United Launch Alliance

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United Launch Alliance Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
98 Reviews
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United Launch Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno
Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Benefits are good, flexibility is good, locations are good (in 10 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits and ease to get time off when you need it (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)

  • Not a lot of room for advancement (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people, but often moving in circles instead of forward

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Launch Alliance full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people here are some of the best I have ever worked with, and the ultimate product is something you can be really proud to have worked on.

    Cons

    Constant churn. It can take a long time, and many levels of red tape to get through, for a necessary decision to be made. Accountability at all levels is often lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a long, hard look at the disjointed organizational structure. There is the core program, and then every other program is like its own island. It is no wonder that people often feel like communication across groups is such an issue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse…

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

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It pays just below industry average

    Cons

    Having an advanced degree from a top engineering school and working for several years before being hired I expected to enter a company where a smart person with initiative and hard work could really advance their career. Wow, was I wrong. This place is where careers go to die. If you are any good your current manager will not let you go. It is so pervasive that after the recent “job fair” a manager even boasted in a meeting that he told the new hiring manager who she could hire based on which of his employees had the most years of service and was the least valuable to his team. Just reinforced the notion the career fair was all a sham to raise moral and things would remain the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You may say the right things and have good ideas but the front line managers do what they want when they want. They’ve all worked together for 20+ years, they’ve outlasted every executive and they know they are untouchable. If you want any of your initiatives to reach the ground floor you can’t rely on them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Poor Leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance

    Pros

    The People, the product the mission!

    Cons

    No advancement for middle tier employees. Management is plentiful and incompetent, many of the managers are not capable of interacting effectively with their employees despite the implementation of various systems. Senior leadership will smile to your face then stab you in the back. ONE SICK DAY A YEAR! What more needs to be said.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on reducing the number of directors and senior managers before you steal benefits from your employees. Stop comparing yourself with your competitors and realize you have the best team in the launch business. If you continue to cut benefits and treat your employees as numbers on a spreadsheet you will end up just like your competitors, rebuilding burnt launch pads and filing law suits against your customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    CEO Tory Bruno ROCKS

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

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    ULA is the premier rocket builder and launch services company. The people in Production and Launch Operations are great to work with. There is a great deal of dedication to mission. Tory Bruno is the new CEO and has clearly articulated a strategy and direction to keep ULA on top. As with most Aerospace companies the graying workforce is an issue. Company appears to be addressing this now.

    Cons

    Health care cost to the employees increased an average of 40% this year.
    The politics sometimes get in the way of doing the right thing. Executives fail to hold each other accountable. Non-engineering jobs being done by engineers increases the cost of doing business. Again, I think tolerance of this behavior is on the wane, but it has been very bad at time. I don’t think the CEO will allow this to continue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold your people accountable. Don't assume expertise in one area translates to effective performance in a completely different discipline. Assess management and get rid of the poor performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding career and exciting future

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

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    At ULA I have the privilege of working with a fantastic team of very talented people. It is rewarding to be a part of providing reliable access to space and delivering valuable space assets that advance science and help keep our troops safe. There is also a lot of exciting work on the horizon including human spaceflight.

    Time off is generous and we get the week between Christmas and New Year's day off. Working hours are usually flexible and some people work from home as needed.

    There is plenty of opportunity for career advancement and our new CEO has announced plans for a program to accelerate people into leadership positions.

    Cons

    The industry is being transformed with new players entering the market and we are a little behind in the public relations battle since there is a lot of misinformation being spread by our deep pocketed and media savvy competition. This has hurt morale, but things are improving now with a new more optimistic and forward thinking CEO.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Low , What is the productivity improvement of MOS, etc.....?

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance

    Pros

    We launch sophisticated military, NASA rockets etc... These Customers demand extra requirements. They cost MONEY. We cannot simply absorb this. We HAVE to charge for this. Allow us to charge as options (ala carte options) as required. We are so damn proud to help our defense and weather satellites as needed, I am very proud to be a part of designing mission unique requirements for these missions to meet our Country's needs. Both weather and military. I personally have a very short time left in my career. This does not mean that I should not give up ANY thought of compromising our capabilities. And I WILL NOT.

    Cons

    The Company has taken a recalcitrant attitude regarding future go f9orward plans. I personally don't care if someone chooses to select me as a negative commenter.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Standard aerospace contractor environment, practices and procedures (in general)

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    Former Employee - Finance in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Finance in Denver, CO

    I worked at United Launch Alliance full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People in my department were basically OK. Benefits OK. Physical work environment OK. Training OK. Pay OK.

    Cons

    Overall environment hostile since two established work populations from different companies were thrown together and expected to cooperate. Layoffs started when the launch services "merger" occurred in 2006 and continue to this day. Emphasis mainly on college hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people and the business will take care of itself. Pay attention to the big picture and don't assume ULA is the only game in town. Train your staff to think and bid competitively. Failure to do all of this will eventually cause launch failures and contract losses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    it is a good job but

    Current Employee - Aerospace Tech in Cape Canaveral, FL
    Current Employee - Aerospace Tech in Cape Canaveral, FL

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    working aerospace it has a union so that makes it a lot better

    Cons

    Poor Management not real good stucture

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, bad management team

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Centennial, CO

    I worked at United Launch Alliance full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Historically good salaries, interesting work (space launch). Yes, this really IS rocket science.

    Cons

    The management structure is very top heavy and is populated by many individuals who got there through the 'buddy system'. There is very little opportunity for promotion unless you blessed by the 'in' crowd. Benefits have been shrinking and there is constant fear or layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many should retire or just leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent company, Future TBD

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

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance full-time (more than 5 years)

    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

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