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Anonymous shared this review of Sandia National Labs, United States on Sep 23rd, 2019
"Overall great place to work, but there are not many women in leadership roles. It still has a mentality focus on men but they are working to change that in the culture and industry of STEM. Since it is a government contractor you still have the "military" influence in the day to day working structure and that men dominate leadership. They work to change it but it can be harder to speak up and influence peers in meetings especially if you are a women leading the meeting with all men. "
Anonymous shared this review of Sandia National Labs on Nov 14th, 2018
"Make sure your manager supports you. If s/he doesn't, find someone who will and move to that department, or figure out how to make peace with the fact that you will make zero professional progress."
"I worked here a number of years ago, was gone for quite a while, now back for about 12 years. Much progress has been made since my first experience, especially with work schedule flexibility and the number of women in management positions. A lot of women work in science and engineering positions. The number of women in management is improving as women work their way up (the current President and Lab Director is a technical woman promoted from within, a first for a national lab). In the day to day work environment women in my area seem to be treated equally. There are some lab-wide programs to give women networking and mentoring opportunities."
"Some within the company seem to truly be dedicated to the recent corporate diversity and inclusion efforts. However, the majority seem to have little interest in these initiatives and/or don't have reason to take them seriously. Support from and seeing women at the highest levels of leadership is a plus, however the nature of 'the culture of STEM' is such that it can sometimes be difficult. Including a lack of diversity in interviews and hiring in my division."
"It has improved over the years, mostly due to grass roots efforts. It is a highly competitive environment and difficult for technical women be accepted and considered for teams, more as a result of implicit than explicit bias."
"I think women have to make an effort to be treated fairly - but the organization is listening and making positive efforts."
"I've been at SNL for 4 years and I see lots of opportunities for women at all levels. My management has been extremely supportive of my career advancement and is willing to go to bat for me."
"I've worked here for 3 years and there are a lot of women working here, both in management and in professional roles. There are more women than men in my field. Women are treated fairly and the work and schedules are flexible which is a benefit for parents. I have never taken a long leave of absence so I am not sure how this affects employees or what the benefits are. Our annual raises and bonuses are better than most other companies located nearby. I am not sure how the company compares nationally. It can be very bureaucratic but overall, a great place tot work."
"I've worked here for 5 years and it is my first position out of graduate school. Overall happy with the company and the career progression so far. I'm happy we have the first woman president for the DOE labs and I think women are treated fairly and with respect. The work is often stressful and politically driven but the people are enjoyable to work with."
"I have worked here for six years and have never felt gender was an issue in my advancement. The workforce is very family-oriented - maternity, and paternity leaves are well-supported by management. There are individuals who are sexist, but in general the company culture is very supportive of both men and women."
"Sandia is very big and your experience depends mostly on which department you are in. There are many women at Sandia, mostly in managerial roles and support roles. Only 20% of technical positions are held by women. The work is novel and interesting. Collaboration, mentoring, and learning are valued. Employees have flexible work hours, sick leave, maternity leave, and a medical clinic onsite. Scientists and engineers have to conform a certain stereotype to fit in. It's a boys club. You can succeed if you work harder than then men around you. At the corporate level, they say they want to hire more women, but there are no policies to make it happen. Sandia is a much better place for women in business, HR, and management than it is for women in technical fields."
"While my management is great and seems very female friendly particular in their flexible scheduling policies, my coworkers (lab techs/engineers) have a lot to learn in how to work with females. I would put it as above average for an engineering environment (read: mostly old, mostly white, mostly male). Much of the older infrastructure was never meant for women (for instance, some buildings don't have female bathrooms), but things seem to be improving even in the short time I have been here."