NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Reviews

Updated 8 Aug 2020

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Michael Watkins
Michael Watkins
68 Ratings
  1. "great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

  2. "Doesn't get much better"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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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  3. "Great company but very limited career growth"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been working for JPL for over 20 years and its a great environment for project orientated jobs. Most of co-workers spend a whole life career. Great benefits if you have stayed for a long.

    Cons

    I found it's very hard to get a career advanced and not too much job growth and promotion.

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    "good environment to grow"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Junior Data Scientist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    mentors encourage you to learn on the job and provide you access to resources you probably wouldn't get in industry (i.e. you can get a masters while working)

    Cons

    less organized than you would expect, and often unrealistic workload

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  5. "Great place. Love the food. Amazing benefits."

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Aerospace 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 a year

    Pros

    Food's ok. Love the benefits though. Love California too.

    Cons

    You're working for a government agency.

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  6. "Great experience"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Intern in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory part-time

    Pros

    Real work while still in college.

    Cons

    Parking is difficult to find.

  7. "Great management but very limited career growth."

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Resource Analyst in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Feels like family. A well run organization supporting some of mankind's most incredible endeavors. Strong job security.

    Cons

    Very hard to advance in your career based on merit. There are strict controls to restrict promotions to younger employees. Unfortunately this forces many of the most competent people in the organization to look for 50% + increases in responsibility and pay outside of the organization.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "User Experience Designer II"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice and supportive coworkers, flexible work environment with super exciting projects

    Cons

    Engineering-heavy culture, takes huge effort to improve the design culture here

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Cool projects, worst management style"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Administrative Liaison 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Access to cool projects.. and it sounds cool to say you work for NASA i guess

    Cons

    Authoritative management style, micromanagers, overall toxic and unhealthy work environment

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  10. "Technician"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Technician 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a great place to work

    Cons

    It is difficult to find qualified technicians

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