Space Exploration Technologies

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3 people found this helpful  

Exciting Place to Work and Apply Your Engineering Skills

Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Hawthorne, CA

ProsThe level of autonomy for engineers is very high, almost overwhelming at times. Many decisions are made by the engineers, and the assignments are very challenging. Often, workers must take the initiative to discover, analyze, and address potential issues. Watching the launches is nothing short of entirely exhilarating. The company buys us all lunch each month and throws a great holiday party. The president, Gwynne Shotwell, is particularly concerned with making employees happy. Having worked at a big, established aerospace company, I can say that SpaceX is completely different. While they're taking two months to add a doubler at a stress concentration, we're troubleshooting far greater issues in less than two weeks.

ConsDepending on where you work and whether you are "the long pole" driving the schedule, work hours can be very long. Some people burn out, and some people are able to pace themselves a bit better. I think the technicians are ridden particularly hard to churn out hardware. Management sometimes makes decisions that are baffling to us engineers, and sometimes they refuse to make decisions and opt to just blame the perceived guilty party when things don't work out (not always--it's gotten a lot better). There is a constant prevailing sense of urgency and risk (could be a good thing).

Advice to Senior ManagementTaking large risks is necessary, but sometimes being a bit conservative is prudent as well.

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

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    7 people found this helpful  

    Good if your new in aerospace

    Propulsion Technician (Former Employee) Hawthorne, CA

    I worked at Space Exploration Technologies full-time for less than a year


    Pros: Good benefits and flex hours. Cons: Horrible management in propulsion dept. (components and turbo pumps), unfair… Advice to Senior Management: Hire management and people with aerospace background so they at least understand… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    2 people found this helpful  

    Fast pace work with brilliant people

    Avionics, Hardware Development (Former Employee) Hawthorne, CA

    I worked at Space Exploration Technologies as an intern for less than a year


    Pros: Most employees are young, which allows for a fast pace… Cons: As an intern, I found it hard to balance work… Advice to Senior Management: Keep doing what you are doing. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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