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Updated August 15, 2017
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NASA NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
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  • The famous "Governmental Red Tape" (in 14 reviews)

  • The overall experience was great; no cons (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "NASA is a great place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Aeronautical Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Aeronautical Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -You get government benefits
    -Great money
    -Flexible work times

    Cons

    At the HQ, parking is horrible and

    Advice to Management

    Good job


  2. "Contractor"

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

    I have been working at NASA part-time

    Pros

    Pretty interesting. Good management. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours. Work weekends occasionally.

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees more. They can give you way more insight into how things work.

  3. "NASA is the best Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and good employee management

    Cons

    Do not have enough time with family


  4. "Sr. System Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NASA full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities. Many folks cover various areas. This is good for experience and growth. Training is starting to pick up momentum.

    Cons

    Few people on tech team to cover ever-expanding staff and customer base.

    Advice to Management

    Continue funding education to develop skills of tech team personnel. This is good return on investment


  5. "Great Place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Well paid. Great benefits. Excellent work life balance. Great environment and great mission.

    Cons

    Old school mentality. Not really much else. It is an exciting place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Higher performance bonuses would really help provide additional incentive.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "NASA IS."

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. You learn a lot .

    Cons

    Office culture is good ole boy network. No contractor conversion . Under performers and office politics hinder growth. No real leadership. No newness, age old employees who refuse to change. New ideas ignored even when old ways are ineffective. Government beauracracy. Doesn't effectively recognize or prevent issues before becomes grave catastrophe. Doesn't allow outsiders and recycled same poor leadership and bad ideology.

    Advice to Management

    Convert contractors after 2 year performance, be more open to clean leadership and external candidates. Clean corruption and government beauracracy. Be more transparent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "NASA Software Engineer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edwards, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edwards, CA

    I worked at NASA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mentor
    Allowed me to be in a position where I could strengthen my weaknesses as a developer, but also showcase my talents.
    My internship was not like most internships at Nasa Armstrong. Most interns do not work closely with their mentors, and are left on their own to complete a project.
    Also, I'm happy to know that my work will be used in later stages of development, whereas most intern projects are not used.

    Cons

    3 months isn't enough to learn the structure, politics, and all the other dynamics of an engineering environment

  8. "Great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, flexible work hours. Great workplace morale.

    Cons

    No paid family leave for government employees, contractors get short term disability for 6 weeks, would be nice if the government at least matched that.


  9. "ISO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get to work on great things

    Cons

    Government organization has slow mobility


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Lumbering Underfed Dinosaur"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to put stuff in space sometimes. Compared with other govt agencies they hire a lot of foreign nationals.

    Cons

    Civil servants cannot be fired so its mostly a lot of middle aged guys waiting around to retire. Where you are based geographically makes a dramatic difference to your experience and quality of living, e.g. you probably don't want to go to Alabama - unless you already live there. The daring and innovation of the 1960s is long gone, except where it survives in a few isolated pockets. It's old school thinking. Managers care more about how things look to their superiors than the well-being of their engineers. Foreign nationals make up a large fraction of the work force, but it is almost impossible for them to become civil servants, without becoming a citizen. So there is no job security for green card holders, you can only be a contracted worker. Some bogus middleman "body shop" company takes a 40% chunk of the money that NASA puts aside for your salary and upkeep. Also, in my experience, some member of the executive branch of the civil service treat contract workers like they belong in a lower social class, even if they have been working on NASA projects for a decade. Definitely that feeling pervades the whole agency. Bolden knows very little about science, hardly surprising given his background as a pilot. NASA's budget in real terms is now 10% of what it was in the 1960s. If you get grants from other agencies, the NASA center you work at keeps 25% of it before you see a dime. Bureaucracy is everywhere, its like a Dilbert comic strip.

    Advice to Management

    Try to lose all the non-achieving civil servants and overhaul project process management. Try to cut down on the breathtakingly petty office politics that are endemic and begin at the very top.


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