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"This is a great place to work if you want to belong to something "bigger than yourself""

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Current Contractor - NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow in Pasadena, CA
Current Contractor - NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow in Pasadena, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at NASA as a contractor (More than a year)

Pros

Interfacing with extremely intelligent people. Opportunities to work on unique projects. Picking up unique skills or working with people who enhance your existing skills.

Cons

The bureaucracy is brutal. If you work in a lab you need to take a days worth of safety training to order a bottle of Elmers white glue.

Advice to Management

Shield your workers from the bureaucracy.

Other Employee Reviews for NASA

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Typical government job; NASA has lost its way compared to decades gone by."

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    Former Intern - NASA OSSI SOLAR Intern in Stennis Space Center, MS
    Former Intern - NASA OSSI SOLAR Intern in Stennis Space Center, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NASA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You love space. You love physics and science and rockets and Mars and things like that. You work with a bunch of other people who at least like what they do, because they certainly aren't there for the money.

    Cons

    The pay is pretty bad, the benefits pretty terrible also, and NASA still uses twenty year old computers and Windows XP for development and realtime OS work. It's pretty pathetic, and doesn't hold a candle to proper software development companies in terms of computing hardware.

    Advice to Management

    Get some of that Apollo fire back.


  2. "Technical challenge diluted with too much bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Technical Staff Member in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Staff Member in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Technical challenging, interesting work. Ability to switch between different fields makes a long-term technical career possible.

    Cons

    This is an old bureaucracy, very overblown; rules are sometimes outdated, sometimes not making sense at all. Patience is definitely needed.

    Advice to Management

    Get better sense of direction and share it with the worker-bee crowd.

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