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Updated April 15, 2017
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NASA Langley Research Center Director Charles Frank Bolden, Jr.
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Pros
  • I learned a lot of business, scientific, and communication skills (in 4 reviews)

  • I was able to have many opportunities to learn from really smart people, have a high level of responsibility on projects, and (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Being the government, you do run into red tape (in 4 reviews)

  • Cafeteria food kinda sucks, other than that I think everything is great (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Aerospace Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Hampton, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting problems, wide range of science, space and aeronautic projects

    Cons

    things don't move as fast as they could


  2. "Temporary contract"

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

    I worked at NASA Langley Research Center full-time (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.


  3. "Off to a great start but still has some kinks to work on"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Asheville, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NASA Langley Research Center full-time (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 writing/presentation skills somewhere on your resume and application (p.s. don't write short answers for the application).
    Not everyone in leadership (aka: Center Leads) are all knowledgeable and the level of professionalism and room for growth and working with scientists varies greatly by node/location (a NASA or the NOAA NCEI nodes expect much more and provide opportunities to meet and work with scientists face to face).
    Projects are very much about the partner...but to an extent as it is only a 10 week term and not all on the team are experts concerning the project and much of the time is downloading and processing data and completing weekly deliverables. Hopefully in the future the projects will provide more useful data, analysis, software, etc. for the project partners.

    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.


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  5. "HR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hampton, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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


  6. "Very Good Work Experience"

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    Former Employee - Programming Intern in Hampton, VA
    Former Employee - Programming Intern in Hampton, VA
    Recommends

    I worked at NASA Langley Research Center (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Conducive to learning and growing

    Cons

    Can't think of a lot


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Structural analyst"

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    Former Employee - Engineer IV in Suffolk, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer IV in Suffolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NASA Langley Research Center (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great mentors, although I have 15 years of engineering experience and have done pretty much everthing from materials, navy shock, pa1, ..authered the loads documents for pa2. Patran natran abauis sap femap experience.

    Cons

    Contracters are not treated great. Although they mean well.

    Advice to Management

    I believe the top management is great, middle management could be more involved.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Managememt Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Management in Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Engineering Management in Hampton, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NASA Langley Research Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great place to work and area to live

    Cons

    there are none I can think of


  9. "Crane operator for NASA"

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    Current Employee - Crane Operator in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Crane Operator in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NASA Langley Research Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing company with great technology and equipment. State of the art, cutting edge equipment.

    Cons

    The cafeteria food sucks on Wednesdays

    Advice to Management

    Keep leading the way


  10. "Very fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Intern in Pfafftown, NC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Intern in Pfafftown, NC

    I worked at NASA Langley Research Center (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Living a child hood dream

    Cons

    I loved everything about my internship


  11. "Activity, but no mission"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hampton, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hampton, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - Great place to discover and develop skills.
    - Easy to distance oneself from crises by focusing on your "research."
    - Security in pay and benefits.
    - Great place to develop basic skills ("basic" for advanced technology development), then springboard to a more productive career some place else.

    Cons

    - No mission means a petty, personal service culture has developed and can get out of control.
    - Leaders are "technical leaders" and are extremely limited in their ability to lead people and teams.
    - SESers are "shoulder shruggers" who more often than not, fail to deliver for their people.
    - Favoritism abounds.

    Advice to Management

    Live up to the responsibilities of the position.


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