Sierra Nevada Corporation Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  2. Helpful (1)

    Big Company with Small company problems

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  3. Human Resources Team is Incredible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Great place to work other than management's handling of layoffs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Louisville, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Louisville, CO

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits: Company matches 150% up to 10% contribution to your 401k. Additionally the health plan was affordable and there were options for career growth such as continuing education.

    Great workplace environment: It seemed like everyone who worked here enjoyed the work they were doing. The work was challenging, which kept things interesting. Everybody was friendly and outgoing.

    Cons

    Work-life balance favored the work side. There was no sick leave time, which required the use of PTO or telecommuting.

    After losing out on a NASA contract there was a sizable reduction in force which was handled poorly by corporate and HR to the point of being disrespectful to their employees.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Hands-on, High Impact Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Centennial, CO

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  7. Great company in a great area! Lots of opportunities for career advancement.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Program Manager in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Associate Program Manager in Hagerstown, MD

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work with and the benefits are unbelievable.

    Cons

    Pace can be hectic at times, but it's not constant. Being busy is good in the aviation business.

  8. Helpful (9)

    Space Systems: Program manager tyrants. Aviation: full of nepotism / Air Force favoritism. Good 'ol boys rule!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Support Management in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Operations Support Management in Centennial, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, good hours, busy.

    Cons

    Management can be brutal in that they eat each other politically. Full of favorites and nepotism. Lacks upwards and downwards communications and shifting positions occur often based on want, not need. Layoffs occur frequently and quietly, so many good people just leave or are ushered out the back door literally, as I was. Managers will huddle together and plan for the demise of other seniors. Scary place to work because the future of job security is always uncertain.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some real managers who know what management is on a personal level. HR is ineffective - 7 months to find candidates is common. Values are never discussed or shared by upper management. There are none, so the culture is always shifting based on who gets placed where. CEO and corporate support is available on a limited basis, and corporate (Sparks, NV) really runs the show. CEO is fantastic but greatly uninformed. They know nothing of employee development, honing skills, forward thinking. All reactive. No branding. No caring. Just work and stay quiet, or you're out.

  9. Good people, fun work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, fun work, great compensation

    Cons

    Struggling to get work in now

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing

  10. Helpful (2)

    Overall positive experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Louisville, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Louisville, CO

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Excellent 401k
    - Chance to work on a great program
    - Fun coworkers (regular meetups outside of work to go hiking or to happy hour)
    - Pay ok, but not great
    - Dream Chaser program management was honest and open with us
    - Company internet firewall is overzealous (absolutely no incidental personal use of computer allowed, not even to check bank account. I mean come on...)

    Cons

    - Only 2 weeks PTO for first year
    - No pay or flex hours for overtime work
    - Corporate was not open or honest
    - Was laid off (necessary for business reasons, but could have been handled better by corporate - see other reviews for details)
    - Work/life balance depends heavily on your immediate manager and duties.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate - treat your employees like the adults that they are, be honest, and communicate openly

    Dream Chaser Management - keep up the good work and make that thing fly someday

  11. Helpful (3)

    Management of deployment department was not qualified to run the department.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Planning & Scheduling Analyst in Hagerstown, MD
    Former Employee - Program Planning & Scheduling Analyst in Hagerstown, MD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great 401K. Great people to work with out in the field.

    Cons

    No training given when first started. Department went through ALOT of changes - boss promoted, 2 co workers left and left 2 newbies to run department without guidance.

    Advice to Management

    Try to ensure when you hire within the person has experience to run the department.

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