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Forbes magazine again tags Sandia Labs as top large employer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories again has been recognized by Forbes as one of the 500 Best Large Employers 2021. Sandia also won the distinction in 2017 and again in 2019, shortly after garnering a separate award as one of the magazine’s top workplaces for diversity.

Forbes logoForbes and the market research firm Statista conducted an anonymous survey across all industry sectors to produce the rankings.

About 50,000 employees who work for companies that employ at least 1,000 in their U.S. operations were asked whether they would recommend their employer, based on working conditions, salary and development potential. Surveyors also asked them to nominate organizations other than their own. The final list ranked employers that received the most recommendations.

When employees come to Sandia National Laboratories, they join a dynamic team focused on serving the nation through excellence and innovation. (Photo by Randy Montoya). Click the thumbnail for a high-resolution image.

Sandia was the only Department of Energy lab and the only New Mexico-based employer to make the list and joins companies like Honeywell International, Inc., NASA, Intel Corp., Apple, Inc. and Google, Inc.

The Forbes distinction comes on the heels of Fairygodboss rating Sandia Labs as one of the Best Companies for Women 2020 and Best Companies where CEOs Support Gender Diversity. Those honors were based solely on women’s anonymous reviews.

“We’re competing for the nation’s top talent, not just with other national laboratories, but with leading tech and research and development employers, and Sandia’s a great place to work,” said Rob Nelson, director of Human Resources. “We’ll continue cultivating valued professional and lifestyle opportunities that support a dynamic workforce focused on excellence and innovation.”

Sandia National Laboratories is a multimission laboratory operated by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia Labs has major research and development responsibilities in nuclear deterrence, global security, defense, energy technologies and economic competitiveness, with main facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Livermore, California.

Sandia news media contact: Luke Frank,, 505-377-5620