not competitive in Bay Area
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I loved this job
Clerical Student Intern (Former Employee) –  Carlsbad, NMApril 9, 2013
I got the chance to learn so many new skills, I met many people and had the opportunity to work with a great staff. We would always make it an enjoyable place to be.
Pros
pot luck parties, snowcones and ice cream thursdays, wii tournments
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Professional Enjoyable work enviornment
Technical Student Intern (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMJuly 31, 2013
As a technical Intern in the computer engineering field I learn how to go about a problem and solve the problem in a professional manner. I learn all the steps necessary to deliver a solution that was reasonable and acceptable. I learned to program using Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft .Net, C#, and SQL database.
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Good company, have been there for a while
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  New MexicoAugust 5, 2015
The company is solid, if you are a scientist or engineer its even better! The areas for research and development are revered, and a good place for advancement if you fall in these areas.
Pros
Science is promoted
Cons
administrative staff is not treated very well by scientists and researchers
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Management Reviews Result in Poor Morale
auditor, analyst, scientist, regulatory compliance (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMSeptember 24, 2015
In the last five years a Lockheed-Martin five star ranking system penalizes someone in a group for underachievement even if they've met their goals. This may change with new president in 2016
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It's alright; could be better
Postdoctoral Associate (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMFebruary 2, 2015
This is not your parents' national laboratory; the focus is increasingly on defense and nuclear weapons rather than on basic research. I found this disappointing.

Whatever your work is, the management sometimes get in the way, more than they help.
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Learned a lot as a student.
Student Contractor (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMApril 24, 2013
I learned quite a bit as a contracted student intern. Being surrounded by knowledgeable people is a great advantage when working on difficult projects. It was also nice having access to cutting edge technology and a wealth of printed resources.
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Great work culture
Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMJanuary 21, 2014
Most places at the labs are fantastic. The flexibility to move between careers and disciplines is unique. Management in my experience has been fantastic in facilitating employee growth.
Pros
good work/life balance, interesting work
Cons
rapid advancement is almost impossible
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very interesting work related to national security
Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Livermore, CAAugust 28, 2012
Research projects are very interesting with a broad range of subjects. It is possible to work on a variety of projects, but some initiative is required to get involved in projects outside the primary project to which you are hired.
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Outstanding
Intern- General Clerical (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMSeptember 4, 2012
Sandia National Laboratories is an excellent place to work. A challenging and exceptional place to learn, work, and gain experience. With many experienced people working there made each day a different experience in the daily work I use to do.
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Good place to learn
Full Time Employee (Former Employee) –  CAJune 10, 2015
A lot of people to learn from.
Co-workers were awesome.
Equipment and facilities adequate.
Ability to learn most anything applicable to R&D.
Fun field work.
Pros
No time card punching
Cons
They waste a lot of taxpayers money.
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Work with the lab
Dispensing Optician, AO Safety (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMOctober 1, 2014
I like everything about this job. the company I worked for was very helpful and even the lab employee was very understanding about when I need a day off, the back person was not needed so much.
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Good place to work
R&D Lab Technologist, Mechanical Inspector . (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMAugust 5, 2014
Good place to work for young people fresh out of college with high degrees.
Pros
close to home, good pay, good benefits.
Cons
no chance of advancement when hired in for your experience and not related schooling
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Excellent company to work for
Graduate Year Round Student Internship (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMJanuary 1, 2014
Sandia is an amazing place to work. The company cares about it's employees and the work/life balance is incomparable.
Pros
9/80 schedule, co-workers, gym on site, fitness classes, cafeteria
Cons
compensation
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