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Updated Jul 29, 2014

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2.9 14 reviews

60% Approve of the CEO

USRA President & CEO Frederick A. Tarantino

Frederick A. Tarantino

(5 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Significant Misgivings

    Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsWorking at NASA on an astronomy project is exciting.

    ConsThe engineering culture is geared to checking the boxes rather than making the system work. Steep personal sacrifices are expected. The President has proposed cancelling the project. The Inspector General's report is very negative. Merit increases this year are minimal. The office mood is very cynical.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Scientist, Mountain View, CA

    Scientist (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsWorking closely with NASA.
    Flex working hours.

    ConsNo opportunities for career advancement within the organization. No professional development. Management needs to better communicate with the employees instead of intercepting their emails.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Insufficiently challenging

    Scientist (Junior) (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsYou have flexibility in working hours. You sometimes have the possibility for telecommute.

    ConsA relatively large number of managers. Managers make decisions and listen to each other only.Managers are paid to maintain their management positions. Employees are not involved in the way the place is managed. The way the tasks are distributed to the employees are not always appropriate. As an employee, you are often given tasks for which you are overqualified.

    No opportunities for professional growth and no challenging work.

    Not a family friendly place.

    Managers do screen and intercept employees personal emails.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A body shop for NASA

    Research Scientist Engineer II (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsIf you want to work at a NASA Center this is probably a good way to do it. A better way is to apply directly for a civil service position. Spending time as a support services contractor is pretty much a dead-end position. The only real way to get ahead is to leave and join another contractor body shop.

    ConsAs a contractor you are treated as part of the team when it's necessary and excluded on all other occasions. As a way of decreasing the governments commitment for retirement and health care benefits, the civil servant pool has been drastically reduced over the last 30 years. To make up for the shortfall in manpower, a number of bodyshop contracting organizations have been created. This company is one of them. When troubles in NASA rise the typical approaches to blame the contractors. If you're up for this by all means take a position here.

    These companies also serve as a lobbying arm for federal programs. Inherent conflict of interest is that they are lobbying for programs that they benefit from correctly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis assumes of course that they would even listen.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good exposure to NASA

    Research Scientist (Current Employee) Moffett Field, CA

    ProsDecent benefits for health insurance and retirement
    Close exposure to NASA working environment and program management
    A relaxed academic work environment

    ConsZero opportunity for career growth within the company
    NASA management can be extremely hostile
    No interaction with employees beyond your immediate contract

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompany 990's should be available on your web site.

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    Great people, terrible pay.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Greenbelt, MD

    ProsThey will pretty much pay for your education. Middle management it very considerate and concerned for your happiness.

    ConsThis year's merit increases had more to do with the company's desire to market itself as cheap labor than actual job performance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGives you a lot of freedom

    ConsSalary grading not always fair

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    NASA Contractor

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat employees at Moffett Field location.

    ConsCommunication from the Home Office and Management team needs improvement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    USRA as contract labor

    Senior Scientist (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsGreat deal of personal flexibility while working for Uncle Sam.

    ConsYou are hired to do a job. Management is highly compensated for expanding the business and increasing revenue. Your job is to keep the customer happy. There is no opportunity for advancement within USRA. Use this position as an opportunity to feather your nest and move on to the next position.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHR development would help in improved customer service.

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    Great People! Great Workplace!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe place is very friendly and with great salary and benefits. They are continuing to offer new perks every year. It's a strange non-profit company but seems like a business so any extra profit goes back into it's employees or programs. Very flexible with your schedule and time off!!!

    ConsIt's a company that does well on the merits of a small group of employees winning government projects so that can be a little nerve-wracking.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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