Employee Review

  1. 5.0
    Current Intern, less than 1 year

    Experience

    Jun 16, 2021 - Business Analyst in Pasadena, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    people are very friendly, there is not much stress or pressure

    Cons

    working remote may hurt communication, but people still respond quickly

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great

    Jul 28, 2021 - Postdoctoral Fellow in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Dare mighty things. Innovative and inspiring

    Cons

    Inertia of paperwork and administration

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Rocket Science

    Jul 31, 2021 - Staff Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Uhm, bragging rights! Duh, it’s NASA! You get instant respect when you say you used to work for NASA! JPL is a large campus. The tour groups are told it bigger than Disneyland. It’s academia! It IS managed by the neighboring CalTech after all. It has the feel of a college/university atmosphere. However, it’s not just pure academic research. It’s applied science! You can work there as an engineer or a scientist, an accountant, a manager, a machinist, or a mechanic, or a glass blower, or a janitor. Nothing compares to the emotional rewards when a successful touchdown happens on the surface of Mars or on an asteroid or your research goal and your small or large contribution to the project, the countless invested engineering hours finally pay off! It was a great place to work! There was a lot of freedom!

    Cons

    Like all large organizations it’s suffers from being top heavy, lots of bureaucracy, and endless hours writing grant proposals to fund research because, let’s face it, large groups of citizens see it as a waste of resources to invest in space technology. They don’t see the upside being useful things like JPEG encoding, microwave ovens, and vast amounts of scientific education regarding our origins in the universe. Because it’s academia there are a lot of Masters and PhDs. Brilliant people all of them. However, many of the are not practical people. They are theoretical folk. So as an engineer it was my job to distill their theoretical understanding into an achievable practical solution. Sometimes with them throwing their academic weight & credentials around to fight you every step of the way. At least until you could show them a workpiece and finally shut their theoretical nay saying up. This was not a huge “con” just a minor annoyance. In the end it still was a wonderful place to work .

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