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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Reviews

Updated 17 Nov 2019

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory CEO Michael Watkins
Michael Watkins
57 Ratings
  1. "JPL has a horrible top heavy management style that is bogged down in 1960's mentality"

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    Current Employee - Beware of JPL With It's Old Time Management Style in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule some minor retirement perqs at 55 interesting project work

    Cons

    Managers consider time at your desk as only productive time no room to grow in your career low pay - coupled with being located in one of the most expensive places to live in the US poor benefits despite what HR says horrible harassment by managers that is tolerated by all including HR Managers will threaten you if you complain

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    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-11-18
  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Group Supervisor in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great environment and culture

    Cons

    Bureaucracy ridden. No support for GS. Old boys network turning quickly into new girls network.

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    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-11-06
  3. "Amazing"

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    Former Employee - Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory part-time

    Pros

    There is an amazing Work-Life Balance and it is a very supportive community.

    Cons

    I truly felt that I enjoyed this internship very well and had no complaints.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-10-22
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Unethical and Preferential Hiring Practices"

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    Current Employee - Asministrative in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work being done here. Love working with such intelligent engineers. The environment is lovely and has a college feel to it.

    Cons

    To much management (top heavy). They need to get rid of current HR staff and start from scratch. Hiring practices are unethical and reflects preferential treatment towards specific ethnic backgrounds.

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    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-10-20
  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Allows for work on multiple fascinating projects

    Cons

    Can be bogged down by red-tape at times

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-10-16
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place if you're looking for comfort"

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    Current Employee - Cyber Security Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - 9/80 schedule means every other Friday off - Great colleagues - Stable position - Interesting work

    Cons

    - Parking is absolutely horrible - Slow to adopt modern perks (e.g. telecommute) - Salary not competitive relative to private companies, although the work/life balance somewhat makes up for this - Contract changes meaning more NASA oversight, for better or worse - Hard to retain younger talent due to older ways of doing things

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    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-09-29
  7. "Great atmosphere with a variety of projects and room for growth"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    University-like atmosphere, knowledgeable colleagues, a variety of different projects and positions with a lot of movement for people every few years, excellent pay and benefits (especially for government-like work)

    Cons

    Some project phases require long hours (but the reward is worth it!)

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    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-09-24
  8. "Excellent Place"

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    Former Employee - Robotics Inter in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    working on crazy awesome stuff like spacecrafts that could go to other planets or cutting edge robots, people are cool and smart and interesting and enjoy talking about their work, hours are reasonable, the cafeteria is not horrible (not great either)

    Cons

    public job so there's a lot of hoops to jump though to buy stuff, pay isn't great

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-09-13
  9. "Love it"

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    Current Employee - Entry Level Mechanical Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture. Awesome access to experts in every field.

    Cons

    Slow process sometimes due to government run institution

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-09-11
  10. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, friendly environment

    Cons

    You may work on so many different projects at the same time.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-08-28
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