Why most people stay for decades, but young families are moving on
Safety Systems Engineering & Project Management (Former Employee) – Menlo Park, CA – August 8, 2016
SLAC is a wonderful place to work. SLAC is a DOE laboratory operated by Stanford University, meaning employees get the perks of being Stanford staff and can also enjoy being part of the global accelerator community.
Employees generally stay around for many years, even decades, since they love the work, publishing papers, and attending international conferences. Operating an accelerator 24-7 creates a job culture where people want to work long hours and often don't notice they're working late when they're working together to setup the beam for an experiment.
However, affordable housing and childcare is difficult to find in the area, pushing more young families to commute long distances or move on to other laboratories. The waiting lists for infant care often exceeds a year and long commutes put a substantial strain on the work-life balance.
World class engineering and science, many opportunities to learn
Poor work-life balance for young families