The Aerospace Corporation Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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  1. Good place to work. A lot of smart people.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Technical people can learn a lot. There is a lot of R&D that goes on and thus it is a good place to grow technically.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic at times. The company can be slow to make changes, they do not always react quickly to changing work environments.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great opportunity for learning.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great social environment, great opportunities for networking so that you can get to know others in prominent positions and they can get to know you. The connections you make at this company are long-lived, if not permanent. You get to make your own opportunities; you can get experience and exposure in whatever area you may desire, where other companies would not be so supportive. Great work/life balance; flexible schedules. Tuition reimbursement. Great retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Though learning opportunities are plentiful, you may not ever get to work in those areas. Opportunities for development do not match opportunities for advancement. Unless you are an older employee you will definitely hit your ceiling; it's a fishbowl if you are on the fast track or ambitious. Pay is just "ok"...one works here for the valuable training and education, not the compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Support your direct reports in their career growth and advancement. APIPs (yearly evals) should also support a career plan that you should be accountable for following along with the employee.


  3. Overall a great place to work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer Intern in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer Intern in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. The company really values its people. Great work life balance

    Cons

    The location was the biggest challenge. It is located in a location that is hard to commute to (long drive) unless you can afford a really nice home close by, but that is probably unlikely.

    Advice to Management

    Allow work from home more.


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  5. Summer Intern (2013,14)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, education advancement opportunities, excellent work-life balance, always stimulating and interesting work

    Cons

    The average age of employees is 50+, and the company tends to be very academia-oriented, which gets annoying at times

    Advice to Management

    Hire young, driven employees that will invigorate the company and give fresh new ideas to the company


  6. Helpful (3)

    Ossified and Uninteresting Organization

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Near the beach, but as far as the workplace itself goes, there is nothing positive to say. Well, if you want a sinecure, and have zero ambition, then this is the place for you!

    Cons

    Talent is not rewarded—it is quite the opposite. This organization was important during the moon shot in the late 1960's. It is now quite stale, essentially a nursing home for retirement-age researchers. They like to hire a lot of "fresh-out" PhDs, primarily because they are inexpensive. The churn rate for new hires is huge, and only the unimaginative and submissive are able to tolerate the place. Management openly discusses that boondoggles like Reagan's 'Star Wars' defense system were unworkable from an engineering perspective, but that they were "good for business." Many at Aerospace long for the days of the Cold War with the USSR. One 'Distinguished Scientist' in the labs is even a conspiracy theorist who thinks the Moon Landing was faked! In summary, the staff THRIVE on screw-ups with satellite launches because that is when the money hose opens wide. AVOID!

    Advice to Management

    SpaceX is going to eat your lunch. Aerospace is no longer useful to the US DOD, and should be disbanded.


  7. Helpful (1)

    There are much worse places to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Academic environment 9/80 work schedule option

    Cons

    Diminishing benefits Paid like government but treated by USG orgs like a contractor


  8. Brilliant people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant people, important work, lots of perks

    Cons

    If you are a kid, you won't fit in.

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. a rewarding experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive salary, rewarding work

    Cons

    Not a lot of company culture; people put in their work and go home, no social life.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  10. Helpful (2)

    The Aerospace Corporation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Challenging technical work. Supporting the National Defense community. You're making a real contribution to the nation as well as using your technical expertise. There are ample opportunities to live in various states. As an FFRDC the Aerospace contract funding is appropriated by Congress so the funding is more stable than other contracts. The Aerospace Corporation is recognized as the expert in Space systems and space mission assurance.

    Cons

    Your job is to make sure other companies are building technically sound systems. You don't design or build hardware solutions. Aerospace is a large company and bureaucracy so things move slowly sometimes.


  11. Excellent company that takes care of its employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, kind coworkers.

    Cons

    Campus atmosphere and culture could be improved.



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