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Found 813 of over 1K reviews
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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Dr. Laurie Leshin
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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Dr. Laurie Leshin
Dr. Laurie Leshin
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  • "Low pay and quite stressful at times(in 63 reviews)
  • "Low salary paid to entry level engineers compared to industry.(in 33 reviews)
  • "Bad benefits and awful management(in 31 reviews)
  • "Parking is terrible(in 30 reviews)
  • "Some managers have no business being managers because they can't delegate (this is true across NASA).(in 19 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.

    9 people found this review helpful
  2. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Salary at JPL

    Nov 20, 2022 - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The wage is pretty decent at JPL

    Cons

    The wage is still not as high as expected.

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  4. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great Place To Work

    Nov 14, 2022 - Configuration Management Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great place for a career in space

    Cons

    There are no significant cons at JPL

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Optical Engineer

    Nov 4, 2022 - Optical Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good place to work for a career

    Cons

    Not much bad stuff to say but I have to write something for this review

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great place to work

    Nov 2, 2022 - Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Culture, management, room for growth, interesting projects

    Cons

    No cons, perfect place to work

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Fantastic Place to work.

    Oct 30, 2022 - Technical Group Supervisor in Pasadena, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance. Interesting and challenging projects. Job security.

    Cons

    Lower salary ranges when compared to private industry.

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Good

    Oct 28, 2022 - Rocket Scientist 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Super great awesome they will send you to space.

    Cons

    Sometimes it takes a long time to get sent to space

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Dream Company to work for!!

    Oct 24, 2022 - Robotics in Pasadena, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Unparallel research and development oppertunities along with a lot of flexiblity/freedom to pursue new ideas

    Cons

    Slightly lower that market value in terms of salary compensation

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  10. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Good people

    Nov 4, 2022 - Subcontracts Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The people are great. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Politics are important, so play them right.

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  11. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    JPL is a great place to work

    Oct 16, 2022 - Systems Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    JPL offers great opportunities and good work life balance.

    Cons

    Perhaps is pays less than an aerospace company would

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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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