Best Places to Work in IT 2014 Employer Profile

No. 19, Large

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Pasadena, Calif. [Pacific]

Why you want to work there

Techies love technology, and they get lots of it at this Pasadena, Calif.-based NASA research and development center. Through the Innovating Together program, IT staffers work with scientists and engineers on projects dealing with interesting challenges, such as figuring out how to enable car-size rovers to land on Mars. The IT work environment at JPL is completely mobile and flexible: Employees have the choice of working indoors or outdoors, and if they stay indoors they can use wireless display conference rooms; they can collaborate in person or via remote collaboration centers; and they can choose from a range of mobile devices and computers. Another great perk: IT staffers get every other Friday off.

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Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 5,355

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 245

IT employee turnover in 2013: 3%

IT promotions in 2013: 6%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2013: 10

Training budget per IT employee in 2013: $2,857