Lawrence Livermore among Glassdoor’s ‘best places to work,’ ranked top lab employer

Dec. 5, 2018
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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing it as one of the Best Places to Work in 2019, as well as the top government contractor and top lab. (Download Image)

Lawrence Livermore among Glassdoor’s ‘best places to work,’ ranked top lab employer

Carenda L Martin, martin59@llnl.gov, 925-424-4715

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2019.

The Employees’ Choice Awards program, now in its 11th year, is based solely on the input of employees, who elect to provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies on Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites.

“I’m very pleased that Glassdoor is recognizing the Laboratory as one of the best places in the world to work, and especially pleased that our own employees have expressed that it’s a great place to work and that they feel valued and supported,” said LLNL Director Bill Goldstein. “We believe we offer one of the best combinations of compensation, benefits and work/life balance to be found and our mission focus offers employees the opportunity to find special meaning in their work.”

LLNL ranks 24 out of 100 on Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work US - Large” list with an overall company rating of 4.4. In addition, LLNL is ranked the No. 1 government/government contractor employer and the No. 1 laboratory employer. LLNL also is No. 4 in the United States for large employers headquartered in San Francisco and No. 6 on the list of large employers in the Bay Area.

“The mission of the Laboratory is what attracts employees to join our workforce and it is that same passion for mission that retains employees for long-term careers,” said Renee Breyer, director of Strategic Human Resources Management at LLNL. “In addition to the incredible mission, the Laboratory provides a family friendly environment with engaging work-life activities and work schedule options.”

LLNL is comprised of a world-class workforce of nearly 7,000 of the best and brightest scientists, engineers, technical and administrative staff, many of whom are drawn to the Laboratory for what it stands for, “Science and Technology on a Mission.”

“In today’s tight labor market, job seekers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to deciding where to work and they want to know the inner workings of a company before accepting a new job. To help people find the best jobs and the best companies, the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards recognize employers at the top of their game,” said Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor chief economist. “For employers, we know that a satisfied and engaged workforce helps drive financial performance. Glassdoor Best Places to Work winners are strategically investing in company culture, career growth opportunities and more, which also serves as a major recruiting advantage.”

On Glassdoor, current and former employees voluntarily and anonymously share insights and opinions about their work environments by sharing a company review, designed to capture a genuine and authentic inside look at what a specific job may be like at a particular company. When sharing a company review on Glassdoor, employees are asked to rate their satisfaction with the company overall, and key workplace factors like career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, senior management and work/life balance. In addition, employees are asked to describe the best reasons to work at their companies as well as any downsides.

“The Laboratory’s tag line of 'having the smartest square mile on earth' is what originally intrigued me to look into the Lab further,” said one employee on Glassdoor. “It is important to me to work for an organization that is not only doing something interesting that I can learn from, but is giving back to the nation in a key critical way, which makes me a proud employee. There also are diverse, culturally enriching activities that allow you to take time away from your desk in meaningful ways. The on-site gym and fitness classes are awesome as well.”

Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work were determined using company reviews shared by U.S.-based employees between Oct. 23, 2017 and Oct. 21, 2018. To be considered for the large category, a company must have had at least 1,000 or more employees and have received at least 75 ratings across each of the eight workplace attributes from U.S.-based employees during the period of eligibility. The final list is compiled using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, led by its economic research team, and considers quantity, quality and consistency of reviews.

“The Laboratory offers amazing work/life programs,” said another employee on Glassdoor. “It’s very easy to have a wonderful career and a life outside of work. Most managers are super flexible and understanding. The Lab offers great science and opportunities to work on very interesting projects. In addition, there are really cool on-site programs like author talks, tons of fitness options, great special events, live music, a farmer’s market, nice walking paths, wildlife, etc. Not to mention, the people here are friendly and engaging.”

The Laboratory is hiring and there are currently more than 240 jobs posted on the LLNL careers site in a variety of fields.

“It is our hope that this award will further market the attractiveness for joining our workforce as ‘a Best Place to Work,’"  Breyer said. "Hopefully many new candidates will be knocking down our doors to come and work here.”

For the complete list of the Glassdoor Best Places to Work winners in 2019, visit the web.

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