Space Systems/Loral

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Space Systems/Loral Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
115 Reviews
2.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance, interesting product (for awhile), some cool people to work with (in 10 reviews)

  • Mostly great people to work with, moderately flexible work schedules, stable employment (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Difficult to advance unless you know someone in upper management (in 6 reviews)

  • Located in an area with a high cost of living (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Sr. Mechanical /engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for if they get awarded with satellites

    Cons

    Periodic Layoffs when no satellite to manufacture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Probably won't be your dream job, might be your nightmare.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Space Systems/Loral

    Pros

    Some nice, friendly people work there.
    Hiring process is quick and easy.
    Decent benefits which start on Day 1.
    Free hot beverages.

    Cons

    Training, Health and especially Safety not a priority.
    Lack of planning and leadership ensures maximum worker distress.
    Many unhappy employees practicing the 80/20 Rule. 80% Whining and Backstabbing 20% Working.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create some management oversight . Conduct safety audits often . Include feedback from subordinates in manager review process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Falling Apart

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The flexibility this company provides is the best thing here. This place is great for a working parent who needs to change their schedule to take care of their family. There are plenty of shifts that you can switch to. The hours are of the norm but you can do an early shift if you would prefer to skip the traffic. The people here are friendly and full of knowledge.

    There are tons of different activities to join. From softball, bowling, golf, cycling, and even zumba.

    Cons

    They are super cheap. There has been no raises in the past two years. With lay offs every year, they tell their employees that there will probably be no raises in the next two years. Promotions are hard to come by and if you do get promoted, don't expect any compensation for the increase in responsibility.

    Harassment is common and embarrassing employees in front of their piers are even more common. There is a condescending slave driving mentality in some management who ride their high horse pretty darn hard. If you bring anything up to HR, know that you will have consequences to come for bringing it up. Politics run wild here. And you never know who is married to who or who your manager is golfing with. Watch what you say and who you say it to. Every one is for themselves here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show that you appreciate your employees. Don't lie to them either. Telling them that they will be compensated for their work means actually doing something about it. Don't raise your voice at your employees when you think they are doing something wrong, instead ask them how you can help to teach them to do it right. Being condescending does not help any situation.

    Formal training. You can not expect your employees to run without learning how to crawl and walk first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good to start, but not to stay

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    Current Employee - Senior Lab Technician  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Lab Technician in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting satellites builds in the industry

    Cons

    Little career growth, poor management, and no pay increases

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Internship at SSL

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to learn more about engineering. I was lucky to have a great manager, but the work can be a bit boring and dry. Pay is comparable to other internships. Very laid back atmosphere with a managble workload.

    Cons

    Don't expect SSL to treat its employees like Google treats theirs. Free Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate started recently. From what I hear, layoffs are happening and SSL is going to go through some rough times soon. Other than complaining about how cheap the company is, work is mostly solo work - sit in your cubicle all day and draw models.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together. Treat your employees right and they will work hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Turbulence ahead, fasten seat belt sign is on

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time

    Pros

    Environment is great, coworkers are easy to get along with. Middle management is cut out already in my group and faster to get things done.

    Cons

    Company is going through an overhaul to align with industry business. Will be rough to work here for the next few years. Proceed with caution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find leadership with a clear vision for this company and establish the clear vision with everyone. No more beating around the bush.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Grateful for my experience but there is way better out there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    There are some good people here. It provided good hands on experience and there is alot of work to go around (when there are awards). I got to travel often, and that was a plus.

    Cons

    Managers don't treat employees well. The schedule is king and everyone feels pressure everyday. Harassment is normal and if you make a mistake don't be surprised if you get embarrassed in front of your peers. When it is busy the workload is way too much for one person to handle. This company doesn't mind if you work 15 hours a day. They call it casual overtime.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    don't be so cheap!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Company seems to be picking enough contracts to stay productive, so some sectors of the company are relatively stable.

    Cons

    The company is serious cost-savings mode. Salaries are completely unreasonable for the area, there is no way a company can consider offering experienced graduates salaries in the low 60k. Such offers might be in some way acceptable if there were bonuses or some other perks to keep talent, but no one is receiving bonuses or raises of any sort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want new talent to stay around, you might want to invest a little more in what you have to offer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Gonna get worse before better due to the MDA buyout

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    Current Employee - Systems Test Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good co-workers and probably a Ok company if you are fresh out from college starting out in industry

    Cons

    -Clueless middle management who don't have a strong technical background and also don't inspire trust in their subordinates
    -Miserable company culture since there's a lack of basic things found at other better SV companies like activity clubs or after work events to help different departments stay socially connected
    -Currently in the classic post-takeover deathspin thanks to the MDA buyout, benefits got cut and there are lots of meetings now on the need to aggressively cut costs
    -Company is currently in a big lay-off cycle due to the above and probably will be for some time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Burn the current system down and start from scratch. The current system puts people in positions of power not because they have the skillset but due to nepotism/just being available for the position.

    Focus on building a company culture that actually matches all the glowing things on the website

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company was good to work for prior to MDA buyout. There is no loyalty for the employes by Upper Management.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, decent work, good reputation in satellite industry. Some opportunities. Interesting product space is awsome.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, 4 levels for approvals for mundane daily tasks. Management does not listen to employees but, continues to hire consultants. Losing people who built the company. No raises and lowering benefits while competing for talent with other Bay Area companies in a changing upwards economy. HR has been weak or criminal for years with many VPs and high turn over. Losing the things that made SSL great and the number 1 commercial spacecraft builder in the world. On a mission to hire young inexperienced workers at lower rates to reduce costs, losing older experienced workforce and forcing retirements or laying off due to age.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management from CEO to all VP's retire or leave before you take the company to a second chapter 11. Respect your workforce and help them by being a real leader not just a financial bean counter. Push back on MDA or leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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