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October 12, 2020

What is paid time off like at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory?

Pros

Great work life balance and folks are very understanding when you need to take time off.

Cons

Some projects can move slower compared to others.

Great work life balance and folks are very understanding when you need to take time off.

October 12, 2020

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June 14, 2021

Does NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory offer massages?

Pros

Free coffee, sugar and milk

Cons

coffee is cold, milk is warm

Advice to Management

You're gonna need a bigger rocket

Free coffee, sugar and milk

June 14, 2021

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January 6, 2022

Does NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory offer family leave?

Pros

Cool projects, great campus, good benefits

Cons

Climbing the ladder is tedious.

Advice to Management

Teach managers to work with people without a heavy hand. Compensate and promote before people seek other opportunities.

Cool projects, great campus, good benefits

January 6, 2022

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May 29, 2020

What are perks and other benefits like at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory?

Pros

Great coworkers, great lab culture, business with a purpose, and good benefits

Cons

Parking can sometimes be a mess.

Advice to Management

Great management style, promotes independence and growth while still supporting their employees whenever necessary

Great coworkers, great lab culture, business with a purpose, and good benefits

May 29, 2020

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January 26, 2021

What is health insurance like at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory?

Pros

Flexible work-life balance, nice campus

Cons

low salary for the area, average health benefits (every year the deductibles and copays increase), no salary adjustment in consecutive years (for me), lots of older engineers that don't retire and don't make room for younger engineers. Lots of re-employed retired engineers (~45 years of employment and still there!).

Advice to Management

Pasadena/LA is a very expensive city, and the salaries for the early/mid career engineers does not support a sustainable life in this region. They need to revisit the cost of living in Pasadena. Also I got ZERO salary adjustment in 3 consecutive years, without any negative comments from my management. When I asked, they just didn't have much to say. It is a struggle to grow here.

low salary for the area, average health benefits (every year the deductibles and copays increase), no salary adjustment in consecutive years (for me), lots of older engineers that don't retire and don't make room for younger engineers.

January 26, 2021

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We’re excited to announce that Dr. Laurie Leshin has been selected by Caltech to be the next JPL director! Dr. Leshin is an internationally recognized scientist and administrator, having served as deputy associate administrator of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, director of science and exploration at NASA Goddard and, most recently, president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. An accomplished space scientist, Dr. Leshin also is a member of the Mars Science Laboratory science team that analyzes data collected by NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover to find evidence of water on the surface of Mars. In a statement, she said: “In many ways, this feels like a homecoming.” Dr. Leshin will become the first female director in JPL’s history and also will serve as vice president of Caltech, which has managed JPL on behalf of NASA since 1958. She will formally assume her position in May 2022. (Photo courtesy of Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
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