NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Employee Reviews about "manager"
89% would recommend to a friend
(62 total reviews)
Dr. Laurie Leshin
90% approve of CEO
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- "Full of open minded and great people willing to help" (in 146 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 57 reviews)
- "Good benefits when properly employed (is what I heard)" (in 39 reviews)
- "The JPL campus is beautiful as well." (in 35 reviews)
- "Everyone was friendly and knowledgable." (in 33 reviews)
- "Low pay and quite stressful at times" (in 76 reviews)
- "No or limited parking for interns" (in 36 reviews)
- "Low salary paid to entry level engineers compared to industry." (in 35 reviews)
- "Management and bureaucracy do their best to keep you from doing your job" (in 33 reviews)
- "Some managers have no business being managers because they can't delegate (this is true across NASA)." (in 20 reviews)
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- 3.0Jul 4, 2016Business Operations, Planetary ScienceCurrent Intern, less than 1 yearLa Canada Flintridge, CA
• Innovative history and future! • Good intern compensation • Space! Mars! • Informative noon lectures • A few veteran engineers and scientists that have literally changed the world (Rob Manning) • Hundreds of other interns • Beautiful location! • Pasadena is amazing • Looks good on resume!
• Lack of centralized leadership (little to no communication of vision and values) • Can get lost in monotonous labor because the managers don't communicate the value you bring so I was quickly frustrated • There was a surprising amount of business politics that got in the way of effective practices, which is discouraging • The structure is 100% hierarchical, which means you have no say on really anything, but they oddly act like you do • Weird encouragement to innovate and speak out, but when someone does that there is a ton of red tape to prevent them • Honestly, I chose not to work or apply there in the future because of the slow, old structure and discouraging culture, so it was just a resume builder • If you're not an engineer or a scientist, then you're kind of treated like a second-class wage-Slave ~ I felt like I didn't belong there • The work was demeaning ~ a do what I tell you even if I don't explain why expectation • They talk about interns as if they're 'cheap labor' and they give tedious tasks and act like you're a burden in their life
- 2.0Nov 17, 2019Beware of JPL With It's Old Time Management StyleCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsPasadena, CA
9/80 work schedule some minor retirement perqs at 55 interesting project work
Managers consider time at your desk as only productive time no room to grow in your career low pay - coupled with being located in one of the most expensive places to live in the US poor benefits despite what HR says horrible harassment by managershorrible harassment by managershorrible harassment by managers that is tolerated by all including HR Managers will threaten you if you complain9
- 4.0May 2, 2021Financial AnalystCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearPasadena, CA
Very team oriented. My direct manager puts a lot of effort into making sure that I'm set up for success.
There a a lot of different system used to pulled data from. This makes the learning curve very steep and it takes a long time to get familiar with how to extract data.
- 2.0Aug 12, 2012Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 8 years
This used to be a great place to work, but it has changed dramatically in the last few years. Despite poor management, the technical staff is very capable and inspiring to work with. Has a great campus environment. Great success with Mars lander, but there is nothing after this, and many of its really good designers have been let go.
Has lost its direction, and its major funding sources. Has moved further away from space exploration in favor of DoD work. Experience base is being lost with layoff of more senior workers in favor of new grads. Salaries are being driven down, no raises in years. Mid-level managers are scrambling to protect themselves and their allies. Morale is very low.2
- 4.0Dec 28, 2020Data ScientistCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsPasadena, CA
Working at JPL is like living in a science fiction novel. There are lots of projects pushing the boundaries of human knowledge but participating in such projects requires very technical skills pertaining to applications of physics, chemistry, software, and engineering.
I can only speak for the science section of JPL rather than the engineering side. It's still an academic environment with the same stigma as a top tier university. In academia, one's life is usually defined by their work. I have managers that work all the time and send emails at odd hours of the night. Projects move very fast and you're often juggling 2-4 projects at a time. Not all will lead to publications either usually projects are more focused on a deliverable data product/service rather than a publication. When you're employed you sign away rights to your intellectual property. In the sciences/academia, you're expected to write funding proposals and publications and at JPL these projects will ultimately fall under the IP of the company. However, little to no company time is given to employees to write proposals/publications which means if you want to advance your own bibliography expect to work nights and weekends.2
- 4.0Mar 18, 2011Systems EngineerCurrent Employee
Flexible work hours. Good benefits. Family Oriented. Telecommuting.
Some organizations have too many reviews. Technology development has been ignored recently and some very good people have been let go (it is the same for all NASA now). Budget uncertainty from year to year because of the political football that is NASA. Some managers have no business being managers because they can't delegate (this is true across NASA).1
- 5.0Mar 4, 2016Finance and Business OperationsFormer Intern, less than 1 year
Great learning experience Exposure to current projects Excellent managers with open door policy always willing to give advice & feedback Love the culture and working with smart people Work / Life Balance doesn't get any better Leads to get opportunities elsewhere if you choose its not for you
I can't think of any cons.
- 3.0Jun 13, 2016Software Engineer ICurrent EmployeePasadena, CA
* Your work contributes towards fantastic endeavors that push the boundaries of human knowledge and ability. * Collaborate with a wide variety of smart, pleasant people. * The work can be demanding but in almost all circumstances is not over taxing. * Because missions usually all follow a cycle of development, including growth and shrinking, this can be a great place for those who find themselves eventually becoming bored with a single project. * Work is stable, so one's job is secure. * The benefits are nice. * The Lab sits in a great location.
* Though one almost always feels like part of the team, it's easy to feel like a little cog in a big machine. * Work tends to be divided by managers into pieces that can be individually accomplished, leading to little direct collaboration (though this might be a Pro for some). * JPL is very set in it's ways. Change is very slow and usually requires a vocal response from many people. * Though one's job is usually secure, advancement, particularly from lower levels can be difficult. Much of this stems from the fact that most JPLers are older and have held onto their positions for decades. * Another consequence of the unusual age distribution at JPL is that there are more managers than necessary. * Most of the buildings are old, and although they are well maintained, they hardly inspire those who work within. * Pay is underwhelming. * Parking can be challenging.4
- 5.0Dec 12, 2022Talent Acquisition SourcerCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearPasadena, CA
This is hands down the best organization I've yet to work for. I have been treated with nothing but kindness and respect by my manager and peers. The work-life balance is second to none, mission is the best in the world, and you get to work with some of the smartest people in the country.
Training, pay, medical benefits could be improved