NASA Langley Research Center

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NASA Langley Research Center Reviews

Updated May 27, 2014
Updated May 27, 2014
20 Reviews

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  1.  

    Working for one of the coolest organizations on the planet, in a small, intimate environment.

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    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer  in  Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Hampton, VA

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Wonderful benefits. Laid-back work environment. Strong dedication to employee development (SELDP, MLLDP, FIRST, etc.).

    Cons

    Opportunities to work on flight hardware are limited. The area is a little dull for single young professionals. Top-heavy age demographic (similar challenge throughout NASA).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing a handful of key areas where LaRC can become a major player in the agency, instead of spreading yourself too thin and working on anything and everything one of the bigger centers throws at you. Improve the relationship between the Engineering and Science Directorates to help lead future robotic science missions in-house. Create more opportunities for meaningful, hands-on, full life cycle-type work (especially to help develop your younger employees).

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    Positive Outlook
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    Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - LARSS Intern
    Former Employee - LARSS Intern

    Pros

    Positive work environment. Great team players with plenty of networking capabilities.

    Cons

    Must follow protocols or tasks cannot be completed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    3 month Summer research intern

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Student Research Program  in  Hampton, VA
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Student Research Program in Hampton, VA

    Pros

    Great people to be around, adequate facilities and funding (when I was there), flexible work schedule. A large amount of high quality research being done by peers created an inspiring atmosphere

    Cons

    Lots of red tape, unnecessary paperwork, government hoops to jump through when trying to advance projects. Not that much interaction between different subgroups other than very very large center-wide seminars

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more independent freedom/thought to employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Best Place I have ever worked!

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    Current Employee - Pathways Intern for Human Resources  in  Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Pathways Intern for Human Resources in Hampton, VA

    Pros

    I have to say that this is the best job I have ever had! I am a Pathways Intern and currently working on my Bachelors in Human Resource Management. Since arriving at NASA LaRC, I have been a welcome member of the team. The other employees and Management will go out of their way to make you feel at home and to help you in the learning process. And they are very family oriented! Flexible work hours and teleworking allow you to be able to be a functional part of the team, while still remaining a part of the team at home! Great benefits package as well as onsite daycare! I look forward to hopefully being a part of this team for many years to come!

    Cons

    Gate closures can cause some traffic issues but its a minor issue.

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    Keep up the good work!

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    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great research organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hampton, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hampton, VA

    Pros

    Research; Good people; Interesting work

    Cons

    Lack of mobility into other fields and recognition of life/career experience or self taught experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer  in  Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Hampton, VA

    Pros

    Wonderful job schedules, flexibility and networking. Projects are interesting and job security is great. Good work/life balance. Excellent place to develop skills, have freedom to develop significant research and collaborate with all members in a given field on an international level. Work with and across Government, Private, and Academic industries.

    Cons

    Salary compensation is on the very low end. This is a government job, when related to private industry the salary difference can be on the order of 20,000 dollars. There is no real benefit to having an advanced degree when climbing the career ladder. Very sensitive on administration changes and budget cuts.

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    A federal government job: red tape abounds.

    Also, need better ways to reduce costs, particularly in the overhead. Very high number of senior employees with same if not lower output value as new hires. A true and accurate assessment of workforce and a means to eliminate poor performing employees is a strong need in all government agencies.

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  8.  

    Many opportunities for growth and freedom to explore your career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great culture of innovation and employee caring.

    Cons

    Inevitable government bureaucracy sets in at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to intern

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    Former Employee - Software Intern  in  Hampton, VA
    Former Employee - Software Intern in Hampton, VA

    Pros

    Awesome laid back environment, challenging, bar on center, intern parties were fun

    Cons

    Can be a bit slow

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall a good experience because of challenging and interresting work, but some set-backs due to low government funding

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    Former Employee - Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) Intern  in  Hampton, VA
    Former Employee - Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) Intern in Hampton, VA

    Pros

    - I had very interesting and challenging work
    - I got to work with very smart people who are experts in their field of study
    - wrote 10 page technical report and gave 15 minute presentation to branch of 50 NASA Engineers (work experience is very attractive to companies hiring)

    Cons

    - difficult to get resources due to low government funding which made some days very slow
    - mentorship experience depends entirely on who your mentor is (some where great some not so great)
    - not the most motivating and exciting work environment unless you absolutely love the work and research NASA does
    - Not the most exciting location for college students but Virginia beach is only a 30 minute drive away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to allow all the interns to have computers and software they need to do their projects

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  11.  

    Amazing work environment.

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager  in  Hampton, VA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Hampton, VA

    Pros

    The people are great and the work is exciting.

    Cons

    Tough to get promoted in this area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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