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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory CEO Michael Watkins
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  1. „Fantastic place to work!”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Member of Technical Staff in Pasadena, CA
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    Ich habe für mehr als 10 Jahre bei NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory gearbeitet (Vollzeit)

    Pros

    If you'd like to help with projects that are significant to the human species, JPL is for you.

    Kontras

    I have no "Cons" for JPL.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-05-08
  2. „Sr. Member Technical Staff”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Senior Member of Technical Staff in La Canada Flintridge, CA
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    Ich habe für mehr als 10 Jahre bei NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory gearbeitet (Vollzeit)

    Pros

    Working on some of the coolest projects with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

    Kontras

    Too Bureaucratic. Too many obstacles to innovations.

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    Have to change the culture from command and control of the past regime to an innovative approach of today.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2017-10-25
  3. Hilfreich (3)

    „Best for Unmanned Spaceflight, not great for science.”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Member of Technical Staff in Pasadena, CA
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    Ich habe bei NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory gearbeitet (Vollzeit)

    Pros

    Many different and unique positions at the lab. For unmanned spaceflight it is still the best place to work.

    Kontras

    The Lab has become bogged down in Bureaucracy and has very little interest in supporting it's research and development wings. there are fewer scientists there every year and more managers.

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    Cut the dead weight at the top of the organization. Invest in basic research and science. Move back into actually building spacecraft instead of just managing them.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2016-09-08
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    „No Career Advancement”

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    Member of Technical Staff in Pasadena, CA
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    Ich habe für mehr als 5 Jahre bei NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory gearbeitet ()

    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 engineering, mission operations etc. You can also write your own proposals, papers, studies, reports, and travel to conferences and other countries/centers. There is a high level of cooperation with other space agencies, public outreach, and educational priorities.

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    Kontras

    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. Heavily male-dominated management are former engineers, and have inadequate training in conflict resolution and personnel development. They rely on fear tactics to create uncertainty about the government funding to keep people from asking too many questions about their future. There is no guarantee of continued employment, even if you do good work, you might still be left scrambling to find your next project, even though management supposedly plans these things. They make a lot more than the engineers although there is no value-added to their work, it is still up to the people to apply for funding and keep themselves employed. You also have to constantly come up with new ideas for space missions to get funding from NASA, even though they often end up making arbitrary decisions to spread money to their other centers. Bureaucracy and too much oversight over budgets is a constant burden, as is the yearly scare at the fiscal year boundary (Sept. - Oct. ) when funding from the government often gets delayed due to threats of a shut down. Despite all this, JPL does manage to retain people for far too long with the promise of a family-friendly environment and a twisted sense of stability. If you decide there are no other options than to settle down in the Pasadena area, you can easily resign yourself to a career at JPL, where you are likely to stay employed on various things for decades, without ever attaining a real sense of being valued or appreciated. You will also end up working many unpaid hours for no reward. I have watched many people with Ph.D.s devote their life to JPL out of a sense of pride and commitment to engineering and science, only to end up feeling bitter and cynical about the politics. It promises exciting work, but simply cannot compete with private companies that are driven to invest in their employees for their own mutual financial benefit.

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    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 are "vulnerable" - i.e. looking for work. I have been the victim of sexual harassment from multiple people on lab and been patronized and not given serious work, simply because people saw I was in need of work and I had "no choice" but to put up with it. Value, respect, and reward your employees, as opposed to exploiting them, or you will end up losing all the good ones who have the ability to earn more elsewhere.

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    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2016-06-08
  5. „Best place to work”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Member of Technical Staff in Pasadena, CA

    Ich arbeite seit mehr als 10 Jahren bei NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Vollzeit)

    Pros

    Full of highly educated and smart people with exiting projects. A few businesses near by offer offer 10% discount to JPL employee.

    Kontras

    Not really a con, if you come in late to work, the parking structure will get full and you will get a good exercise by a 15 minutes walk from the parking lot.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2015-08-12
  6. „Love it. Never worked any other place!”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Member of Technical Staff in Pasadena, CA
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    Ich arbeite seit mehr als 10 Jahren bei NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Vollzeit)

    Pros

    Exciting work. Academic Envirnment. Non-Profit. Friendly Co-Workers!

    Kontras

    Low Salaries and Raises. Budget Uncertainties due to being dependent on Federal budget

    Rat an das Management

    Be as transparent with employees as possible

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2013-09-09
  7. Hilfreich (5)

    „Good policy from NASA headquarter”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Member of Technical Staff in Pasadena, CA
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    Ich habe für mehr als 10 Jahre bei NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory gearbeitet (Vollzeit)

    Pros

    The campus is very nice. The working hours are flexible. The benefits are average but can be compatible with the private industry. It is best to negotiate the top salary as starting.

    Kontras

    The technology in most system is old, especially when the lab starts using the old design to save money for future projects. Management is awful with the old boy network, and many are incompetent.

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    Thanks to new the NASA travel policy and system. NASA headquarter now makes the final decision. No more wasteful money is paid to managers who control the charge accounting number to travel unnecessarily and who used to make themselves the gatekeepers.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2013-09-05
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    „Technically rewarding but stifling in terms of career growth.”

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    Akt. Mitarbeiter - Member of Technical Staff in Pasadena, CA
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    Ich arbeite seit mehr als 8 Jahren bei NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Vollzeit)

    Pros

    Extraordinarily capable people. Friendly, collegial work atmosphere among peers. Work that is literally not done anywhere else in the world.

    Kontras

    Career advancement can be difficult. Securing funding and programmatic considerations are far more important to the organization than technical contributions. Salary compression starts right after hiring: i.e. initial offer may be competitive with industry but raises are small across the board from that point on.

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    Senior management relies on the uniqueness of the work done at JPL to keep employees who would otherwise be capable of finding more lucrative employment elsewhere. This only goes so far and, I have seen bleed-off of very talented people who could have been retained with a little more consideration for their technical contributions.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2013-04-11
  9. „A great place to work”

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    Ich arbeite seit mehr als 10 Jahren bei NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Vollzeit)

    Pros

    A great place to learn

    Kontras

    Budget cuts are a constant threat

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2012-12-30
  10. Hilfreich (8)

    „Interesting atmosphere and projects, but a dead end job for me.”

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    Member of Technical Staff in Pasadena, CA
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    Ich arbeite bei NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory ()

    Pros

    1) Every other Friday off, 2) insurance and 403(B) benefits are good, 3) Projects are exciting and interesting and not focused on profits.

    Kontras

    1) Bureaucracy of working at NASA is silly, frustrated and confusing, 2) Very little chance to advance or get promoted.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2012-04-20
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