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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Overview

Pasadena, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
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In total, JPL has 19 spacecraft and 9 instruments conducting active missions. All of these are important parts of NASA's program of exploration of Earth, the solar system and the universe beyond.

These ventures would not be possible without ... Read more

Mission: To serve the nation by exploring space in the pursuit of discoveries that benefit humanity.

Company Updates

  • We love school spirit and celebrated our annual College T-Shirt Day here at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory! Check out some of our summer interns and full-time JPL employees representing in gear from their alma maters such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, Cornell University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California San Diego, Purdue University, and many more. #JPLCareers

  • Meet Bobak Ferdowsi, a University of Washington alum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology alum, and Systems Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We recently sat down with Bobak, and here is what he had to say about career growth, home-brewing, gaming, and his 14 years at JPL: #JPLCareers

    Meet Bobak Ferdowsi: Systems Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Meet Bobak Ferdowsi, a Systems Engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). After graduating from the American School in Japan, Bobak attended

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Why Work For Us?

JPL grew up with the Space Age and helped bring it into being. It is a place where science, technology and engineering intermix in unique ways: to produce iconic robotic space explorers sent to every corner of the solar system, to peer into and beyond the Milky Way galaxy and to keep a watchful eye on our home planet.  Analyzing the data pouring back from these machines’ emissaries, scientists around the world continue to discover how the universe, solar system and life formed and evolved.

Above all, we are explorers. At JPL we promote collaboration, innovation, integrity and excellence in distinct academic areas. We turn ideas for science investigation into the reality of groundbreaking space missions, partnering with our strategic business teams to guide JPL into the future.

We dare mighty things. Do you?

Hardware and software, mechanisms and microchips, spacecraft and instruments, theories and observations. These are silent entities, but the humans that create them and the worldwide impact they make speak volumes. At JPL, we work in a realm where every answer opens more questions, and where we greet and conquer “impossible” challenges. Every mission discovers new knowledge, breaks down barriers and gives rise tobold innovation.

The people at JPL are our greatest asset, and we offer benefits that extend far beyond just insurance details, placing a high value on work-life balance and a flexible work schedule. 

JPL benefits from a workforce comprising of diverse, independently minded people. Our people thrive on analysis and are energized by dialectic. As the saying goes, if you get five JPLers together, you will have at least seven viewpoints. The give-and-take that characterizes all our meetings, reviews and decisions is what strengthens our designs, plans and results.

JPL’s college-campus-like atmosphere breathes innovation. At JPL, our relaxed dress code and outdoor workspaces allow JPLers to work and think freely, coffee carts give us an extra afternoon boost and the constant pedestrian foot-traffic guarantees a broadband of intellectual exchanges.


Our vision lies in our universe and beyond: “to serve the nation by exploring space in the pursuit of discoveries that benefit humanity.”

At JPL we aim to do things never done before and to go places only few can go. Teamwork, hands-on experience, boldness and continued innovation are highly valued here.

Above all, we are explorers. JPL embodies America’s distinctive pioneering spirit and helps our nation lead the world into space by taking on the most challenging robotic missions that can be done.  At JPL we dare mighty things. Do you?

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    "Great place to work for recent engineering college-grads"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sierra Madre, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sierra Madre, CA

    I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)


    -Getting to work on some of the coolest projects
    -Start time flexibility (as long as you meet your 40/week)
    -Many jobs allow you to work from home
    -Work phone + Laptop + Desktop


    -Depending on project you may feel burnt out
    -Not the best at keeping track of assuring each new engineer starts in a support role

    Advice to Management

    Group supervisors do not count as mentors for young engineers. Assure that each one will be paired with a senior engineer to guide them through JPL best design practices.

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Photos

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Interviews



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    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


    Phone interview for a 8 month coop program during university - team lead called and asked a series of questions about college experience. Called back shortly thereafter and offered me a position.

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    • Tell me about a design project in your ME program?   1 Answer
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Awards & Accolades

  • Foundation Award for Excellence, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2013
  • One of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT, OCIO, 2013
  • Robert J. Collier Trophy, National Aeronautic Association, 2012
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