Aerospace Corporation

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Aerospace Corporation Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.6 76 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

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

Wanda M. Austin

(47 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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 12 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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    Summer intern

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat campus with a lot of perks. Gym, cafeteria, barber, etc. Very stable job if able to get in full time.

    ConsVery structured. Sometimes employees seem too serious. No one is mean, but sometimes not the friendliest.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting work

    Senior Engineering Specialist (Current Employee) Chantilly, VA

    ProsAerospace provides the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the nation, and assure that Government funds are spent wisely. The government usually pays close attention to what Aerospace says. As an individual, you still need to earn that trust, but the opportunity is there.

    Aerospace values knowledge and experience (its only product) and is a good place for workers over 50. There is a strong commitment to ongoing training. Work-life balance is good: Management expects high performance, but recognizes that you have a life. Benefits are good, with a range of health insurance options, and a retirement plan that combines both a defined-contribution portion, and a defined-benefit portion.

    ConsCompensation has been pretty good, but may be on its way down, with no meaningful increases for several years. It is a top-heavy organization.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    SAP HR/Payroll Specialist, SAP Programmer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking with the Best and Most Highly Educated Engineers and Other Business Professionals in the World.

    ConsToo Many Layers and Levels of Unnecessary Managements, i.e. 6 -7 Levels of Managements Starting a Programmer and Climbing Up to Senior VP. Thats Totally Waste of Tax Payers Money, because It's FFRDC, Federally Funded Research & Development Center.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone - because no one would listen!

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

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

    ProsVery 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.

    ConsThere'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 Senior ManagementReview 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Unique position to work on projects of national importance

    Manager (Current Employee) El Segundo, CA

    ProsGood work/life balance, opportunity to do thorough technical work, strong commitment to people, contribute to projects important to US defense. Best-in-class IT security and personal autonomy is encouraged, although sometimes management must be convinced to see the light.

    ConsOlder cohorts can be slow to change, seniority a little too entrenched. Employees are slow to embrace process optimization. Management hesitant to back employee technical decisions out of an overabundance of caution.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring in more young talent and be open to process change

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good career stability

    Senior Project Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsIf you are looking for a job with good career stability, then this company would be a very good choice. It offers interesting technical work, job stability, a great work/life balance, and a sense of pride and satisfaction by directly supporting national programs.

    ConsCommuting to and from the company's main headquarters on the West Coast or on the East Coast can be a significant challenge. In general, the commute is manageable since the company offers a flexible work schedule like a 9/40 schedule.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Okay experience

    Engineering Intern (Former Employee) El Segundo, CA

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

    ConsPace can be a little slow

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I had fun

    (Current Employee)

    ProsThe culture in Aerospace slightly varies depending on the department, group, subdivision you are on. But in general:
     - strong dedication to continuous learning
     - steady work pace
     - good work and life balance
     - most people are friendly
     - great benefits

    ConsSome downsides which I think are pretty common to corporation, in general:
     - takes a long time to get anything done
     - slow mobility - usually people rise through the ranks very slowly so if you are comfortable where you are at, that's great. If you want to do something new, that might be difficult
     - lots of gossiping
     - currently unstable with the government cutbacks

    Advice to Senior ManagementI've always respected the senior management. The principles they set forth, e.g. "you hold the key", valuing their for employees above all else, and "technical excellence" are all admirable and some of the benchmark I apply when looking for new companies.

    My main concern is directed towards middle management; where personal agenda tend to hinder progress and the depth of the hierarchy tend to stop things from getting done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging cutting edge technology in a high integrity environment.

    Special Project Engineer (Former Employee) Chantilly, VA

    ProsRewarding work satisfaction as a contributor to national security.
    High integrity company
    Creative atmosphere in a placate environment.

    ConsToo much government bureaucracy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind another way to evaluate the customer's respect for you individual employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Many great learning opportunities.

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

    ProsHands on experience with opportunity to drive results.

    ConsPolitics can be more important than performance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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