The Aerospace Corporation

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Great place to retire to...

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

I worked at The Aerospace Corporation

Pros

Aerospace Corp has good employee benefits, such as health care and retirement options. New hires receive significantly fewer of these options. The "old" system of a big pension is gone from Aerospace. The main location is in El Segundo, which is convenient to the I-405 or I-10 in Los Angles, CA.

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Half of Aerospace's "new hires" are retirees from Aerospace industry contractors or academia. It is apparently a great place to retire to. A retirement home, of sorts, for end-of-career Aerospace engineers and scientists. New hires that are on the "young" end of the spectrum are expected to work long hours, to toe the line, and to focus their R&D interests on those of their bosses. Independent work and innovative thinking are discouraged. 90% of Aerospace income is from Air Force SMC and NRO. Anyone who brings in money from other outside sources will be punished. Yes, punished, for bringing in the wrong color of money. This is a very cold-war establishment laboratory. The only young engineers or scientists who should take jobs here are ones with no other options. Despite management promises that the corporation is trying to be more open, you will simply become a low cog in the machine, and will be relegated to a very specific job task, with no tolerance for innovation or new ideas.

Old-guard employees are very resistant to divulging their program-manager connections, making it very hard for anyone new to find a solid footing of financial support for their work at Aerospace. There are very good reasons that Aerospace is often specifically excluded from government BAA's and solicitations for innovative research. Such work, funded by "other-than-AF-SMC" parties, is discouraged at Aerospace. Your money is the wrong color. Go elsewhere.

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The Cold War is over. Aerospace Corporation may find ample short-term funding in projects like the 1980's-era "Star Wars" and the like, but pursuit of "good-for-business" but basically bad technological ideas leads to inconsistent funding for the company as a whole. Stop punishing employees who show skill in bringing in money from sources OTHER than AF-SMC. Otherwise, Aerospace will face the spectre of layoffs in down-years for defense funding. Oh wait, there likely will be layoffs in 2012. So much for that vaunted job security –– the only advantage Aerospace had over other employers to offer to potential employees.

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    Familial environment, healthy work/life balance, but also somewhat low-pressure

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    Former Employee - Associate Member of Technical Staff in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Member of Technical Staff in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at The Aerospace Corporation

    Pros

    Very familial culture; employees seem to really value work-life balance and treat each other as more than just co-workers. When it came time to get the job done, I worked effectively with other engineers on the team. But when there was time to relax at lunch, it was always enjoyable to unwind with the team. I think there is an *effective* balance between work and life at the Aerospace Corporation.

    The work *potentially* (see Cons) is very interesting and even as an intern, pay and benefits seemed to be above-average. Also, you are part of a historically important organization in the technical heritage of the U.S. that is respected by military and policymakers, if that appeals to you.

    Cons

    I said that the work is potentially interesting because I did not have a security clearance. The true application/purpose of my project was never disclosed to me, as a result. Aerospace Corporation seems to have a more "old-school" feel to it--more older engineers.

    The future of space systems is highly uncertain at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to create a more high-pressure, dynamic, work environment if you want to attract new graduates. Work/life balance is important, but you need to hold employees accountable for staying up-to-date with the latest technologies.

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    Awesome place to work, really good hours.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at The Aerospace Corporation

    Pros

    The Aerospace Corporation has really good management, and super flexible hours. Unlike most engineering companies, engineers at the Aerospace Corporation do not work long hours.

    Cons

    Because it is a Federally funded research and development center, there is not much room to grow in terms of the business side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing a great job. The average employee age there is 55, so they are obviously doing something right, good work.

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