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National Institute of Aerospace Reviews

Updated August 30, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place for (aerospace) research."

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist. in Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist. in Hampton, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    The general atmosphere is great for encouraging employees to be productive. It is low-stress, thightly knit community atmosphere.

    Cons

    For a non-profit organization in aerospace research, funding is uncertain at times.

    Advice to Management

    Get more funding opportunities for researchers.


  2. "Graduate Student Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Institute of Aerospace full-time

    Pros

    Easy to cooperate with NASA and students from other schools.

    Cons

    Resources from school are limited.

  3. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Hampton, VA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Hampton, VA

    I worked at National Institute of Aerospace full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great community of graduate students and post-docs
    Good pairing of research with NASA - Langley interests
    Great support for aerospace course work via distance learning

    Cons

    Major decline in number of graduate students that was blamed on sequestration and NASA budget cuts. Management should've been more proactive to find other funding sources for graduate student work (i.e. industry partnerships).
    Should diversify engineering coursework support (more MSE, EE, Physics & Math courses).

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately NIA is going away from the graduate education model it was originally founded upon. This was a highly unique opportunity that should continue to be fostered by management.


  4. "GRA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yorktown, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yorktown, VA
    Recommends

    I have been working at National Institute of Aerospace (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Flexible with meeting times and the need to work with a graduate student's schedule.
    - Understanding of setbacks - as is common in all research endeavors.
    - Provides access to first rate technology and innovation.

    Cons

    - It can be difficult and lengthy to navigate the exporting of software for off-site development.
    - Use of wind-tunnels for experimentation are prone to setbacks due to aging equipment.


  5. "Flexible but not stable"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The working hours are flexible

    Cons

    You need to be able to find money for yourself every year.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to gain some new-employee experience"

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    Former Employee - Receptionist in Hampton, VA
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Hampton, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Institute of Aerospace full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    So much diversity among the research staff- very refreshing! There was a genuine desire to build friendships in the office- part of the "family-owned" atmosphere.

    Cons

    Given the breadth of their mission, they operated like a family-owned business. Very closed to change. Also, there was a strange hierarchy perceived among administrative staff, research staff, visiting professors, and students.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace innovation, and not just in research but within business operations. Evaluate the organizational culture- maybe a culture has been unintentionally developed that's resistant to change.


  7. "Cool place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Institute of Aerospace full-time

    Pros

    relaxed, interesting projects, nice people

    Cons

    location is not the best, education department,

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Alright, but not great for career growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hampton, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hampton, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Institute of Aerospace full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits including health insurance and retirement contributions
    Flex time
    Working with NASA employees

    Cons

    Must provide own funding which results in lack of job security
    Low pay
    Minimal room for career growth


  9. Helpful (2)

    "a mistake to work at the National Institute of Aerospace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at National Institute of Aerospace full-time

    Pros

    a gateway to NASA Langley

    Cons

    huge overhead taken before the rest of the money from NASA is paid back to the NASA contractors (NIA employee). Minimum of 60% overhead. All the NASA contractors must find our own research funding to fund ourselves and include the overhead to the NIA. The overhead goes to the NIA and pay for the NIA administrative staffs salaries and benefits. NIA refuses to help the NASA contractors once their research funding is terminated. Working at the NIA with 5 years of experience earn not much different than newly undergraduates.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic Environment"

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    Former Employee - Former Employee
    Former Employee - Former Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Institute of Aerospace full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, that's about it

    Cons

    Toxic environment, toxic leadership, claims to be family oriented but is everything but.....

    Advice to Management

    Best of luck


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