NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Low pay, few benefits, no career growth | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (6)

    "Low pay, few benefits, no career growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People are passionate and very intelligent. 9/80 schedule is great.

    Cons

    Some inflated egos, incompetent people remain here forever because it’s a cushy gig with a respected name, which leads to problems with career growth (there is no where to grow to if no one ever leaves) and with innovation (clashes with the new classes of employees and new ideas aka asks for completely normal modern processes, tools, and etc. ). Pay is not competitive. Treatment of non-engineering staff is very poor.... They really do not value non-engineering much at all. This includes science. Very little lateral movement for anyone interested in exploring new areas of lab. Not a diverse workforce. The same bad ideas just reverberate.

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    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-04-27
  1. "Great Intern Experience"

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    Current Intern - Mission Systems Engineering in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for less than a year

    Pros

    Great culture, so many other interns to socialize with, work was fun

    Cons

    pay was very low compared to other tech internships

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-12-14
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not what the hype says...."

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work life balance is great....if you get the chance to take advantage of it.... cool projects.

    Cons

    They will work you hard, not give you credit for your critical contributions to projects, not promote you, not pay you what the "market" truly is, and then gaslight you when you ask good questions about it... seems they are trying to do the "spaceX thing" where they take advantage of the "coolness" factor of working here. The tax you pay for getting to work at JPL...

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, and compensate your top performers appropriately based on their demonstrated skill set. Don't just require people to sit in a chair for a threshold number of years in order to move up.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-12-12

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