Sierra Nevada Corporation

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
224 Reviews
3.6
224 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall positive experience

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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Like any Gov contractor work ebbs and flows.

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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 (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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Generally Positive

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    • 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
  7.  

    Good Company

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    • 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company's priorities have changed in past 7 years

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    • 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
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Awesomeness tempered by long work hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO

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

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    Middle 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Long hours, questionable environment, petty managers, great pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    While 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.

    Cons

    Petty 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 ManagementAdvice

    Think 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, work autonomy, positive work environment.

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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