Paid Laboratory Assistant (Former Employee) – Berkeley, CA – August 22, 2018
The LBNL is doing important work with many scientists to benefit the overall knowledge of humanity. They have many different departments working well together, and the outcome of the experiments is impactful.
Field Engineering Intern (Former Employee) – Berkeley, CA – July 22, 2018
No complaints on my end, all problems were caused by miscommunication. My boss and I butted head on issues because I didn't understand what is it he wanted, and he had a tough time explaining it to me.
Wonderful Real World Industry Experience Opportunity
Information Technology Intern (Former Employee) – Berkeley, CA – July 6, 2018
I got the chance to work on some innovative Google Enterprise features such as Google Apps Script and Google Drive. What I really enjoyed most was the low-pressure learning environment with plenty of room to make my own decisions. Work hours were extremely accommodating of my school schedule. It was the best place I ever worked.
PhD student/Beamline User (Former Employee) – Berkeley, CA – June 11, 2018
Getting experiments done at the synchrotron (we do very demanding experiments) takes a lot of work hours and man power. If a member of the team (whether that member is a beamline user of beamline scientist) is not "on-board" then the chances of completing an experiment to a satisfactory extent are minimal. However, if everyone is on board then doing experiments at the synchrotron is very rewarding.
Long working hours (sometimes more than 20 hours a day)
Principal Research Associate (Former Employee) – Berkeley, CA – May 25, 2018
Being associated with the University of California in Berkeley made for a very academic environment that provided many learning opportunities. Many guest scientists came and presented their research during "Brown Bag" sessions.
Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee) – Berkeley, CA – May 10, 2018
I think you get what you expect at Berkeley Lab. Very smart and helpful coworkers, an environment that promotes constant learning, maybe too many meetings, pay is not as high as you can get in industry. I enjoyed my internship and am glad I went for it.
Student Intern (Current Employee) – Berkeley, CA – May 4, 2018
A typical day here is fast paced. Your down time is extremely limited but the atmosphere is great. There are so many bright minds here. The most enjoyable part for me was seeing my ideas implemented in final designs.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Berkeley, CA – April 6, 2018
Many expense reports to process, finding availability to schedule meetings and trying to locate a conference room on the Berkeley campus which was extremely difficult with so many employees and not enough conference rooms to hold business meetings, which would then be scheduled in the manager's office.
Created Power Point presentations for Manager's and Scientists. Ordered Scientific Journals and processed for payment. Supported Division Director's when their Assistants were out or on vacation.
Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee) – Berkeley, CA – March 23, 2018
Light work load and a strong academic environment allow for strong personal development. The academic culture can be toxic at times and reliance on government spending can make the culture more political than desired.
Computer Software Engineer III (Former Employee) – Berkeley, CA – February 10, 2018
The site is beautiful, but hard to commute to/from unless you live in Berkeley. It was taking me over 2 hours each way from San Francisco - a lot of it waiting for a shuttle from BART up to the lab.. Driving isn't a good option because parking up on the hill is all but nonexistent
You're totally responsible for a project but don't get cooperation from the user/customer/management to get it done. You really end up trying to do several jobs project management and reporting, business analyst, product manager, developer, QA tester, Production support for existing systems all at once with timeframes that don't let you do any of them very well..
They do have a cafeteria - run by the same company that does the UC student cafeterias and has the same menu.
Advancement - only possible when someone retires.
They seem to love meetings - the more people at them and the longer they last, the better.
Beautiful place to work, interesting subjects and people
Strange way to do systems development / run an IT organization