NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Fun to go to work

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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 (more than an 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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    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.

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    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.

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