USRA Jobs & Careers in Mountain View, CA


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30+ days ago

Research Scientist

Universities Space Research Association Mountain View, CA

USRA is seeking a full-time Research Scientist in our Mountain view, CA location for our Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science (RIACS… Glassdoor


18 days ago

Software Developer II

Universities Space Research Association Mountain View, CA

USRA seeks a full-time Software Developer for our RIACS program in Mountain view, CA. The Software Developer II works in applications or systems… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Senior IT Systems & Network Engineer

Universities Space Research Association Moffett Field, CA

The Senior IT Systems & Network Engineer is an expert level engineer that focuses on the delivery and management of solutions to key requirements of… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Software Engineer Data Processing Specialist

Universities Space Research Association Moffett Field, CA

USRA is seeking a full time Software Engineer Data Processing Specialist with a background in observational astronomy or instrumentation. This… Glassdoor


8 days ago

Ground Support Engineer

Universities Space Research Association Palmdale, CA

The Ground Support Engineer will support project scientists and engineers by providing overall support for SOFIA science and mission operations both… Glassdoor


19 days ago

Mission Operations Specialist

Universities Space Research Association Palmdale, CA

USRA is seeking a Mission Operations Specialist in Palmdale, CA. The Mission Operations Specialist is a direct report to the Mission Operations… Glassdoor


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    A body shop for NASA

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist Engineer II in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist Engineer II in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at USRA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you want to work at a NASA Center this is probably a good way to do it. A better way is to apply directly for a civil service position. Spending time as a support services contractor is pretty much a dead-end position. The only real way to get ahead is to leave and join another contractor body shop.

    Cons

    As a contractor you are treated as part of the team when it's necessary and excluded on all other occasions. As a way of decreasing the governments commitment for retirement and health care benefits, the civil servant pool has been drastically reduced over the last 30 years. To make up for the shortfall in manpower, a number of bodyshop contracting organizations have been created. This company is one of them. When troubles in NASA rise the typical approaches to blame the contractors. If you're up for this by all means take a position here.

    These companies also serve as a lobbying arm for federal programs. Inherent conflict of interest is that they are lobbying for programs that they benefit from correctly.

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