It's Not What You've Heard
Various Positions (Former Employee) – Pasadena, CA – January 25, 2018
If you're into technology, be prepared that after 5 years, your knowledge is obsolete and can't be used anywhere else! Also, certain positions run out of funds, so good luck on looking for another job! I know, because there have been so many scientists and engineers shared with me about their fear for having a job tomorrow!
If you're after promotion, forget it, unless you are VERY well liked by the supervisors or management! If you think you'll get promoted based on working hard and being there for so long, forget it, it's all about who the supervisor or management likes, not about what you know!
Certain positions do not even have the potential of promotions, you're at a dead-end job! Certain positions, there have no promotions for years to come (unless there's a drastic change in organizations, or your boss wins the lottery, or dies!) You are stuck in the position with a pay raise of less than 3-5% per year if you are lucky!
The benefits are good, you get 403B (but no pensions), dental, and vision. This is about the only decent part of working at JPL!
No promotions, no training, and no career growth!