USRA
2.9 of 5 9 reviews
www.usra.edu Columbia, MD 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Nov 09, 2013

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75% Approve of the CEO

USRA President & CEO Frederick A. Tarantino

Frederick A. Tarantino

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good stable company with favorable benefits

Research Scientist I (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at USRA full-time for more than 3 years

ProsEfficient administration, HR is very responsive and open to comments. Good benefits. Great colleagues. Good salary.

ConsStability is too dependent on aerospace projects, which are seeing a decline over the course of time.

Advice to Senior ManagementNo complaints.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fantastic Life/Work Balance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at USRA full-time for more than a year

ProsUSRA is a non-Profit, but operates as a very lean and efficient business. It takes on its customers' missions as its own. A terrific work environment.

ConsIt's a non-profit, sometimes that can restrict access to certain programs requiring a for-profit.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great experience but not a stable long term job

Research Scientist I (Current Employee)
Idaho Falls, ID (US)

I have been working at USRA full-time for more than 3 years

ProsWorked on lots of interesting projects that were exciting and creative

ConsNot a stable job due to funding being sporadic

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the excitement might need to pay someone to constantly write proposals to keep funding steady

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at USRA full-time

ProsGives you a lot of freedom

ConsSalary grading not always fair

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Scientist (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA (US)

I worked at USRA full-time for more than 3 years

ProsWorking closely with NASA.
Flex working hours.

ConsNo opportunities for career advancement within the organization. No professional development. Management needs to better communicate with the employees instead of intercepting their emails.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good exposure to NASA

Research Scientist (Current Employee)
Moffett Field, CA (US)

I have been working at USRA full-time

ProsDecent benefits for health insurance and retirement
Close exposure to NASA working environment and program management
A relaxed academic work environment

ConsZero opportunity for career growth within the company
NASA management can be extremely hostile
No interaction with employees beyond your immediate contract

Advice to Senior ManagementCompany 990's should be available on your web site.

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NASA Contractor

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at USRA for more than 3 years

ProsGreat employees at Moffett Field location.

ConsCommunication from the Home Office and Management team needs improvement.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Insufficiently challenging

Scientist (Junior) (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA (US)

I worked at USRA

ProsYou have flexibility in working hours. You sometimes have the possibility for telecommute.

ConsA relatively large number of managers. Managers make decisions and listen to each other only.Managers are paid to maintain their management positions. Employees are not involved in the way the place is managed. The way the tasks are distributed to the employees are not always appropriate. As an employee, you are often given tasks for which you are overqualified.

No opportunities for professional growth and no challenging work.

Not a family friendly place.

Managers do screen and intercept employees personal emails.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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USRA as contract labor

Senior Scientist (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA (US)

I have been working at USRA

ProsGreat deal of personal flexibility while working for Uncle Sam.

ConsYou are hired to do a job. Management is highly compensated for expanding the business and increasing revenue. Your job is to keep the customer happy. There is no opportunity for advancement within USRA. Use this position as an opportunity to feather your nest and move on to the next position.

Advice to Senior ManagementHR development would help in improved customer service.

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