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USRA Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
16 Reviews
3.1
16 Reviews
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USRA President & CEO Frederick A. Tarantino
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  1.  

    Significant Misgivings

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at USRA

    Pros

    Working at NASA on an astronomy project is exciting.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Scientist, Mountain View, CA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at USRA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working closely with NASA.
    Flex working hours.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Insufficiently challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist (Junior) in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist (Junior) in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at USRA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    A 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A body shop for NASA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist Engineer II in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist Engineer II in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at USRA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    This assumes of course that they would even listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good exposure to NASA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Moffett Field, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Moffett Field, CA

    I have been working at USRA full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company 990's should be available on your web site.

    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    You are what you make it.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USRA

    Pros

    If you are favored by management they will make sure you are always happy.

    Cons

    If you are not apart of the "in crowd" it is obvious and you will not enjoy the work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop favoring a select few.

  8.  

    Great people, terrible pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenbelt, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenbelt, MD

    I have been working at USRA as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USRA full-time

    Pros

    Gives you a lot of freedom

    Cons

    Salary grading not always fair

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    NASA Contractor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at USRA (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great employees at Moffett Field location.

    Cons

    Communication from the Home Office and Management team needs improvement.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    USRA as contract labor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at USRA

    Pros

    Great deal of personal flexibility while working for Uncle Sam.

    Cons

    You 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 ManagementAdvice

    HR development would help in improved customer service.

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