JPL, Probably the best aerospace company to work for.
Senior Programmer (Current Employee) – Pasadena, CA – November 3, 2015
JPL has been around for over 50 years and is well known for being the stewards of our solar system and beyond. They are the people who sent rovers to Mars.
Compensation is competitive to aerospace, raises are small. No equity at all. The cost of benefits go up every year. The retirement benefit is GREAT and makes up a little for both of those shortfalls!
The job security is high. Layoffs rarely happen. It can be difficult to advance as the hierarchy is very manager heavy.
The work/life balance is difficult. They encourage lots of overtime with little compensation. If you don't work the extra time your balance can be flexible, but your advancement will likely suffer.
The culture sits between academic, aerospace and entrepreneurial. It can probably be anything you want it to be. Otherwise, JPL is risk adverse.
Work very fulfilling, Collegues are some of the smartest people you will ever meet.
Risk adverse, Too many managers, Lots of documentation