Sierra Nevada Corporation Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Sierra Nevada Corporation Chief Executive Officer Fatih Ozmen
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Pros
  • SNC is a good company with great benefits (in 17 reviews)

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

Cons
  • No major cons - minor growing pains as an organization overall (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. Helpful (5)

    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I get paid to work here

    Cons

    Management, Human Resources. Everyone speaks so highly of this place. It is a challenging environment only because everyone is an idiot. How is this company still functioning. And don't trust HR, they are a bunch of backstabbing, clueless brats. I warned you, go to Boeing or anywhere else. this place sucks all moral fiber from your existence.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Current Employee

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    Current Employee - Employee in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Employee in Hagerstown, MD

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay and 401K

    Cons

    Friends, buddy and pals network is going to run the company into the ground. No chance for advancement based of your knowledge and expertise.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO of Hagerstown IMS needs to take back his comments in the newsletter about standing behind people who do not follow processes and procedures. Mid Level Management should be revamped with people who know how to create good teams and promote from within.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Cool work ..bad Company

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    Former Employee - Drafter II in Arvada, CO
    Former Employee - Drafter II in Arvada, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The projects are unique and interesting, work with great people, great benefit pkg. a lot of talented people working for SNC ..

    Cons

    Horrible communication with management to employees, with where the company is going and what work is a head.. you feel like you are always walking on egg shells. They over work PM's making that position have an extremely high turn over rate. They run out all the highly talented people with out even blinking an eye.

    Advice to Management

    embrace your employees more, make them seem like they matter, and motivate them not micro manage them.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    If you need job security look elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only real pro is there are some competent and cheerful employees I got to work with while I was there. Benefits are decent, not amazing. I don't know much about the larger SNC environment I only have experience with the Ncontext Herndon branch so my opinions are neutral.

    Cons

    There is next to no job security. You can get laid off at any time for any reason. I was laid off without a review within 4 months of being hired. The official reason was they lost funding to the contract I was hired into. To make things worse I was assured by HR in an exit interview: "Don't worry it isn't you, and we've had to do this to others in the past". This indicates they have a track record of doing this. Herndon VA is a VERY expensive place to live. If you are considering relocating your family there to take a job with Nconext/The MACE/SNC, I strongly caution against it. Your hard work will not assure your job security. Management seems to have lost direction. They send mixed signals to employees. On the one hand they put out a call of "everyone an innovator". On the other hand R&D has become a dirty word at the company so don't expect your ideas to be heard. In an attempt to do my part to keep my end of a one year agreement I pitched several ideas. I was told that business development and managements time was "too precious" to hear me out in person and had to speak through proxy of my project manager (Portfolio Leader). In essence if they feel like its easier to just boot you with little more than a few weeks notice and almost no severance they will.

    Advice to Management

    The very first rules of management is know your employees, and take care of them. You are more concerned with direct charge percentages and meeting budgets than you are with people. While not a problem on paper for the company; its a serious ethical problem you will have to address for yourselves. Stop sending mixed signals. If you want people to innovate than hear them out. At least give them the courtesy of a few minutes of face to face time. Working through proxy of team leaders shows weakness in leadership and sends the wrong message. Finally, Senior SNC leadership might benefit by looking into how things are run in Herndon. Management openly complained about not being able to hold on to good employees who shy away from the often chaotic multi-project environment; yet they lay off the people who are willing to tackle multiple projects and adapt to new skills. Its a shaky way to run things and sends a very unflattering message to the world and perspective workforce. I would warn anyone not to take a job with the Herndon Branch.


  6. Helpful (8)

    Abusive Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great 401(k) at the time

    Cons

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


  7. Helpful (11)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  8. Helpful (16)

    WORST LAYOFF EVER!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

    Sierra Nevada Corporation Response

    Oct 30, 2014 – HR

    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


  9. Helpful (4)

    Good technical staff, disconnected upper mgmt

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (5)

    The Moral for this company is Second to none.

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Don't be a contractor here

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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



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