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Fun to go to work

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  • Senior Management
Current Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Pasadena, CA
Current Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Pasadena, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an intern (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

Other Employee Reviews for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory part-time (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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (3)

    No quick fix

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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