Aerospace Corporation

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Aerospace Corporation Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
78 Reviews

3.7
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Aerospace Corporation President, CEO, and Director Wanda M. Austin
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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 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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  1.  

    Challenging cutting edge technology in a high integrity environment.

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    Former Employee - Special Project Engineer  in  Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Special Project Engineer in Chantilly, VA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too much government bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find another way to evaluate the customer's respect for you individual employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Many great learning opportunities.

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

    Pros

    Hands on experience with opportunity to drive results.

    Cons

    Politics can be more important than performance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Rewarding experience working with highly professional personnel and on very interesting and challenging assignments

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer  in  El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in El Segundo, CA

    Pros

    Highly professional, highly regarded with an excellent reputation in the industry, excellent pay and benefits, and one of the best firms in the USA to work at for persons over 50

    Cons

    A bit too much like working in academia; fully dependent on government funding; aerospace industry is in a level to declining business outlook due to sequestration cuts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Unpleasant abuse of young performers.

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff

    Pros

    None, really, since their strongly-proclaimed "job security" is a myth. They laid off a significant proportion of employees in 2011.

    Cons

    Extremely graying technical staff, most over 50. Although there are a few experienced-and-skilled oldsters, most are just coasting until retirement with a pension. Young staff are exploited to the benefit of the old and lazy senior segment of the workforce. Young staff also ARE NOT entitled to any pension; it's gone. Aerospace is basically a retirement home for ex-satellite-industry workers. Literally — about half of the staff have retired from other places before hire at Aerospace.

    Overtime pay is reserved for those in the "old boy" network. Younger workers are frequently pushed to work overtime to meet deadlines, but the overtime pay "approval" typically appears THE WEEK AFTER the young employee has completed the work. This is an unethical end-run around paying high-performers for their efforts.

    Paranoid and spiteful management. It is impossible to change Divisions, and you will be punished if you over-perform. Managers will say things like, "I didn't get to run a project until I had been here for 12 years, so I don't think you (junior employees) should be allowed to either." Furthermore, management will also frame and illegally fire high-performing young staff if they speak up about these inequities. Yes, for real; Aerospace punishes young talent.

    Aerospace claims to be one of the "top 100 most etchical companies" in the EthiSphere™ list — EthiSphere™ sells simplistic HR-training web videos that all employees must waste valuable time watching, and produces the list for its highest-paying customers. Total BS in this respect.

    I have seen extremely skilled employees suddenly kicked to the curb after having a medically significant event. The company has no respect for those who have contributed strongly to its reputation in the field.

    DON'T dare to be a whistle-blower on the Federal level (of unethical or fraudulent behaviors) of management, or they will do their best to destroy your career and life, through kangaroo-court-style "hearings," illegal firings, and even more egregiously illegal activities (that I cannot mention here).

    Office politics are king.

    The Air Force/NRO is 90% of the annual budget. Any money brought in from other sources, even if DoD, will be rejected like an allergen. The company actually punishes employees who bring in money if it is not from a USAF source.

    Salary is significantly below average for the aerospace industry. This is justified by management as being a consequence of the "perk" of having a rock-solid reputation for job security. But, oops!, Aerospace laid-off a significant proportion of their technical staff in 2011, so their promise of "guaranteed employment" is hollow. And, in any case, "guaranteed employment" ensures that a lot of dead wood is allowed to hang around for decades.

    While there, I overheard a "Distinguished Scientist" on staff advise a young PhD staff-member with noisy data, "Have you tried measuring it three or four times, and then averaging the numbers? That is a classic, classic way to reduce noise." REALLY?!? ANY researcher, from a freshman college student on up, knows this. They also know that procedural error, sampling error, or intrinsic variation in manufactured devices may cause variation. The stupid is so strong that it hurts.

    Management's focus is most strongly on "accurate recording of hours of effort" — of SALARIED technical staff. This is just begging for a class-action lawsuit, treating salaried staff as hourly employees, and (as stated above) only doling out pay for "extended work week (EWW)" overtime labor to management-favorites is another mechanism of unequal reward.

