Space Systems/Loral
3.2 of 5 94 reviews
www.ssloral.com Palo Alto, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Space Systems/Loral Reviews

Updated Apr 5, 2014
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Space Systems/Loral President John Celli

John Celli

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64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great work/life balance, interesting product (for awhile), some cool people to work with"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Great people, good learning opportunity"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management can be disconnected with your day-to-day issues"
    in 5 reviews
  • "work/life balance tends to be unbalanced due to fast paced schedules"
    in 3 reviews
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Company makes an interesting product but work atmosphere is divided (Finance versus Accounting)...

Senior Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Space Systems/Loral full-time for more than 5 years

ProsStarted / worked in finance and rotated through the accounting department:

- Predictable hours (while in finance)...8 hour days are the norm for a financial analyst, more for accounting with strict reporting deadlines. Can take extended vacations with no issues.
- Surrounded by an older generation of employees (Accounting & Finance Managers, Program Directors, Vice Presidents, Upper Management) who are very knowledgeable.
- Finance has a party atmosphere and frequently throws gatherings with food and alcohol (on the company's dime).
- Financial analysts make decent money ($50k - $75k).
- Good training for your next job. Company even pays for a portion of advanced education (e.g. Masters Degree). Most financial analysts have a good foundation to move on to other jobs (see "Cons" section).
- Generous offerings of vacation time, personal time, and sick leave.

Cons- Finance works less hours than Accounting. Unfortunate because I think accounting is where more relevant knowledge and experience can be gained. (I personally learned a lot while being there.) The accounting department has solid personnel but is very often overlooked. Rotational opportunities are few and far between when it comes to going into Accounting.
- Some newer generation of employees (Managers, Treasury, Financial Analysts, Upper Management) to the company do not have and often show little desire to learn about the company. Can be disappointing and uncomfortable to work in that environment or work with / report to those individuals.
- Definite division between the two departments: Accounting versus Finance. Finance does not work together / invite Accounting to weekly training sessions, department meetings, or group gatherings.
- The older generation of employees have been with the Company for 10 - 30 years and show no signs of retiring soon. Makes it difficult to "move up" in the company so most financial analysts leave the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementAccounting and Finance are part of the same organization. Do not continue with the segregation of the two. More rotational assignments within accounting should be offered.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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overall ok company to work at

Management (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time for more than 10 years

Prosgood challenging work environment so far

Constoo much stress - commercial environment - overworked!

Advice to Senior Managementvalue employees for their loyalty and commitment - after all, that is what makes company profitable

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Lots of potential

Undisclosed (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time for more than 10 years

ProsCompany is the leader in providing commercial satellites. The range and depth of industry knowledge and technical skills regarding commercial communications satellites is unique.

ConsNo room for failure. LIttle time for anything beyond emergency management. Very little focus on people management. Burnout is not unusual.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate time for long term planning and people management. Create a management bonus structure where people management and future success (beyond the current year) matters.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Has Its ups and Downs, but overall pretty great

Subcontracts Administrator (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

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

ProsGreat people and environment. This place is fun to work, and keeps you busy as long as we are winning awards.

ConsJob security has been sketchy lately due to the downturn in the industry. We've had some layoffs because the award forecast hasn't been as robust.

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter communication with the employees would go a long way to improve morale.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company but management need more training, they don't know how to treat good employees

Senior Engineering Assistant (Former Employee)
East Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Space Systems/Loral full-time for more than 10 years

ProsNice people to work with and a lot of stuff to learn

ConsSome department are overworked specially the HiBays

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to improve more management skills to supervisors and managers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Definition of "dive right in"

Subcontracts Administrator (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Space Systems/Loral as a contractor for more than a year

Pros-work with some of THE smartest engineers in the world
-training opps
-good culture
-you get to say you build satellites.

Cons-not a startup environment, most employees over age 40, so maybe not a fit if you're looking for a startup
-a bit clique-y, sometimes don't reward those who deserve the credit

Advice to Senior Management-reward those who did the work
-less clique-y and only bringing your buddies up the ladder

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Plan your own career objectives and audit yourself.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Space Systems/Loral

ProsIf you were hired in the 50's, congratulations on being paid well for Bay Area living.
Great product for out of college experience.
Paid to go back to school.
Easy to move parallel.
Excellent product, Industry leader.
401K matching

ConsEnsure that you manage your own 5 year plan.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be afraid to hire skilled employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for. Having a hard time winning contracts.

Senior Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Space Systems/Loral full-time for more than 10 years

ProsInteresting work and great people.

ConsGoing through lay off cycle right now

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Company

Subcontracts Engineering Intern (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Space Systems/Loral as an intern for less than a year

ProsFriendly and relaxed environment, good benefits

ConsNot in the nature of the company to chase innovation.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Interesting work building high power satellites.

Senior Engineering Specialist (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time for more than 5 years

ProsHands on work with actual spacecraft. Great satisfaction seeing successful launches. Great location.

ConsWork life balance. On-call 24/7. Senior management is not considerate of employee time off, holidays, etc. Expected to answer phone and provide support any time of the day or night.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave some compassion for your workers. We are not slaves!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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