NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Working at JPL is a dream come true.

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Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Pasadena, CA
Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Pasadena, CA

I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Much of the work at JPL involves the intersection of science and engineering. JPLers work to advance human knowledge of Earth, the Solar System, and the Cosmos. Coworkers here are some of the brightest and most interesting people you will meet.

Cons

As with any organization, particularly a government funded one, JPL has a great deal of bureaucracy. The NASA budget is at the whim of Congress and the President, and there is typically more science to be done than there is money to fund. The result is that projects may be cancelled or delayed for years at a time before they come to fruition, if ever.

At the end of the day, you still get to work on projects that will land on Mars, orbit the earth, or fly by other worlds. Keeping that big picture in mind, makes it all worth it.

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JPL can have a very deep management structure that leaves employees out of the loop on issues or strategic direction.

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    Used to be a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Really smart people doing interesting work in space and earth science

    Cons

    At the mercy of NASA funding, which is currently decreasing in real dollars

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to get more realistic about space mission costs to avoid the costly overruns that give the Lab a black eye with the folks in Washington DC

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    After speaking with many here, this seems to be the general consensus

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern in La Canada Flintridge, CA
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in La Canada Flintridge, CA

    I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    *Most people are warm, friendly, and excited to share with you their research
    *Location, location, location. Government Benefits etc
    * Looks great on a resume (JPLers are Caltech employees meaning a little less bureaucracy /cuts than other centers)
    *Main NASA center involved in satellite/rover/robotics missions and very exciting (e.g. Curiosity)
    *Beautiful campus(fully equipped with a couple deer families) & supposed best food out of all other NASA centers

    Cons

    *Although only an intern could def. see how management is a bit coarse
    *Know people who deserve recognition but looked over
    * Don't know if a proposal/mission that you work on for months/years will even get through
    *NASA is a non-defense gov't agency so funding is not as secure for the cutting edge exciting missions
    *Less funding=less flagship missions = sadness
    (Oh and gov't generally means less pay and recognition for your work. ESPECIALLY if there's no Dr. in front of your name..)

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    * Education office and internships offered were incredible. Great outreach.

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