The Aerospace Corporation Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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The Aerospace Corporation President, CEO, and Director Wanda M. Austin
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is good: Management expects high performance, but recognizes that you have a life (in 14 reviews)

  • Flexible hours and 9/80 schedule (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Average age of employees is over 50 (in 5 reviews)

  • There are a lot of people that are relatively old still walking the halls trying to do the normal day to day work without having basic computer skills (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Lucky

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    Current Employee - Engineer Specialist in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer Specialist in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation

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

    Pros

    Mentored team work smart very smart fair considerate trustworthy great benefits and travel pay

    Cons

    Not the cleanest grey walls all phd's hard work important carpet old long hours old workers

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on serving employees add one virtual work day per week add employee committee members to staff and board


  2. Great if you are an Engineer. Otherwise....not so much

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    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Type of work is rewarding if you are an engineer/scientist. The customers and importance of the work is great. Working conditions vary based on assignment, but the company just spent several hundred billion on a new building in Chantilly, VA so some offices are better than others. Really low turnaround rate. Not many people leave the company, which can be good for some reasons but bad for others (dead wood)

    Cons

    Managers don't know how to manage. They are usually technical people given management responsibilities and still have technical work to do on top of the management work. There is a West Coast vs East Coast vibe and many opportunities afforded to West Coast employees are just not available to the East Coast. The executive management can be micro managers and won't let the managers "manage". However, there are so many levels of approval for such insignificant things no one wants to take any accountability in the first place. They have a union for employees of the technical staff. This union does nothing for employees, has never gone on strike and they have delayed roll out of benefits, and annual increases in the past. The union is not value added. Many think the union is needed because Employee Relations is only concerned with making sure they back the manager rather than help the employee. Most employees don't trust employee relations at all. If you are not in an engineering role, there is little to no room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a CEO from outside the company that will really affect change. Get rid of the union. Start paying attention to the East Coast operations, and stop treating us like we are the annoying cousin. Stop the mandatory years experience minimums and reward based on performance and not "time served". It takes years to get promoted and it seems like people just wait around until the clock strikes the magic number when they can be moved up.


  3. Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Aerospace Corporation

    Pros

    Great place to work at

    Cons

    Low salary because of nonprofit


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  5. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time

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

    Pros

    Felt like I got a lot of responsibility at an early point in my career. Lots of variety in the work as well.

    Cons

    Sometimes politics gets in the way of progress. Hard to get promoted if staying solely on the technical side of things.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the mentoring programs. Continue to be open and flow down information and details about the current political environment affecting the programs and industry.


  6. Great place to learn about politics

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to look around and explore your interests
    Easy work, not too much responsibility
    Pay is not great but the work is easy
    Great place for people that like to attend meetings all day long

    Cons

    Senior management (CEO and Group VPs) get highly paid by squeezing the working staff salary increases.
    Politics reigns supreme in getting ahead
    Company does not develop any marketable products; not good for an innovative young person
    It's service to the customer is easily fulfilled in the form of years of man-years (STE); no measure of quality

    Advice to Management

    As a nonprofit company that was created to serve the public good and support the govt, the company's executive salaries should be open to the public.


  7. Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Aerospace Corporation

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

    Pros

    Professional organization, filled with knowledgeable employees

    Cons

    I cannot think of anything


  8. Keep Looking

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clifton, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clifton, VA

    I worked at The Aerospace Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great mission and dedicated top shelf customers. Internal different story. Slow pace, pretty routine work, little oversight from management, not held accountable ... if you like that kind of thing.

    Cons

    See above if you are a more energized, leading edge professional and want to stay current in your skills this is probably not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your SMEs, know what you don't know, and take action.


  9. Excellent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work. Flexible schedule. Almost an academic atmosphere. And Aerospace has a stable workforce.

    Cons

    Benefits are ok, but not spectacular.


  10. Better Days in Rear View Mirror

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    Current Employee - Systems Director in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Director in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Focused on space technology and solving difficult engineering and technology problems

    Cons

    Slow and bureaucratic. Needs to remove osified layers of management.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten organization -- streamline business -- breakdown silos -- collaborate and share. Remove empire builders and information hoarders.


  11. Nice job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Provides fair opportunity, stable working environment, lots of corporate initiatives to improve, lots of opportunity to overlook many different space programs

    Cons

    Salary not very competitive, limited government ceiling, too much politics, difficult to have differences, still too many old people munching the system

    Advice to Management

    Some still have mafia mentality



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