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Updated May 17, 2022

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Interim Director Larry James
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Pros
  • "The people here are great and passionate about what they do.(in 121 reviews)
  • "A good work/life balance with a 9/80 schedule where you work 9 hours each work day and get every other Friday off.(in 39 reviews)
  • "The JPL campus is beautiful as well.(in 31 reviews)
  • "Good benefits when properly employed (is what I heard)(in 30 reviews)
  • "Everyone was friendly and knowledgable.(in 27 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years
    Featured Review

    Great Experience

    Dec 7, 2021 - Systems Engineer II in Pasadena, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    I felt super cared for as an employee here, which obviously depends on the institution as a whole and direct management, both of which were excellent for me. Annual peer reviews keep you thinking about your work product and goals. There is also a lot of opportunity for movement within the company if desired and modest monetary awards are handed out for solid work. They do the coolest things! Can't beat it.

    Cons

    Expensive, government-funded, one-off missions leave little room for error and creativity compared to some other aerospace companies. Project's can feel like they move at a snail's pace if you're not used to it. However, the projects are absolutely one of a kind.

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great place to work but bureaucracy can get in the way

    May 11, 2022 - FPGA Engineer in Pasadena, CA
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    Pros

    So many people with elite levels of knowledge to learn from. Awesome projects and missions, unique challenges. Inspiring place and good work life balance.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic issues can get in the way of innovation. It’s definitely not the olden days of launching rockets in the desert. Benefits aren’t that great.

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great Place to Work

    May 11, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Inspiring, challenging, great campus, and great coworkers.

    Cons

    Cost of living in greater LA metro.

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Staff Assistant III

    May 3, 2022 - Staff Assistant III in Pasadena, TX
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Work life balance is important for JPLers.

    Cons

    Slow salary increases for some positions.

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  5. 5.0
    Former Employee

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    May 4, 2022 - Internship 
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    Pros

    hands-on experience and relevant training

    Cons

    no cons to report here.

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great Environment Decent Pay

    May 17, 2022 - Industrial Security Representative in Pasadena, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Coworkers are amazing. Opportunity to travel at times. Excellent support for personnel.

    Cons

    If you don't have a degree be prepared to earn significantly less.

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  7. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Awesome Mission

    Apr 29, 2022 - Contracts Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    JPL is NASA's Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), although JPLers are not civil servants, JPL gets to directly work to support the NASA mission. As an R&D facility, there is so much exciting cool stuff going on. Amazing work-life balance. The ability to work full-time remote or a hybrid schedule depending on your role. Extremely supportive of employee needs in the areas of growth, training, and positive mental health.

    Cons

    JPL is a very large company and quasi-government, as a result you can encounter traditional bureaucratic roadblocks that can slow down work.

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Happy

    Apr 25, 2022 - Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Work life balance, investment in employee growth.

    Cons

    Need to seek out mentorship and challenging work, though it does exist

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great Workplace

    Apr 20, 2022 - Business Administrator in Pasadena, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Exciting projects, great colleague, learn something new everyday

    Cons

    Distance, process changes often, bureaucracy

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Awesome place to work

    Apr 15, 2022 - Senior Engineering Technician 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    great people and great projects

    Cons

    gov funded, and bureaucracy letdowns

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5, based on over 1,227 reviews left anonymously by employees. 88% of employees would recommend working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to a friend and 79% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.0 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This rating has improved by 4% over the last 12 months.

88% of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 4.2 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.4 for culture and values and 4.3 for career opportunities.

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We’re excited to announce that Dr. Laurie Leshin has been selected by Caltech to be the next JPL director! Dr. Leshin is an internationally recognized scientist and administrator, having served as deputy associate administrator of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, director of science and exploration at NASA Goddard and, most recently, president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. An accomplished space scientist, Dr. Leshin also is a member of the Mars Science Laboratory science team that analyzes data collected by NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover to find evidence of water on the surface of Mars. In a statement, she said: “In many ways, this feels like a homecoming.” Dr. Leshin will become the first female director in JPL’s history and also will serve as vice president of Caltech, which has managed JPL on behalf of NASA since 1958. She will formally assume her position in May 2022. (Photo courtesy of Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
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