NASA Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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NASA NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
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Pros
  • Opportunity to learn new things, move within the Agency, work-life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Job security, benefits, interaction with similar professionals nationwide (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of red-tape when sometimes the best solution is to keep it simple (in 7 reviews)

  • It is government-run, so there is a lot of bureaucracy involved (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at NASA as an intern

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fabulous place to work. Almost everyone there seems to really care about their jobs and the overarching cause of space exploration. Bosses are friendly.

    Cons

    Interns at HQ don't usually get paid. Every once in a while, you run across a civil servant who is really only there for the paycheck instead of the cause (but it's rare).

  2. cnc programing engineer

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    Former Employee - CNC Programmer/Manufacturing Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - CNC Programmer/Manufacturing Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at NASA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    working for the goverment which is secure to a point

    Cons

    watch budjet in October because thats when nasa gets it' operation budjet

    Advice to Management

    watch budjet in October

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NASA

    Pros

    outdoors wildlife exercise healthy fit

    Cons

    Hot buggy traffic delays constant

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  5. sales

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    Former Freelancer - Sales Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Freelancer - Sales Executive in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at NASA (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good experiences in sales management

    Cons

    attratictive on job while performing to customers

    Advice to Management

    hope to agree my request

  6. Plesant experience, learned a lot

    Current Employee - Intern in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Current Employee - Intern in Kennedy Space Center, FL

    I have been working at NASA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a lot, relative freedom,

    Cons

    Long commute, limited job assignments

  7. Helpful (1)

    Director

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    Former Employee - Director of Game Changing Technology in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director of Game Changing Technology in Washington, DC

    I worked at NASA full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    NASA works on interesting space program projects and technology. It has the facilities, personnel, and mandate to accomplish a great deal. NASA has a great deal of training that they make available to their employees.

    Cons

    NASA has no vision or plan. Many who work there no long have interest in space exploration. There are not enough executives at NASA who have real experience in the private sector. NASA promote too many executives from within its own ranks. NASA is more interested in protecting CS jobs, budget, and the various power struggles within D.C. than to perform its missions. NASA does not manage their technology or their projects. They are extremely risk adverse; therefore, NASA achieves very little. It is safer at NASA to do nothing, than to try to perform well.

    Advice to Management

    RIF at least 30% of the current work force. RIF 50% of SES positions. Only hire SES from outside NASA and outside government and only as term positions. Lead the country in a space exploration plan. Following the Space Agreement Act, strongly encourage and support commercial development of space capability.

  8. Aeronautics Academy: Pinnacle of internships for Aero Nerds

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    Former Intern - Research Associate in Hampton, VA
    Former Intern - Research Associate in Hampton, VA

    I worked at NASA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unforgettable experience. The NASA Academies are kind of "special" among other NASA internships. Compensation's a bit better, you work on a team, you do an open-ended ambitious project, and perhaps the best part: All kinds of tours of cool facilities and aircraft/spacecraft, and seminars/meetings with leaders and experts - For example, we got a close up tour of an F-22 Raptor at Langley AFB, and it was awesome.

    Cons

    Unlike in industry where a successful internship can almost guarantee a full time job offer, government is... government. You'll have to apply just like everyone else, make it through the "weed-out" software, etc. before any personal sponsorship will mean anything.

    Advice to Management

    Up your game on social media and modern methods of spreading your word to gain more national support for NASA. Also, invest more into fueling young minds and innovation. Don't lose the cutting edge.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great environment but projects can be stifled by lack of money.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at NASA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They fully support a safety-first working environment.

    Cons

    not a lot of money always for projects.

    Advice to Management

    nothing to add.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Enables me to logistically know how to place effectively and whats needed in the field industry.

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at NASA part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Provides Versatility, Developmental Service out of the ordinary in to an allowable source of participation.

    Cons

    Challenging These abilities according to good and healthy bushiness practices. may not participate.

    Advice to Management

    Deriving from a an Applied Management & Science Decisions study. This process has been a marvelous experience that one can be satisfied with..

  11. Good people, Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Programmer in Huntsville, AL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lot's of people who care about what they do. Good management (of course, not all branches have great management) allows discretion to employees to develop new processes & push discovery.

    Cons

    NASA probably does best with a clear big mission -- like going to the moon in the 1960s. Lot's of scientists are doing great work at NASA, but visibility is often low. Most of these folks would prefer to stay away from the spotlight, but some publicity needed to remind public of value created by funding science & exploration.

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