Compare NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory vs SPAWAR BETA

See how SPAWAR vs. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory compare on employee ratings, job openings, CEO approval, business outlook and more.

Employee Ratings

Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
4.2
(based on 487 reviews)
3.8
(based on 166 reviews)
Career Opportunities
3.9
3.6
Compensation & Benefits
3.6
3.9
Work-life balance
4.2
4.5
Senior Management
3.5
3.3
Culture & Values
4.1
3.5
CEO Approval
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Ceo Michael Watkins
83%Michael Watkins
SPAWAR Ceo Pat Sullivan
69%Pat Sullivan
% Recommend to a friend
84%
70%
Positive Business Outlook
63%
41%

Salaries

Salaries for similar jobs
Intern59 Salaries
$18/hr
Mechanical Engineer II16 Salaries
$93,959/yr
Systems Engineer21 Salaries
$104,619/yr
Intern6 Salaries
$18/hr
Electronics Engineer24 Salaries
$95,989/yr
Systems Engineer8 Salaries
$98,350/yr

What Employees Say

Pros
"Work life balance"(in 60 reviews)
"Work environment"(in 42 reviews)
"Work life balance"(in 21 reviews)
"Job security"(in 19 reviews)
Cons
"Low pay"(in 15 reviews)
"Missions"(in 14 reviews)
"Red tape"(in 24 reviews)
"Military"(in 6 reviews)
Featured Review

Current Employee - Systems Engineer

I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

University-like atmosphere, knowledgeable colleagues, a variety of different projects and positions with a lot of movement for people every few years, excellent pay and benefits (especially for... government-like work)

Cons

Some project phases require long hours (but the reward is worth it!)

Advice to Management

Keep developing people as leaders, and not just engineers, and the workforce will continue to get even stronger.

Current Employee - Software Engineer

I have been working at SPAWAR full-time

Pros

Every other Friday off 4 day weekends are rather common Work is pretty laid back Not very stressful Work environment is very friendly and located right next to the water

Cons

Takes forever to get anything done Not a lot of motivation to get things done quickly Work is not very challenging Technology seems rather old and outdated, nothing really state of the art Salary... is quite low

Job Postings