Sierra Nevada Corporation

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Reviews

Updated January 6, 2015
Updated January 6, 2015
236 Reviews
3.6
236 Reviews
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Sierra Nevada Corporation Chief Executive Officer Fatih Ozmen
Fatih Ozmen
189 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great pay, great benefits, the people are very friendly and I would reccomend to a friend (in 17 reviews)

  • Outstanding benefits: 401k match of 150%, very little out of pocket Medical Premium (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • I would have to agree with the other reviewers about the growing pains (in 15 reviews)

  • Rapid growth has led to challenge of balancing agility with adequate processes and training (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Space Systems: Program manager tyrants. Aviation: full of nepotism / Air Force favoritism. Good 'ol boys rule!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Support Management in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Operations Support Management in Centennial, CO

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, good hours, busy.

    Cons

    Management can be brutal in that they eat each other politically. Full of favorites and nepotism. Lacks upwards and downwards communications and shifting positions occur often based on want, not need. Layoffs occur frequently and quietly, so many good people just leave or are ushered out the back door literally, as I was. Managers will huddle together and plan for the demise of other seniors. Scary place to work because the future of job security is always uncertain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some real managers who know what management is on a personal level. HR is ineffective - 7 months to find candidates is common. Values are never discussed or shared by upper management. There are none, so the culture is always shifting based on who gets placed where. CEO and corporate support is available on a limited basis, and corporate (Sparks, NV) really runs the show. CEO is fantastic but greatly uninformed. They know nothing of employee development, honing skills, forward thinking. All reactive. No branding. No caring. Just work and stay quiet, or you're out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management of deployment department was not qualified to run the department.

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    Former Employee - Program Planning & Scheduling Analyst in Hagerstown, MD
    Former Employee - Program Planning & Scheduling Analyst in Hagerstown, MD

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great 401K. Great people to work with out in the field.

    Cons

    No training given when first started. Department went through ALOT of changes - boss promoted, 2 co workers left and left 2 newbies to run department without guidance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to ensure when you hire within the person has experience to run the department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst experience of my life

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - FSE in Hagerstown, MD
    Former Employee - FSE in Hagerstown, MD

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    401k is amazing if you stick around long enough for it to kick in.

    Cons

    Stability is bad
    People are treated very poorly. It's all about who you know. Cream does not rise to the top, it gets fired or leaves and the black gunky stuff that's friends with the senior manager rises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with your surveys and post survey evaluations where you air out grievances and follow through. Consider whether someone would be a good manager before promoting them. I saw a lot of great engineers get promoted who had terrible management skills and created a toxic environment. Or consider a solid course for a few weeks on basic managerial stuff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 10 people found this helpful  

    Sierra Nevada Corporation Shameful Handling of the CCtCap Layoffs

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Louisville, CO
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Louisville, CO

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In general, I enjoyed working on the Dream Chaser Program. It was a faced-paced, challenging environment in which I was surrounded by a lot of very talented and supportive people. Unfortunately, as the program grew, so did SNC's corporate involvement. So to be clear, the focus of this review is the business practices and policies of SNC corporate.

    The 401K program is quite good: SNC puts in 15% for your 10%. The vesting is 50% after 2 years, 75% after 3 years, and 100% after 4 years. However, they put nothing in the first year and although there are some bonuses, inflation outpaces the average annual raise percentage.

    Cons

    Despite their "work-life balance" mantra, when it come to hours, SNC is all about taking. You will routinely be expected to put in more than 40 hours per week, but will never be allowed any of that time back (e.g. to attend to neglected personal matters or your health). This is compounded by the complete lack of sick time and further perpetuated since everyone then comes to the office sick. Sick time is expected to come out of the meager 2 weeks of paid time off (PTO) that you start with. Although you also get the week between Christmas and New Years off, this comes at the expense of only getting 4 other holidays off throughout the rest of the year. Also, your health insurance does not begin until after your first full month of employment.

    SNC further displayed a lack of empathy and integrity in the way they handle the recent layoff after losing the NASA CCtCap award. Despite management assurances immediately after the announcement that WARN notices would likely be coming, instead days latter SNC blindsided everyone when, without any warning or consultation with team leads, the maximum number of people (about 100) that could be laid off without triggering a WARN notice violation were swiftly and harshly released. They were escorted to their desk like criminals and under supervision instructed to pack everything and be off the premise in 15 minutes. To make matters worse this occurred just before the end of the month such that medical benefits expired just a few days latter. Severance packages were insulting: 1 week for each year of service, rounded down for those who had been with SNC longer than a year.

