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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory CEO Michael Watkins
Michael Watkins
4 Ratings
  1. "Good Work-Life balance"

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    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Work life balance Good Supervision for students Good Environment

    Cons

    No Student discounts at the cafeteria

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-09-21
  2. "Love it"

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    Current Employee - Entry Level Mechanical Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture. Awesome access to experts in every field.

    Cons

    Slow process sometimes due to government run institution

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-09-11
  3. "Best in aerospace"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer III 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, appreciation, good coworkers, good benefits and time off

    Cons

    Hard schedules, stressful, priority shuffling

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-07-27
  4. "Co-op of a Lifetime"

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    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Co-Op in Pasadena, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for less than a year

    Pros

    - Fantastic working environment, and you get to work on the coolest projects - Full-time engineers are a wealth of knowledge and are great resources - Opportunities to learn more about projects outside of your direct work - Engaging, challenging work that is directly important to JPL projects - Mentoring from senior engineers - Breakfast burritos

    Cons

    - Occasional slow pace of approvals/trainings/drawing releases - It's a long walk up/down the hill to the machine shop, if you can't get a golf cart

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-03-27
  5. "Exciting place for students"

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    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for less than a year

    Pros

    You work alongside some of the most talented people Many science and engineering talks On-campus convenience store

    Cons

    Can be lonely if you are the single intern on the project

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-01-14
  6. Helpful (2)

    "JPL"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    College like atmosphere, with very brilliant people

    Cons

    The only con i would give that is that employee parking is very limited

    Advice to Management

    Keep letting employees grow and they will stay for a long time

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2018-06-14
  7. "Absolutely incredible."

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    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment, you won't find better projects and coworkers in industry. I was excited to go to work every day.

    Cons

    Pay is not extremely competitive and upward mobility is difficult. A lot of your experience depends on your manager and how good they are.

    Advice to Management

    N/a

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2017-09-09
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work for recent engineering college-grads"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sierra Madre, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Getting to work on some of the coolest projects -Start time flexibility (as long as you meet your 40/week) -Many jobs allow you to work from home -Work phone + Laptop + Desktop

    Cons

    -Depending on project you may feel burnt out -Not the best at keeping track of assuring each new engineer starts in a support role

    Advice to Management

    Group supervisors do not count as mentors for young engineers. Assure that each one will be paired with a senior engineer to guide them through JPL best design practices.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2017-05-05
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Recent PhD new hire"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I have been working at JPL for about 6 months and everyone that I have worked with thus far has been incredibly enthusiastic about their work.

    Cons

    JPL's primary focus is on flight projects (such as the Mars rovers and other large scale NASA missions) and secondarily on technology, innovation and research. Coming in with a background in research (I just got my PhD), this was definitely a shift in mentality.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2016-03-04
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanical engineer"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Walnut, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great coworkers, and you know your making a big leap in exploration

    Cons

    None none none none none

    Advice to Management

    None

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2016-02-07
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