NASA Langley Research Center Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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NASA Langley Research Center Director Charles Frank Bolden, Jr.
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  1. Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Intern in Hampton, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good, great balance of life

    Cons

    Not much future outlook. Slow growth


  2. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, lots of interesting projects going on

    Cons

    I didn't have any problems with the job.


  3. Review request

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    Former Employee - Engineer IV in Suffolk, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer IV in Suffolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NASA Langley Research Center (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The environment and Center are great. The knowledge available to soak up from the brilliant people is invaluable. A professional environment.

    Cons

    The contract world is very unstable, as well as Term government employees. Interaction between teams is not always the greatest.

    Advice to Management

    None, Upper management seemed to try very hard to keep everybody informed, both NASA and contractors. Keep up the good work making all employees feel worth.


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  5. Senior Engineer

    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Hampton, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Langley Research Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The center has lots of labs with facilities to do research. Flexible time to work whatever hours you want to get the work done

    Cons

    Work environment is very cliquish. You have to put up with reindeer games. Too many civil servant do very little to nothing all day- every day. Langley employee review surveys are the worst of all NASA centers. So the work environment has serious problems

    Advice to Management

    Don't promote bad engineers up into management to get them out of the way. The chief scientist position should rotate every 4 years. Merit should be more important than pet people always being picked. IraD proposal reviewers should be independent instead of the same ones picking the same favorites over and over. The center tries to fix that by having new hire proposals for new employees to get selected. That is blatant age discrimination and causes the youg new hires to work in a clique and end up reinventing the wheel out of youthful ignorence. As the new hires age they are out of the new hire clique and that fosters dissent in the workplace due to selections not based on merit. Thus more and more reindeer games making Langley the worst NASA center according to the employee surveys opm sends out each year.


  6. Conformable Work Environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Helpful Mentors, Flexible hours, cool stuff to work on.

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons. It's a cool place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  7. Wonderful (1st 25 years) to Perpetual planning and replanning

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist

    I have been working at NASA Langley Research Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The government is situated between academia (have to make a dissertation) and industry (have to make a profit). We can do applied research that might be too risky for industry. It's great!

    Cons

    I'm not sure if it's Congress or HQ, but we are in constant replanning. This makes it nigh on impossible to get things done anymore.


  8. Research Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots to learn in a fast pace environment

    Cons

    Some what looked down at


  9. NASA staff enthusiastic about helping student interns succeed

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    Former Employee - Intern in Hampton, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Hampton, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NASA Langley Research Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Marked "worked at NASA" off my bucket list. Very flexible and reasonable with regard to work schedule (while I was part time) Staff was committed to finding tasks I was interested in, to further my professional development

    Cons

    The pay is pretty underwhelming.


  10. Helpful (2)

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Langley Research Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    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 Management

    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).


  11. 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NASA Langley Research Center full-time (Less than a year)

    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 Management

    Encourage more independent freedom/thought to employees



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