Space Systems/Loral

  www.sslmda.com
  www.sslmda.com
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A great place to work for my first engineering job

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Space Systems/Loral as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

The people you work with
Work/Life Balance
Good place to continually learn and apply skills

Cons

Singular focus of the company
Human Resources
Located in an area with a high cost of living

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try harder to retain the co-ops and interns you invest in.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Missing the expectations of a high tech company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    SSL designs robotic spacecraft that gets blasted into space by massive rockets, and the task is challenging and interesting. There is a lot of room for improvement, so you can be a part of that.

    Cons

    My department manager has been at the company his whole career and he is is missing modern management skills. Other section managers are in there position because they were the only soles left during after the company went bankrupt. My experience is that quality is suffering and I wonder how SSL claims ISO 9001 compliance. Some departments don't do anything and work easy 35 hour weeks, while other departments work 55 hour weeks with no compensation or even a pat on the back. There is a lack of team work and some people will just ignore there job. The books are often cooked because that is how they always do it. Technical risks are not taken seriously and on current programs the company is paying the price with poor business wining and lay-offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demote the mid-managers to technical and get real managers with a divers technical management background. Focus on quality and training of employees. Rally the troops to work as a team and level workload and Identify the sandbagging departments. Focus on developing new capabilities because SSL technology is becoming non-competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great work life balance, not much learning opportunity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Decent compensation, flexible hours and good benefits

    Cons

    outdated technology, and not much learning opportunities. If you are a fresh grad, be very careful of getting stuck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not bad at all

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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