Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Terminations/New Hires at LANL, 10/1/2004 - 7/31/2004

Here are some statistics gleaned from recent comments on the


post (summary produced by "Finknottle"):

Summary: 1,150 total people have left LANL between 10/1/2004 and 7/31/2005. Of those 454 were retirements, 12 were terminated for cause, and 2 were involuntary terminations. 337 of those who left were TSMs.

In the same period, there were 1,582 new hires of which 703 were "regular" new hires, and of those only 135 were TSMs. 378 of the new hires had no degree, 196 had a BA/BS, 91 had an MA/MS, and 32 had a Phd. The 1,582 new hire number includes 693 students (undergrad, grad, co-op), 103 post-docs, and 256 limited term.

As of 7/31/2005 there were a total of 10,640 UC employees at LANL, of which 8,413 were "regular" employees.

No surprises revealed by the numbers: LANL has lost a lot of expertise this past year.

Data sources:


More data can be found here.

Great to see some numbers on this, but have to be careful not to read too much into it. The period ends at 07/31/05 and the TSMs could have had a retirement bulge at the end of June. TSMs take longer to replace than the TEC and SSM series. No surprise that a lot of TSMs retired, and they will be replaced. Some of them of course (the negative FTEs)don't need to be replaced.
There is a "bulge" in retirements every year at the end of June: that's the optimal month of the year to retire because of the COLA. The bulge is not job classification-specific.

The talent represented in the 337 TSM's who left could eventually be replaced. The expertise cannot.
Anonymous at 9/06/2005 10:08:27 is a bit naive. Yes, it does take while longer to hire TSMs. For one thing, we try to hire very good ones where as the SSM ranks are not so carefully staffed.

Take a look at the LANL jobs website. The majority of the openings are NOT for working TSMs.

Anonyous at 9/06/2005 12:14:09 PM has it right. A whole lot of expertise went out the door this year. There was no succesion planning. It is clear that neither UC or DOE gives a damn about the quaility of what is done at LANL (and probably LLNL and SNL).
and realize that a bunch of those "new hires" were contractors who had been at the lab for years
Take a look at the LANL jobs website. Most of the jobs are NOT TSMs. And, many of the TSM jobs advertised are in the overhead aress such as FM, PS, etc.
and the vast majority of the contractor conversions would NOT have been TSMs.... Because of that conversion effort the hiring numbers in general are probably inflated.
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