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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Reviews

Updated Sep 29, 2019

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory CEO Michael Watkins
Michael Watkins
54 Ratings
Pros
  • "A good work/life balance with a 9/80 schedule where you work 9 hours each work day and get every other Friday off(in 58 reviews)

  • "Great work environment, amazing mentors(in 41 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay for a software engineering internship(in 14 reviews)

  • "Projects/missions take a very long time to complete (3 to 5(in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Great atmosphere with a variety of projects and room for growth"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Pasadena, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    University-like atmosphere, knowledgeable colleagues, a variety of different projects and positions with a lot of movement for people every few years, excellent pay and benefits (especially for government-like work)

    Cons

    Some project phases require long hours (but the reward is worth it!)

    Advice to Management

    Keep developing people as leaders, and not just engineers, and the workforce will continue to get even stronger.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-09-24
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    "Great place if you're looking for comfort"

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    Current Employee - Cyber Security Engineer in Pasadena, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - 9/80 schedule means every other Friday off - Great colleagues - Stable position - Interesting work

    Cons

    - Parking is absolutely horrible - Slow to adopt modern perks (e.g. telecommute) - Salary not competitive relative to private companies, although the work/life balance somewhat makes up for this - Contract changes meaning more NASA oversight, for better or worse - Hard to retain younger talent due to older ways of doing things

    Advice to Management

    Be quicker in recognizing what's happening in industry

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-09-29
  3. "Excellent Place"

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    Former Employee - Robotics Inter in Pasadena, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    working on crazy awesome stuff like spacecrafts that could go to other planets or cutting edge robots, people are cool and smart and interesting and enjoy talking about their work, hours are reasonable, the cafeteria is not horrible (not great either)

    Cons

    public job so there's a lot of hoops to jump though to buy stuff, pay isn't great

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-09-13
  4. "Love it"

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    Current Employee - Entry Level Mechanical Engineer 
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture. Awesome access to experts in every field.

    Cons

    Slow process sometimes due to government run institution

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-09-11
  5. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer 
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, friendly environment

    Cons

    You may work on so many different projects at the same time.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-08-28
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Robotics Engineer in Pasadena, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You can be part of amazing project that aren't done anywhere else in the world. Lots of mobility between different projects and roles so that you are constantly learning new skills and working on new challenges. You have lots of autonomy in how you get your job done, the hours that you work. A good work/life balance with a 9/80 schedule where you work 9 hours each work day and get every other Friday off.

    Cons

    A large organization where things sometimes take longer than they should.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-08-23
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Best place to work if space exploration is your passion"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Pasadena, CA
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    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Multicultural, open mind people, exciting projects, continuous learning, great environment

    Cons

    I don’t really have cons

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-08-22
  8. "Great place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Intern 

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    One of the best places in the world to learn about aerospace and engineering.

    Cons

    Low pay and management is extremely political.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-08-21
  9. "Great People, Variety of Work, Amazing Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Senior Communications Specialist in Pasadena, CA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great of variety of work. Freedom to pursue your interests.

    Cons

    Poorly prepared management staff; not up to date on business practices.

    Advice to Management

    Remove managers under performing per direct reports.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-08-19
  10. "Awesome Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly 

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is incredibly smart and kind. Always willing to teach me what I wanted to learn

    Cons

    Surrounding area is expensive to live in

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-08-10
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