Aerospace Corporation
3.5 of 5 72 reviews
www.aero.org El Segundo, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Aerospace Corporation Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.5 72 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

Aerospace Corporation President, CEO, and Director Wanda M. Austin

Wanda M. Austin

(44 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Very familial culture; employees seem to really value work-life balance and treat each other as more than just co-workers"
    in 11 reviews
  • "None, really, since their strongly-proclaimed "job security" is a myth"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "It's gov work, as long as you don't commit a felony, you don't get fired, which also means there's not incentive to work hard"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Can be a little slow to move, but it is also the nature of the business"
    in 3 reviews
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Positive, compensation is sub-par.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Aerospace Corporation

Pros9/80 workweek is the greatest.

ConsSalary is a joke for the Los Angeles area.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your people, pay them what they're worth.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A unique work experience that provided opportunities for growth and diversified work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Aerospace Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

ProsInteresting work and opportunities to work with some of the brightest people in the industry. A diverse workforce that focuses on independent objective analyzes.

ConsDisappointing management and lack of communication from management at most levels in the organization

A company mantra that "our people are our most important asset " is just lip service.

Advice to Senior ManagementJust because someone has above average technical skills does not mean they'll have above average, or even average management of leadership skills

Take care of your top performers or eventually you will no longer be a leader in the industry

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

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Disappointing, no growth, little support and high stress

Senior Project Leader (Current Employee)
El Segundo, CA

I have been working at Aerospace Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

ProsIf you are over 50 maybe but expect elderly abuse

ConsThe company has no compassion or care for their employees

Advice to Senior ManagementCut out one or two levels, the stuff is too deep here with nepotism

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

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Great place to work on a variety of challenging problems

Engineering Specialist (Current Employee)
El Segundo, CA

I have been working at Aerospace Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

ProsDiversity of work, technical challenges, good working conditions, office politics kept to a minimum. Benefits are very good if not great,

ConsSalary is below par for industry, regular travel required. Workload can vary significantly based on external factors such as delays in Congressional funding. 2012 staff reduction handled very poorly and treated employees in an undignified manner, as senior management let their paranoia run wild and disregarded common sense.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop putting so much emphasis on recording hours. Creates the perception that our only work product is hours recorded.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Non-stressful work environment, company slow to adapt to change

Project Engineer (Current Employee)
El Segundo, CA

I have been working at Aerospace Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

ProsStable career, non-stressful in the engineering group, program office can be hectic.

ConsExtremely risk-adverse company. Employees are considered valuable to company, but management does not show interest in developing and helping employees grow their careers.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more accessible to those who work for you. Also provide benefits such as tele-work to be consistent with industry trends.

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

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Summer intern for 3 summers working in satellite design.

Systems Engineer + Software (Former Employee)
El Segundo, CA

I worked at Aerospace Corporation as an intern for more than 3 years

ProsGet in at 9, leave by 5. Fridays are relaxed days. Not a very fast paced environment, relaxing if you have a life outside of work.

ConsNot faced paced, you most likely won't be inspired by what you see here on a day to day basis.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive more healthy snacks, enough with the donuts! Also, spend time encouraging your employees of ways to improve their own careers and empower them to strive for more.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I enjoyed my time at Aerospace

Member of Technical Staff, Senior (Current Employee)
El Segundo, CA

I have been working at Aerospace Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe work was challenging, engaging, but also offered a flexible time schedule, and great benefits

Conscan not think of any

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A great company if you're willing to commit to research, very little hands on.

Intern (Current Employee)
El Segundo, CA

I have been working at Aerospace Corporation as an intern for more than 3 years

ProsAerospace has a huge variety of departments and research projects revolving around the American space industry. Also, the connection to the government provides security and a more relaxed internal environment than private contractors.

ConsDepending on your department, you may never see the physical systems you are testing for years at a time. With a company so large and with so many people in secret projects, it's very easy to feel like you're only getting half the picture. Also, they require Master's degrees for many positions, yet do not fully provide support for students with the rising tuition costs of post-graduate education.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf a company emphasizes research and higher education in your employees, please create a more comprehensive education plan that will be available to interns.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Some areas very good, others not so much

Senior Member of the Technical Staff (Former Employee)
El Segundo, CA

I worked at Aerospace Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

ProsSome people very technically competent and focused on doing the right thing for the customer and handling taxpayer money properly. Level of dedication for many folks os almost superhuman, and intelligence is awe-inspiring.

ConsThere are those who are biding their time there and are in management roles. Manipulative. Play favorites in order to improve their possibility at keeping their job while performing a minimal amount of work. Seemed to be more about power and politics for those people than the project at hand. Incomptence is swept under the rug rather than corrected. Money wasted.

Advice to Senior ManagementClean house of poor performers in management. Yes-men and women are not necessarily your friends.

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

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Stable and Fun

Senior Project Engineer (Current Employee)
El Segundo, CA

I have been working at Aerospace Corporation

Pros+ Stability for performers
+ Large latitude and freedom given to technical staff
+ 9/80 RDO (every other friday off) encouraged and can be taken most of the time (Extra month off / year)
+ benefits are comparable with industry
+ start with 15 days vacation, 20 days at 5 years
+ essentially unlimited sick time
+ supports continuing education (minimum 40 hours / year required)
+ collegiate atmosphere between employees
+ work with some of the brightest and experienced minds in the field

Cons- Raises not as good as private sector; make sure you are happy with your salary coming in.
- Travel required (could be positive if you like to travel a lot)
- stiff competition for best jobs

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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