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JPL Mission is exciting - sending robotic explorers to space
Compensation Specialist (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, CANovember 13, 2017
The work I did was interesting and rewarding, but got lost amongst other organization priorities. I was given the opportunity to influence all manner of recognition programs, which was extremely fulfilling. A typical day would include researching industry trends, answering strategic questions on JPL recognition programs, and providing ad hoc support of Compensation activities.
Pros
Alternate Workweek Schedule
Cons
Limited advancement opportunities
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Great people to work with, work on top projects
Product Delivery Manager (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, CANovember 10, 2017
The work was challenging, very educated people working on state of the art technology to build scientific spacecraft to explore other planets and their moons. Designing the spacecraft, figuring out the science for the instrument to measure physical properties of the target planet. I worked with suppliers to build solar arrays and battery packs for the spacecraft power system. I would write statements of work for these deliverable s and for contract workers.
i worked project management for the Europa clipper power subsystem. I planned the tasks estimated the staff profiles over the months and executed to that plan. Monthly i would present the status to the spacecraft management and to the line management.
Pros
Work on really cool projects
Cons
Some section have bad management
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Nationally Recognized
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, CAOctober 20, 2017
Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a national recognized FFRDC that works on one of a kind missions and is known to do things that no other organization has done before.
Pros
Amazing opportunities.
Cons
None
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A balanced company to work for.
Security Specialist (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, CASeptember 25, 2017
While working on the Homeland Security Presidential 12 project with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I aided in several task. Task included investigation, initiation review, and approval for personnel Identification / Verification. Also, documenting citizenship of employment, clearance status and assisted on the (PIV) eligibility project. I have personally managed 500 + accounts for submission through electronic questionnaires for investigation processing (EQIP) to be investigated through the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
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A decent place to work
Master Scheduler (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, CAAugust 24, 2017
Culture is paramount to success. The culture is based on a university setting since all employees are actually employees of cal tech. This has draw backs do to the scientists political ambitions
Pros
Large organization
Cons
Very political
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Aerospace research for space.
Secretary (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, CAJuly 14, 2017
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federally funded research and development center and NASA field center in La Cañada Flintridge, California and Pasadena, California, United States. "It's a city or campus depending on your view and 6000 people work here."
Pros
Space exploration.
Cons
Low salaries.
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I liked being part of the space exploration program
Cost/Budget/Financial Analyst (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, CAJuly 7, 2017
I learned lots of things at JPL about space, financial management, PowerPoint and Excel, presentations, oral and written communications, working with large data sets and how to please others.
Pros
It was very close to home
Cons
I was not taught some things that I could have been using in execution of my job.
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very departmentalized corp.
IT Analyst II (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, CAMay 30, 2017
Good place to work. Hard to move to a different division. Where else can you work at and claim that you helped put a robot (rover) on mars? Large divide between business and engineering sides of the company.
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Solar System Ambassador and Master Teacher (Current Employee) –  Pasadena, CAApril 25, 2017
Excellent support by the staff in the Ambassador Program. NASA always lets you know what they expect of you and will support you in any way possible. They provide training and ethics training each year and enable their teams to be informed and enthusiastic.
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Best place to work
Mission Sequence System Test Engineer (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, CAApril 16, 2017
Great place to work, focus on science and engineering. Management consists of technical peers, no clueless admins ever. Work is more like academia than industry. Hey, it's the space biz!
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Good research organization
Research Intern (Former Employee) –  LA, CaliforniaMarch 17, 2017
Productive environment which provides the ability of workers and scientists to develop their understanding of the world and provide scientific benefits to NASA and the United States in general.
Pros
Comprehensive, productive environment
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Work with great people on amazing projects
Mission Operations Engineer (Current Employee) –  Pasadena, CAMarch 16, 2017
Timecards but no time clocks. Able to keep balance between work and family. Management is skilled to keep the balance while staying on track. Culture allows anyone to speak up and be part of the process. 9/80 work schedule available (every other Friday off).
Pros
Freedom to talk to anyone and make a difference. Management tries to keep work/life in balance.
Cons
Parking can be limited, drive times can be long if not local. Cafeteria available but not cheap.
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Great colleagues
Engineering Software Engineer IV (Current Employee) –  Pasadena, CAFebruary 18, 2017
I have worked with wonderful colleagues at Jet Propulsion Laboratory who are dedicated to accomplishing technical feats that have never before been achieved.
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Surreal work environment
Contractor (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, CAJanuary 13, 2017
As a Scientific Data Analyst my job was to report on detailed information downloaded from the Topex sattlite after each rotation.

Due to security reason I can not go into any further detail concerning my detail work other than to say it was working with a sattlite and reporting on information from that sattlite in a Real Time environment.

I performed backups and recoveries for the multi sattlite workstations environment. I also performed shutdowns and startups.

I helped troubleshoot printer and copiers hardware problems.
Pros
Space exporation environment
Cons
Male dominated work environment
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Great Place to work especially if you have a family
Subcontracts Manager III (Current Employee) –  Pasadena, CADecember 5, 2016
Work life balance is great, more like a college campus than a corporate business feel. You can make more money at other companies but you cannot beat the overall culture at JPL.
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Enjoyed the design and detailing of mechanical and electrical products
CAD/MECHANICAL DRAFTER/ DESIGNER - CONTRACT (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, CAAugust 5, 2016
Collaborated directly with various suppliers in making sure the smooth delivery of the manufactured/ purchased products. Some of the products range from machined, sheet metal formed parts and foam packaging assemblies.
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The people at JPL are absolutely the best every.
Senior Recruiter Talent Acquisitions (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, CAMay 2, 2016
The best company ever to work at and if you can work there, you are a very lucky person.
You will work with some of the best and brightest ever.
The training is on-going and your co-workers are very supportive.
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Security Police Officer, Corporal (Current Employee) –  Pasadena, CA 91109April 28, 2016
love working here. Training is always new and improved. Personal opinions are taken into account for future training. Everyone is treated with respect
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A great institute conducting cutting-edge research
NASA Postdoctoral Fellow (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, CAMarch 30, 2016
A wonderful workplace to build collaboration with brilliant researchers. A lot of seminars in different fields and resources for training. Nice mentors and colleagues.
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Great place to work
System Integration and Test Engineer (SITE) II (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, CAMarch 16, 2016
JPL is a great place to work. The people who work there are great. However, there is little opportunity to move up in the company.
Pros
The work enviroment is outstanding
Cons
No bonuses
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