USRA Reviews

Updated 14 October, 2014
Updated 14 October, 2014
16 Reviews
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16 Reviews
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  1.  

    You are what you make it.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USRA

    Pros

    If you are favored by management they will make sure you are always happy.

    Cons

    If you are not apart of the "in crowd" it is obvious and you will not enjoy the work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop favoring a select few.

  2.  

    High efficient staffs; Easygoing working environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Columbia, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Columbia, MD (US)

    I have been working at USRA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everything is dependent on your supervisor's opinion and funding situation, including title, salary, promotion, training, conference... Staffs are very amenable and high-efficient on processing request.

    Cons

    The vacation/sick days are significantly less than university compares.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Investigator in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Investigator in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at USRA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    USRA is a good company to work for. They provide good benefits, a fair salary, comp time, professional training, and you get to work with a very talented group of people.

    Cons

    The only con is that USRA is so dependent on work from NASA that if NASA has budget issues than employment is at risk at USRA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people, terrible pay.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenbelt, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenbelt, MD (US)

    I have been working at USRA as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    They will pretty much pay for your education. Middle management it very considerate and concerned for your happiness.

    Cons

    This year's merit increases had more to do with the company's desire to market itself as cheap labor than actual job performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Significant Misgivings

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I have been working at USRA

    Pros

    Working at NASA on an astronomy project is exciting.

    Cons

    The engineering culture is geared to checking the boxes rather than making the system work. Steep personal sacrifices are expected. The President has proposed cancelling the project. The Inspector General's report is very negative. Merit increases this year are minimal. The office mood is very cynical.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great People! Great Workplace!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USRA full-time

    Pros

    The place is very friendly and with great salary and benefits. They are continuing to offer new perks every year. It's a strange non-profit company but seems like a business so any extra profit goes back into it's employees or programs. Very flexible with your schedule and time off!!!

    Cons

    It's a company that does well on the merits of a small group of employees winning government projects so that can be a little nerve-wracking.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A body shop for NASA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist Engineer II in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist Engineer II in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at USRA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you want to work at a NASA Center this is probably a good way to do it. A better way is to apply directly for a civil service position. Spending time as a support services contractor is pretty much a dead-end position. The only real way to get ahead is to leave and join another contractor body shop.

    Cons

    As a contractor you are treated as part of the team when it's necessary and excluded on all other occasions. As a way of decreasing the governments commitment for retirement and health care benefits, the civil servant pool has been drastically reduced over the last 30 years. To make up for the shortfall in manpower, a number of bodyshop contracting organizations have been created. This company is one of them. When troubles in NASA rise the typical approaches to blame the contractors. If you're up for this by all means take a position here.

    These companies also serve as a lobbying arm for federal programs. Inherent conflict of interest is that they are lobbying for programs that they benefit from correctly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This assumes of course that they would even listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good stable company with favorable benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist I in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist I in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at USRA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Efficient administration, HR is very responsive and open to comments. Good benefits. Great colleagues. Good salary.

    Cons

    Stability is too dependent on aerospace projects, which are seeing a decline over the course of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No complaints.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic Life/Work Balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at USRA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    USRA is a non-Profit, but operates as a very lean and efficient business. It takes on its customers' missions as its own. A terrific work environment.

    Cons

    It's a non-profit, sometimes that can restrict access to certain programs requiring a for-profit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience but not a stable long term job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist I in Idaho Falls, ID (US)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist I in Idaho Falls, ID (US)

    I have been working at USRA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked on lots of interesting projects that were exciting and creative

    Cons

    Not a stable job due to funding being sporadic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the excitement might need to pay someone to constantly write proposals to keep funding steady

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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