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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Reviews

Updated September 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is a priority for management (in 12 reviews)

  • Lots of cool projects going on and there's always someone willing to help if you ever need it (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Since being a civil servant is almost like having tenure, you'll find people who really aren't interested in moving fast or being "too productive" (in 5 reviews)

  • Obviously there's government bureaucracy, but it wasn't too obnoxious overall (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center full-time

    Pros

    Space exploration is an extremely rewarding job. At NASA-GSFC you get involved with leading edge scientific projects. Great place for work life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes bureaucracy rears its ugly face and projects get bogged down with review after review. Salaries are stagnant. Too much rear covering in upper management.


  2. "GSFC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center full-time

    Pros

    it's a great place to work.

    Cons

    Constant struggle to find a position if you are a contractor.

  3. "Best spaceflight research center on Earth."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Publicly-viewable cleanroom, amazing machine labs and vehicle assembly facilities. Pretty good food. Strong security.

    Cons

    Massive size makes navigation on foot virtually impossible.


  4. "Decent Place"

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    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer

    I have been working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance is good

    Cons

    Difficult to change dept codes


  5. "Finance/Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Greenbelt, MD
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Greenbelt, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best place to work and exciting learning environment.

    Cons

    Flexible work schedule friendly work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Open your minds regarding the treatment of employees. If you want you want honest feedback don't retaliate by terminating dedicated employees.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Generally good management, communication, working environment, and events.

    Cons

    Has all the issues associated with working in a federal agency


  7. "Systems Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center full-time

    Pros

    Working in the space industry and being part of the NASA team

    Cons

    Working with the government can be a challenge

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    GSFC was a great place to learn and grow; I worked on interesting projects and got to see so much during the summer I was there. I loved everyone I met there.

    Cons

    I didn't really find any cons during my time there. There was some level of red tape, but everyone was so nice and willing to help. Highly recommend!

    Advice to Management

    I had one of the greatest managers I have ever worked with. He was always willing to make time to listen to questions and concerns. He had a great team because he was such a great manager.


  9. "Just an opinion"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Science driven organization, chances to work on large missions, good management on the science, engineering, and flight project sides. Smart scientists and engineers

    Cons

    government bureaucracy, lack of funding for R&D initiatives, increasing centralization of services, antique facilities, required training classes that are all bureaucratic in nature, anti-meritocracy, lack of promotion opportunities, some retired-in-place workforce

    Advice to Management

    Get funding for replacing old buildings, promote a meritocracy rather than quotas, don't let the IT folks impede the mission.


  10. "NASA Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Interesting Work
    Awesome socializing with other interns

    Cons

    Sometimes there is not enough work to be done


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