Space Telescope Science Institute Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends

    I worked at Space Telescope Science Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people there are incredibly friendly and there are fantastic opportunities for collaborations and networking. The weekly talks there are really interesting, and keep you engaged with all the cool research other people are doing at the institute.

    Cons

    The internship program could have been organized better (this is only feedback for the internship program), and we didn't have as many weekly talks for the students as I would have liked.


  2. Interesting Work and People

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    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Phoenix, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Phoenix, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Space Telescope Science Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule but that also means since you have work athjome, you will work more than 40 hours a week.

    Cons

    Some people are strange. Very European culture. Some are academic snobs. Some have no people/social skills.


  3. Ineffective Management and morale problems

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    Former Employee - Various
    Former Employee - Various
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Space Telescope Science Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are many things to like: flexible hours, a beautiful campus location, casual work environment, onsite café, excellent benefits, and an exciting mission to support.

    Cons

    Leadership and management are largely ineffective. Some of the best technical talent leaves in frustration while others become bitter in place. Gender bias is very evident on some teams. Crippled by the past; the Institute is no longer cutting edge but management still thinks it is and avoids the changes necessary to get there again. The class system is intentionally perpetuated and damaging to non-science staff. Lack of transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your people and be ready and willing to learn from them. The morale in some areas is abysmal and can't be fixed with a re-org and service awards. Trust takes time and effort.


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  5. Wonderful place to work.

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Administrative in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends

    I have been working at Space Telescope Science Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people of Space Telescope, at least in the department where I work, are very respectful and nice. It is refreshing. The benefits are also good.

    Cons

    Pay is a little lower than I would like.


  6. Engaging work place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Engaging environment with a lot going on. Staff members are genuinely interested in their work and the work of their colleagues. Plus, they have fun while doing it!

    Cons

    Sometimes felt like I couldn't do everything I wanted in a day due to the large number of talks.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Dedicated professionals - the pros and cons....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Space Telescope Science Institute full-time

    Pros

    STScI is full of talented, smart astronomers and professionals. They've done excellent work ensuring that astronomical data can be used by anyone. There are multiple projects to get involved with, and you can essentially design your own career. They do a good job at promoting work/life balance and allowing flexible working schedules. Great benefits, and an excellent cafe on the lower level.

    Cons

    The personnel are so focused on astronomy that it can be difficult to have a conversation about anything else. Some of the long-term staff have very narrow views of the world and inflate the importance of their work. Turnover for permanent employees is low, so the internal politics tend to be intense and bitter. STScI is also a bit confused about its identity. Some want it to be a leading facility for pure astronomy research, some want it to provide engineering support for missions. There's also currently a shortage of office space. The location in Baltimore is not great - there's not much in walking distance from the office.


  8. Policies and Procedures

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Space Telescope Science Institute full-time

    Pros

    HR is very welcoming and always willing to help

    Cons

    No procedures or policies in place. Changes day to day and depends on who you ask. Frustrating at best.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on top of your supervisors and make sure that they are aware of how their supervisors are leading their employees. Employees are unhappy due to micromanaging, supervisors making their own rules, and double standards.


  9. Career dead-end, unfortunately

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Space Telescope Science Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility in working from home, nice (but pricey) cafeteria, free parking, retirement fund matching, nice people, models of space telescopes strewn about

    Cons

    Baltimore is not an ideal location, low pay, overcrowding of office space, promotions difficult to come by, few opportunities to broaden skill set

    Advice to Management

    Attract younger hires


  10. Great place to work at.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Space Telescope Science Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exciting projects, interesting people and academic atmosphere. Many opportunities to learn through provided trainings or through available lectures. Ability to have very flexible schedule, allowing one to work from home.

    Cons

    It is a government organization, so promotions are slow, no money is allocated to team building exercises, some technology in use are quite old, mostly because that is what people used to.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Fulfilling experience, but don't expect to be paid a lot.

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    Former Employee - Research and Instrument Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Research and Instrument Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Space Telescope Science Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Perfect environment for a self-motivated, multi-tasker. Always working on 2-5 projects at a time, allows you to never be bored. The STScI personnel become like family. Scientists and support staff work hand in hand to complete astronomical projects.

    Cons

    The pay is on the low end of comparative jobs in the area. This is likely because STScI isn't a corporate entity, it is an research non-profit.



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