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Updated January 16, 2019
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NASA NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
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  • "The govt red tape is frustrating" (in 18 reviews)

  • "There are no cons to working for NASA" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Best job ever"

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    Current Employee - Media Relations Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Media Relations Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Incredible workforce
    Incredible mission
    Great work/life balance

    Cons

    The politics of being a federal agency can occasionally dampen the zeal to explore and discover.


  2. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA full-time

    Pros

    Work Schedule, vacation, retirement, insurance

    Cons

    Location, location location location location

    Advice to Management

    Create a center in Denver Colorado

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Cape Canaveral, FL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Cape Canaveral, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NASA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing mission (obviously). You really feel like you're part of something. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Not a lot of innovation done on the government side. Heavy reliance on contractors.


  4. "Facilities"

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    Current Employee - Custodial in Edwards AFB, CA
    Current Employee - Custodial in Edwards AFB, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Set schedule, paid holidays, some OT, good medical benefits.

    Cons

    Over worked, under paid, moral sucks, no management uplifting.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the employees see what we need


  5. "Best place to work in the government!"

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    Former Employee - Workforce Planner in Greenbelt, MD
    Former Employee - Workforce Planner in Greenbelt, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NASA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission, benefits, and family culture

    Cons

    It's still government so it still has a fair amount of bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Bring back apprenticeship and job rotation programs back. Keep finding ways to share best practices across the agency.


  6. "Best place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NASA full-time

    Pros

    best place to work and lots of room for advancement

    Cons

    I can not think of any


  7. "NASA KSC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NASA full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment
    meaningful work
    job security

    Cons

    Not a lot of food options on site

  8. "Nice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NASA full-time

    Pros

    Lots of fun activities on campus, good for the resume

    Cons

    Red tape, private sector pays more


  9. "Low talent level + bureacratic + good ole boy hirearchy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NASA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Jobs are relatively easy when you learn the workflow. Most can be handled with a checklist.

    Cons

    Minimal career development. Managers expect you to redo the same things done decades ago. Management thinks they know more than they do. Fortran is still widely used.

    Advice to Management

    If you are over the age of 65 and still in the government job, you should retire. Nobody wants to continue to do outdated things.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mission, challenging work, work life balance

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, opportunity to move around