NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Overview

  • www.jpl.nasa.gov
  • Pasadena, CA
  • 5001 to 10000 Employees
  • 1936
  • Nonprofit Organization
  • National Agencies
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New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. ...
Mission: To serve the nation by exploring space in the pursuit of discoveries that benefit humanity.

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February 17, 2022
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February 1, 2022
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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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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Reviews

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I felt super cared for as an employee here, which obviously depends on the institution as a whole and direct management, both of which were excellent for me. Annual peer reviews keep you thinking

Cons

Expensive, government-funded, one-off missions leave little room for error and creativity compared to some other aerospace companies. Project's can feel like they move at a snail's pace if you're not
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Diversity & Inclusion at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

4.4
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Diversity Programs & Initiatives

Space for All

Our Lab depends on an inclusive workforce of independent-minded people. We seek out different voices to contribute to the science, engineering, technology, and business discourse. And we elevate our work by elevating each other. 

It starts with inclusion

JPL is committed to promoting and maintaining an inclusive, high-performing culture where all employees embrace each other’s talents and backgrounds. Creating and sustaining a diverse and equitable work environment is mission-critical for the Lab and the success of our missions.

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Interviews

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Campus Recruiting33%
Employee Referral9%
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    Did a 30-minute initial phone interview with HR rep. Interviewer was friendly and answered any questions I had. Unfortunately, I was unable to move forward in the process because relocation to Pasadena was required, which I could not do.
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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Awards & Accolades

  • 2022 Glassdoor Best Places to Work AwardGlassdoor2022
  • CIO 100 Award for IT InnovationCIO2022
  • Best Employers for New GradsForbes2022
  • Robert J. Collier Trophy for 2021 - NASA/JPL Ingenuity Mars Helicopter TeamNational Aeronautic Association2021
  • IAF Excellence in "3G" Diversity AwardInternational Astronautical Foundation2021

Pledges & Certifications

  • Veteran Hiring Commitment

    Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

  • Pay Equality Pledge

    Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

  • Tech Hiring Commitment

    Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

  • Diversity Commitment

    Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

  • Pledge to Thrive

    Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

  • First Job Programs

    Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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