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Updated April 16, 2015
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Pros
  • Most people are willing to help you and walk over to talk at any time (in 4 reviews)

  • Good work life balance and very relaxed environment (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • It takes a while to get things done because a lot of people need to approve your work (in 2 reviews)

  • Unfortunately, there were no full time opportunities for me following the conclusion of my internship (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Contract Scientist in Greenbelt, MD
    Current Employee - Contract Scientist in Greenbelt, MD

    I have been working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Relaxed hours, management cares about employees, very competitive wages, opportunities for promotion in the GS scale, although it can take quite a bit of time.

    Cons

    For the science side, heavy emphasis on peer-reviewed publications and citations. For the engineering side, it gets a bit mercenary on smaller projects, engineers are often shifted from one project to another, without an opportunity to remain with any one project.

    Advice to Management

    Demand more funding for civil servant FTEs -- contractors do the lionshare of the work.

  2. Resources Analyst

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    Former Employee - Resource Analyst in Greenbelt, MD
    Former Employee - Resource Analyst in Greenbelt, MD

    I worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good opportunities; community feel and good resources for employees.

    Cons

    Favoritism by management for competitive jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Give others a chance at employment opportunities.

  3. It was very collaborative atmosphere and a friendly environment. I learned a lot of new technical skills as well.

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    Former Intern - Data Analytics Intern in Greenbelt, MD
    Former Intern - Data Analytics Intern in Greenbelt, MD

    I worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I gained new technical skills and application of knowledge in the industry. I got to work with real data and implement my software within the greater NASA framework.

    Cons

    There is bureaucracy and freedom is limited. There are people to help but at times, it is difficult to get something like a project off the ground.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency and exposure to other work and projects will help each individual align their work to the greater mission and goal.

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  5. What a great place to work

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Beltsville, MD
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Beltsville, MD

    I worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Varied and interesting work
    Lots of technical challenges

    Cons

    Pay is not great
    Not a very meritocratic work environment

    Advice to Management

    reward hard work

  6. What a lot of fun~!

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Greenbelt, MD
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Greenbelt, MD

    I worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements, open access to lab for R&D experience; building space flight class hardware from design concept. The ability to experiment openly with different designs and processes leads to great innovations.

    Cons

    Government funding of projects is limited for large flight projects, so IRAD's are common place to procure funding. Government oversight is limiting the funding of research in the detectors field.

    Advice to Management

    More team building, more opportunities for advancement. More inclusiveness in decision process. More

  7. Software Developer Intern

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    Current Intern - Software Developer in Greenbelt, MD
    Current Intern - Software Developer in Greenbelt, MD

    I have been working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
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    Pros

    Overall very friendly atmosphere. Lots of cool projects going on and there's always someone willing to help if you ever need it. They also have a bunch of activities such as a relatively competitive soccer league.

    Cons

    Most of the employees are pretty old. This is especially evident when it isn't summer and all of the interns are gone. It makes the campus feel much more dull.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a younger crowd to work with the veterans. It will make the atmosphere much more vibrant and attractive to a greater number of people.

  8. Summer Internship

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Huntsville, AL

    I have been working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The Summer internship program had an array of activities and gives the interns the opportunity to learn more about the facilities and the history of NAS

    Cons

    Not a lot of hands-on work

    Advice to Management

    More lab opportunities

  9. Fantastic experience, got me hooked on NASA

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Greenbelt, MD
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Greenbelt, MD

    I worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible hours, decent stipend, but above all a chance to work on interesting, valuable projects with highly motivated people. At the start of my internship I was given a project to implement and over the course of the summer I went through the entire design and implementation process. I also had the chance to work with and present to Goddard scientists using the software I was developing. I was very grateful for this opportunity and would recommend this internship to anyone interested in doing some really cool work at a really cool place. It's also fairly common to be invited back the next year for a full time position if your employers are happy with your work (and visa versa).

    Cons

    Not many intern events or programs
    Location isn't the greatest

    Advice to Management

    Add some more intern events!

  10. Great Internship

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    Current Intern - Intern in Greenbelt, MD
    Current Intern - Intern in Greenbelt, MD

    I have been working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work-life balance, people, flexibility, dining, transportation, bikes!

    Cons

    Management a little sketchy- specifically for securing my internship project.

  11. Intern Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Pros

    - Learned a lot about the research field and current work
    - Great place with a lot of people who are very knowledgeable about their fields
    - Many opportunities for coming back in the future for more internships

    Cons

    - Progress is often bogged down by the need for funding and writing those proposals
    - Departments feel alienated from one another

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