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VERY smart people, historically important projects.

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Former Employee - Associate Engineer  in  Pasadena, CA
Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Pasadena, CA

I worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than a year

Pros

Smart colleagues, opportunities to build space flight hardware, getting called a rocket scientist for the rest of your life, incredible infrastructure and resources, ability to carry a project end-to-end: concept, design, analyze, build, test, fly. Optional 9/80 work schedule gives you every other Friday off.

Cons

Nerdy, not very social. Big picture of work is incredibly meaningful, but junior engineers end up down in the weeds over-analyzing small aspects. Can get boring on day-to-day basis. Can be difficult to get more interesting assignments when competing with MS and PhD candidates for limited spots on desirable projects. Career growth is slow.

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    Interesting but bureaucratic

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    Former Employee - Graduate Intern  in  Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Intern in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunities to explore current robotic space missions at all phases of development and during active missions.
    Very friendly and eccentric workplace populace.

    Cons

    Management seems determined to move at a snails pace.
    Overly bureaucratic.
    HOT!

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great experience working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    Great job environment. A work place allows employees to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Sometimes getting too busy, especially many meeting, and no time to relax.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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