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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Reviews

Updated August 16, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance, the 9/80 work schedule is wonderful" (in 48 reviews)

  • "The 9-80 work schedule is a great way to ensure work-life balance" (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • "there are no cons to this company" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Hard to get a full time job there" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Radiation Control Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best place in the world to work in aerospace. Challenging and exciting missions that you feel an integral part of.

    Cons

    You may not want to retire because work is exciting.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  2. "Software Engineer Co-op"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory part-time

    Pros

    Good environment and smart people.

    Cons

    Office space could've been better.

  3. "Computer engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Great company. Lots of benifits. Great environment

    Cons

    Very slow to get promoted. It may take years


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Dream job for many. Great benefits. Good culture. Deer

    Cons

    Lots of meetings. Salary growth can be slow.


  5. "Great experience overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very laid back, no dress code

    Cons

    Had to get parking for interns

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for a great summer!


  6. "Needs improvment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cafeteria
    Campus Events
    Opportunity for telecommute
    Benefits of CalTech
    Work with some really brilliant minds

    Cons

    This place will keep you busy. The environment is heavily outdated.
    There is no time left to work on upgrades or new technology as you are too busy keeping the lights on and trying to explain the unexplainable.

    Parking isn't sufficient for the amount of people who work there and the metro never has enough room for the sheer amount of people coming or going.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your people and less on the current IT BUZZ word. Work more on upgrading from legacy to devops and especially on job specific roles instead of JACK of ALL TRADES


  7. "Magical Place"

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    Former Employee - Senior Leadership in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Leadership in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing missions, incredibly intelligent and dedicated workforce, strong ties to Caltech, highly capable executive leadership team and lab director.

    Cons

    The only con worth mentioning is the parking situation. Old news and difficult to resolve given that JPL is landlocked in terms of space.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in developing more diversity across all levels of leadership at the lab.

  8. "JPL"

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    Current Employee - Animation Producer in La Canada Flintridge, CA
    Current Employee - Animation Producer in La Canada Flintridge, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Work/life balance is great
    -Stable employment
    -Good benefits
    -Beautiful campus

    Cons

    -Tenure and titles seemingly matter more than skill or competence
    -Too much bureaucracy


  9. Helpful (1)

    "JPL"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    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 (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


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Office of the CIO and IT Needs Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great to work with talented individuals who are building some bleeding edge technologies. Seeing space robots on campus is pretty amazing.

    Cons

    It's government, so there is a significant amount of red tape and established policies and procedures, that take forever to evolve with the times. Those who are hungry and constantly seek growth, will find that growth opportunity is slow.

    Advice to Management

    Incumbents and lifers need to be open minded about fresh ideas and approaches and can't be territorial if they want a new generation to work there. Either fire those who provide no value to the team or organization or find a new role that can capitalize on their strengths. Train those in senior positions to provide mentorship and guidance instead of allowing them to be territorial to those who try to provide value.


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