    Not only was this a shameful and despicable way to treat people that SNC once referred to as "family," but also extremely short-sighted. Vast amounts of knowledge transfer were lost and countless bridges burned in what is a relatively small and close-knit industry. I have heard of many other aerospace layoffs (from much larger competitors) that were handled with much more respect and dignity.

    I caution remaining employees, that based on the WARN act wording, another mass layoff (up to 33%) in this relentless manner seems likely 90 days after the first round of layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to Fatih, Erin, the HR department, and anyone else involved in the handling of the recent layoffs, is to review your "Gold Standard Ethics" training program with which you have been so determined to indoctrinate your employees.

    When the HR department has to send out a letter explaining why/how SNC did not break the law, that should be a clue, that while your actions may have been legal, they certainly were not ethical.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Worst Employment Experience of My Life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was satisfactory. The 401k matching was the best I've personally ever seen.

    Cons

    Management staff is dishonest and far from loyal. The company itself doesn't appear to follow the values and ethics they made me take a slide show on every month. I was informed of a full time position and relocation, when in fact the company didn't even have the contract. Another company had won the contract before they even hired me, how did the project managers not find this out? They were bidding for a contract they could never have. I also was then given one weeks notice to being let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend they find better project leads, stop lying to new hires, and maybe consider helping an employee out if they plan to put them in a temporary position. The company provided no assistance in moving to another division within SNC, and offered no position within the division of SNC.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Scatophagus

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    401K plan
    Living in San Diego

    Cons

    Management is always looking for ways to make themselves look good, except doing those things that make good leadership. You know those people that once they have money talk about life and spirituality like every should follow their illumination- yeaaah. Leadership, HR, Risk Management, Safety

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None they have figured everything out as they already know they are the chosen people (sic).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Entrenched closed minded group of buddies

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer I in Fort Hood, TX
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer I in Fort Hood, TX

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The mission was and has always been the main reason to work as a defense contractor.

    Cons

    Challenges:
    -Disregard for previous experience with another company.
    -Lip service to the role employees play in the company.
    -Low ball pay offers.
    -Leadership hierarchy ensures that long time company employees receive higher pay or leadership positions despite any experience you bring into the company.
    -Will bid a contract knowing that work can not be accomplished, than continuously refine mission while digging more money out of contract.
    -As far as PM ARES, if you weren't with them in Iraq or the beginning of Afghanistan they don't care about you.
    -Will demand more of you while not paying you for your contribution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reallocate the existing IMS management. Redo the internal structure of IMS, and recognize the toxicity of this contract is why you are downsizing it; expect to end that contract because existing leadership structure is entrenched and closed minded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good Pay, Good 'ole Boy Network, Treat People Like Crap, Corrupt Management, Bribe Employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Centennial, CO

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pay better than competitors. 401K benefits outstanding if you last 4 years. Work (when there) is interesting.

    Cons

    Fear culture. Backstabbing. Scapegoating. Revolving door. Good old boy corrupt management. Run!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent. Be engaged. Be accountable to each other. Care about your team. Break out of the corrupt political network environment. Quit backstabbing each other and scape goating your team members for management problems that affect the program.

    To succeed here you have to be an a-hole and a robot. Leads don't stand up for their engineers but in fact throw them under the bus. Management uses lower level employees as scapegoats. 4 managers in 1.5 years. I saw 11 people walked out while there and even more since I left. They treat their people like crap. They even bribed employees $40 to give a positive review on Glassdoor. I did not participate. There is no culture here except fear. They grew too fast in 5 years and wanted to triple in 3. It is riddled with high hopes and lack of wisdom. It is hell to work here!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Hagerstown current Senior Management is toxic and out of touch!

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Hagerstown, MD
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Hagerstown, MD

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits and nothing else!

    Cons

    Senior Management pushes out hardworking, devoted employees because of salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For Hagerstown, work on the poor morale and stop worrying about trying to find the correct t-shirt and wasting your money on 8-minute massages and baked goods day and focus on why there's constant turnover and why your long-standing, devoted employees are being forced out due to salaries. Also, listen to your employees and get rid of the "good old boy" team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Waste of my career working in the IT Department.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Get a complimentary chocolate basket delivered to your house at Christmas.

    Cons

    You are expected to work 60 - 70 hours a week including nights, weekends, and answer a calls at 4AM. Pay increases are miniscule. Career growth is a myth. Expect to work your *&$^ off and never be rewarded. High turnover rate, low morale, management is a dictatorship that only wants to please the owners and could care less about the staff. The longer you work there the more you should fear being laid off or fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employee ideas and get rid of Senior Managers that make life miserable to everyone else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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