Compare NASA vs SpaceX BETA

See how working at NASA vs. SpaceX compares on a variety of workplace factors. By comparing employers on employee ratings, salaries, reviews, pros/cons, job openings and more, you'll feel one step ahead of the rest. All salaries and reviews are posted by employees working at NASA vs. SpaceX. Learn more about each company and apply to jobs near you.
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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 1 area: Positive Business Outlook.
  • Both tied in 1 area: CEO Approval.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
4.6
(based on 1166 reviews)
NASA employees rated their Overall Rating 0.6 higher than SpaceX employees rated theirs.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
4.0
(based on 1874 reviews)
Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
4.3
Career Opportunities
4.2
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation & Benefits
4.2
NASA employees rated their Compensation & Benefits 0.4 higher than SpaceX employees rated theirs.
Compensation & Benefits
3.8
Work-life balance
Work-life balance
4.3
NASA employees rated their Work-life balance 1.5 higher than SpaceX employees rated theirs.
Work-life balance
2.8
Senior Management
Senior Management
4.2
NASA employees rated their Senior Management 0.5 higher than SpaceX employees rated theirs.
Senior Management
3.7
Culture & Values
Culture & Values
4.4
NASA employees rated their Culture & Values 0.5 higher than SpaceX employees rated theirs.
Culture & Values
3.9
CEO Approval
CEO Approval
NASA Ceo Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
90%
90%Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
CEO Approval
SpaceX Ceo Elon Musk
90%
90%Elon Musk
% Recommend to a friend
% Recommend to a friend
91%
NASA employees rated their % Recommend to a friend 15% higher than SpaceX employees rated theirs.
% Recommend to a friend
76%
Positive Business Outlook
Positive Business Outlook
77%
Positive Business Outlook
81%
SpaceX employees rated their Positive Business Outlook 4% higher than NASA employees rated theirs.

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 96 reviews)
"Work environment"(in 84 reviews)
Pros
"Rockets"(in 272 reviews)
"Fast paced"(in 195 reviews)
Cons
Cons
"Red tape"(in 46 reviews)
"Civil servant"(in 36 reviews)
Cons
"Long hours"(in 487 reviews)
"Work life balance"(in 327 reviews)
Featured Review
"Recommended"Aug 14, 2022

Current Employee - Cyber Security Analyst

I have been working at NASA full-time

Pros

High impact, rewarding work. Work-life balance is great. Many learning opportunities, large training budget.

Cons

High performers usually leave for higher salaries.

"good job"Aug 9, 2022

Former Employee - Security Officer

I worked at SpaceX full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

loved the enviroment worked hard

Cons

none that i can think of

Advice to Management

none that i could think of

Job Postings

SpaceX has 828 more recently posted open jobs than NASA.
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