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NASA Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
153 Reviews
4.3
153 Reviews
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NASA NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
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Review Highlights

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.  

    NASA is awesome!

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    Former Employee - Aero in Palmdale, CA
    Former Employee - Aero in Palmdale, CA

    I worked at NASA as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Really fun people (There are a number of interns over the summer to hang out with)
    - I did a programming internship. It was very creative, and I was allowed to make my own deadlines.
    - A lot of independent work

    Cons

    - Not a lot of help
    - Slightly disorganized
    - Ambiguous work expectations (It depends a lot on who your mentor is)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office culture is very friendly/ semi-health conscious. Interns really like doing activities on the weekends. For example: skydiving, boating, movies, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Technical excitement mixed with political frustration

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering in Houston, TX

    I have been working at NASA (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The work accomplished at NASA is extremely unique and unmatched to a large degree. It isn't very hard to find work which is both interesting and unique. The job positions are very stable and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    The yearly budget cycle in Washington DC messes with the organization. Projects can be impacted from a cost and schedule perspective merely because the Congress hasn't acted. Also, the promotion path is geared heavily away from technical areas. Technical promotion paths are difficult to establish and pursue. Pay could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep technical excellence in house. Don't contract away the younger generation's chance to grow in technical excellence.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Education Outreach Manager

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    Current Employee - Director of Education Outreach for ESTO in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director of Education Outreach for ESTO in Washington, DC

    I have been working at NASA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to work directly with the scientists, principal investigators, the Colonels, and program managers. The team of FTEs and contractors collaborated to deliver the most efficient and effective service for the tax payer.

    Cons

    Some internal cross-management egos. Benefits were fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees, contractors, and vendors. Do not be distant or aloof.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    NASA Armstrong

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    Former Employee - Intern in Lancaster, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Lancaster, CA

    I worked at NASA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of aircraft. Edward's is pretty much the go-to place for all amazing aircraft (besides the super secret stuff they got locked up in Area 51 and other Air Force Bases) Space Shuttle, F35, SR-71 all made its way down there. NASA does a lot of cool stuff at the facility as well. Have access to jump around and go see everything at the site.

    Cons

    Location is terrible. Lancaster/Palmdale/Rosamond area is not exactly a great place to live. Couldn't see working there for more than a couple years. Great place, terrible location. Expect to spend 2 hours of your day and a tank of gas every week just to commute. Bring lots of sunscreen. Expect to drive hours out of town just to see water and a tree.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Wallops Review

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    Former Employee - Intern in Chincoteague, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Chincoteague, VA

    I worked at NASA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    My entire experience was positive. Everyone was nice and eager answer questions. The hours were flexible and the culture was laid back.

    Cons

    The area is not the greatest in the world (kinda trailer parky). It is a government facility so bureaucracy fairly rampant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great internship program for student and recent graduate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NASA

    Pros

    A term-based applied science program, you will experience different projects each term, this will allow you to develop skills in many aspects.

    Cons

    The interactions between different centers are not frequent enough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Planetary Biology Internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at NASA

    Pros

    World class facilities. Great work ethic and atmosphere

    Cons

    Getting Security clearance especially for international candidates can be time consuming

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work. Good planning. Quick clearance for international candidates would be helpful

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful Experience

    Former Employee - Strategic Analyst in Hampton, VA
    Former Employee - Strategic Analyst in Hampton, VA

    I worked at NASA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    A great place to be, especially as a student in need of experience. The mentors are typically very relaxed and willing to help. The work-life balance is perfect. They are very flexible, as long as you complete your log and fulfill your hours. Mentors try to help you grow within your degree (depending on your mentor of course).

    Cons

    There is usually no summer housing compensation. However, the allotted stipend should be plenty to cover the expense and live comfortably for the summer. I really dont have many other cons. They are really providing you with an experience that is hard to reckon with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the wonderful programs for students!

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Diverse, exciting place to work!

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    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Cape Canaveral, FL
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Cape Canaveral, FL

    I have been working at NASA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very easy to accelerate your position, work with brilliant people who often become great friends, flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Salary does not advance terribly quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep salaries competitive, otherwise - great job!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent Place to work. Great pay, meaningful work, good work life balance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NASA

    Pros

    Work life balance and security.

    Cons

    Very Seniority focused culture. Lots of politics. Need to raise salaries to continue to attract the best talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize promotion system and reduce politics in the workplace.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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