Sierra Nevada Corporation Reviews

Updated June 30, 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 (1)

    Good Company, Bad Management

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Company had great benefits, the hours were good until it was crunch time, and it was usually crunch time. The pay was good for this area, and the vacation was not bad to start.

    Cons

    I enjoyed the company and the benefits, but the mid level management was lacking in all areas. They people who were able to move up were the ones who smoked the E-Cigs and hung out in the smoke pit with the bosses. I'm not much on kissing butt to move up in a company, but at SNC, that's what you have to do. It works well for those who are willing to have a little brown on their noses.

    Advice to Management

    Hire or move real management quality people in to place rather than those who kissed enough butt. Training would be nice.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Great Benefits, but you better be part of the SNC vision

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    SNC was a generous company the 4 years I was with them. Due to their military contracts at the time they were making great profit and sharing with the employees.

    Cons

    My company was acquired by SNC around 2010. SNC invested financially to assist us in fulfilling our current program goals but did nothing to develop new business for our office. When our programs ended the office was closed.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some effort integrating all the various businesses SNC has acquired into a unified organizations that uses common systems.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Manager

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

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Very Good benefits Pay scale above average

    Cons

    Company has grown to fast and left behind values it once held strong to
    Case in point is how can you trust a division when the entire HR dept quits or leaves abruptly 3 times in the course of one year
    What was it they had found and not relayed to the rest of the division

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and ears ' Listen to the truth and not the hear say rumors
    Over run budgets and late delivery can only be bailed out by the President and CEO for so long
    The people beneath you depend on your ability to run a successful operation for their survival


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Business Analyst

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

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Lots of visibility
    2. Nice people to work with
    3. There is some opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    1. Pay negations. Pay is at the bottom of the scale
    2. Long hours
    3. Most things are done on a very manual basis. Company is still trying to become a large business.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation

    Pros

    Good 401K, great co-workers, ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Pay is average. Promotions can be slow.

    Advice to Management

    Raise pay


  7. Helpful (7)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation

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

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Big Company with Small company problems

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (3)

    Hands-on, High Impact Work

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

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Overall positive experience

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


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

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

    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.



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