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    Best place for passionate nerds to make a dent in the universe

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Hawthorne, CA

    I have been working at Space Exploration Technologies full-time (less than a year)


    My coworkers are insanely smart and responsive. I can count on them. Even if I have unrealistic requests (like "Write a test report by tonight because the customer just told us they need it.") They're also committed to improvement and open to change even when it's tough.
    The information systems here are impressive. Once you learn them, they help you be highly productive. They are as innovative with their ERP systems as they are with their rockets.
    From your first day, you're part of a very special community. After you watch your first launch outside Mission Control with your colleagues, you know it in your heart.
    Base pay is good even considering the long hours (I work 50-65 per week). RSUs make the compensation very good. The company's value is growing much faster than any comparable company, public or private.
    You are rewarded for hard work. Almost everyone who interviewed me has been promoted in the last year.
    It's very doable to adjust your role if you find an internal need you can fill and raise your hand.
    You'll be doing real work on your first day.


    I had a really hard time feeling like part of the community during my first month. No one came over to ask how I was doing. No one held my hand. I didn't get many newbie lunch invites. People look so busy, or tight-knit, that I had to go against my natural impulses and really try to meet people. I'd like to see a better onboarding program in the future.
    Everyone needs to work long hours sometimes. Some people work long hours all the time. You don't have to be a martyr. As one of my interviewers told me: be committed, but have boundaries.
    People seemed surprised that I didn't know how a completely proprietary information system worked yet! People will help you, but you need to ask. It's OK - just don't ask the same questions over and over again.
    There are some engineers who come off as jerks, more than at other places I've worked. They're really not, but just be prepared, be nice and don't expect everyone to be everyone's favorite right away. There are a lot of exceptional people here... some of them are just more "special" than others :)
    Much of work feels unstructured. If this is frustrating, DON'T WORK HERE. If this is exciting to you, and you can deal with that or help create some good structure, WELCOME TO SPACEX!

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    I believe SpaceX is entering an adolescent phase between startup and maturity. The next 10 years will see growth in throughput and revenue, but also in complexity. We will always need the crazy engineers (I say that in a loving way) but will also need additional skill sets and business acumen, united by the SpaceX vision and culture, to scale to the level we need to reach. I believe in your leadership, and I believe that the greatest and most exciting challenges lie ahead!

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Space Exploration Technologies Interviews

Updated Feb 11, 2015
Updated Feb 11, 2015

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    Engineering Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Space Exploration Technologies.

    Interview Details

    Process took a little over a month. Submitted my resume both online and through a friend who is a full time employee. Got contacted for a phone interview a few weeks after applying online (about a week after sending my resume to my friend). Phone interview went well, nothing too challenging but a lot of detailed questions about projects on my resume. Didn't hear back for about 4 weeks, when they contacted me again saying I "might be a better fit for a different division" (I applied for stuctures, and they moved me to systems integration in avionics). Had another phone interview with this department. Similar interview style, a little more breadth and less depth of questions but overall same type of stuff. Didn't hear back for about 10 days so I sent a followup email. Got a call later that day saying I got the job.

    Interview Questions
    • Lots of probing questions about design methods used in projects on my resume. Also a riddle:
      3 lights in one room and 3 switches in another room, but you don't know which switch controls which light. You start in the switch room and can do whatever you want with them, then have to go to the light room and determine which switch controls which light.
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    Negotiation Details
    Internship, no negotiating. Good pay though.
    Accepted Offer
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Space Exploration Technologies Awards & Accolades

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Vladimir Syromyatnikov Safety-by-Design Award, International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), 2014
Eddy Awards, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, 2013
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Headquarters Hawthorne, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2002
Type Company - Private
Industry Aerospace & Defense
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

We've assembled an exceptional team of scrappy SpaceXers committed to our mission. Helping achieve these goals will be one of the most challenging and rewarding endeavors of your career.

Things you can expect at SpaceX:

- Working with some of the brightest individuals
- Exposure to leading-edge technology
- Playing a direct role in shaping the future of mankind

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