NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Low pay, few benefits, no career growth | Glassdoor.ie
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    "Low pay, few benefits, no career growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are passionate and very intelligent. 9/80 schedule is great.

    Cons

    Some inflated egos, incompetent people remain here forever because it’s a cushy gig with a respected name, which leads to problems with career growth (there is no where to grow to if no one ever leaves) and with innovation (clashes with the new classes of employees and new ideas aka asks for completely normal modern processes, tools, and etc. ). Pay is not competitive. Treatment of non-engineering staff is very poor.... They really do not value non-engineering much at all. This includes science. Very little lateral movement for anyone interested in exploring new areas of lab. Not a diverse workforce. The same bad ideas just reverberate.

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    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-04-27
  1. "Summer 2019"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Pasadena, CA

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

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere full of people driving hard for a mission.

    Cons

    My mentor was great, but if you have a bad mentor, it is a bit tough to get help from others who are not your mentor.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-11-02
  2. "JPL has a horrible top heavy management style that is bogged down in 1960's mentality"

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    Current Employee - Beware of JPL With It's Old Time Management Style in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
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    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule some minor retirement perqs at 55 interesting project work

    Cons

    Managers consider time at your desk as only productive time no room to grow in your career low pay - coupled with being located in one of the most expensive places to live in the US poor benefits despite what HR says horrible harassment by managers that is tolerated by all including HR Managers will threaten you if you complain

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to the fact that it's the 21st century and employees need and expect alternative work (i.e. teleworking, flex-working, etc). Also, when employees complain en masse about management or specific managers, HR needs to take them seriously.

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory2019-11-18

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