Sierra Nevada Corporation
4.0 of 5 193 reviews
www.sncorp.com Sparks, NV 1000 to 5000 Employees

Sierra Nevada Corporation Reviews

Updated May 21, 2014
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91% Approve of the CEO

Sierra Nevada Corporation Chief Executive Officer Fatih Ozmen

Fatih Ozmen

(158 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Awesomeness tempered by long work hours

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Centennial, CO

    ProsYou support national defense and get to work on very interesting projects.
    Most of the people there are extremely smart and capable; great to work with.
    Benefits are good with the 401k match of 150% up to 10% of your pay being the greatest.

    ConsMiddle management can be political and petty.
    Management does not understand how to properly bid and staff projects, so long work hours with lots of stress on every project is the norm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house on the Centennial management. Many have their positions simply because of luck and the ability to pass blame onto others, especially underlings.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Long hours, questionable environment, petty managers, great pay

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsWhile everything you will read in the "Cons" holds true.... they paid me enough to look past it. Good 401K and benefits. Lot's of travel if you like that (maybe not to the nicest places)! Cool work on cool planes. Camaraderie among the worker bees is very strong.

    ConsPetty and sometimes mean management. Lot's of inappropriate jocularity (maybe this is a "pro" I am that kind of guy, but females be warned). Fiefdoms. Definitely a good ol' boy environment. Recent management moves are pushing out current middle management who built the company and replacing them with middle management from a failing drone company (a different good ol' boy group).

    Recent *large* pay cuts, that are admittedly not the companies fault (sequestration and shrinking federal budget) but at the end of the day who cares why your paycheck is smaller? Also travel reimbursement to Hagerstown facility was recently and retroactively cut.

    **Long** hours. Beyond belief long hours. I was in the hanger at 1AM more times than I would like to admit. But again the overtime pay (this was in 2007 mind you - overtime pay is now long gone) was tremendous.

    They use a lot of subcontrators for key roles. This is basically good ol' boys "double dipping" via their own company in many cases.

    When I was there there was *A LOT* of firings. See the fiefdom and petty/mean comments. Sort of like ancient Rome, promotion through fratricide sort of thing.

    The negative reviews of the Hagerstown branch all have a similar vein and ring true.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink about getting rid of the guys from the failed drone company - they don't know the project, don't know the customer, and they have no track record of success. Try to be a bit nicer to folks. Someone annoys you... try not to fire them. Pay cuts to management, and restore a bit of pay to the FSE's.

    Also, I suspect many of the positive reviews are astroturfing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good opportunity for a learning experience in a company with a lot of future growth potential.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsDecent Bonuses a few times a year. Good health insurance and 401K.

    ConsGrowing pains with the company now being a large Defense contractor. Still a lot of small company policies and procedures that don't work any more that need to change (Expected, but still painful at times to employees).

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt feels like the company is headed in the right direction, but can't lose focus on employee morale.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company, but poor management. Division leadership may be bringing in the money, but at what cost?

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent benefits, work autonomy, positive work environment.

    ConsToo many managers, directors and vps and not enough people to do the work. Too much favoritism and ethical issues with managers that are ignored.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a close look at your leadership and get rid of those that aren't needed or aren't following the rules.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Would have been a great place to work if you started pre-2009

    Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee)
    Centennial, CO

    ProsThe best thing here is, hands-down, the 401(k) match, which I believe is not available for new employees. Back in the day, the match amount was insane, but management had to do away with it because it was driving up costs for contracts.

    From an engineering perspective, this place was cool in that they were able to execute on challenging projects, and do so extremely quickly. This meant there were always new things to work on, and we could be proud of how well we delivered on a given contract. Another technical advantage is that most of the aircraft modifications are done in a hangar a few blocks away, so engineers have the opportunity to work liaison engineering overseeing the installation of their design - great experience for those who haven't been in this type of environment.

    Historically, they also threw one hell of a Christmas party.

    ConsIt felt like by 2010, the growing pains were more than just stretch marks - the company couldn't keep up with it's growth pace and was tearing itself apart. Entire groups of people started to migrate to other companies, and it was evident that whatever culture once existed was evaporating.

    It's definitely a "good ol' boys' club" in terms of culture and environment. The guys on top (at least in the Centennial office), who have been there since day 1, call the shots and they aren't going anywhere. Newer employees would get stuck working ridiculous overtime to maintain their rapid pace, but AFAIK, it was usually at least paid overtime.

    Again, the 401(k) match seemed to hurt SNC in the long run. Rumors filtered down from management about how their contract bids weren't as competitive as a result of the cost of the match, and to add insult to injury, employees were actually told that Congress' extension of the Bush era tax cuts were effectively a 2% raise, in lieu of a real raise.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Growing pains.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA large amount of overtime.

    ConsA large amount of overtime!

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    Company growth requires growth in learning - up and down the chain.

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Centennial, CO

    ProsGreat benefits and opportunities to succeed.

    ConsStill thinking they are quick reaction, but have grown too large for that. Customer dictates what SNC does, and uppers do not stick up for what is (or should be) actual, which creates constant overruns / schedule delays. When a smaller company, I was a person, now, I'm an employee number. Tough pill to swallow when you have longevity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to the people, up and down the chain, they can tell you how to succeed on a program.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall positive experience

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsExciting to work on Next Generation products; Also exciting to be working with the US Military and trying to understand their requirements.

    ConsProject Managers were mostly non-technical and didnot understand technical nuances of the product and therefore promised very unrealistic schedules to customers; Lack of focus on good quality software since eveything was contract based and the Generals making decisions in DC vetoed contract renewal without any understanding of the critical need for software maintenance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't hire so many contractors - need to have critical mass of permanent employees so that IP remains within the company. This area was quite problematic with our over dependence on contractors

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    What is personal time?

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWonderful benefits! No complaints there!

    ConsLeadership is lacking in experience, ridiculous availability requests, still have the small business mentality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very on/off type of employment

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent benefits and nice people

    ConsRequired significant travel even though job description said nothing of it.

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