Best Places to Work in IT 2017 Employer Profile

No. 3, Large

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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

Why you want to work there

IT stands for "Innovating Together" at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, a federal research and development center. That term reflects the organization's commitment to having IT employees team with scientists, engineers and colleagues in business units to create technology that solves one-of-a-kind challenges using cutting-edge technologies. IT staffers enjoy a flexible and mobile environment designed to foster creativity. They can work in offices, open spaces, conference rooms, on-site cafes -- even outdoors. Other options include telecommuting or working via a telepresence robot. Techies can also choose the type of devices they use.

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 6,290

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 272

IT employee turnover in 2016: 6%

IT promotions in 2016: 5%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2016: No set maximum

Training budget per IT employee in 2016: $2,574

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%