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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Benefits

Location: US
52 Ratings

Employer Summary

JPL is located on 177 acres in beautiful, sunny Southern California. On our campus-like facility tucked away in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, you will enjoy a unique environment of open communication paired with technical rigor. In addition, we offer a flexible 9/80 schedule, 14 paid holidays + 1 personal holiday, vacation and sick time, Employee Assistance Program, Ride Share, affiliated child care centers, free parking, and many more perks unique to JPL.


We know that our people are our greatest asset. JPL offers you a competitive base salary and non-base awards to recognize outstanding performance. We continually study industry markets and conduct an Annual Salary Review (ASR) to ensure your compensation remains competitive over time.

Health & Wellness
JPL offers various HMO and PPO medical, dental, and vision plans to choose from. We also offer Long Term Disability (LTD) coverage and basic life insurance with options to purchase additional coverage. You will find that our wellness programs and incentives, such as an on-site gym, yoga, Tai Chi, and strength classes will leave you feeling healthy and enegerized.

Saving for the Future
Prepare for your future by taking advantage of our generous, immediately vested 403b retirement plan that contributes a percentage of your salary based on your age and years of service. In addition, you and your spouse may be eligible for our Retiree Medical coverage credits if you retire from JPL.

Professional Development

It’s impossible to know everything, but that doesn’t stop us from traying. At JPL, we crave knowledge and we’re always looking for the chance to learn something new. That’s just how we’re wired. We offer tools to help you grow professionally, build your management and leadership capability and strengthen your technical expertise, such as Tuition Reimbursement, online courses, in-person courses, guest speakers, mentoring and more.

Employee Benefit Reviews

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  • Dec 04, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Frontend Developer in Pasadena, California

    Can have some free workshop to attend and free laptop rental during internship.

  • Nov 09, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Pasadena, California

    9/80 schedule is fantastic

  • Sep 11, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Pasadena, California

    Although I was part-time and didn't reap the full benefits of a full-time salary and benefits, I was able to receive a portion because I worked more than a certain amount of hours per week. The benefits are good, and JPL is very benefit-friendly to people with kids.

  • Aug 01, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Pasadena, California

    The hours are pretty flexible depending on which project you're on. Can accrue a maximum of 320 hours of vacation time.

  • May 31, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Pasadena, California

    All standard benefits covered (healthcare , retirement, etc.) - but limited tuition reimbursement and no pension, stock options, bonuses, etc.

  • Feb 15, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Intern - Hourly in La Canada Flintridge, California

    PPO & HMO available, time off is good

  • Dec 19, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Systems Engineer in La Canada Flintridge, California

    JPL covers everything from medical to retirement, overtime compensation, vacation, sick leave, military leave, and even flexible work hours.

  • Nov 21, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Pasadena, California

    I was an intern but they were extremely accommodating with housing relocation costs.

  • Dec 29, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Systems Engineer in Los Angeles, California

    They put together a great package. However, the overall all treatment of women. Especially my witnessed experience of JPL STUDIO was terrible.

  • Sep 16, 2017
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Mechanical Engineer in La Canada Flintridge, California

    403b plan contributes 5% of salary automatically after 6 months

Benefits Summary

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Insurance, Health & Wellness

Financial & Retirement

  • Pension Plan
  • Checkmark401K Plan (33)
  • CheckmarkRetirement Plan (36)
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Performance Bonus
  • Stock Options
  • Equity Incentive Plan
  • Supplemental Workers' Compensation
  • Charitable Gift Matching

Family & Parenting

Vacation & Time Off

Perks & Discounts

  • Employee Discount
  • Free Lunch or Snacks
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Gym Membership
  • Commuter Checks & Assistance
  • Pet Friendly Workplace
  • Mobile Phone Discount
  • Company Car
  • Company Social Events
  • Travel Concierge
  • Legal Assistance

Professional Support

  • Diversity Program
  • Job Training
  • Professional Development
  • Apprenticeship Program
  • Tuition Assistance

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