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Updated March 27, 2017
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Jeffrey A. Isaacson, Ph.D.
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Could Be GREAT, but missing the mark!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moffett Field, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moffett Field, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The various sciences are great.

    Cons

    Management just doesn't get it. There are ways to improve your employees moral and it doesn't cost a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your employees. They are who got you where you are!


  2. Helpful (5)

    "The truth about USRA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at USRA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mission is interesting. The benefits are good. Vacation & holidays aren't as good as government employment but way better than commercial. Retirement has decent matching. Unless you are in executive management, bonuses are comical. USRA is a steward of taxpayer money, so they should be conservative with how bonuses and the like are being applied. Being employed as a RESEARCHER or EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT, there are plenty of advantages including work life balance. Being employee on the mid to lower level on the business side, the benefits aren't as great. As far as compensation goes, management has been making an effort to provide rhyme and reason to what employees are paid, creating awareness on what is expected in order to be considered for promotion.

    Cons

    Caution: Undergoing major reorganization prepare for headaches and additional workload. With any reorg, in any company, there are plenty of headaches. Upper management could have prepared, communicated, or enlisted individuals working at the company longer than 1 year for input on the changes and the impact of said changes. That is in the past, and we must work in the present. Advice to anyone considering working here: If you are interested in not being a team player, interested in being a slacker and only doing the bare minimum, interested in simply collecting your paycheck, please do not work here. USRA needs individuals who care about the work product they put out. USRA needs individual who are self motivated. USRA also needs to get rid of all the dead weight in the company that provide little or no benefit.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management spouts the work life balance rhetoric (some even seem to believe it) while at the same time expecting something else. If you are making $250k do you believe that someone making $60k should be as devoted to the company or work as much as you? The more you make, the more you should work and be devoted to the company. Executive management needs to lead by example. If you want to see passion and excellence in your employees, then be passionate and excellent yourself. Also, try to remember, taxing lower level employees without praise, only makes them leave. Calling individuals one trick ponies or shrugging off the amount of work some people do, doesn't make them devoted to the company. It makes them bitter and leave. Even if you think they are morons, don't say it. If you are unhappy with their work product, write them up and start the process of getting rid of them. Remember the golden rule: Treat others how you would like to be treated.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "No progress being made....HQ is falling apart."

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

    I worked at USRA full-time

    Pros

    USRA used to be a great place to work...now it's just a paycheck.

    Cons

    I have to disagree that progress is being made. It seems that HQ is gradually falling apart. It's a chaotic environment full of blaming and passive aggressive executives. It's really sad...and embarrassing.

    Advice to Management

    Time to clean house from the top down.


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  5. "Positive changes are being made"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, good benefits, work-life balance

    Cons

    Some of the old guard needs to go

    Advice to Management

    Communication needs to improve


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pretty good salary for a postdoc with decent health benefits and a travel budget

    Cons

    Communication with USRA can be slow/lacking


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Going down hill"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are better than average.

    Cons

    Senior management has gone down hill. Minimal growth opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to have career growth or watch the talent hemorrhage continue.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Overall very satisfied"

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    Current Employee - NPP in Moffett Field, CA
    Current Employee - NPP in Moffett Field, CA

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

    Pros

    The staff get back to you with any issues promptly.

    Cons

    Although the pay is better than some other postdoctoral programs, it is still challenging to live in the Bay Area on the stipend. This is a universal problem however.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "HQ in disarray"

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    Current Employee - Staff Researcher in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Staff Researcher in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting mission. The non-profit aspect is very fulfilling. The focus on STEM education makes one proud. The scientific work is pretty good

    Cons

    Unfortunately there is a poisonous work environment up at the headquarters. Not as much in the field. Many employees feel like they work for NASA which is delusional to be honest.

    Advice to Management

    The word in the field is that the CFO is very abusive to everyone at the headquarters. It's too bad because many great people have been fired by her or have left to escape her. The CEO is ok. The executives need to grow up and remember they support us scientists and engineers not the other way around.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Scientific research very impressive. Inspiring working on projects for NASA

    Cons

    Difficult to discern a unifying identity

    Advice to Management

    Exec level does not seem to have interest in engaging lower levels


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Awesome 410k plan
    Focus on employee growth and education
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Communication is a huge problem
    To many executives with power

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication


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