NASA Glenn Research Center Reviews

Updated Jan 13, 2021

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4.1
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Pros
  • "Innovative company, hands-on experiences, relative autonomy for a given project, work/life balance(in 12 reviews)

  • "The work environment was excellent, and there were many interesting projects and laboratories to learn about(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Pay starts out very low for Civil Servants, but increases fairly quickly(in 4 reviews)

  • "If you're a real go-getter the red tape and process can be a real drag(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    People are nice and they make sure to always help you

    Cons

    no downsides. Everything here is great

  2. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Branch Chief in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Able to tailor career path to your strengths. Reasonably flexible hours.

    Cons

    Government job subject to furloughs.


  3. "Decent aerospace employer for NE Ohio, but better opportunities exist"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at NASA Glenn Research Center full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Majority of employees are genuinely friendly and eager to help, large pool of engineering and research staff within the center, substantial aerospace history and organizational prestige, numerous opportunities for training and educational advancement, no hard deadlines, exceptional work life balance, opportunities abound for broad cross-project exposure, relatively easy to influence personal project tasks and assignments, excellent job security, steady and substantial funding level and resources

    Cons

    Out of touch, weak and dishonest research and engineering senior leadership, unstable projects with low return on investment, risk-averse culture, can't do attitude, challenges attracting and retaining quality talent, below average wages, no accountability for poor performers, financially irresponsible projects with significant overhead/waste, privileged senior employees, business travel often pursued for vacation perks, excess number of middle managers with no defined role, poor emloyee ethics, cross-center organizational politics rampant and often cut-throat, stifling bureaucracy, antiquated infrastructure and facilities, difficulty attracting valuable industry partners, non-agile workforce, employees not highly respected or valued by management, limited opportunities for career advancement, teamwork and collaboration discouraged based on current promotion model

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  4. "Amazing Place"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting SWE 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NASA Glenn Research Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Hours, Great People, Great Research Subjects, Coworkers

    Cons

    Slow, Lack of research funding in specific areas

  5. "Waiting to be closed"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Aerospace Engineer in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NASA Glenn Research Center full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, type of work.p

    Cons

    Politics. Smart people doing very stupid things.

  6. "NASA Glenn"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) 

    I worked at NASA Glenn Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, helpful projects, good flexibility

    Cons

    Progress is often slow, the facilities are quite dated.

  7. "Amazing experience"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Intern in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at NASA Glenn Research Center full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people. No ladder of any kind here - everyone is there because they're passionate about space and technology.

    Cons

    It gets real cold in Cleveland.

  8. "Great atmosphere to work with the most qualified individuals in the world"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ICAM Engineer in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NASA Glenn Research Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Atmosphere, people, energy, compensation and flexibility of work life balance

    Cons

    Contract and agency politics are as pervasive as any other agency

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  9. "System Engineer"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, great vacation accrual, lots of flexibility on projects.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, can't advance quickly due to general federal guidelines on position and salary standards that don't work the best for engineering organizations.

  10. Helpful (2)

    "It's the Government"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications Engineer in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at NASA Glenn Research Center full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great education opportunity with limited growth potential

    Cons

    Antique civil servants clogging the road to advancement and efficiency

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