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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Space is cool - interesting place to work."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Space is cool! Smart people.

    Cons

    Overcrowded facility, so cramped shared offices. Entrenched not-invented-here syndrome. Section infighting causes an absence of system architecture, resulting in half of all spacecraft lost. People tend to be lifers. The side effect is there isn't much upward mobility. Beaurocratic semi-governmental org can be a bit painful to deal with for simple matters.

    Advice to Management

    Start with needs and system architecture for missions outside section squabbling over who gets the work. It would be easy to cut the number of spacecraft lost from software errors in half.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2018-11-09
  2. Helpful (6)

    "Challenging goals, but abusive culture."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work on expanding the experience and knowledge of all of mankind. Very difficult technical challenges. Very proud of everything I did. If you are unconcerned about personal advancement, and have a tough enough skin to withstand the anger of your management, you can introduce dramatic technological innovation due to the tremendous need for it.

    Cons

    Archaic technology not used elsewhere results in many having unmarketable skills. Leadership exhibits consistently aggressive resistance to adopting new technology, training or advancement. Work very hard, then get kicked to the curb at the end of the project. Aggressively secretive management ensures uncertainty and unneeded stress. Its collapsing.

    Advice to Management

    Replace yourselves with talented managers, or at least people who are up to date in the technical areas of your responsibility. Hard to attract such people of course, because real companies have stock and bonuses. Weight of overhead and inefficiencies is causing the collapse.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2013-03-13
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Tradition is Glorious. Tradition is an Albatros"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Super creative minds. Varied ages. Rich history. We make real space robots, and have a substantial investment in Earth Science. As rich in intellectual tradition as any university.

    Cons

    Deep bureaucrary. Entrenched interests. Protected fiefdoms. Huge inertia. Easy to forget that you are working on space robots when you have to run around the campus sending emails to accomplish small things.

    Advice to Management

    Look at Google and Facebook for models of dynamic business.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2012-08-14
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    "Incompetent management, oblivious oversight, risk aversion."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Contribute to the expansion of knowledge for all of humanity.

    Cons

    Watch your skills atrophy. If you want to innovate, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Time to start over.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2012-08-21
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits, not much room to grow"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
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    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    Greatest benefits, low stress, independence

    Cons

    Very political, not efficient, some unskilled management and employees

    Advice to Management

    Raise your standards

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2010-03-19
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