Lawrence Livermore honored as one of Glassdoor's 2024 'Best-Led Companies'


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has been named a winner of Glassdoor’s inaugural award for Best-Led Companies 2024 in the United States. This award honors companies with exceptional senior leadership teams that go above and beyond to redefine the employee experience. Unlike other workplace awards, Glassdoor’s awards rely on input over the past year from employees who anonymously submit a company review on Glassdoor.

“We’re continuing to see employees face challenges as they navigate the rapidly evolving nature of worklife,” said Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor's chief executive officer. “But regardless of changes, one thing is certain; the people within an organization remain its greatest asset, and I truly believe employee well-being trickles down from the very top. That’s why we’re excited to reveal Glassdoor’s inaugural list of the Best-Led Companies, showcasing those shining examples of companies where senior leadership is putting work-life and people first according to the millions of ratings and insights provided by those who really know a company — employees.”

The Laboratory’s current director is Kim Budil, who was named director in March 2021. She is the 13th director and the first woman to lead LLNL, which is operated by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Budil works alongside the Laboratory’s senior management team to lead a workforce of more than 9,000 employees.

“Our workplace and workforce have evolved significantly in recent years, and so have the priorities of our leadership team,” Budil said. “We have put a strong focus on the employee experience — engaging with our employees to understand what they need to be successful and how we can support and enable them. This award is an incredible honor and testament to our efforts as we continue to build an inclusive culture of excellence and provide meaningful improvements for our workforce, including our approach to leadership, to meet our important missions.”

Glassdoor award winners for the Best-Led Companies of 2024 were determined using Glassdoor’s proprietary awards algorithm, and each leadership approval rating was determined based on the quantity, quality and consistency of Glassdoor-approved company reviews submitted by U.S.-based employees between March 1, 2023 and Feb. 29, 2024. During the year-long eligibility period, companies considered for the list must have more than 1,000 employees and receive at least 100 ratings across the two leadership attributes (CEO job performance and senior management).

When providing a company review, employees are asked to rate several factors tied to their employment experience. In addition to rating sentiment about their CEO’s job performance, employees are able to choose from one of three options: approve, disapprove or no opinion of the CEO. Employees also are asked to share some of the best reasons to work for the company (pros), any downsides (cons) and are encouraged to provide advice to management. The algorithm for Best-Led Companies leveraged Review Intelligence™, a Glassdoor sentiment analysis tool that reads, analyzes and categorizes reviews, to surface topics, insights and trends to score company reviews that mention “senior leadership” topics.

In the last decade, LLNL has continued to improve the employee experience in areas such as work-life balance and flexibility, benefits and career development opportunities – all of which are vital components of LLNL’s success. There are currently more than 140 jobs posted on the LLNL careers site in a variety of fields.

Earlier this year, LLNL also was honored as one of Glassdoor's 2024 ‘Best Places to Work.’ For the complete list of the Glassdoor Best-Led Companies in 2024, visit the web.