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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mechanical Engineer Reviews

Updated Mar 27, 2019

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory CEO Michael Watkins
Michael Watkins
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  1. "Co-op of a Lifetime"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Co-Op in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fantastic working environment, and you get to work on the coolest projects - Full-time engineers are a wealth of knowledge and are great resources - Opportunities to learn more about projects outside of your direct work - Engaging, challenging work that is directly important to JPL projects - Mentoring from senior engineers - Breakfast burritos

    Cons

    - Occasional slow pace of approvals/trainings/drawing releases - It's a long walk up/down the hill to the machine shop, if you can't get a golf cart

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-03-27
  2. "Exciting place for students"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Pasadena, CA
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You work alongside some of the most talented people Many science and engineering talks On-campus convenience store

    Cons

    Can be lonely if you are the single intern on the project

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-01-14
  3. Helpful (2)

    "JPL"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    College like atmosphere, with very brilliant people

    Cons

    The only con i would give that is that employee parking is very limited

    Advice to Management

    Keep letting employees grow and they will stay for a long time

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2018-06-14
  4. "Absolutely incredible."

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, you won't find better projects and coworkers in industry. I was excited to go to work every day.

    Cons

    Pay is not extremely competitive and upward mobility is difficult. A lot of your experience depends on your manager and how good they are.

    Advice to Management

    N/a

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2017-09-09
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work for recent engineering college-grads"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sierra Madre, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    -Getting to work on some of the coolest projects -Start time flexibility (as long as you meet your 40/week) -Many jobs allow you to work from home -Work phone + Laptop + Desktop

    Cons

    -Depending on project you may feel burnt out -Not the best at keeping track of assuring each new engineer starts in a support role

    Advice to Management

    Group supervisors do not count as mentors for young engineers. Assure that each one will be paired with a senior engineer to guide them through JPL best design practices.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2017-05-05
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Recent PhD new hire"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have been working at JPL for about 6 months and everyone that I have worked with thus far has been incredibly enthusiastic about their work.

    Cons

    JPL's primary focus is on flight projects (such as the Mars rovers and other large scale NASA missions) and secondarily on technology, innovation and research. Coming in with a background in research (I just got my PhD), this was definitely a shift in mentality.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2016-03-04
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanical engineer"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Walnut, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great coworkers, and you know your making a big leap in exploration

    Cons

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    Advice to Management

    None

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2016-02-07
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Fun, Interesting and Exciting Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical 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

    Fun, interesting and exciting projects to work on. Majority of people working here are enjoyable to work with and helpful. Flexible working hours. 9/80 Working Schedule: 9 hours per day with every other Friday off for 3 day weekends. Personal choice of either using a PC or Mac. Everything required for an Engineer to fully complete a task is located on Site (Computer Clusters for Analysis, Machine Shop for fabrication...

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    Cons

    Lower than average salary compared to Industry. Low raises. Adverse attitude towards new ideas and/or change. Little room for career growth. Systems to manage and store paperwork is poor; clunky and buggy interfaces, poor design which all equate to inefficient use of time by the user. PhDs appear to have more leverage on winning proposals and obtaining money to support their tasks versus ones who do not hold a PhD.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the amount of smaller projects to allow for more engineers to get flight experience. Increase the amount of projects in the Phaeton Program to allow new Engineers to rapidly gain experience working on Flight Projects. Increase incentives, raises, and promotions to entice Engineers to stay at JPL. Award individuals for high performance and acknowledge their significant accomplishments. At times, too much red-tape...

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    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2015-09-29
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Dinosaur Tech Place to Work At"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Feels like an academic environment...slow.

    Cons

    Extremely egotistical people work there. Company hiring and firing policies are pretty much illegal. The technology gap between JPL and outside industry is HUGE. They are so far behind outside industry it's embarrassing. They are running on reputation alone. No opportunity for advancement unless you are a "specific" race, color, and creed.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage. Terrible management style, no skills whatsoever when dealing with people, no creativity. Engineers can't make good managers...they just make good puppets for higher ups.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2015-09-18
  10. Helpful (14)

    "Cool work, abusive work environment"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Tujunga, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    It's the only place you can go to do planetary robotics and probes. If you're wiling to put in the hours (50+/week) you can make major contributions to Mars missions. You'll always have new and cool work to do. Lots of variety. If you stay long enough, you'll get to do a lot of different stuff. R&D, flight support work, and lot of other stuff is available. It can be fun or not fun depending on the internal customer...

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    Cons

    Overly burdensome bureaucratic process. Ask why it should take 5 weeks to get permission to buy a box of Legos for prototyping. Engineers often feel they aren't learning enough from Lab to go elsewhere, since a lot of the work is NASA and JPL specific process. In actuality, this is likely not true for most. Brilliant people don't always have good social skills or understanding of social norms. You will spend...

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    Advice to Management

    Start teaching respect, and actively training staff to stop bullying, at all levels of personnel (including the top). Work culture is tearing apart what could be an amazingly sustainable company of brilliant people. Instead Lab trains up people who leave after a few years.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2015-06-30
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