Pros: sense of personal accomplishment and a challenging, learning environment
Cons: growing federal bureaucracy
Working at NASA is very motivating because of the strong connection with the mission. Every day presented new challenges and opportunities to perform your best, and to help others succeed. In the big picture, that was my contribution to space exploration.
The hardest part of the job was being asked to solve high profile budget or management problems in which I had little previous experience, other than my business acumen. But, these challenges were also the most rewarding, because I was able to work with smart people to solve problems in a creative way and to present new options to management, often saving time and money.