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SpaceX Reviews

Updated 24 April, 2019
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Pros
  • "Fast-paced environment provides endless learning opportunities" (in 134 reviews)

  • "Working at SpaceX gives you the opportunity to work with some of the best engineers in the US" (in 41 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/Life balance is much better now compared to some stories I have heard" (in 244 reviews)

  • "Working long hours is normal whatever you are experienced or not" (in 375 reviews)

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  1. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Innovation in rocketry
    Amazing tools and technologies available
    Talented engineers who are very passionate and knowledgeable.
    Fulfilling work knowing what we are accomplishing.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ of. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


  2. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time

    Pros

    Truly making a difference in the world.

    Cons

    None, you get to help a lot of people

  3. "Great opportunity for young engineers!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Hawthorne, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Hawthorne, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SpaceX full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    * Great work environment for young engineers to learn latest technologies and gain experience.
    * Company perks, free lattes and froyo. Discounted company swag.
    * Get to work with some of the brightest minds in the industry.
    * Company talks from Elon.

    Cons

    * Pay can be more competitive.
    * Stock options have become very infrequent overs the years.
    * Need to incorporate a company wide 9-80 work week to reduce employee burnout.

    Advice to Management

    Need to offer more recognition more frequently to employees. Provide feedback weekly or daily to team (s) instead at just the annual reviews.


  4. "Rewarding company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, food options, swag, people

    Cons

    Poor pay, home life balance, long hours

    Advice to Management

    Pay people a better wage for the area, LA is way too expensive


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding and Impacting"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lean Facilitator in Hawthorne, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Lean Facilitator in Hawthorne, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SpaceX full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Was able to absolutely influence the company by making improvements in the production area. Met lots of awesome people.

    Cons

    It can be very difficult to get folks to move, everybody is an over achiever so you really need to justify your proposals.
    Movement up could be challenging, but if you are open to move around among all groups the opportunities are large.
    Base pay not the best, and no bonus. The stock is certainly worth it.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Simply great place to work at"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Purchasing Coordinator
    Current Employee - Purchasing Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    •So much room for improvement and learning.
    •Employees work here for months and years and still learn something new.
    •Fascinating place to work at. There is always something to do and keeps everyone busy and intrigued.
    • Great discount and perks

    Cons

    • Super-fast paced environment, where it seems like there is not much time to "catch-up" before the next change comes around. Not necessarily a bad thing, but not enough time to brainstorm on current projects.
    • WIth anything, there could be times of stress. Seems like one needs to be by their laptop/phones at all time.
    • Busy days where hourly employees don't often take their (2) 15-minute breaks. Employees work over 40 a week, every week. Work/life balance is hard to maintain.

    Advice to Management

    It has been said before where SpaceX will try to reduce overtime, but I have not seen much of that happen. Maybe re-enforcing that or bringing the top back up to managers.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible HR and no one listens to MEs"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Hawthorne, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Hawthorne, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work on interesting stuff and some people are fun

    Cons

    get stuck cleaning up RE's messes and working with fresh out of college kids that know nothing. You also have to deal with terrible middle managment and HR might as well be part of the legal team. DO NOT go to HR for help. Best advice is due your time vest some stock and get out before you lose your soul to petty managment back stabbing

    Advice to Management

    purge middle management and stop the nepotism.

  8. "Great for Engineers not so great for supply chain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learn something new every day, work with the smartest individuals

    Cons

    Long hours, everyone is stretched thin, everything is a priority.
    Often no clear owners or roles & responsibilities which causes overlap in scope

    Advice to Management

    Pay better


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work, bad work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - IT Technician II in Hawthorne, CA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Technician II in Hawthorne, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SpaceX full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, relaxed environment and a challenging workspace. Excellent benefits and company stock! Free Froyo and coffee!

    Cons

    Micromanaging at times. Pay rate could be better for the workload. Hard to manage work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage your employees more. Need to open up more career advancement opportunities.


  10. Helpful (17)

    "Loved it, until they laid off everybody because they are broke."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Hawthorne, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Hawthorne, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Never a dull day, always something exciting happening somewhere in the company. Watching launches with your team, or outside mission control always renews why we were all there. Lots of good food options with all the different places to eat. In the right departments and with the right projects, people can thrive and learn a ton and really use it across the company.

    Cons

    work/life balance blows hard. sometimes 14-16hr days aren't enough and when you leave, you can be made to feel guilty for ditching the team. Emails never stop and always need answered. Management can flip around a lot; I went through 8 manager changes in 4 years. Certain departments can be toxic and have no room to move up while others have so much turn over you can move up quickly (watched a guy go from a planner/scheduler to Sr. Manager inside of 2 years and I'm not quite sure why or what he actually did besides throw buzz words around directors and VPs, he never produced or improved anything). Also, parking sucks even worse now that there are apartments going in across the street.

    Advice to Management

    None, all of my management was laid off. To their management...good luck with the missions. Maybe next time, put a little more effort into your layoffs and evaluate more of the good employees you're considering cutting before you cut them. Offer them a chance to change teams where they can be utilized instead of pushing them to the curb. Perhaps, after you lay them off, you also don't treat them like criminals when they are near SpaceX buildings by having your armed security guards rolling up on them and being threatening, that's not how you should make your former employees feel.