Space Systems/Loral Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
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  1. Assistant Engineer, job and people are great lots of new friends in a different city.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Space Systems/Loral

    Pros

    The people are great and helpful. Always willing to give a helping hand in engineering issues.

    Cons

    Management appears to not know what they are doing with running the company and distributing the work with the available manpower available. Putting employees in position to not succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Trying to reinvent itself ...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral

    Pros

    Interesting work, good comradarie among employees, and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Pretty old school with hierarchical management, limited lower level decision authority, nowhere near perks of nearby silicon valley companies, and trying to focus and remain profitable on legacy product while trying to reinvent and facing conflict between these two objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop mixed messaging, make some tough calls on letting stalwarts go, and respect employees.

  3. Lab tech

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    Current Employee - Lab Tech in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Tech in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral

    Pros

    good salary company to work

    Cons

    is only temporary assigment, no good for families

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to work permanently

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Get to on the coolest things, get ready pull up your sleeve

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Space Systems/Loral full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, especially if you're starting your career. In fact, the company is hiring more and more college grads these days. You get to work on space vehicles, from design, assembly, integration, environmental tests, to launch support.

    Cons

    Depending on where you work, the hours may be long, supporting off shifts and weekends. Moving within the company may be difficult. Try to negotiate a good starting salary because raises are hard to come by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your employees more flexibility to move within the company. Practice what you preach - work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Family and friends operated company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral

    Pros

    SSL is a highly technical company. Located at the heart of Silicon Valley with great learning experience. Company does provide low cost meals for breakfast and lunch.

    Cons

    Low salary grade in comparison to other tech company. Low moral with very little career advancement within the company. Promotion is rare unless you know someone higher up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    company is struggling

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are great to work with. They are all very intelligent and professional people. Can learn many things about the aerospace industry with this company.

    Cons

    Crazy work hours, very stressful, poor management, no raise for the past 3-4 years. Company actually hired outside consultants to tell us that we're all overpaid and thus no raises. Many people burn out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. It was fun while it lasted. I received training by Security

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    Former Employee - Subcontracts Administrator in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Subcontracts Administrator in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Space Systems/Loral full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked their for 8 years. never took a sick day. I was a dedicated employee, i supported all of the Engineering groups for the past seven years. The next thing you know, i manager told me you are being Terminated for doing a great job. Per my manager he told me nobody knows knows how to do my work after four weeks of being terminated.

    Cons

    i have not received a raise in my eight years. I told them if they want to give me a raise, i will not accept it, i would like for them to donate it to a homeless shelter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was under paid in my department. I got laid me off. Now i get a weekly pay check for doing nothing through the end of 2015.. i also get an unemployment check every two weeks, for the next year EDD ending 2015. I also get my Severance package the first week in Jan. 2015. They are also paying for my medical through the end of 2015. I would like to thank SSL for all of their support during these tough times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Best to gain experience here for a resume builder, and seek other opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Senior Lab Tech Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Lab Tech Specialist in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting look into the aerospace industry, and chance to travel to other countries. Interesting product development on the "floor". Challenging work environment.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance. Poor yearly compensations (raises). Poor bonuses distribution. Almost impossible to transfer to other departments for growth purposes, they run "lean" on manpower. Ill-informed management chain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel management is lacking in the honesty and tactfulness department. Perhaps, offer training in those areas for middle management and below? They don't seem to really know what's happening in the company, which is unfortunate. So definitely, an improved channel of communication between employer and employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Low Moral

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    Current Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Place to work. Real "old school" engineering company who values collaboration, integrity, and do it right the first time. This type of company built the foundation of good engineers.

    Cons

    No raises or bonus for the past two years, even though business is good. 2014 is a record winning contract award year. Talented people are leaving in droves, company laying off wrong people frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the workers ASAP or there will be a massive exodus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Extremely formalized bureaucratic company. Very incompetent management

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is quite simple to sit and do nothing given you hit the right spot in the company. (Assuming it's OK with you) This could explain a significant portion of positive reviews. If you do not mind sitting and pressing keyboard buttons strictly following instructions that sometimes do not make any sense - it's place for you.

    Cons

    If you think your job should be a bit more than cutting sugar cane 40+ hours a week to make a descent living consider other places. Also if you are highly skilled in politics you may have a chance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please retire. You are wrong people in the wrong place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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