NASA JPL Opps

Kepler Group OSSg30
Aug 29, 2017 14 Comments

Trying to break into aerospace from ad tech/infrastructure development - heard amazing things about NASA's JPL too.

Any idea how to break into the space, or recruitment firms to talk to?

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  • NASA / Product
    DBmC33

    NASA Product

    BIO
    Project manager, proposal manager, systems engineer, business lead, cost estimation
    DBmC33more
    We do have many incredibly cool and fulfilling projects at NASA JPL but if you are not a scientist or engineer directly supporting one of those projects, you may feel like a second class citizen (I've been on both sides here.) The bureaucracy and management hurdles can be a major pain in the butt. But we do have pretty good work/life balance and it can be really fun if you are a space nerd.
    Sep 30, 2017 1
    • New / Eng
      aaMA80

      New Eng

      PRE
      NASA, Micron Technology
      BIO
      R&D engineer, Additive manufacturing experience, looking to get back into the Space/defense industry.
      aaMA80more
      Are you still at JPL ?
      6d
  • Google bupkis
    I worked in DOD aerospace for 15 years and am glad to be out of it. Some of the projects I worked on were interesting but the pay was horrible... About half what I make now.
    Aug 29, 2017 4
    • Boeing / Eng newdude
      How did u make the transition?
      Aug 29, 2017
    • Google bupkis
      Went to a career fair and put up a linked in account. Recruiters from the big companies immediately reached out. I certainly didn't accept any interviews but I guess I did well enough to get a couple of offers. Google's was by far the best.

      Got a 30 percent raise when I switched but that was just the beginning. 2.5 years later I'm making double what I was.

      I should have done this fine years sooner.
      Aug 29, 2017
    • Salesforce ygzo85
      Nice! Did you prep for the interview? I'm always amazed at folks who just passes the Google interview without a lot of work that they have to put in.
      Aug 29, 2017
    • Google bupkis
      I would have liked to prep more but it was a hectic time. In all, by the time I got to the Google interview, I had prepped for about 10 hr and had done two other interviews.

      I wondered if I would have got a t5 offer if I'd had more time to prepare. Maybe not since my incoming aerospace salary was so low.
      Aug 29, 2017
  • Northrop Grumman hvdckn
    NASA may be different than the primes, but I would not get into aerospace. Full of old folks who just want to put in their 9-5 and not try too hard.
    Aug 29, 2017 0
  • Microsoft HGqw60
    SpaceX?
    Aug 29, 2017 2
    • Kepler Group OSSg30
      OP
      That's a great idea too. I'm assuming even harder to break into than NASA though.
      Aug 29, 2017
    • Northrop Grumman hvdckn
      SpaceX is known for working people way too hard, and the pay is only marginally more than the primes. Definitely not tech money.
      Aug 29, 2017
  • Amazon / Sales AmzzSeattl
    I spent 9 years at Raytheon and it was so difficult to get "slow" defense out of a recruiters mind. Ended up having to go the contractor route for my first gig for anyone to take me seriously. Everything move incredibly slow. No room for promotion and most of the people that stayed were there because they had no hustle to look elsewhere. Pay is low in comparison and not stock. NASA does cool stuff, the industry as a whole is driven by government spending/ cuts. I left when Obama took over.
    Aug 29, 2017 2
    • Kepler Group OSSg30
      OP
      Got it. That's exactly what I want to avoid - current job is great with super motivated team members, but pay isn't stellar, and I want to move to LA. I'll shop around to other industries too...
      Aug 29, 2017
    • CrowdStrike
      zlrt73

      CrowdStrike

      BIO
      Straight white male (literally hitler) in Silicon Valley.
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      A friend said this is extremely frustrating. Work on something today, see it in production 5-10 years from now.
      Aug 29, 2017