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NASA Ames Research Center Reviews

Updated Apr 24, 2019

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NASA Ames Research Center CEO Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
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Pros
  • "The work/life balance is unprecedented (especially compared to other employers in Silicon Valley)(in 22 reviews)

  • "The work environment was excellent, had a lot of work life balance and holidays(in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "It's fine for the civil servants among them since they have a guaranteed job(in 16 reviews)

  • "Ames Research Center is in the heart of Silicon Valley so best of luck finding affordable housing(in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Most Well-Rounded Employer in Silicon Valley"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Mountain View, CA
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    I have been working at NASA Ames Research Center full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    NASA Ames provides employees with the opportunity to work on small spacecraft missions early and often. This provides valuable hands-on experience as you navigate the full life cycle of a project (phases A through E) in 2-3 years, as opposed to once or twice in your career on larger projects at other NASA Centers or large aerospace companies. The work/life balance is unprecedented (especially compared to other employers...

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    Cons

    Traffic is a killer (but most have flexible schedules and/or work from home on occasion to avoid the bulk of it), the salary is not as competitive (no stock options or huge annual bonuses, but value is found when looking at the whole package), and the smaller missions don't get as much press as some of NASA's larger missions (but the shorter life cycle and increased responsibility and hands-on work comes with the smaller...

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    Advice to Management

    Work to bring in more mid-sized flight missions (akin to LADEE and LCROSS) to balance the cubesat missions. Keep more spaceflight missions in house to keep your work force technically sharp and engaged.

    NASA Ames Research Center2019-04-24
  2. "Solid place to work with lots of opportunities and experienced professionals to expand your mind"

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    Current Employee - Instrumentation Engineer in Mountain View, CA
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    I have been working at NASA Ames Research Center part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Tons of experienced professionals to befriend and network with Good amount of social events to promote cross departmental work Job satisfaction knowing you're contributing to meaningful work

    Cons

    Daily perks not as exciting as other local tech companies but to be expected with government agency

    NASA Ames Research Center2019-03-18
  3. "Engineer, Engineering Directorate"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at NASA Ames Research Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Unparalleled work quality, competent management, and scholarly-based career.

    Cons

    Salary is significantly less than market-value.

    NASA Ames Research Center2019-02-04
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I have been working at NASA Ames Research Center

    Pros

    Very hands on and you'll learn a lot. Don't expect to be coddled they'll throw you into a project and expect you to work.

    Cons

    At times I didn't feel there was enough guidance.

    NASA Ames Research Center2019-01-12
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    "Love my job, need better facilities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moffett Field, CA
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    I have been working at NASA Ames Research Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The freedom to do science all the time & with good pay, benefits.

    Cons

    Environment - asbestos, outdated, dirty

    Advice to Management

    Would love to see more care for worker health - the superfund site needs work, jet fuel odors fill the air, cancer study regarding polluted ground/groundwater should be enough to clean up the environment of toxins and buildings of asbestos.

    NASA Ames Research Center2018-12-28
  6. "Lead Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Lead Project Engineer in Moffett Field, CA
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    I have been working at NASA Ames Research Center full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The best work life balance in the business.

    Cons

    Low salary and currently, lack of exciting projects

    NASA Ames Research Center2018-11-22
  7. "Great internship experience"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at NASA Ames Research Center

      Pros

      It was a challenging but fun experience. Got to talk and work with the smartest people I have met

      Cons

      I got in an internship with no money or benefits; a bit hard to be in the Bay area like that

      NASA Ames Research Center2018-11-02
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great place to be."

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      Former Employee - Industrial Designer in Moffett Field, CA
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      I worked at NASA Ames Research Center for more than 3 years

      Pros

      The work environment was excellent, had a lot of work life balance and holidays. Work is always interesting and there will be plenty of projects to help humanity.

      Cons

      -Lower than average salary -Projects sometimes slow down, and pick up so work consistency is not stable

      NASA Ames Research Center2018-10-11
    • "Good experience"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at NASA Ames Research Center

        Pros

        There were a lot of learning opportunities

        Cons

        Not a super collaborative environment

        NASA Ames Research Center2018-10-02
      • "NASA Ames Summer Internship"

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I worked at NASA Ames Research Center

          Pros

          Was assigned to a relatively small group, had a lot of freedom over my own project, great learning experience.

          Cons

          The lodge didn't have the best living condition, with limited access to food and groceries at a walking distance.

          NASA Ames Research Center2018-09-12
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