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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  • The work/life balance is difficult (in 7 reviews)

  • There is not a great career growth path for the admin-clerical side of the house (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Energetic and inspiring work that is the essence of what brings employees to work every day. Employees across the organization are expected to bring their best, most analytical work to the table.

    Cons

    Like any organization, subject to politics that can hamper timely progress towards deadlines.


  2. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very unique design and research projects.

    Cons

    No enough parking space for all the employee.


  3. "Best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The coolest place to work on Earth

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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  5. "Chaos in Human Resources"

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    Current Employee - BAM
    Current Employee - BAM
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The HRBP who supports my division is always friendly. As helpful as possible given the continued challenges they face with HR and 9th floor leadership team.

    Cons

    The turnover in HR far exceeds the turnover across the lab. The Business Managers rely on partnering with HR. But the constant turnover is ridiculous. Bring in new people who appear to be trying to help and then run them off. In the past year 8 people have left HR and Talent Acquisition. It's hard to have confidence in HR to help us fix problems in our own orgs when they can't even fix their own problems. It starts with leadership. I hope that the new lab Director identifies the real problem(s).

    Advice to Management

    We need HR to step up. The problems have existed for more than a decade. Yet no changes have been made. Trust the new people to give good ideas. Hire HR people who are qualified. Hold HR leaders accountable for bad decisions and retaliation. Start from the top. There are good staff in HR but they need new leadership and not another six sigma project template.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good retirement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good retirement plan over 9% base pay under 55 years old and over 14% after 55 years old. And relatively stable employment compared to industry. Layoffs not that often.

    Cons

    Space is very crowded. Most employees are in cubicles and shared offices like graduate school except very few exceptions in single office. Buildings are old. Not enough parking space. Located in remote area and difficult to get outside for lunch. Similar to government job, no real flexible working schedule except 9/80 work schedule. Working environment is a pitfall.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "MSL Intern Review"

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    Former Employee - Intern in La Canada, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in La Canada, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Multiple cafeterias with a variety of types of food
    Deer spotting is common
    Huge parking lots

    Cons

    If you don't arrive on the early side, you'll have a far walk.
    Office is cold, so bring a jacket.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This place is amazing. Here you can find a lot of cool stuffs! People are great!

    Cons

    There is a lot of bureaucracy, and especially if you are not a US citizen, sometime, it could be difficult to work on some ITAC project.

    Advice to Management

    I like the way in which people lead the system here. It is a competitive environment but it is not to much stressfull


  9. Helpful (1)

    "NASA JPL"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering and Computing Systems Intern III in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering and Computing Systems Intern III in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, very nice management, interesting work

    Cons

    Bit of a commute for me


  10. Helpful (2)

    "It's a Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work. Depending on the area you are in, you will find supportive individuals who want you to succeed.

    Cons

    The benefits tend to really cater to the salaried employees, not the hourly. And it can be difficult to get HR clarification on inquiries.


  11. "Not great for internships"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Beauttiful city
    -Often get to see deer on campus
    -Nice people

    Cons

    -Little preparation for my internship work
    -No mentorship

    Advice to Management

    Have managers prepare more for interns.



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