NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Engineer Reviews

Updated 7 Aug 2020

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Michael Watkins
Michael Watkins
42 Ratings
  1. "Exciting and Detail-Oriented"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Pasadena, CA

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

    Pros

    The work is incredibly exciting when looking at a large-scale mission perspective

    Cons

    Things move slowly, especially when dealing with flight hardware

  2. "Great team"

    5.0
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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My team specifically was awesome.

    Cons

    Low pay for software engineering intern positions.


  3. "Special Projects to Support With Great Teams!"

    4.0
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    Former Contractor - Senior Linux Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NASA JPL is an amazing campus with great people to work with!

    Cons

    Mismanagement of funds resulted in many contractors losing their jobs abruptly. With missions pending, that is impossible to understand.

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  4. "Good Job"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Engineering Graduate Student II in Pasadena, CA

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

    Pros

    flexible good environment good experience helpful coworkers interesting work

    Cons

    Lots of paperwork hoops to jump through

  5. "Great Experience"

    5.0
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern 

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    The internship experience was amazing, and I got to take on projects I was thoroughly interested in. The social/external events were great too, especially the lab tours and seminars open to all employees.

    Cons

    The laboratory has a lot of employees, so the scope of the intern project(s) may be limited.

  6. "Good technical environment"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Hardware Engineer in Pasadena, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and senior engineers within the department let me tag along and help on their projects.

    Cons

    Lack of group social activities

  7. "If you want to help explore the solar system using robots, this is where you want to be"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working on one of a kind missions to explore the solar system and beyond with smart, hardworking coworkers. JPL feels like a college campus; you can arrange to have a lot of meetings outside, looking at the mountains (though not in the heat of the summer). Good work-life balance. The lab can be exceptionally supportive to employees who are having major life issues....generally if you've built up street cred and are known to be productive. On the technical side, a large range of career paths and job types, though some success is the luck of being in the right place at the right time.

    Cons

    Missions get cancelled, mission proposals get turned down. Workload can be overwhelming at times -- before delivering a proposal, or before major reviews, or leading up to/during critical mission events (e.g. launch or going into orbit around [fill in name of planet]. Pay is OK but not at tech company levels; newer employees and some older ones have a tough time with housing. Parking is horrid, the cafeteria is meh.

  8. "great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Robotics Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    endless amount of very interesting work

    Cons

    los angles expensive and quality of living low

  9. "Doesn't get much better"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Engineer III in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, ability to work on different projects, high level of public interest, sincere efforts to improve the lab, RDO Fridays

    Cons

    large government agency bureaucracy, salary closer to industry average than industry leading

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  10. "Review"

    5.0
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    Former Intern - Developer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    Excellent place to work and grow

    Cons

    Low hourly wage for summer interns

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