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Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern  in  Pasadena, CA
Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Pasadena, CA

I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an intern for more than a year

Pros

The work in general is interesting and the people are very fun to work with. The atmosphere is relaxed and individuality is encouraged. It is a great place to learn and almost feels like you're in a college campus.

Cons

For certain things you have to go through a lot of bureaucracy and the pay isn't the best out there

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Other Reviews for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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    Nothing is Perfect

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Pasadena, CA

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

    Pros

    Amazing science & engineering accomplishments; Beautiful campus; Overall good work/life balance; Casual atmosphere; New computers every three years; A lot of people really trying to do great work; Lots of opportunity for a variety of interesting work

    Cons

    Lab Director micromanages; Executive Council doesn't get along; Old-school matrix organization, creates conflicts and wastes time/money/resources; Promotes best technical employee into management, looses great technical person and gets a bad manager; A tough culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be role models; Live by the published values; Walk-the-talk

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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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 for less than a 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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