Compare NASA vs NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory BETA

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Employee Ratings

  • NASA scored higher in 2 areas: Career Opportunities and Work-life balance.
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scored higher in 3 areas: Overall Rating, CEO Approval and Positive Business Outlook.
  • Both tied in 4 areas: Compensation & Benefits, Senior Management, Culture & Values and % Recommend to a friend.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
4.5
(based on 725 reviews)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
4.6
(based on 565 reviews)
Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
4.3
Career Opportunities
4.2
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation & Benefits
4.0
Compensation & Benefits
4.0
Work-life balance
Work-life balance
4.4
Work-life balance
4.2
Senior Management
Senior Management
4.1
Senior Management
4.1
Culture & Values
Culture & Values
4.4
Culture & Values
4.4
CEO Approval
CEO Approval
NASA Ceo Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
88%
88%Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
CEO Approval
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Ceo Michael Watkins
94%
94%Michael Watkins
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees rated their CEO Approval 6% higher than NASA employees rated theirs.
% Recommend to a friend
% Recommend to a friend
89%
% Recommend to a friend
89%
Positive Business Outlook
Positive Business Outlook
71%
Positive Business Outlook
81%
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees rated their Positive Business Outlook 10% higher than NASA employees rated theirs.

Salaries

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory has 242 more total submitted salaries than NASA.
Salaries for similar jobs
Salaries for similar jobs
Intern141 Salaries
$17/hr
Aerospace Engineer81 Salaries
$99,122/yr
Systems Engineer13 Salaries
$104,199/yr
Salaries for similar jobs
Intern111 Salaries
$17/hr
Mechanical Engineer II58 Salaries
$93,030/yr
Systems Engineer II61 Salaries
$108,367/yr

What Employees Say

  • NASA had 6 more reviews than NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory that mentioned "Work life balance" as a Pro.
  • NASA had 18 more reviews than NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory that mentioned "Work environment" as a Pro.
  • "Red tape" was the most mentioned Con at NASA.
  • "Low pay" was the most mentioned Con at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Pros
Pros
"Work life balance"(in 76 reviews)
"Work environment"(in 67 reviews)
Pros
"Work life balance"(in 70 reviews)
"Work environment"(in 49 reviews)
Cons
Cons
"Red tape"(in 41 reviews)
"Civil servants"(in 32 reviews)
Cons
"Low pay"(in 20 reviews)
"Pasadena"(in 12 reviews)
Featured Review
"Part of history"Jan 21, 2021

Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship)

I have been working at NASA for less than a year

Pros

You are contributing to history and the advancement of our species into outer space. The 2020's are going to be an incredible decade for space travel. Join in the action. People are all grateful... to be here. Caliber of people are higher than the average citizen. Good energy and environment focused on betterment of self and collective.

Cons

Bureaucratic processes make everything longer.

Former Intern - Software Systems Engineering Intern

I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for more than a year

Pros

I've heard this can vary by team, but my experience was excellent. I got to work on a variety of challenging tasks. All of my work directly contributed to the mission the team was working on as... opposed to being given a designated intern project so I couldn't mess up the "real" work. My team was also extremely flexible with working around my school schedule. It's a fantastic place to meet interesting people and learn more about different careers since you can set up coffee meetings with basically anyone to learn more about their career path and what they do. The lab itself is also gorgeous and full of great places to work outdoors. Aside from that, it's incredibly rewarding to know that the work you're doing is contributing to inspiring things like climate science or space exploration.

Cons

Can be difficult to understand the matrix organization and determine who to express interest to if you'd like to explore the possibility of a full time offer. Also some of its practices can be a bit... clunky and inefficient- like the sometimes overwhelming amount of meetings.

Job Postings

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory has 151 more recently posted open jobs than NASA.