NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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So much for a young engineer to learn from the masters of mechanical systems...

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

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

Pros

-Projects are heavily mechanical in nature
-Real responsibilities, real soon after joining the lab
-Awesome training: design of bolted joints, parametric modelling, etc
-Great resources for knowledge sharing: JPL Wired. Its like Wikipedia style database of everything we do.

Cons

-Pressure about whether funding will come through
-The charge number system. Its terrible when your task suddenly runs out of money and you stop all work and often forget about all progress that was made.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make job offers to the students who work hard and demonstrate their merit.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    No quick fix

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits were good. JPL used to be the best overall. It had leaders who had attainable and long range goals . It had managers who really know what was going on under their wings since they already had "hand-on experiences" and walked around to talk to their subordinates on the weekly basic.

    Cons

    Now, it becomes just like any other big commercial entity with more paper pushers, more bean counters, more of anything but competent supervisors who really know their stuffs to actually train or mentor newcomers. They let go key technical people and thought the younger engineers (both staff and senior levels) to pick up and run, but reality sinks in, and some tasks are left unfinished. Who will train personnel to do the unfinished tasks? Quick solutions: hiring back the same key technical people through outside JPL contracting houses. Legal? Yes. Ethical? No.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Miracle can happen, or the fat level of management needs to trim down to only keep the real talented and know-how.

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

    Great place to work but has flaws

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    Current Employee - Secretary in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Secretary in Pasadena, CA

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

    Pros

    Looks good on resume, you get to work on interesting things, sense of pride in working at JPL, there are some nice folks here.

    Cons

    Focus seems to be more on management and not the staff (little folks), no real support available and you can be thrown under the bus quite quickly. It doesn't feel that they honestly have all employees best interest at heart and that they care. Tend to go outside for potential employees when they have many at risk in-house. Select group of minorities hired on and certain level of preferential treatment show. A bit cliquish and some snobby folks; can be rude, self absorbed. Hard to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have at risk staff, that should take priority over outside candidates. It's not just the management who contribute to JPL.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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