NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mechanical Engineer Reviews

Updated 12 Dec 2019

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Michael Watkins
Michael Watkins
5 Ratings
  1. Helpful (5)

    "Not what the hype says...."

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great....if you get the chance to take advantage of it.... cool projects.

    Cons

    They will work you hard, not give you credit for your critical contributions to projects, not promote you, not pay you what the "market" truly is, and then gaslight you when you ask good questions about it... seems they are trying to do the "spaceX thing" where they take advantage of the "coolness" factor of working here. The tax you pay for getting to work at JPL...

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  2. "Good Work-Life balance"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Work life balance Good Supervision for students Good Environment

    Cons

    No Student discounts at the cafeteria


  3. "Love it"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  4. "Best in aerospace"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer III 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, appreciation, good coworkers, good benefits and time off

    Cons

    Hard schedules, stressful, priority shuffling

  5. "Co-op of a Lifetime"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - 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

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  6. "Exciting place for students"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    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

  7. "Prove Yourself"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Spacecraft Mechanical in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Everyone here is an expert at what they do. No shortage of cool projects

    Cons

    Work gets caught up in the sheer amount of people and bureaucracy of it all for larger missions. You have to prove that you are worth time to people due to the amount of work on everyone's plate.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "JPL"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

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  9. "Absolutely incredible."

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - 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.

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  10. Helpful (5)

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

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

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