NASA Ames Research Center Reviews | Glassdoor

NASA Ames Research Center Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
122 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

4.2
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
NASA Ames Research Center Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
49 Ratings

122 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
Cons
  • It's fine for the civil servants among them since they have a guaranteed job (in 17 reviews)

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

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Summer Internship at the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NASA Ames Research Center full-time

    Pros

    I worked with some of the world's leading aerodynamicists.

    Cons

    The pay was lower than I would expect.


  2. "Exactly what you would expect"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NASA Ames Research Center part-time

    Pros

    Very structured, good access to equipment, fun activities around the campus

    Cons

    Research moves extremely slowly, takes weeks of approvals before you can get access to anything

  3. "Nice place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NASA Ames Research Center full-time

    Pros

    This is a place where basic r&d is done.
    Whether testing the newest flight hardware in the world's biggest wind-tunnel complex, through advances in infrared astronomy, to discoveries of world's around distant suns through the Kepler project.

    Among more down-to-earth benefits, are a Health Unit, a Gym to work out and a cafeteria to eat out plus 2 other eateries at different parts of Moffett Field.
    They have events at Ames from conferences throughout the year to bbqs during the summer.
    Please visit the NASA Ames website for more information.

    Cons

    None that I can think of at this time.


  4. "Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NASA Ames Research Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's NASA. Dedicated people looking to make a difference.

    Cons

    New, innovative work is hard to come by.


  5. "Aerospace Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NASA Ames Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, interesting work with potential real world applications, fantastic work/life balance.

    Cons

    Can hit a career limit with not a lot of opportunities to lead work or participate on exciting projects. Salaries are lower than comparable positions in the area.


  6. "Field Services Technician"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Technician in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at NASA Ames Research Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. I learned a lot.

    Cons

    Very large campus, bot it was nice.

    Advice to Management

    I have 15 years of diversified, progressive IT experience in technical support.


  7. "A good place to work and learn!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NASA Ames Research Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great work environment. There are a lot of smart people that will work with and help you.
    - Interesting projects.

    Cons

    - The pay scale is very low compared to the commercial side. If you decide to work there, it's for the love for science not money.
    - The red tapes can get frustrating sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    - Get more big space exploration projects for the NASA AMES center.

  8. "Incompetent management kills positive attitudes and progress"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NASA Ames Research Center full-time

    Pros

    The actual "workers" at Ames tend to be nice. The scientists are a bit withdrawn but still pleasant. There are once a month gatherings at the cafeteria with food (not great) and drinks (cheap quality) but it is an attempt to bring workers together a bit.

    Cons

    Many people here are doing jobs they aren't actually qualified for and, as a result, are pushing other workers to do things incorrectly. Having "civil servant" status doesn't mean you can suddenly hang out in the International Space Station and failing as a scientist doesn't suddenly mean you should get pushed into a position where you write for the public and deal with the media. The problem is that these people CAN NOT be fired, so they get shifted around and they end up taking the jobs of more talented and more experienced people in other departments, who, unfortunately, have not achieved civil servant status. One last thing: this campus is located in the heart of Silicon Valley yet paying employees a fraction of what the businesses that surround them pay for similar positions.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone wants to be a manager (make more money and have a nice office) but no one wants to do the work associated with it. Communication is poor. People get laid off without ever finding out why or even being told by their direct supervisors. Managers need to put on their big boy pants and actually lead their teams instead of hiding behind closed doors. The buildings are dilapidated and office equipment outdated. Something should be done about that.


  9. "Pseudo Pilot"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, great team and fun

    Cons

    Contract job so there is a limit to what you receive


  10. "Research Associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The co-workers and people are the best part of the job. Also everyone's dedication to advancing space knowledge.

    Cons

    Uncertainties of working for the government


Showing 122 of 194 reviews
Reset Filters