Senior CMM Programmer (Former Employee) – Pasadena CA – August 31, 2015
JPL is a NASA facility in Pasadena, CA. It's like a small city in the mountains with a Bank, ATMs, Restaurants, Stores and transportation to/from parking lot to workstation. Management is not the best but it's ok. The work experience is the best.
Intern (Former Employee) – La Cañada Flintridge, CA – May 27, 2015
Great Place to work. There are a lot of interesting projects being conducted all around you. It is a large laboratory with a lot of possible walking between buildings. The employees are very helpful and wanting to accomplish their goals but there is some red tape and funding issues sometimes that changes peoples plans for projects as well.
If you want to be unemployable in the real world, work here for a while.
Engineer (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – February 13, 2015
This place is truly one of the most hyped up, over-rated places to work.
It is filled with dull, drab, boring people who have perfected ground-hog day both on a daily basis and on a project basis.
Most people are simply here to ride the wave to retirement by working on projects that are almost identical from start to finish. Each project is a legacy of another and very little innovation (perhaps except for some science based stuff) is accomplished.
Hence, if you truly want your skills to be obsolete in a few years, work here. I've lost count how many engineers I've worked with who admit to not being able to do anything else if they leave this place. They are left with little to no new skills and outside industry is so far ahead in almost every aspect it's sad.
Not to mention the entire culture of the lab has changed. The place has become very paranoid and corporate. They have engaged in unscrupulous hiring and firing behaviors and are engaged in some serious lawsuits with individuals over unlawful termination, age discrimination, and security issues. They are spending millions of tax payer dollars on high priced lawyers so they can save a few dollars and their terrible reputation from the public.
It's a really poor place to work these days...uninspiring, boring, and the whole "rocket engineering" nonsense is just that...nonsense.
Office Administrator (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – October 20, 2014
Ever changing environment surrounded by some of the greatest minds in the world, filled with innovation and possibilities. I first started working at JPL in 2001 which gave me the opportunity to see a lot of missions over a ten year period.
Gained knowledge regarding spacecraft building and launching
Secretary: Sr. Admin; Section/Deputy; Staff ll (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – September 23, 2014
Multi-tasking position Gained knowledge regarding spacecraft struction and launching Engineers very knowlegable in their specialty/expertise ethnicly diverse employees after classes learned, job not hard but demanding Learning what is involved to build and launch spacecraft
Postdoctoral Program Administrator (Current Employee) – Pasadena, CA – September 3, 2014
Daily tasks vary. I learned to further myself. Management structure is organized. Co-workers are highly educated. Hardest part of the job is multi-tasking. Most enjoyable part of the job is watching missions become realizations.
Electronics Engineer (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – August 18, 2014
The job I held definitely had its ups and downs like any job. I loved the challenges that got thrown my way and the resources JPL had (library and CAD software). I learned a lot about the Aerospace environment, Scripting languages, LabVIEW Programming, Test definitions, and working with flight hardware.
wonderful campus feel
political hoops and hurdles, no real career progression for professional engineers.
A very exciting, stimulating, and rewarding place to work. Never boring.
Team Member / Academic Part-Time. (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – February 24, 2014
I have worked with the technical crew of electrical engineers and programmers on projects which had to do with our space program. The management is easy to work with. At times it seems very demanding when a project is due for completion,... at other times it's a bit more lax.
The enjoyable part of the job was designing and implementing computer programs to handle tasks which had to do with the hardware construction, wiring, and conversion programs to read IBM formatted data on a VAX system. (Tapes).