Best Places to Work in IT 2016 Employer Profile

No. 17, Large

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Pasadena, Calif. [Pacific]
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Why you want to work there

IT workers at this federal research organization in Pasadena, Calif., work on unique projects, such as an effort to find ways for car-size rovers to land on Mars and an initiative to develop technology for a future mission to Jupiter's moon Europa. These projects require IT staffers to innovate every day, something they do in a completely mobile and flexible environment designed to inspire creativity and foster a sense of professional satisfaction. JPL IT employees have opportunities to work with the latest hardware and software. They also get every other Friday off, and their achievements are recognized by colleagues and management through various forums.

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 5,556

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 255

IT employee turnover in 2015: 5%

IT promotions in 2015: 5%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2015: No set maximum

Training budget per IT employee in 2015: $2,745

PTO and Healthcare

Days of paid time off after one year of service: 27

Days of paid time off after 10 years of service: 33

Percentage of employee health insurance premium paid by employer: 80%