NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Co-op of a Lifetime | Glassdoor
  1. "Co-op of a Lifetime"

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    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Co-Op in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for less than a year

    Pros

    - Fantastic working environment, and you get to work on the coolest projects - Full-time engineers are a wealth of knowledge and are great resources - Opportunities to learn more about projects outside of your direct work - Engaging, challenging work that is directly important to JPL projects - Mentoring from senior engineers - Breakfast burritos

    Cons

    - Occasional slow pace of approvals/trainings/drawing releases - It's a long walk up/down the hill to the machine shop, if you can't get a golf cart

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-03-27
  1. "Summer 2019"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere full of people driving hard for a mission.

    Cons

    My mentor was great, but if you have a bad mentor, it is a bit tough to get help from others who are not your mentor.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-11-02
  2. "JPL has a horrible top heavy management style that is bogged down in 1960's mentality"

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    Current Employee - Beware of JPL With It's Old Time Management Style in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule some minor retirement perqs at 55 interesting project work

    Cons

    Managers consider time at your desk as only productive time no room to grow in your career low pay - coupled with being located in one of the most expensive places to live in the US poor benefits despite what HR says horrible harassment by managers that is tolerated by all including HR Managers will threaten you if you complain

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to the fact that it's the 21st century and employees need and expect alternative work (i.e. teleworking, flex-working, etc). Also, when employees complain en masse about management or specific managers, HR needs to take them seriously.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-11-18

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