SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR (Former Employee) – Baltimore, MD – September 24, 2017
When I was hired I was told that my job would be directly with a project and nothing else. When I got to Space Telescope they had me handling everything accept the projects. The management team or my supervisor would not provide real feedback or direct help so I could not assimilate well into the culture, perhaps that is the culture.
Engineer (Former Employee) – Baltimore, MD – August 18, 2017
Space Telescope Science Institute is not a good environment for engineers looking to advance their careers and gain valuable skills. Promotions are largely based on the number of years spent at the institute rather than merit and qualifications. Project management is not a priority. There is also pushback about keeping up with industry standards because the institute was more or less built by a team of astronomers who engineered Hubble with no formal training in the field - so being out of touch with industry is often seen as an honorable thing. There is a cultural divide between scientists and engineers at the institute that many, including people in upper management, seem to (mistakenly) think is because engineers do not get rewarded or recognized the way scientists do at the Institute. The reality is that recommendations made by engineers to improve processes go largely ignored because the scientists who worked on Hubble did things a certain way - and that is the official way of the Institute. This keeps ST from being competitive within the industry and also puts it at risk of being the point of failure for the JWST mission. Most of the managers at the Institute have NO formal management training - they are promoted because it is their time to move up. Overtime work is almost a requirement at ST and those who seem to have some semblance of work-life balance are viewed as employees who just do not work hard. JWST is a phenomenal mission that is going to change the face of astronomy - it is just a shame that ST is involved in its development/engineering.
This was a very exciting agency to be employed. The workforce was varied and offered a different, yet good vibe to the workplace. The most enjoyable part of the job was being a part of "The Hubble." Management was fair.
Space Telescope Science Institute is out of this world, literally.
Business Communications Liaison (Current Employee) – Baltimore, MD – January 7, 2013
STScI has been voted one of Baltimore's Best Places to Work by Baltimore Magazine. We have fantastic benefits packages. Our work environment boasts of Nobel Prize winning astronomers, cutting edge scientists, and business professionals whose work generates world-wide excitement about the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope and its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope.