NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
241 Reviews
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241 Reviews
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Dr. Charles Elachi
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Definitely a more relaxed work/life balance than most other employers for my field (in 15 reviews)

  • every other Friday off (9/80 work week) (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Not much diversity in upper management (in 6 reviews)

  • Career growth can vary greatly and salary compensation is not the best for the number of hours you may put in (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    It was a great experience

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineering Intern
    Former Employee - Systems Engineering Intern

    I worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Got to live at Caltech and be driven to and from the lab by shuttle

    Cons

    Pay wasn't great, other than that it was good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give workers a better idea of what is going on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    Exciting projects being worked on all the time.

    Cons

    Things can sometimes be slow.

  3.  

    Amazing!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    If you love space, science, and working with the newest technologies from all companies, this is the place to work!

    Cons

    I really had no cons working with the company. Government funding is a limiting factor, but it is understandable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working at JPL was an amazing experience!

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    Former Employee - Software Development Intern
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern

    I worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    I was a summer intern at JPL working as a software developer, and absolutely loved it. I was surrounded by very intelligent, motivated people who love the work they do. There is so much interesting work happening, and everyone is excited to talk about their projects. Though I was just an intern for the summer, I hope to return as a full time employee. Also, JPL's campus is nice. JPL provides great work/life balance. There were many events such as music during lunch, fascinating presentations given by top NASA employees, and company outings and picnics.

    Cons

    The only con was that intern pay for a software development position was not as high as some other top companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    JPL review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    Interested in science, research, new discoveries

    Cons

    culture, compensation, benefits, strict hours

  7.  

    Software Engineering Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    I was assigned to work on cool projects such as transforming a toy quadcopter into a drone. Plus, the feelings of working for NASA felt great too.

    Cons

    There was no compensation for my type of internship. I had to pay for my own gas to commute to the company everyday.

  8.  

    Incredible

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    Work life Balance
    Good Benefits
    Exceptional Talent

    Cons

    Political
    Decentralized IT
    No Bonus and Difficult for Salary raises once hired

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

    There is perception and then there is reality

    Current Employee - Research Scientist IV
    Current Employee - Research Scientist IV

    I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You will experience a broad range of research activities and interests. There are numerous specialists in virtually every field of science and technology.

    Cons

    There is limited upward mobility. It is an extremely competitive work environment ( can't have too many specialists!). Wages are so-called soft money so you spend more time writing proposals than performing research. It is difficult and will soon be impossible to perform any significant or substantial experimental research at this institution due to aging infrastructure and funding levels being disproportionate to modern research costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can be involved in amazing aerospace projects that you can't get exposed to anywhere else. The benefits are good.

    Cons

    There is not always wonderful work-life balance for a lot of engineers now that budgets have become tighter in recent years. There is not a great career growth path for the admin-clerical side of the house. The company has become management top heavy in recent years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the management and see if it needs to be so top heavy. Look at the admin. side of the house. I know that the engineering side is considered more important, but see if there is a way for the admin side of the house to grow.

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

    Management needs to go

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    Best place in the world to work if you are a machinist.you get to make uout of this world work.

    Cons

    Management has no clue on how to run a machine shop. If you can get past all the nepotism there is no place better to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

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