Space Systems/Loral

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Space Systems/Loral is a great place to work.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Space Systems/Loral

Pros

Once employed, there are substantial opportunities for LATERAL movement allowing engineers and other technical staff to introduce themselves to new fields and job descriptions. Depending on position within the company, there are opportunities to travel abroad.

Cons

There is a large disconnect between departments which is typical of a company this size, but still an inconvenience. Additionally, their cafeteria SUCKS!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Leadership is making great strides in streamlining the company and improving management - staff relations. My advice is they continue down that road.

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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  1.  

    Stuck in the 60's

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral

    Pros

    Great pay and great work. You get to be with real hardware that actually will remain out in space. Coworkers are very friendly toward each other and spend some time aways from work together at personal gatherings.

    Cons

    the company culture is very "Old school." Most people are NOT given the option to work from home. It is not a very flexivle work environment especially if you work with or around the manufacturing teams. almost all people are expected to work at least 10% more on a regular basis. Lots of people work on weekends and work 10 hour days regurlarly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its 2012 and your company is physically less than a couple miles away from google and when you look at the company culture you are decades away. Employees at Loral are given very little latitude to create, take ownership and leadership. Most employees feel micromanaged. This goes from managers the way down to the individual contributor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    There are too much unreasonable expectations and deadlines to perform tasks and assignments.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in East Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in East Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral

    Pros

    Job Security is very high. People do not get layed off; they get fired, but it takes a year. Loral gives people a chance to improve performance.

    I did change my ratings from a 2 to a 3 because I heard from friends that it is a common problem at other companies, or employees at other companies quit because they are bored with nothing to do.

    Cons

    There is a reason why job security is very high. Loral tries to win contracts at any cost. This includes underbidding with a tight schedule. Unfortunately, satellites need to be redesigned and time is very valuable. Managers at every level simply ignore problems; some even micromanage tasks to help solve the problem on the radar without alleviating the work. Many managers and employees are untrained because they are new. We also need to spend time on training ourselves and others and trying to find time to fulfill non-program related work assignments. A lot of good and even experienced people have left the company which exacerbates the problem. This also leads to a lot of people finger-pointing at each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to win contracts with a more decent schedule and cost and reasonable designs and analyses. Loral is losing its technical edge as a satellite provider.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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