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  1. Helpful (13)

    "Working for the Government Presents its Own Challenges"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Pasadena, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Incredibly smart coworkers who are usually very willing to help get you up to speed. Current upheaval of the old guard is actually presenting some new opportunities to lay down the foundation for the lab for many years to come. Name-drop-ability is real. People's ears perk up when they hear JPL and NASA, and if you're the type that likes to work at a place a lot of people are interested in, and...

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    Cons

    Work can move at glacial pace. Constantly fighting the old way of thinking, and there is a lot of push back toward anything new (whether it be a tool, a different way of working, or even a messaging app). Some missions are fully agile, with a slew of modern tools and technology, while others are using software and build practices that would have looked outdated in the late 90s....

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    Advice to Management

    The matrix accounting system is hard to deal with for a lot of people. It's working, but it's barely working, and I can see more and more people getting stressed out of having six plus projects they're maintaining. Please keep an eye on that. If it isn't working, then getting people on more dedicated projects, even if it's 50/50 with certain missions, could make work so much better on the lab. Parking is disastrous....

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    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2018-11-28
  2. "Who doesn't love space?"

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in Pasadena, CA
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Get to work on things that go to space - All of your friends/family think it's really awesome that you work at NASA

    Cons

    - Projects/missions take a very long time to complete (3 to 5+ years) - A lot of bureaucracy and oversight

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2018-09-04
  3. "Technologist's Thoughts"

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    Current Employee - Technologist V in Pasadena, CA
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Varied work assignments... If you can dream it you can (maybe) do it!

    Cons

    Funding is very competitive for research that is not aligned with flight missions.

    Advice to Management

    Assign and fund mentors that can help younger staff in technology development

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2016-08-05
  4. Helpful (15)

    "No Career Advancement"

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Pasadena, CA
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    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    JPL offers the allure of working on spacecraft, instruments, and science related to planetary exploration. A lot of talented, curious individuals work there in many different fields. There is an academic atmosphere and lectures are offered on many different topics by people from Caltech, NASA, and other companies. You can work on a variety of projects including flight software, hardware, research, formulation, system...

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    Cons

    Because JPL is a non-profit government subcontractor, they fundamentally lack the budgets to offer meaningful performance incentives. Wages are low and grow extremely slowly (2%/yr), benefits get pared back each year. This also means that advancement opportunities are not there for all the deserving people they have and get doled out to a select few based on closed-door meetings - often not the most talented but the best-perceived....

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    Advice to Management

    Increase transparency about what it takes to quality for raises and promotions, offer meaningful career development that is more than just an exercise, commit to diversity in line management and promote women to the highest ranks. Provide a "safety net" for people between projects so people don't have to use their vacation to cover a gap. Also, give training to cut down on abuse, including harassment of people who...

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    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2016-06-08
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Recent PhD new hire"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Pasadena, CA
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    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
  6. Helpful (9)

    "Nepotism, Nepotism, Nepotism"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are great. The "brand name" of JPL goes great on a resume. The facilities are great and reminiscent of a college.

    Cons

    Nepotism - you would think most people that work here are brilliant and come from MIT, Caltech, Stanford, UCLA, USC engineering... Unfortunately if you browse the company directory you'll start seeing a lot of CSU Dominguez Hills, CSU Northridge, CSU LA, Pasadena City College as educational background. Not to bash those schools, but I thought JPL had the brightest minds. They don't seem to anymore, and every third...

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    Advice to Management

    Cut out the culture of nepotism. Focus on developing your workforce: CFO asks CEO: What happens if we spend money training our people and then they leave? CEO: What happens if we don't and they stay?

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2016-02-26
  7. "A Great Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    I love it here !

    Cons

    I think they should get more space missions

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2013-04-17
  8. Helpful (5)

    "A Very Unique Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in La Canada Flintridge, CA
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    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work/life balance is very good - Unique projects/missions that no other company has done or attempted - Unique blend of engineers and top scientists and PhD's in the world. - Good benefits overall (new employees earn 3 weeks + 1 day vacation and 12 sick days per year) - Great employer contributions to Key Staff retirement plan - Casual environment

    Cons

    Like most companies the size of JPL (5000+ employees), there are "companies within the company" which means that certain sections or divisions may be vastly different than others. As a result, it is difficult to provide a sweeping, all inclusive company wide con. However, here is my attempt: - JPL is struggling financially right now because although often successful, they have been labeled as too expensive for many...

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    Advice to Management

    Anonymous feedback from employees regarding their opinion about line management and/or project management should be solicited and reviewed to identify problematic supervisors or project managers. If 90% of the employees say the same thing about a particular manager or supervisor, then it's probably worth investigating. However, if you do not provide a means for the employee to voice their opinions without retribution,...

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    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2012-10-16
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Good people, poor sponsor"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Pasadena, CA
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    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    People at JPL are generally smart and interesting. This and the fact that JPL is the clear world leader for interplanetary missions creates a very intellectually satisfying atmosphere. I think managers are doing a decent job given the low level of resources.

    Cons

    NASA is a bad sponsor due partly to unclear, shifting priorities but mostly due to inadequate funding for unmanned missions and research. Projects, lab facilities, and R&D efforts are routinely underfunded and success comes in large part from people putting in substantial amounts of uncompensated overtime. The environment is "entrepreneurial," which means you may spend substantial...

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    Advice to Management

    There seems to be 5-10% too much management.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2011-04-18
  10. Helpful (4)

    "A patchwork quilt dominated by the mundane with threads of peak experiences unlike anything any company could offer alon"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    Taking part in one of humankind's greatest endeavors, space exploration is reason enough to work at JPL - that, coupled with the prestige associated with JPL and the lovely campus-like atmosphere are the reasons I work at JPL

    Cons

    Investigations into every major mishap reveal one common problem, lack of vertical communication. The biggest downside to working at JPL has been witnessing the costly mismanagement of resources and not having a mechanism to correct or to communicate what I've witnessed. The Laboratory is steeped in excessive hierarchy, fiefdoms, and nepotism. In our missions we plan for known...

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    Advice to Management

    Leaders in the field of management agree that decentralization of authority, information sharing, diffusion and distribution of competency foster an open sharing environment. Instituting 360 degree performance evaluations, flattening the organizational structure, providing an information feed that values everyones input would be a step towards reducing turf wars, resistance to change, and costly overruns.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2011-04-15
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