Space Exploration Technologies Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Space Exploration Technologies CEO and CTO Elon Musk
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Pros
  • Fast paced high energy work environment (in 18 reviews)

  • On the way to the rocket assembly line grab yourself a free latte or frozen yogurt (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • No work-life balance for the people who work on the production floor (in 28 reviews)

  • Always expected to work long hours (in 34 reviews)

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  1. Drinking The Kool-Aid

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hawthorne, CA

    I have been working at Space Exploration Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    This is very important work that has a huge impact on humanity. You'll never work anywhere else that has as much R&D or as many lofty goals. * Great food * Cheap swag * Great stock options * Support for work/life balance

    Cons

    The tools have suffered from owners departing and not enough people knowing how to keep them running. IT has exploded and spiderweb-ed into every part of the organization. Owning things is great but having too many chefs is a problem. The cash portion of the compensation isn't really negotiated without giving up some stock. Since the hierarchy is so flat it's hard to figure out how you can "level up" or get a significant raise.


  2. New Hire First Day.. Amazing.

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Hawthorne, CA

    I have been working at Space Exploration Technologies

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

    Pros

    The interview process was seamless, everyone did their part and was in place when expected. The hiring was also very seamless and efficient making it easy to choose to relocate. Very friendly, efficient, helpful teams working on everything from relocation to orientation. Everything was prepared and ready. Every position was made to feel important and welcomed as a whole group.

    Cons

    Last minute travel notification but everything was taken care of.

    Advice to Management

    N/A keep up the great work!


  3. If you have never worked in aerospace a great place to start

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, LA

    I have been working at Space Exploration Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work amazing benefits. The food is awesome,

    Cons

    Depending on what department your in you may have to do a lot of overtime.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Fantastic vision; forming it's bureaucratic focus for the betterment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, CA

    I worked at Space Exploration Technologies full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Incredible mission - you'll live the rest of your life known as the guy/gal who worked at SpaceX Smart people - there will be blockheads in the mix, but the majority of employees at SpaceX are the best of the best Thrill of the launch - nothing beats the camaraderie of watching a launch from behind the glass of Mission Control. You can't get that at Google/FaceBook/Apple/Boeing/name-your-company

    Cons

    You can easily lose yourself in the minutiae. Everyone wants to do their best and "impress Elon". Don't fall into that quicksand trap. Do your best. Admit that you don't know something fully - it will be explained to you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep in mind that people want to be praised, that doesn't happen often enough here. Maybe it does on an individual level (launch crew, upper management, etc.) but it certainly doesn't trickle down. Also, you have the world's best motivational tool as your CEO. Maybe he doesn't like the ra-ra role but it's way more effective for the company than it is painful for him. Use it.


  6. Great Experience with bad pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Space Exploration Technologies

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

    Pros

    Awesome leadership, Open minded, Comfortable environment, Good quality of life

    Cons

    Unsat compensation, undesirable location, still a very young company


  7. Helpful (4)

    Incredible once in a lifetime experience, great options, but low cash comp.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Space Exploration Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Incredible once in a lifetime experience - generally able to get any experience you are willing to work for. Great stock options, especially for those who started early in the company.

    Cons

    Long hours - often unpredictable schedule. Cash compensation is lower than market average, especially considering the high cost of living in Los Angeles.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a clearer path toward advancement, both in terms of roles and salaries. There needs to be a better rotation/training program for different groups/departments. Annual cost of living raises barely cover inflation, and when rent increase in LA are taken into account, cause many to fall behind...


  8. Helpful (4)

    Read the new book about Elon - if it inspires you (like it did me), SpaceX is probably for you.

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    Current Employee - California in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - California in Hawthorne, CA

    I have been working at Space Exploration Technologies full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    When I talk about SpaceX, I don't say that it's a peak career experience - I say that it's a peak LIFETIME experience. If SpaceX is for you, it will absolutely positively blow your mind. You will never be the same again, and I mean that in the best way possible. There is a high degree of self-selection in the recruiting process at SpaceX. If you learn about Elon Musk and SpaceX and you are inspired to learn more, inspired to read and absorb everything you can about them, and are willing to do whatever it takes to get hired here, and then do whatever it takes to be successful once you ARE here, then SpaceX is definitely for you. If the preceding verbiage does not describe you, then it's probably not for you, and it's all good either way.

    Cons

    If SpaceX is your cup of tea, the things about SpaceX that some will describe as 'Cons' or 'Downsides' won't occur for you as such in the least. They are just part of life at the X. The reality of working at SpaceX is that it's an intense place to work. It will call you to bring your A game and find out what you're made of. Sometimes a sprint, sometimes an endurance test, sometimes both, it is a mission more than it is a job. If you're just looking for a job, don't even bother applying at SpaceX. There are many easier ways to make a buck out there. But to my knowledge, there is no company more exciting, inspiring, and awesome in the entire solar system.


  9. Technician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Space Exploration Technologies full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Being part of cutting-edge development. Pioneers.

    Cons

    ZERO Work:Life balance. Management would rather work good people into the ground than hire more [qualified] people and have to pay extra payroll expenses. Zero [real] Training. Zero OSHA, EPA, Dept Labor adherence

    Advice to Management

    Many suggestions come in and are disregarded. What do you think that the Error Rate is for an Operations staff that is working 70 hr work weeks ?


  10. Great!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Space Exploration Technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Elon Musk is truly the best CEO that any employee can ever truly ask for!

    Cons

    There are literally no downsides or cons to working at SpaceX and working with Elon Musk!


  11. Helpful (1)

    SpaceX employee (3 months)

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, CA

    I have been working at Space Exploration Technologies

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

    Pros

    One of the most positive things I have noticed working at SpaceX is the passion that all employees appear to have for the overall mission. Secondly, SpaceX treats their employees very well with respect to food, drinks, and even SpaceX swag, as well as offers employees a great benefits package.

    Cons

    I have not personally experienced this, but in talking to current and exiting employees, the consensus seems to be that everyone loves working at SpaceX, but the pressure and time commitment is too much, especially for a family person.

    Advice to Management

    Hire in more knowledgeable employees to provide support and balance the workload of your existing 'High' rated employees before you lose the 'good ones'.



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