Aerospace Corporation

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Aerospace Corporation Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
95 Reviews
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95 Reviews
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Aerospace Corporation President, CEO, and Director Wanda M. Austin
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Review Highlights

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.  

    There are much worse places to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Academic environment
    9/80 work schedule option

    Cons

    Diminishing benefits
    Paid like government but treated by USG orgs like a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Brilliant people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aerospace Corporation

    Pros

    Brilliant people, important work, lots of perks

    Cons

    If you are a kid, you won't fit in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    a rewarding experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aerospace Corporation

    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive salary, rewarding work

    Cons

    Not a lot of company culture; people put in their work and go home, no social life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The Aerospace Corporation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Challenging technical work. Supporting the National Defense community. You're making a real contribution to the nation as well as using your technical expertise. There are ample opportunities to live in various states. As an FFRDC the Aerospace contract funding is appropriated by Congress so the funding is more stable than other contracts. The Aerospace Corporation is recognized as the expert in Space systems and space mission assurance.

    Cons

    Your job is to make sure other companies are building technically sound systems. You don't design or build hardware solutions. Aerospace is a large company and bureaucracy so things move slowly sometimes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Excellent company that takes care of its employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aerospace Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, kind coworkers.

    Cons

    Campus atmosphere and culture could be improved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    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 a 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
  8.  

    It was a job.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aerospace Corporation

    Pros

    They were going through a Reduction in Force.

    Cons

    Management was old school, and did not like change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some fresh managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Engineering Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aerospace Corporation full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company, great technology, fun work, I enjoyed everyday, it was challenging

    Cons

    Some people that I had to work with individuals were very picky about my work and were not good communicators.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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