Study: NASA top large federal agency to work for

2012_12_nasa NASA Mars Science Laboratory employees react after the MSL rover Curiosity successfully landed on Mars. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Working for NASA will send you over the moon with joy, according to a new study by the Partnership for Public Service.

The agency was named the best large federal government agency to work for in the organization’s 2012 rankings of the top places to work in government.


The Intelligence Community came in second place, followed by the Department of State, Department of Commerce and Environmental Protection Agency. The Social Security Administration, Department of Treasury, Department of Justice, Department of Transportation and the U.S. Navy rounded out the top 10 of the large federal agencies.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was named the best mid-sized agency and the Surface Transportation Board was named best small agency.

The Partnership for Public Service uses data from the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to rank agencies and their subcomponents according to a “Best Places to Work” index score.

Agencies and subcomponents are measured on overall employee satisfaction and 10 workplace categories, such as leadership, employee skills/mission match, pay, teamwork and work/life balance.

The “Best Places to Work” rankings provide an overview of each agency and subcomponent, trend data and expert analysis of what the results mean. Users can conduct side-by-side comparisons of how agencies or their subcomponents ranked in various categories, examine how they compare to other agencies and see whether they have improved or regressed over time.

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