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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Reviews

Updated September 15, 2018
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  • "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)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Radiation Control Manager"

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    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. "Everyone is Valued"

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

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

    Pros

    You don't have to be an engineer or scientist to work here and earn respect. Most positions allow you to work a 9 hour day, which means every other Friday is a day off.

    Cons

    Work life balance: you have to long hours, overtime, and are expected to live your life around your job. People tend to know others and promote them based on friendship and outside relationships rather than credentials. A lot of bureaucracy and oversight, management is top-heavy but we work closely with NASA so this is understandable.

  3. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Exciting place to work. Challenging and rewarding projects.

    Cons

    High cost of living in the LA area.


  4. "Software Computing Systems Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible hours, more autonomy than you think, nice coworkers

    Cons

    Not the best working environment, which is expected from a non-software-focused company


  5. "Sip the cool aid"

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

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

    Pros

    One-of-a-kind/novel projects that help everyone (eventually), reputation/prestige, adequate pay (compared to competitors), solid coworkers, good benefits for aerospace, Pasadena/La Cañada location

    Cons

    NASA optimism that can bite you later on especially given how much work we have, inconsistent training practices especially for new university hires


  6. "Administration"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative 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

    Overall exciting place to work - JPL is home to leaders in their field of science and engineering advancement. It is a campus environment!!

    Cons

    - Government like slow pace
    - Roles can be very rigid and career advancement can be a challenge
    * Poor management where I worked.

    Advice to Management

    Use your Leadership Principles every day, whether we're discussing ideas for new projects or deciding on the best approach to solving a problem.


  7. "JPL"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    flexible work schedule
    reputation of company

    Cons

    old buildings and facilities
    internal advancement
    annual salary increase

  8. "Who doesn't love space?"

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Get to work on things that go to space
    - All of your friends/family think it's really awesome that you work at NASA

    Cons

    - Projects/missions take a very long time to complete (3 to 5+ years)
    - A lot of bureaucracy and oversight


  9. "No end to new and exciting work"

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

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work is always different and interesting if you are in the right area. It can be a good as you want to make it with plenty of different areas of technology.

    Cons

    Way too much management to do any good. It seems that there is an unlimited number of layers of management and it really slows down the progress that can be made.

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention to those you oversee and recognize those that are pulling their weight and those that are the weight.


  10. "Intern Review (MDL Intern)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    gained great laboratory experience
    was taught a variety of different chemical processes

    Cons

    A lot of down time


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