Sierra Nevada Corporation

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Reviews

Updated January 12, 2015
Updated January 12, 2015
234 Reviews
3.5
234 Reviews
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Sierra Nevada Corporation Chief Executive Officer Fatih Ozmen
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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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Potentially a great place to work - needs some MAJOR changes.

    • 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

    Pros

    This company has the potential to be the best of the best. It hires great people and great talent. The team feeling is one of the best I have ever worked within in a company of this size.

    Cons

    Senior Management at the CFO (or Indirect) level of the house is completely out of touch with the real-world and realistic expectations. The next level under CFO has the potential to be great but are constantly beat down due to bad Leadership. VPs in this company never last longer than 3-5 years under the CFO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CFO needs to focus on finance, not subjects for which they have no knowledge or experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Company with Small company problems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to make decisions as a manager and move the company forward

    Cons

    Small company mindset on many of their internal operations - poor tool sets cost them millions in missing information. for a company that did $2.7B in revenue, they operate with the same management tool set they had when they were doing $500M

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    break down the barriers between business units and provide more incentive for cross functional groups to work as a unit.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hands-on, High Impact Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Centennial, CO

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time

    Pros

    The projects are unique, high value, fast paced and have a direct and immediate positive impact to users in the field. No where else can I think of that individual contributors will take their design/work from start to finish to field support in as little as 6 months. You come to know the user and their pain points very well, and have the ability to alleviate some of that pain with less political maneuvering than required at other similar companies. The mission is phenomenal, and very customer focused.

    Relatively small teams within project-oriented atmosphere which allows for a high level of responsibility and impact, but also requires a higher than average personal commitment.

    As mentioned elsewhere, 401k is above average (150%). Health package is also very competitive.

    Bonuses do exist, and are somewhat merit-driven, but also come from a collective bucket so current state of the company as a whole plays a large role in the payouts.

    Layoffs are fairly common, which is good if you are a high performer, not so much if you plan to simply clock in and out every day.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is dependent upon the stage of the program life cycle, but in general the balance is heavily towards work. Couple the lack of work/life balance with lack of paid overtime, and you can get a pretty sour taste in your mouth pretty quickly. Base salary is also consistently lower than average.

    A previous reviewer identified him/herself as a manager and referred to employees as "worker bees". You will feel this mentality within the workplace as well. For better or worse, engineers, technicians and support staff are seen more as commodity work units than individuals. This may or may not bother you, depending on your goals.

    I have never experienced such friction between HR and the managers/employees they are tasked with supporting. This may be a local effect, or across the entire corporation, I'm not sure.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall positive experience

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

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

    Pros

    - Excellent 401k
    - Chance to work on a great program
    - Fun coworkers (regular meetups outside of work to go hiking or to happy hour)
    - Pay ok, but not great
    - Dream Chaser program management was honest and open with us
    - Company internet firewall is overzealous (absolutely no incidental personal use of computer allowed, not even to check bank account. I mean come on...)

    Cons

    - Only 2 weeks PTO for first year
    - No pay or flex hours for overtime work
    - Corporate was not open or honest
    - Was laid off (necessary for business reasons, but could have been handled better by corporate - see other reviews for details)
    - Work/life balance depends heavily on your immediate manager and duties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate - treat your employees like the adults that they are, be honest, and communicate openly

    Dream Chaser Management - keep up the good work and make that thing fly someday

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work for their permanent, full time employees.

    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk I in Sparks, NV
    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk I in Sparks, NV

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I would like to state up front that I worked here as a contractor, not as a direct hire. I observed that they treat their permanent employees very well; the work place is very professional and morale was very high. The unit that I was assigned to was comprised of dedicated individuals who worked very well together.

    Cons

    As a contractor, I was given basic training in the job functions that I was required to perform, but it was hastily done. I was told this was because I was a "last minute" hire. My job requirements continued to be disorganized and undefined during my period of employment; I wasn't given clearance to all of the tools that I needed to complete my tasks. Although I understand that there is proprietary information involved and that access cannot and should not always be granted, contract employees cannot be expected to complete assignments when this access is denied to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before a contract employee is brought on board, please have clear direction in place, and make sure that they will have access to all of the necessary tools so that they are able to do the actual work assigned to them.

    Recommends
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent Benefits, flat organization, struggling to grow into a 'big company"

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    great retirement and health benefits, good locations

    Cons

    poor corporate leadershiip, poor core corporate processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    corporate has a reputation for "disappearing" employees. Limited trust in corporate officers. Corporate policies, practices and procedures are not nearly as strong as thought.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Like any Gov contractor work ebbs and flows.

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

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

    Pros

    Healthcare and 401k benefits are pretty good, although the 401k takes 4 years of employment to vest, but that's easily achievable for most. When there are lots of programs in work there is usually something new and exciting to develop. There are usually many self development opportunities regarding air transportation and it's certification.

    Cons

    Managers are overtasked with business development and worrying about future contracts. Added to that program timelines and budgets are cut at the very beginning then must be strictly adhered to, even with ever changing FAA requirements. Due to this the PM's have little time to truly understand what's happening on the production floor, giving the head engineer what some might call program manager duties. Due to SNC being such quick turn there are also few checks and balances during the initial engineering phase, causing many drawing revisions and corrections once production is well under way during liaison support. This is rough on the engineers as they are forced to turn out the initial engineering as quickly as possible and often times start already well behind schedule, then to be ridiculed when more program money must be spent to iron out the details during production. Lead roles are not able to be applied to, quite often the engineering lead of the next program is chosen without consulting the person, only once the program kicks off are they told (surprise) they are to be the lead. Salary ranges for particular job titles are also not known.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider publishing salary ranges per job titles, which will help motivate people to move up the ladder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Generally Positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Functional Manager in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Functional Manager in Hagerstown, MD

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great People doing Great Things

    Cons

    Not as "Family Friendly" as it is touted to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the "Bid it to Win It" process. It is killing us... Especially in todays fixed price contract environrment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FSE in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - FSE in Hagerstown, MD

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great 401K, great benefits

    Cons

    Work Schedule is a killer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more off time in the rotation.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company's priorities have changed in past 7 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in Fort Walton Beach, FL

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

    Pros

    Made alot of money, coworkers became brothers, benefits

    Cons

    extensive travel, management began treating employees like numbers, not people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that its the people below you who make you look good. Trust in your employees. Without them, your nothing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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