Sierra Nevada Corporation Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. It's Engineering folks

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules
    They know school is first
    Mentoring
    Learning

    Cons

    No social life
    No time to spend money

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Project Engineer

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Centennial, CO

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    SNC is a great company with great benefits. The owners really care about their employees, and it shows with compensation, 401k, etc. SNC is a challenging yet fun place to work with a lot of great products that make a significant impact. SNC has great social events throughout the year as well.

    Cons

    SNC runs lean and expects a lot out of their employees, this can have a significant impact on work life balance. It's not uncommon to work 70-80 hour weeks.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful

    Abusive Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great 401(k) at the time

    Cons

    ABusive management if they did not like what you had to say

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    There's a lot of good people to work with but watch out for the clique culture, if your not in your out!

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    Former Employee - Operations Analyst II in Sparks, NV
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst II in Sparks, NV

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good 401K match and benefits back in the day.

    Cons

    Good Old Boy environment, very limited career growth, impossible unless your part of the cliques that Managers only prefer to deal with instead of those that contribute far more in the work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees on a regular basis not just when you want something, and don't pass it on to another employee that is your dream (favorite) employee to pass on the information. Poor communication at its worst.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful

    You have to drink or lay with someone to get promoted at the Hagerstown Facility

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Owners are generous to the employees. Very sad that they do not know the regime that is at Hagerstown they are losing good people because of it and will continue to lose more.

    Cons

    Support staff is constantly lied to about promotions. Told they will be promoted only to build them up and let them crash down. Also, SNC says they are a work life balance company and in Hagerstown they are not. Many people have been bamboozled at their review time for taking care of family members for things that were not controllable and they were not given a sufficient raise because of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to respect your support staff as they are the BRAINS of the facility. Both former and current support staff are considering filing an EEOC complaint for the disrespect they receive and the lack of recognition that goes along with it. Mainly because they are females. I was there 10 years and not once seen a female in a large leadership role. There are very few females there that have MBA's but those who do should be in management due to their intelligence and they hard loyal work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great Place To Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sparks, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sparks, NV

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation

    Pros

    Creating awesome and innovative technology while focusing on employees.

    Cons

    Very reactionary, long hours, but worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is vital for any successful organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful

    Potentially a great place to work - needs some MAJOR changes.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation

    Pros

    This company has the potential to be the best of the best. It hires great people and great talent. The team feeling is one of the best I have ever worked within in a company of this size.

    Cons

    Senior Management at the CFO (or Indirect) level of the house is completely out of touch with the real-world and realistic expectations. The next level under CFO has the potential to be great but are constantly beat down due to bad Leadership. VPs in this company never last longer than 3-5 years under the CFO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CFO needs to focus on finance, not subjects for which they have no knowledge or experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Big Company with Small company problems

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to make decisions as a manager and move the company forward

    Cons

    Small company mindset on many of their internal operations - poor tool sets cost them millions in missing information. for a company that did $2.7B in revenue, they operate with the same management tool set they had when they were doing $500M

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    break down the barriers between business units and provide more incentive for cross functional groups to work as a unit.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Human Resources Team is Incredible

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Sparks, NV
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Sparks, NV

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Not only does SNC have an incredible and industry wide unmatched 401k match program, they also have a comprehensive benefit plan that you won't find anywhere else. Their pay is extremely competitive and the room for growth is limitless. You will be working with some of the most intelligent people in the Reno/ Sparks area if you take a job within this company. The human resources department is out of this world, they have multiple employee recognition programs, monthly anniversary parties, birthday parties, as well as many other perks that you won't find elsewhere I have never seen a harder working group of human resources professionals.

    It is also a benefit that the owners work so closely with all employees.

    Cons

    The hours can get a bit crazy during certain times of the year, but the time is worth it when you think of all the experience you are gaining.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Hands-on, High Impact Work

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Centennial, CO

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time

    Pros

    The projects are unique, high value, fast paced and have a direct and immediate positive impact to users in the field. No where else can I think of that individual contributors will take their design/work from start to finish to field support in as little as 6 months. You come to know the user and their pain points very well, and have the ability to alleviate some of that pain with less political maneuvering than required at other similar companies. The mission is phenomenal, and very customer focused.

    Relatively small teams within project-oriented atmosphere which allows for a high level of responsibility and impact, but also requires a higher than average personal commitment.

    As mentioned elsewhere, 401k is above average (150%). Health package is also very competitive.

    Bonuses do exist, and are somewhat merit-driven, but also come from a collective bucket so current state of the company as a whole plays a large role in the payouts.

    Layoffs are fairly common, which is good if you are a high performer, not so much if you plan to simply clock in and out every day.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is dependent upon the stage of the program life cycle, but in general the balance is heavily towards work. Couple the lack of work/life balance with lack of paid overtime, and you can get a pretty sour taste in your mouth pretty quickly. Base salary is also consistently lower than average.

    A previous reviewer identified him/herself as a manager and referred to employees as "worker bees". You will feel this mentality within the workplace as well. For better or worse, engineers, technicians and support staff are seen more as commodity work units than individuals. This may or may not bother you, depending on your goals.

    I have never experienced such friction between HR and the managers/employees they are tasked with supporting. This may be a local effect, or across the entire corporation, I'm not sure.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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