- 4.0Aug 19, 2023
Overall good place to workFlight Software EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
In general people are sharp, driven, and genuinely care about the work and JPL as whole and its future. - Mentorship for those who look for it - Lots of opportunities to do and learn different things that may be outside your area of expertise - Freedom to approach anyone and learn from anyone
- Every group is like its own business or startup, each w/ their own way of doing things - No incentives for things like code review or internal documentation (information tends to be siloed to individuals) - No enforced mechanisms for knowledge transfer and lessons learned within groups from the retiring generation of JPLers to the new, incoming ones - fear the possibility of newer employees re-inventing the wheel in the long term
- 3.0Sep 21, 2023Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsPasadena, CA
The people who work there are amazing and so capable and helpful, for the most part, aside from the occasional big ego. Unparalleled level of intellect and expertise in many areas. The campus is old but beautiful. Benefits are competitive for the industry. 9/80 schedule is fire.
Too many "battlefield promotions" resulting in a lot of leaders who belong in technical roles, not leadership. Many practices and systems are political, bureaucratic and antiquated - feels like the 80s in many ways. Space exploration is full of calculated risks but that mentality isn't allowed to bleed into business processes. I've never experienced a more risk-averse environment.