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Monday, May 23, 2016

University of New Mexico (UNM) will announce proposal to take over management of SNL

University of New Mexico (UNM) will announce proposal to take over management of SNL from Lockheed Martin.
This makes me sick. UNM and SNL are already too cozy. There is a constant flow of third rate UNM interns and grads to SNL. It's so inbred with UNM grads in most departments now, that applicants from schools like Caltech, Princeton, Stanford, MIT and Harvard are actually passed up in favor of buddies from UNM. And if they do take a job at SNL, they are routinely passed up for promotion in favor of the UNM grad who has friends and family all working at SNL.

If UNM takes over management, this is just going to make a bad situation worse.


Anonymous said...

There are big differences between the performance of enginnering graduates of the top 15, top 50 and bottom 50 schools. It it a function of high standards, If the next 100 years of nuclear weapons engineering matters, a cross section of top talent is needed within the key disciplines to assure they remain current. #457

Anonymous said...

Tyler Pryzbylek is a most hated name at LANL and LLNl today. He is a manipulative liar who was instrumental in setting up terrible contracts, lying to employees about the effect, taking away significant benefits and ignoring clear dire warnings that the new contract clauses were a disaster in the making. He carried on deafly. As a result both labs pay hundreds of millions of dollars per yesr in taxes, fees and administrative costs that were unnecessary. To pay for this over 4000 employees were laid. His big lie is and was "sustantially equivalent in the aggregate", A pithy lie he repeated to the detriment of 18000 employees while they were deprived and laid off. But the taxpayer saved nothing. Lab costs and overhead went up. Beware good employees of Sandia and citizens of New Mexico. Of Klotz and Pryzbylek and NNSA contact administrators passing terrible lies while they seek to hurt you.

Anonymous said...

I am really sorry for you guys. 2008 - 2011 devastated LLNL.

It has never recovered. Under a ridgid contract term, management loses initiative, vitality and independence disappear, good people leave and you become rule bound, where personel and technical excellence becomes a slogan rather than an endeavor. Ask anyone if they attend conferences, take technical training or publish today. No? But rules are followed, fees awarded and old timers wonder where the capable leaders dispeared to.

Have a plan B.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, UNM is not qualified to run a National Laboratory. Take a look at their Physics Building on Lomas Avenue. If this represents their vision and commitment to Physics, I say no more.

Anonymous said...

On the bright side, UNM is more qualified and more motivated than LANS.

Anonymous said...

Besides, they'll have a lot of help from Texis.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, May 23, 2016 at 11:19 PM, you literally have no idea what you are talking about. Every sentence is exactly opposite of what I've experienced and my colleagues would say the same. Bitter much?

Anonymous said...

11:19 is spot on in my experience.

Anonymous said...

May 26, 2016 at 11:42 PM, you clearly come to LLNL at the 2007 transition, and long after the mass layoffs prompted by the transition caused operating budget shortfalls.

Anonymous said...

May 26, 2016 at 11:42 PM

That is an odd statement, I have no idea what your experience at LLNL is but the lab is no longer the same place that it was before 2007 everything has been downgraded. If you are legit than just find someone who worked at the lab before 2007 and ask them what they think of the lab now. I am sure you enjoy your work but things have changed at the labs. Another issue that is a bit more touchy but is very relevant is that the quality of people have also changed and that may have to be taken into account when you consider how the newer people feel about the place. To be honest some of the hires after 2007 would not have been hired before 2005. This of course is also due to the fact that LLNL lost some appeal to the most qualified people who simply no longer apply to the LLNL or LANL.

On a personal level if you enjoy your job and work at LLNL than do the best job you can and make the most of it. No one should be blamed for taking advantage of an opportunity when in comes along.

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