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NASA Langley Research Center Reviews

Updated Mar 24, 2019

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NASA Langley Research Center CEO Charles Frank Bolden, Jr.
Charles Frank Bolden, Jr.
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Pros
  • "Smart people, interesting projects, very rich history and significance for NASA(in 7 reviews)

  • "Meet intelligent engineers, interesting work, it's NASA(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Red tape and slow escalation of ideas(in 4 reviews)

  • "not easy to acquire full time postion(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at NASA Langley Research Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work and to advance.

    Cons

    None , I can't think of any

    Advice to Management

    N/A

    NASA Langley Research Center2019-01-20
  2. "Dynamic Environment"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Hampton, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Langley Research Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The research campus is similar to a large university with a lot of freedom for innovation.

    Cons

    The location isn't the best in the United States, but there is a beach not too far away.

    NASA Langley Research Center2019-03-25
  3. "NASA - A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Branch Manager in Hampton, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Langley Research Center full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work on projects and challenges of national significance. NASA is rated the best place to work in the federal government and the culture is truly positive.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive for early career individuals and the mission (for the Agency) varies at the whim of the current (or new) administration (a la, the President and Congress) which may greatly impact a project where you've invested significant effort.

    NASA Langley Research Center2019-01-16
  4. "Student Trainee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NASA Langley Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Ability to telework , great work schedule

    Cons

    Movement within departments can be difficult

    NASA Langley Research Center2018-03-26
  5. "Unlimited possibilities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Langley Research Center full-time

    Pros

    There are many possibilities available once you are hired. For technical careers, you can focus on research, development or operations. For other professional careers, human resources, finances, business development all work closely with technical team in a collaborative environment. Very family-like - at least all the good parts of family life :)

    Cons

    Salary is not comparable to that available in public sector, but salary isn't everything, right?

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

    NASA Langley Research Center2017-12-19
  6. "Research Engineer"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at NASA Langley Research Center full-time

      Pros

      Awesome people. Good flexibility and interesting projects.

      Cons

      None to speak of really.

      NASA Langley Research Center2017-11-15
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      "Engineering Intern"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
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      I have been working at NASA Langley Research Center

      Pros

      History is rich, people are open to help and mentor, food is good and relatively inexpensive. My work was fascinating and I learned a great deal.

      Cons

      NASA research culture is SLOW. Risk averse is too nice a term, people don't even seem motivated to succeed. The civil servants are too comfortable - there is no catalyst to do amazing things anymore. The pride is non-existent outside of the brand name that NASA is siphoning from the 60's and shuttle era.

      Advice to Management

      Look, I'm just an intern that doesn't know much about anything - but the pace here is ridiculously slow. You have brilliant people who aren't even remotely motivated. You're losing out on future talent based on the archaic culture here - the only perk is that it's "NASA".

      NASA Langley Research Center2017-04-15
    • "Temporary contract"

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      Former Employee - Electronics Engineer in Hampton, VA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at NASA Langley Research Center full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Competitive salary, exciting work content, room for growth.

      Cons

      Red tape and slow escalation of ideas

      Advice to Management

      Not so much bureaucracy, focus on innovation rather than procedure.

      NASA Langley Research Center2017-04-10
    • "Off to a great start but still has some kinks to work on"

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      Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Asheville, NC
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      Neutral Outlook

      I worked at NASA Langley Research Center full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Great learning curve and opportunities for advancement. Amazing leadership and fun opportunities to explore NASA locations. If you try hard you can learn a lot from others and practice research, presentation, technical writing, and GIS skills. Lots of locations nationwide and possibly will grow (Universities, Federal buildings, NASA locations, etc.)

      Cons

      Not meant to be contract to hire, but rather a temporary learning experience only. First location choices are usually the only applicants looked at, if you include a second location, that "node" may not even look at your application. It's not that hard to get in, but if you apply for a small location, or a more well-known NASA location, you had better have GIS, programming, environmental, and/or research and technical...

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      Advice to Management

      There are team members, then team/project leads, then you can continue for a 1 year contract as a Fellow or become a Center Lead, followed by a Senior Fellow which also has a limited contract and then they expect you to move on and allow others the chance for gaining this experience.

      NASA Langley Research Center2017-04-03
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      "HR"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hampton, VA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
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      I have been working at NASA Langley Research Center full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Flexibility, easy, not- a demanding environment.

      Cons

      Very little accountability. Nepotism, wasteful.

      Advice to Management

      Hire from outside of the fence.

      NASA Langley Research Center2017-02-16
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