NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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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 (more than an 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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    Good place to intern, bureaucracy is annoying

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good place to intern at

    Cons

    Maybe my perspective was limited as an intern, but I found it hard to navigate such a large organization. On-site food is expensive.

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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 (less than an 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.
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