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4.4

89% would recommend to a friend

(107 total reviews)

Director Dr. Laurie Leshin

Dr. Laurie Leshin

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Ratings by category

4.3

Culture & Values

4.2

Career Opportunities

4.2

Work/Life Balance

4.1

Diversity & Inclusion

4.0

Senior Management

3.9

Compensation and Benefits

Ratings distribution

5 stars

52%

4 stars

29%

3 stars

12%

2 stars

4%

1 star

3%

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Updated Dec 6, 2023

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Teacher Assistant

Does anyone work for the Jet Propulsion Lab? I recently interviewed for a cybersec position and very much enjoyed the interview, work team, and culture. If offered the position, I’d love to know how strong the JPL BRAND is in regards to future opportunities— like in tech? I ask bc I was told by a one tech co that they didn’t want to hire me bc I “didn’t have any BRAND name companies” on my resume yet. How does JPL stack against other top tier companies? Will they be a good doorway to tomorrow?

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Pros
  • "Full of open minded and great people willing to help(in 147 reviews)
  • "Great work/life balance (if flight project deadline is not coming up soon)(in 53 reviews)
  • "The JPL campus is beautiful as well.(in 36 reviews)
  • "Good benefits when properly employed (is what I heard)(in 35 reviews)
  • "Everyone was friendly and knowledgable.(in 31 reviews)
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    1. 5.0
      Nov 29, 2021
      Engineering Undergraduate IV
      Current Employee, less than 1 year
      Pasadena, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Salary is competitive and the amount of experience gained is priceless. A very diverse workplace that emphasizes inclusion and the importance of work/life balance.

      Cons

      Academic part-time has a minimum of 10 hours per week and a maximum of 30 hours per week

      1. 5.0
        Aug 23, 2019
        Robotics Engineer
        Current Employee, more than 8 years
        Pasadena, CA
        Recommend
        CEO Approval
        Business Outlook

        Pros

        You can be part of amazing project that aren't done anywhere else in the world. Lots of mobility between different projects and roles so that you are constantly learning new skills and working on new challenges. You have lots of autonomy in how you get your job done, the hours that you work. A good work/life balance with a 9/80 schedule where you work 9 hours each work day and get every other Friday off.

        Cons

        A large organization where things sometimes take longer than they should.

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        1. 5.0
          Jan 20, 2020
          Systems Software Engineer
          Former Intern, less than 1 year
          Pasadena, CA
          Recommend
          CEO Approval
          Business Outlook

          Pros

          - The work done is incredibly valuable and educational - Lots of opportunities/events for interns - Great work/life balance (if flight project deadline is not coming up soon)

          Cons

          - Pay is very low compared to other aerospace companies - Chance to get a full-time return offer extremely low

          1. 5.0
            Oct 3, 2022
            Signal Analysis Engineer
            Current Employee, more than 1 year
            Pasadena, CA
            Recommend
            CEO Approval
            Business Outlook

            Pros

            - Unique opportunity to explore research interests without being tied solely to other project commitments - Ability to strike work-life balance and work from home - 401K contribution offered without having to match

            Cons

            - Good salary, but not keeping face with other academic institutions, let alone private industries - Lack of flexibility/employer contribution with spartan PPO plan

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            1. 4.0
              Aug 24, 2018
              Aerospace Engineer
              Current Employee, more than 10 years
              Pasadena, CA
              Recommend
              CEO Approval
              Business Outlook

              Pros

              Exciting place to work at, and interesting tasks and duties. Great work and life balance.

              Cons

              Job growth for mid-level engineers is slow. Most people either leave after 10 years or stick it out for the rest of their career.

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              1. 4.0
                Jan 12, 2021
                Engineer
                Former Employee, more than 3 years
                Recommend
                CEO Approval
                Business Outlook

                Pros

                Great work life balance and no micromanaging

                Cons

                Sometimes slow with production because of R&D

                1. 5.0
                  Jul 4, 2023
                  Spacecraft Engineer
                  Current Employee
                  Pasadena, CA
                  Recommend
                  CEO Approval
                  Business Outlook

                  Pros

                  Work Life Balance and Good Employees

                  Cons

                  no Cons just life work balance is fantastic

                  1. 5.0
                    Oct 27, 2023
                    Systems Engineer
                    Current Employee
                    Pasadena, CA
                    Recommend
                    CEO Approval
                    Business Outlook

                    Pros

                    Work Life Balance is great

                    Cons

                    A lot of departments are silo'd.

                    1. 3.0
                      Dec 12, 2019
                      Mechanical Engineer
                      Current Employee, more than 8 years
                      Pasadena, CA
                      Recommend
                      CEO Approval
                      Business Outlook

                      Pros

                      Work life balance is great....if you get the chance to take advantage of it.... cool projects.

                      Cons

                      They will work you hard, not give you credit for your critical contributions to projects, not promote you, not pay you what the "market" truly is, and then gaslight you when you ask good questions about it... seems they are trying to do the "spaceX thing" where they take advantage of the "coolness" factor of working here. The tax you pay for getting to work at JPL...

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                      1. 5.0
                        May 15, 2015
                        Anonymous Employee
                        Current Employee, more than 1 year
                        Recommend
                        CEO Approval
                        Business Outlook

                        Pros

                        Good balance of work and life. Amazing people, ready to help others.

                        Cons

                        Can't think of anything at the moment. Best place I have worked so far in may career.

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