United Launch Alliance

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United Launch Alliance Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
87 Reviews

2.6
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United Launch Alliance President & CEO Michael Gass
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great pay, good benefits and good people to work with (in 8 reviews)

  • The other employees are good to work with (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The two companies (Boeing and Lockheed) merged - they seem to have taken the worst of both companies and formed ULA (in 4 reviews)

  • We spend way too much money on stupid things, and not enough on the people that actually build the rocket and make the money (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Decent company, Future TBD

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer III  in  Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in Centennial, CO

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and benefits, flexible hours. Transformational change is coming.

    Cons

    Reductions in workforce are recurring. Transformational change is coming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All hands meetings are useless and disruptive. The Mission and Vision statement slogans don't mean much to most of us.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Ol' Boys club

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO

    Pros

    Off Fridays. We work a 9/80 schedule so having every other Friday off is nice. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Majority of the demographic are white, middle-aged men waiting to retire. All upper management is from Lockheed or Boeing, so the environment is very closed minded and will not consider change as an option. There is an unstated motto, " this is how we've always done it, so this is how we're going to do it". Management by fear - we were told by our CEO in an all-company meeting, "we're all free agents and if you don't like how we do things, don't let the door hit you on the way out". No opportunity for career growth. Women and anyone under 30 are not respected. If you just need a paycheck, it's a good place to work. If you're seeking career and personal growth, this is not the place for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Limited Opportunities in a Shrinking Market

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO

    Pros

    Get to be a "Rocket Scientist" and help to launch things into space. Fairly good work-life balance, though leadership can be a little schizophrenic about overtime expectations.

    Cons

    Management tends to be re-active as opposed to pro-active, and this has led to a lot of uncertainty about the company's middle and long term future. Recognition for contributions is hard to come by, and opportunities for career growth are limited to nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be faster and more pro-active in decision making, break down organizational silos (these are real and very problematic), and don't treat ERP and related platforms as substitutes for good communication. Flatten the organization, too many people have a tiny number of direct reports, who in turn, have a tiny number of direct reports.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    I love working here !

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    Current Employee - IT  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - IT in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, great technology, great learning environment, Management is laid back and caring. (very rare), good work environment, plenty of resources to help get the job done. It appears as though they have cleaned house.

    Cons

    government regulated and must abide by the strict guidelines. like any corporate environment some politics, government is cracking down on spending so there may be some layoffs in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing because whatever it is its working.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A broken company that won't do the necessary things to save itself

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Centennial, CO

    Pros

    People on the whole are good, benefits are decent, location is pretty great

    Cons

    Technology - Systematic and institutional fear of anything new, and that includes tech from within the last 15 years. Innovation comes here to die.

    Pay - per overheard conversations, online salary research against my own salary, and 5 other coworkers doing the same - YOU WILL BE UNDERPAID. The dirty secret? Aim to hire "3.9-4.0" students or workers, at "3.3" salaries. Once in the company, the goal is to pay you 80-90% of your market value and never let you get to 100%... you will be underpaid with super minimal raises year after year (sub 3%). Was told for years I was a rock star, and got tons of extra tasks because I worked well and hard, and yearly got ~2.5% raise and they stated how awesome I was so they fought for the extra 0.2%.

    Everything about this company depends on your manager. IF you have a great manager, you will still be underpaid and under appreciated, but they will find ways to make your work life easier and maintain a work life balance with things like work from home, very flexible hours etc etc. IF you have many of the managers who are woefully inadequate in many ways, then life can be pretty damn miserable. Work life balance goes out the window, people who are incompetent are favored beyond words, work loads that are more than 3 people can handle on you, petty name calling, it's a flaming mess. And those so far seem to be the majority of managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look, these guys are so entrenched it'd take dynamite to get rid of them. That's your first issue. These guys talk a lot of hot air, at all levels, and then follow through with nothing. They push blame around and never make things better. Your first step is getting rid of much of the management and getting people who aren't entrenched in the "ULA" way, and are based in reality. Just because "ULA" does it one way, really and truly doesn't mean we know better than EVERY other company out there. Fundamentally, leadership must get past their own arrogance and figure out how a successful company is run and operated, not hire a firm to tell them how to do things better and then ignore them because "this is the way we like it" (true story).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Exciting work atmosphere. Company is very mission driven and places a focus on product quality.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Exciting industry
    - Great benefits
    - Increasing focus on career development

    Cons

    - Very top-down management structure
    - Lots of red tape working with government contracts
    - Frequent layoffs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Current employee

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    Current Employee - Design Engineering Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Design Engineering Manager in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Vacation time off based on heritage companies. EIP (Employee Incentive Program). Decent working conditions. Short drive to work. Nice coworkers. Helpful coworkers.

    Cons

    Absolutely abhorrent people policies. No regard for people concerns. Demand overtime now for all levels of engineering. Initiating the most extreme micro management policies ever with expectations of excellence versus Spacex. Worst HR organization ever. Absolutely zero management policy of walk like you talk. It is all do what I say, not what I do. Mike Gass and Dan Collins should enroll in the hot air balloon contest. They would be sure winners with their huge heads and gas filled brains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gass and Collins are where they are because Lockheed Martin and Boeing were forced to merge. Both of them (LM and Boeing) said let's get rid of our most incompetent upper managers. Voila, ULA was formed and we got them both. Let's see how far they go. Idiots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sorry way to end a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Not much to like except Pension benefit and that most likely will gp away this year

    Cons

    Sorry management, old school way of thinking, employee layoffs every 8 months

    SpaceX will overtake in next 5 years. Company will not invest into new technology. Very bad management allows good old boy attitude to exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove and replace most of old school management from boeing and lockmart days

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work like a slave, no recognition, no respect, worst management EVER!

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Launching rockets for a living has no equal.

    Cons

    Company management is schizophrenic, suicidal and survives strictly on the technical expertise and experience of its workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Disassemble your cranial rectal inversion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is a bunch of used car salesmen

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Still a part of the parent companies, management atleast tells you that a train is speeding towards you

    Cons

    compensation, no room for career growth and you're blaintly told this, no forward development of technology, no funding for training new employees, bunch of weird introverted scared engineers, top heavy management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being scared of spacex and man up! Do something for the future of technology and instead of cutting heads figure out to lean your processes better. Better yet, get rid of the ridiculous amount of "VP's" we don't need or just send us back to our parent companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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