Compare NASA vs SpaceX BETA

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NASA

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SpaceX

Employee Ratings

  • NASA scored higher in 7 areas: Overall Rating, Career Opportunities, Compensation & Benefits, Work-life balance, Senior Management, Culture & Values and % Recommend to a friend.
  • SpaceX scored higher in 2 areas: CEO Approval and Positive Business Outlook.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
4.5
(based on 726 reviews)
NASA employees rated their Overall Rating 0.4 higher than SpaceX employees rated theirs.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
4.1
(based on 1365 reviews)
Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
4.3
NASA employees rated their Career Opportunities 0.3 higher than SpaceX employees rated theirs.
Career Opportunities
4.0
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation & Benefits
4.0
Compensation & Benefits
3.9
Work-life balance
Work-life balance
4.4
NASA employees rated their Work-life balance 1.5 higher than SpaceX employees rated theirs.
Work-life balance
2.9
Senior Management
Senior Management
4.1
NASA employees rated their Senior Management 0.5 higher than SpaceX employees rated theirs.
Senior Management
3.6
Culture & Values
Culture & Values
4.4
NASA employees rated their Culture & Values 0.4 higher than SpaceX employees rated theirs.
Culture & Values
4.0
CEO Approval
CEO Approval
NASA Ceo Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
88%
88%Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
CEO Approval
SpaceX Ceo Elon Musk
90%
90%Elon Musk
% Recommend to a friend
% Recommend to a friend
89%
NASA employees rated their % Recommend to a friend 12% higher than SpaceX employees rated theirs.
% Recommend to a friend
77%
Positive Business Outlook
Positive Business Outlook
70%
Positive Business Outlook
80%
SpaceX employees rated their Positive Business Outlook 10% higher than NASA employees rated theirs.

Salaries

SpaceX has 1,076 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
Intern81 Salaries
$28/hr
Propulsion Engineer50 Salaries
$97,444/yr
Integration Technician24 Salaries
$27/hr

What Employees Say

  • "Work life balance" was the most mentioned Pro at NASA.
  • "Rockets" was the most mentioned Pro at SpaceX.
  • "Red tape" was the most mentioned Con at NASA.
  • "Long hours" was the most mentioned Con at SpaceX.
Pros
Pros
"Work life balance"(in 76 reviews)
"Work environment"(in 67 reviews)
Pros
"Rockets"(in 249 reviews)
"Fast paced"(in 147 reviews)
Cons
Cons
"Red tape"(in 41 reviews)
"Civil servants"(in 32 reviews)
Cons
"Long hours"(in 424 reviews)
"Work life balance"(in 277 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 Employee - Tooling Engineer

I worked at SpaceX full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Lots of resource, loads of expertise in the building, plenty of work to go around.

Cons

The hours can add up quickly, so management of expectations is critical being successful.

Job Postings

SpaceX has 1,431 more recently posted open jobs than NASA.