Aerospace Corporation

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Aerospace Corporation Reviews in El Segundo, CA

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
89 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is good: Management expects high performance, but recognizes that you have a life (in 14 reviews)

  • Longer days or shorter days as needed (within reason), and took advantage of the 9/80 schedule (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Very difficult for the company to adopt new technology due to the fact that the average age of employees is something like 40 (in 5 reviews)

  • There are a lot of people that are relatively old still walking the halls trying to do the normal day to day work without having basic computer skills (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Learning on the job as a Summer Intern.

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Aerospace Corporation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone here is extremely nice and understanding of summer interns. Management usually gives an assignment to the interns and remains hands-off. This can be considered good or bad depending on the situation. The pay is competitive.

    Cons

    Much of the people working at the Aerospace Corporation was much older than myself. This generational gap made it difficult to relate with my co-workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Generally a decent place to work, but sometimes inconsistent and sometimes dry.

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    Former Employee - Guidance Analysis Engineer (MTS I) in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Guidance Analysis Engineer (MTS I) in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Aerospace Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I had pretty flexible hours and I did experience some manner of promotion while I worked at Aerospace. I was given a pretty good degree of autonomy working on various tools for rocket simulations, and given responsibility in working missions and in presenting to those managing the programs. Working launches was sometimes interesting, as was developing new tools to increase the simulations power. Made a couple friends, and found it to generally be a pleasant atmosphere, even under deadlines. Longer days or shorter days as needed (within reason), and took advantage of the 9/80 schedule. They let me save up vacation time and take a three and a half week vacation to Europe, and sick days were not an issue.

    Cons

    Work itself was fairly dry, what with it being independent analysis. And some directives were unclear or poorly thought out - I was assigned to work on a tool to improve the simulation, and after two years of it seeming without point it was cut. I was encouraged (pretty much told) to get my M.S. to continue my job, and it was implied that I would receive a promotion and a decent raise. After earning the degree, the promotion came, but late and with a disappointing raise compared to what I had come to expect. This must have been to do with the budget, as I was laid off along with a few hundred people a few months later. None of those were above a certain seniority level, though. I received a decent severance package, but it still stung to find out later that those who were eventually hired to fill the gap I left were starting at a higher pay than I had left with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be clear about expectations concerning promotion and career path. Attach actual value to merit for both staff and management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good benefits, stable choice for the mid-career professional

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Fantastic dedication to people, good work-life balance, strong benefits for growing families

    Cons

    A bit slow to change, not a place for fast promotion, few bonus/awards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring salaries into line with local (that is, Beach Cities) market, do a better job retaining younger employees, work harder at recruiting for open positions so they don't go fallow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not a bad place to land

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    The staff here are talented, the pay is ok, and it is relatively stable for the industry. The work can be interesting and the customers are very appreciative.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility past a point. Managers hang on until they die -- literally. Silly attempts to modernize, re-brand, and reorganize.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Term limits" for managers. Lateral them to staff positions after 8 years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worked here as an intern and full time in software development

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Aerospace Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Extremely laid back environment, I pretty much could do whatever I wanted and no one even followed up on me, as long as I got the job done in a reasonable amount of time.
    Good starting pay for an intern, started at $25.

    Cons

    EVERYONE IS OLD AS HELL.
    If you're a young intern, you'll probably get at most a part time position for a few hours a week, they hire old senior bags that have history with other big name companies.
    Technology here is absolutely behind, by many years. Everyone is used to the old style of doing things. There are a few employees that show they know the new stuff, but they don't go far with it because then they are not able to communicate with most of the people they're working with, so they just stick to old tech.
    Everyone here has an air of "I'm smarter than you" to them. They are all very smug and feel as if intelligence outweighs all other human attributes.
    A lot of people are fake, and suck up a lot, but I guess that's just corporate for you.
    Overall, it felt like I was working at a very smart retirement home in the 90s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explore into new technology, and really push it. Not hiring intelligent interns on full-time and giving full-time to seniors is the problem, there is a balance and for this company to progress from 90s tech, you have to strongly lean towards the newer generation.

    I left Aerospace and started my own company and never looked back. I do not regret working here as it gave me A LOT of experience, especially with the corporate world and how things work.

    If you're looking to be an intern here, try to look past the great pay that they give you and try to evaluate your sanity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not Bad, Not great

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Aerospace Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of diverse/interesting work.
    Good work/life balance.
    Paid overtime (sometimes)

    Cons

    Slow promotions.
    Value "experience" which really just means age.
    VERY risk adverse
    Lots of talking about doing something

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try something new.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to retire with

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Aerospace Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid back work-environment. Great co-workers. Retirement benefits. Depending on the department you are in, you get to work on some cutting edge technology. Not required to work overtime. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Slow paced. Hard to get motivated. Average age of employees is over 50. Hard to move up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Build a prototype web application

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    Former Employee - Software Applications Development in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Applications Development in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Aerospace Corporation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great job security. Competitive pay for interns. No fixed schedule and no micro-management.

    Cons

    Very difficult for the company to adopt new technology due to the fact that the average age of employees is something like 40+ years old. Tons of legacy systems in place that you have to work with as a web developer or software engineer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push for integration of new databases and tools over existing systems due to difficulty of use and the possibility of a very hard transition into new tools when the time does come. (Going to hit a sharp corner soon).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Unique work environment with lots of diverse work, but little mid-level advancement

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Aerospace Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting work opportunities on a variety of projects. The work you do really matters and helps improve national space programs. Engaging work and great benefits.

    Cons

    There's little advancement opportunities for early to mid-level career employees. Most internal positions screen out early-career hires indirectly with mandatory years of experience requirements, even if the applicant has all the qualifications minus the year requirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review all positions based off qualifications/if the person can accomplish the work versus "years-in-the-seat" requirements. Provide more company-wide training to expose mid-level employees to other areas of the company to discover potential new work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Okay experience

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Aerospace Corporation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great facility, amenities/gym, pays well, social events for interns

    Cons

    Pace can be a little slow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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