Sierra Nevada Corporation

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
214 Reviews
3.7
214 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 16 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  

    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 an 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good technical staff, disconnected upper mgmt

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Moral for this company is Second to none.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Don't be a contractor here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 an 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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor leadership

    • 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 (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

  7. 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
  8. 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 an 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
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great Engineers but Too Many Pathetic Leaders

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 an 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
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unstructured, chaotic, and highly demanding for low pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Great 401K plan, good bonus opportunities throughout year, and a very nice holiday party. .

    Cons

    Can only speak about my experience with the company. Awful management at the Centennial location. The company tends to hire young professionals out of college and place them in management roles over professionals who have worked in the industry for 20+ years. Training to help develop a professional in the position they were hired for is lacking. Tend to pay there engineers and professional staff on the lower end and require that they be paid as a salaried employee so they can work them as much as possible without paying them overtime. Expect to work 60+ hour weeks is very common with no overtime being paid. Deadlines are always late and dropped on you at the last minute. Weekend work is very common and if you mention that you have plans set they threaten to fire you. No formal processes or procedures to follow and communication is awful between employees and management on projects. Place feels like you have to be good with the right people to be successful otherwise you're pushed out the door or isolated from the rest of the team. I wouldn't recommend working for this company long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers who know what they're doing and focus on developing you're people so they are successful in there positions. Also start paying your people what is fair. Working an employee every week 60+ hours for a mid salary is pretty messed up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management does not care about its employees!" Hagerstown, MD

    • 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

    Great 401K, TA, & Health Benefits. Not much else that was worth a mention here.

    Cons

    Several:
    1. Management could care less about employee issues. What ever is best for the bottom line is the only thing that matters. Pay was cut by 40% for entire FSE work force in order to be awarded a contract. Rather than be honest and upfront about what was going on. Employees were kept in the dark on several occasions through out the entire process. When asked why things happened the way they did, management refused to answer questions and gave contradicting answers to several employees.
    2. 'Good Ole Boy System' is the web holding management together. Several members of the management team residing in Hagerstown, MD were put in place simply by whom they had connections with rather than by their qualifications. Example: multiple low level personnel have Bachelor's & Master's Degrees while several members of management haven't earned an Associates.
    3. When complaints are raised to management, they either refuse to resolve the issue or threaten negative action towards the employee bringing the complaint.
    4. Those in leadership positions are 'Yes Men' and will only do as those above them instruct. Rather than question something that they know is impossible to achieve or give a secondary opinion to try to work a compromise, they do what they are told. This often results in the low level workforce being dumped on.
    5. Management has failed to plan for future contract awards. Rather than hiring personnel based on a tentative contract award, they waited till the last minute. Management was fully knowledgeable on the turnover that would result as a result of pay cuts for current employees, yet still failed to act. As a direct result several things happened: current personnel were threatened with negative action if they did not extend their current obligations in order to fill the slots of those that quit as a result of pay cuts, new personnel with limited experience replaced extremely qualified FSE's and quality suffered, and most importantly the customer suffered as the manning was not sufficient enough to meet contract obligations.
    6. Personnel are not paid and promoted based on experience, length of employment, and educational background. This results in overqualified personnel being paid less then under qualified persons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SNC corporate (Sparks, NV) needs to conduct a thorough investigation into the practices of its Hagerstown branch. Until this is done, Hagerstown SNC will continue to spiral into the black hole that is management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Sierra Nevada Corporation Response

    Nov 26, 2013Communications

    Dear SNC Employee,

    Thank you for your comments. We also greatly appreciate your service to SNC on difficult missions in austere environments. Unfortunately, the reduction in employees’ pay under
    ... More

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