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NASA offers an un-paralleled experience for "out of this world" projects, but politics & red tape can crush innovation.

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Current Employee - IT Specialist in Greenbelt, MD
Current Employee - IT Specialist in Greenbelt, MD

I have been working at NASA full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Ability to work on projects that do not exist anywhere else: Hubble Space Telescope, International Space Station, and so on. Research is cutting edge, redefining the boundaries of science and rewriting textbooks with discoveries we make in Earth Science, Global Climate Change, Nanotechnology, Electronics Research, Planetary Science, and much more. As a new hire you could have the opportunity to do very significant contributions and there are tracks to jump into a very important position at a very early age if you prove yourself competent and responsible.

Cons

There are some really innovative ambitious people, but there still is a lot of dead-weight of those who just come into work and do the bare minimum, but do not really contribute to NASA as a organization moving forward.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Communication has slightly improved in recent years, but still has a long way to go to be more open and more inclusive with staff. Fight that red tape and refuse to be reactionary. Be wary of the "unintended consequences" of fixing your employees problems with a big hammer.

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    Co-op alternate between different quarters

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NASA

    Pros

    People are friendly and work is very slow pace.

    Cons

    The location is not convenient.

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    Interesting people, nice to be there

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    Current Employee - Intern in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Intern in Houston, TX

    I have been working at NASA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Cool People, nice benefits if you like science

    Cons

    Boring at times, but good overall

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    none

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    Neutral Outlook
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