    If one wishes to be happy at The Aerospace Corporation, then one must abandon any fantasies of professional skills development, non-USAF fundraising, or any expectation of NOT HAVING their managers steal credit for their accomplishments.

    Seek a position at Aerospace Corp. only if you are painfully unimaginative, and think that "doing science" is merely taking data/pictures using expensive equipment. And do not dare to solve a problem using inexpensive bench-top equipment. You must use the expensive and shiny toys to investigate any problem, even if an instrument 1/100th of the cost will suffice. Aerospace has a serious problem with expensive-equipment worship, primarily because their customers (defense contractors) tend to have the same or BETTER analytical capabilities, making Aerospace ever more clearly a Cold War-era repository for has-beens and leeches of your tax dollars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jump ship before all of the lifeboats are full!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company giving up on it's mission of quality products.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company has some smart people working for it, but it's getting harder to find them.

    Cons

    The management is all about getting themselves promoted or about looking good to their management. Many of the government customers lack respect for the mission of the company employees and combined with the lack of management support for mission success, the company is in decline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your people, especially the ones that have technical talent. There are numerous hateful and abusive managers on staff.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Aerospace Corporation is THE job for an aerospace geek!

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    Former Employee - Associate Member of Technical Staff  in  El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Member of Technical Staff in El Segundo, CA

    Pros

    Great minds, all in one place. For the caliber of work that is being accomplished, the place has a surprisingly easy-going atmosphere. If you like working on the latest aerospace technology problems while surrounded by great talent, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    The facilities and perks were not as nice as what you may expect nowadays from a typical Silicon Valley company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Relaxed environment, good if you have family

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    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in El Segundo, CA

    Pros

    Relaxed environment
    Matrix system for engineering dept, so you don't get bored
    You will have the opportunity to learn and use new technology IF you look for it. If you don't, you'll be stuck doing boring things.
    Telecommuting policy
    Good benefit (cost is actually pretty reasonable here)
    Unlimited sick days
    You can work part time, which is great if you have family/young children to take care of

    Cons

    If you don't try hard enough, you'll be stuck doing boring stuff
    Low pay, but I think it goes with the relaxed environment. Unlike other places, you're not going to be asked to work over time and if you do, you get over time pay.
    People are old... and pretty boring folks here....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize young talent and pay them what they're worth before they go somewhere more exciting and pays more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Many smart people, the best in their fields.

    Cons

    Disappointing Management behaviors cause dissatisfaction and demotivation of the people actually doing the work. Many technical recommendations sidetracked in the interest of political decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote on the basis of achievement and skills, not connections. Put the Customer ahead of politics and personal interest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cool place to work, but you will never make money

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Cool projects. It's gov work, as long as you don't commit a felony, it's hard to get fired.

    Cons

    Compensation is terrible for Los Angeles. Forget about moving up. 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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY MORE $. No incentive to work hard.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to work for stability

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

    Pros

    Salary is pretty good, when you include benefits

    The job is very stable

    The company works in a wide range of areas, and rewards those who go above and beyond.

    The company has great values, and is very concerned with doing the "right thing"

    Cons

    VERY old working populace (its one of the companies selling points for "experience"). Average age of 50 when I worked there.

    The culture is pretty much old-school. Go in, work your hours, get out. While there is some comradery between employees and people are friendly in general, its pretty clear your job is to sit and work.

    Everything goes at governmental paces, and there are lots of processes and regulations you need to go through in order to comply with the customer.

    Even though I had just graduated I was left to work completely on my own. Which is good, because I owned the projects I worked on and had responsibility - but it was bad, because my only mentor was the Internet.

    Because the company is primarily a defense contractor, the defense industry budget cuts are hurting. They need to switch more ops to working with companies like Space-X

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage collaboration between employees, and try to set up situations where employees can help each-other out on improving code.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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