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Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
165 Reviews
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165 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.  

    Aeronautics Academy: Pinnacle of internships for Aero Nerds

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    This career opportunity was a must.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Freelancer - Astronaut in Honolulu, HI
    Former Freelancer - Astronaut in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at NASA (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working for NASA made me hungry for tidier foodstuffs. Eating all that toothpaste tube caviar was delicious, but it was annoying how messy cracker crumbs can get in space.

    Cons

    NASA has the best Beluga caviar for its Astronauts. I was mainly required to eat Ritz crackers and suck caviar from a recycled toothpaste tube while my coworkers analyzed data and set the flight courses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Caviar is accented well by dollar store Ketchup. I recommend we fill some of the twice recycled toothpaste/caviar tubes and fill them with ketchup.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Lovely. Learned new things

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NASA

    Pros

    Interesting work setup and nice people

    Cons

    Not many perks and added benefits provided by NASA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people to grow and rise in NASA at a much higer rate

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  5.  

    Research Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at NASA

    Pros

    Company reputation, autonomy in role, helpful mentorship program, potential to make great connections.

    Cons

    Very slow paced and job duties were too ambiguous, The internship program was not organized and did not provide a hands-on environment where I could connect with other interns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fit the internship to the candidate better, rather than having intern candidates blindly apply to jobs they may or may not be a fit for.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Incredible experience with opportunities to grow.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Hampton, VA
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Hampton, VA

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

    Pros

    I was able to get to know a lot of really wonderful, intelligent and passionate people--all of which were more than willing to let me sit in on their projects for a day to see different sides of the company. Also plenty of opportunities for tours, and overall very motivating atmosphere.

    Cons

    Since it's a government institution, applying for funding for certain projects seems like a struggle--some projects are over-funded but they blow the money anyway so that they won't get less funding the next year, and some projects are struggling to apply for funding and their research may suffer as consequence. As an intern I didn't see this much, but I did hear stories of the funding and subsequent spending habits of other branches that my peers were interning at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You work for an incredible and inspiring institution

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good people, Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Programmer in Huntsville, AL

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It's NASA!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Edwards AFB, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Edwards AFB, CA

    I worked at NASA

    Pros

    I was an intern at AFRC (or at the time DFRC) and it was a great place to be at. Very friendly and most people were willing to help out an intern.

    Cons

    I can't think of any.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    decent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Janitor in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Current Intern - Janitor in Kennedy Space Center, FL

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

    Pros

    space is very very cool

    Cons

    I was the janitor ugh

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find a better source of funding

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    NASA is a great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NASA

    Pros

    Great people accomplishing great work. It's no wonder it has been voted the best place to work in the federal government several years running.

    Cons

    It's tough to get a job there due to budget constraints. Also, it is challenging to accomplish all the desired projects and work due to limited budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great job prioritizing the projects and programs, working to secure funding, and looking at innovative ways to improve the work environment.

  11.  

    An overall enriching mission-oriented government agency to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Family environment
    Constant excitement and mission-oriented workforce
    Getting to tour labs, meet astronauts, and work for a place dedicated to human exploration

    Cons

    Inefficient
    Lazy atmospheres
    Political nature to promotions and office structure
    Older workforce

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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