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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory CEO Michael Watkins
Michael Watkins
46 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work life balance, the 9/80 work schedule is wonderful(in 52 reviews)

  • "Great environment, work/life balance, 9/80 work schedule, amazing benefits(in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • "there are no cons to this company(in 12 reviews)

  • "Hard to get a full time job there(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (1)

    "Radiation Control Manager"

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

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 20 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. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Project Staff IV in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for more than 4 years

    Pros

    great place to get your start or to retire from

    Cons

    better parking needed for employees

  3. "Science at JPL"

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    Current Employee - NPP Fellow in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Challenging work environment, challenging projects.

    Cons

    Foreign national has limits, ordering materials is difficult

  4. "Great place to work for curious individuals"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Innovative, open, rewarding, exceptional, cutting-edge

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, slower pace, expensive location

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work

  5. "Engineering Technician II"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician II in Pasadena, CA
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    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    9/80 schedule that was it!

    Cons

    People there are just really workaholics. The pay was low and they make you work your butt off. The engineers who I worked with were just not that smart. They would give me bad drawings or sometimes give me wrong parts and when I tell them they look at me like I’m crazy. I am the one to build the cables, chassis and circuit board. I know what I am doing. They spend so much time arguing with me and not letting me do my...

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    Advice to Management

    Offer more pay or don’t make us work hard for low pay, offer better benefits, offer free food, make room for growth, challenges and make sure the engineers are working rather then fooling around walking from building to building pretending they are doing their job but they aren’t doing anything but wasting time and getting paid anyway! Pay close attention people!

  6. "Best Place to Work in the Universe"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is passionate about their work; great benefits

    Cons

    Sometimes stressful when facing a big deadline

  7. "Amazing entry level Software Engineering Position"

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    Current Employee - Software and Computing Systems Undergraduate Student in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory part-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    It is the place to work while in school if you can handle the commute and working while in school. Everyone is understanding of that school comes first, no matter what. In fact you must maintain a certain GPA to remain an employee. This is a place that if there is something one is interested in they can explore that avenue. There is not a dull moment or project that one can work on at JPL. The biggest pro is that...

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    Cons

    California is expensive to live in and if you don't live near or in Pasadena then the commute is horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

  8. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    Good autonomy and a fun place to work.

    Cons

    Variable schedule can make it hard to get on a good routine.

  9. Helpful (5)

    "Working for the Government Presents its Own Challenges"

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

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Incredibly smart coworkers who are usually very willing to help get you up to speed. Current upheaval of the old guard is actually presenting some new opportunities to lay down the foundation for the lab for many years to come. Name-drop-ability is real. People's ears perk up when they hear JPL and NASA, and if you're the type that likes to work at a place a lot of people are interested in, and...

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    Cons

    Work can move at glacial pace. Constantly fighting the old way of thinking, and there is a lot of push back toward anything new (whether it be a tool, a different way of working, or even a messaging app). Some missions are fully agile, with a slew of modern tools and technology, while others are using software and build practices that would have looked outdated in the late 90s. There is a constant bucking of new and smart...

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    Advice to Management

    The matrix accounting system is hard to deal with for a lot of people. It's working, but it's barely working, and I can see more and more people getting stressed out of having six plus projects they're maintaining. Please keep an eye on that. If it isn't working, then getting people on more dedicated projects, even if it's 50/50 with certain missions, could make work so much better on the lab. Parking is disastrous....

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  10. "Communications"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, 9/80 work week, tuition reimbursement, smart colleagues, flexible hours, JPL/NASA name recognition

    Cons

    Slow in business changes, strange culture, minimal communication to employees on workplace issues, over-protection of mgmt. in personnel issues, lack of management training, rules/policies inconsistently applied to employees and situations

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees with greater value and respect.

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