NASA Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
147 Reviews
4.3
147 Reviews
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NASA NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
68 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunity to learn new things, move within the Agency, work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Pay is a bit lower than industry, but job security is strong (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • If you are ambitious you are likely to become frustrated in the government red tape (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Wonderful Experience

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

    I worked at NASA as an intern for less than a 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!

  3. 1 person 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 for 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
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  5.  

    Great experience, government feel

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Fellowship  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Fellowship in Houston, TX

    I worked at NASA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of brilliant people that really know how to do their job. Really exiting work that consistently challenges you to do more. Despite the laid back culture, everyone wants to be at work and contribute as much as they can. No one bugs you to make sure you are doing your work. Good work-life balance. I worked as a Graduate Fellow, so I was expected to be more independent, so I didn't get the same training as I would expect a full timer to get, but everyone was very helpful when asked questions.

    Cons

    Pay seemed decent, but I'm not sure how it works for full-timers. It seemed like the chances of getting hired on full-time were slim due to cutbacks, yet alone being promoted somewhere down the line. Lots of politics between different engineers all wanting to make a name for themselves and between civil servants and contractors. Lots of red-tape when sometimes the best solution is to keep it simple.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had great interactions with management, but I do think they need to be more involved with the engineer's drama and actually do something about it. Lots of people tended to act passive-aggressively instead of just addressing the issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Principle Engineer 3

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer III  in  Clear Lake City, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer III in Clear Lake City, TX

    I have been working at NASA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Easy, same thing every day.

    Cons

    Easy, same thing every day. Stupid government policies to follow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of some of the dumb policies that make getting real work done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great history, questionable future.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Working space missions, contributing to exploration. Doing a job that few people have the honor to do. Work-life balance is excellent.

    Cons

    Questionable future for NASA, at least for human spaceflight. NASA will probably continue with robotics, but human spaceflight will likely transition to the private sector like the airline industry. It is unfortunate that an agency such as NASA has become a toy for all politicians.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the future. The past is past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    NASA does amazing, interesting research

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at NASA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I feel very lucky to have had the experience of interning at NASA. I learned so much about ongoing research and everyone I met was happy to show me around and talk about their projects.

    Cons

    Commuting in Washington, DC is difficult and time consuming. However, NASA is placed near a Metro station.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Always exciting and fun.

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at NASA as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's exciting to be part of a team that's overall mission is space exploration.

    Cons

    Some people take a while to warm up to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    OK

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NASA

    Pros

    Great name, huge campus, great culture value

    Cons

    lacks integration, people are extremely specialized, quality of work is tedious

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at NASA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People are extremely nice and welcoming, looks incredible on resume, opportunity to meet astronauts, policymakers, and nobel prize winners, lots of events to go to, very cordial environment

    Cons

    some NASA employees seem to have been discouraged from budget cuts and changes brought in by each administration, and this can reflect poorly on the overall morale of the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remind everyone how incredible NASA's history and prestige is, and how people throughout the world look at NASA as a leader - and if you work for this agency - be proud. Don't get down on the budget cuts...stay positive and keep that amazing cordial environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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