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Updated January 13, 2018
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Pros
  • Management does sincerely make an attempt to keep work/life balance in check (in 45 reviews)

  • Typically work 9-80 work schedule leads to excellent work-life balance (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • The work/life balance is difficult (in 7 reviews)

  • there are no cons to this company (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work for recent engineering college-grads"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sierra Madre, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sierra Madre, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Getting to work on some of the coolest projects
    -Start time flexibility (as long as you meet your 40/week)
    -Many jobs allow you to work from home
    -Work phone + Laptop + Desktop

    Cons

    -Depending on project you may feel burnt out
    -Not the best at keeping track of assuring each new engineer starts in a support role

    Advice to Management

    Group supervisors do not count as mentors for young engineers. Assure that each one will be paired with a senior engineer to guide them through JPL best design practices.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work and lots of autonomy.

    Cons

    Cost of living is high in the Pasadena area

  3. "JPL quick overview"

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    Former Employee - Internship in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Internship in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun projects, good coworkers, nice campus/area

    Cons

    Hours can be long, government contracts have influence, pay could be better

    Advice to Management

    Striving to make the environment a little more relaxed and increasing pay would help with the work experience and increase worker satisfaction


  4. "If you plan to take parental leave, go to any other tech company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to do both applied and research work. The people that you work with and the projects you have are awesome.

    It’s a great place to have on your resume when your looking for follow on jobs.

    Cons

    Parental leave is paid through your sick and vacation hours and via the state. If you run out of hours your pay will get cut to the state minimum which is hardly affordable nearby. HR will make you spend 40+ hours on the phone with the state government just to get paid each week, and give you conflicting answers when you ask for help in the first weeks of being a parent.

    If you really want to move up quickly you have to wait for the people above you to retire. Given that there are people working there until their 80s that can be a while. They have massive turnover in employees age 35-40.

    When you look at everything going on in the tech and robotics world today JPL is not as unique a place as their HR department claims.


  5. "IT Manager"

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

    I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Best management team I’ve ever been a part of.

    Cons

    Not any I can think of .

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting IT at JPL


  6. "Awesome Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Working at a prestigious place like JPL

    Cons

    Too many nerdy older people work here.


  7. "Year-roundn intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory part-time

    Pros

    My particular section is very flexible with scheduling during the school year.

    Cons

    Commuting to Pasadena is terrible.

  8. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great experience and intern program

    Cons

    lower pay, housing is super pricey

    Advice to Management

    the pay system was not very organized


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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

    Pros

    - You're working at one of the coolest places on Earth
    - JPL has a great intern engagement program through the education office
    - Everyone I've met here is not only super intelligent but also approachable
    - Location

    Cons

    - Low pay, especially in California... the amount of $ I earned as an intern was barely enough to live off of for the summer
    - Lots of interns but not a lot of full-time positions that open


  10. Helpful (1)

    "JPL Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company has great culture, pays interns well, you have real contributions

    Cons

    bureaucratic mess, who gets hired is based on who you know

    Advice to Management

    improve recruitment somehow


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