Sierra Nevada Corporation

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
236 Reviews
3.6
236 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Abusive Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great 401(k) at the time

    Cons

    ABusive management if they did not like what you had to say

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    You have to drink or lay with someone to get promoted at the Hagerstown Facility

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Owners are generous to the employees. Very sad that they do not know the regime that is at Hagerstown they are losing good people because of it and will continue to lose more.

    Cons

    Support staff is constantly lied to about promotions. Told they will be promoted only to build them up and let them crash down. Also, SNC says they are a work life balance company and in Hagerstown they are not. Many people have been bamboozled at their review time for taking care of family members for things that were not controllable and they were not given a sufficient raise because of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to respect your support staff as they are the BRAINS of the facility. Both former and current support staff are considering filing an EEOC complaint for the disrespect they receive and the lack of recognition that goes along with it. Mainly because they are females. I was there 10 years and not once seen a female in a large leadership role. There are very few females there that have MBA's but those who do should be in management due to their intelligence and they hard loyal work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 12 people found this helpful  

    WORST LAYOFF EVER!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in Louisville, CO
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer III in Louisville, CO

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits package is by far the best I have ever come across. The 401k matching is 150% up to 10% of your income!! The owners give random period bonuses to all their employees (not included in your salary). When time are good this can be a few thousand dollars 3-4 times a year.

    Cons

    As a full time employee I loved the company, the benefits, and the team we had. However, the chance to move up in the small company was rather low. Expect your base salary to be low when compared to larger aerospace companies in the area. If you are a contractor, expect to feel like an outsider. The contractors that were on my team were not invited to company events and in "general" treated like crap.

    I felt sense of loyalty to the company, as I felt they treated me well in the beginning. I averaged 60hrs a week and loved the program I was on. However, when the company lost their NASA contract competition they dumped my peers and I like a bad habit. We received no warning, a very meager severance of one week's salary (only if we signed a paper giving our rights away), and 6 days of healthcare (they dumped us on the end of the month). There was no effort made to hire even one person somewhere else within the company. Many are discussing a class action lawsuit against this company for violation of the WARN act.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You had 130 people that would have bled for you and you dumped them in a horrible manner. I will never work for you again. ---Business is business. It wasn't what you did, it was how you did it. Poop on you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Sierra Nevada Corporation Response

    Oct 30, 2014HR

    Thank you for taking time to provide feedback about Sierra Nevada Corporation.

    The Space Systems Business Area was disappointed that we were not the successful bidder on the next phase of the
    ... More

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good technical staff, disconnected upper mgmt

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Hagerstown, MD

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, good 401k, good experienced hangar supervisors

    Cons

    Never see sr mgmt unless it's dog and pony day or all hands message. No concept of planning has been revealed. Recently walked out the DOM for a computer violation, seemed to be one of few that understood the business/regs, Eng has never met a schedule!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IMS doesn't build drones in Haherstown, find people that understand fixed wing mods!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    The Moral for this company is Second to none.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Management is friendly and understanding they actually care about there people.

    Cons

    No matter how hard you work and excel all expectation far as performance and great work ethic don't expect any raises worth getting sad but true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your hard working employee pocket books as you treat your own. Please try not to be one sided when it come to apprasial we have earned it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Don't be a contractor here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent technology. Forward thinking. Good relations within the government and military.

    Cons

    You will be a second class citizen doing contract work and not included in mission critical meetings, scrums, and the like. You will likely not even be able to use the floor printer. If you think you can get in and prove yourself to be hired directly, NOPE. You will be spit out once your number is up - and don't don't expect your parent company to give a damn...or even tell you when you're let go - one day your badge just won't work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that many of your contractors are more skilled than your direct hires.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Poor leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    pay and benefits are good

    Cons

    the president instructs people to write good reviews on this site while there is so much poor morale throughout the whole company and she refuses to hear about issues or do anything about it. very poor leadership and absolutely no vision for the future. contracts are gained through age-old relationships (unethically) in the defense industry rather than by outcompeting competition. this company has no idea how to compete in the defense industry. leadership is based on fear and good ole boy relationships. very old fashion mindset related to technology or how to run a business. not at all innovative or progressive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go away

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Sierra Nevada Corporation Response

    Jul 14, 2014HR Intern

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. Please note, in order to continue to grow stronger as a company, the President and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) encourage all ... More

  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good intentions are not enough

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    -Cutting edge technology, especially in space
    -Genuine desire to serve and better humanity
    -Competitive compensation and benefits (150% 401k match)
    -Talented, friendly, dedicated and patriotic hard working employees

    Cons

    The desire to serve humanity in general does not extend to management having a servant leadership mentality when it comes to serving their employees.

    -Culture somehow both chaotic/fast moving and militaristic/rigid
    -Communication at top levels is very limited, setting the tone for terrible communication throughout the company
    -Employees feel disoriented with all the rapid change and high turnover
    -Environment can vary greatly by location and chain of command
    -All the top down drama is wearing on morale but as long as talent can be replaced, it doesn't seem to matter to the powers that be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are truly your greatest asset. Please don't think of them as replaceable. The cost of turnover is measured not only in dollars but in loss of experience, key relationships and morale. Pay attention to how the reviews are trending more and more negatively. This reputation will end up harming you in the end if genuine and lasting change is not made.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Rough Ride

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer

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

    Pros

    Smart people, tough projects. Make America stronger. Develop better defense systems. Plenty of time off at Christmas.

    Cons

    No mentoring. Throw you under the bus. They ask you to do something you cannot do, and there is no way out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ask people to do the impossible, give them mentor help. Do you really think people want to screw up? They will do their best, but no better than your instructions you give them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great Engineers but Too Many Pathetic Leaders

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Solid compensation package
    Engineers work on cutting edge, exciting projects
    Company solid financially

    Cons

    Dysfunctional and poisonous environment.
    Office politics to the max.
    The world according to Dilbert.
    Autocracy rules here.
    It's not what you know or what you can do, it's all about who you know.
    There are haphazard firings for sometimes imagined sins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue and dismantle the ingrown, clique-ridden top of the pyramid.

    No opinion of CEO

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