USRA Reviews

Updated May 16, 2014
Updated May 16, 2014
15 Reviews
3.1
15 Reviews
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USRA President & CEO Frederick A. Tarantino
Frederick A. Tarantino
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    A body shop for NASA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist Engineer II  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist Engineer II in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at USRA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you want to work at a NASA Center this is probably a good way to do it. A better way is to apply directly for a civil service position. Spending time as a support services contractor is pretty much a dead-end position. The only real way to get ahead is to leave and join another contractor body shop.

    Cons

    As a contractor you are treated as part of the team when it's necessary and excluded on all other occasions. As a way of decreasing the governments commitment for retirement and health care benefits, the civil servant pool has been drastically reduced over the last 30 years. To make up for the shortfall in manpower, a number of bodyshop contracting organizations have been created. This company is one of them. When troubles in NASA rise the typical approaches to blame the contractors. If you're up for this by all means take a position here.

    These companies also serve as a lobbying arm for federal programs. Inherent conflict of interest is that they are lobbying for programs that they benefit from correctly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This assumes of course that they would even listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good exposure to NASA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Moffett Field, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Moffett Field, CA

    I have been working at USRA full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company 990's should be available on your web site.

    Neutral Outlook

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