United Space Alliance

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United Space Alliance Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
176 Reviews

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United Space Alliance President & CEO Virginia Barnes
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people worked there before Shuttle Program was shutdown (in 17 reviews)

  • The work life balance with working for United Space Alliance was great (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management unable to generate new business when shuttle program died (in 27 reviews)

  • They tried to diversify, but their hands were tied by their parent companies Boeing and Lockheed (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Company, Unfortunate Situation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Houston, TX

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance
    - Decent benefits
    - Very few other companies who do similar work

    Cons

    - Education benefits are so-so
    - Little chance for upward movement
    - Won't exist as a company soon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more chances for continuing education. Stop wasting money on silly social things that nobody wants to go to.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I really LOVED working at Kennedy Space Center. I loved working for Lockheed Martin but when we became USA not so much.

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    Current Employee - Work Control Specialist  in  Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Current Employee - Work Control Specialist in Kennedy Space Center, FL

    Pros

    I really loved the people I worked with.

    Cons

    The USA management and HR lacked ethics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Memorable experience working on shuttle program from return to flight to last launch.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer III  in  Titusville, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Titusville, FL

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. Ethical decision making at its best. Good work life balance. Paid vacation between christmas and new years. Great people.

    Cons

    NASA is slow "very slow" to adopt new technology / ideas. This seams counterintuitive but its a fact. There is way too much paperwork / time between the engineer or technician with a good idea and actually implementing the idea. This was seen towards the end of the program. When there was only 2-3 years left people kind of gave up on making any major process improvement knowing that it would not be implemented by end of program.

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  5.  

    Processing the Space Shuttle

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ops & Processing Staff II  in  Cape Canaveral, FL
    Former Employee - Ops & Processing Staff II in Cape Canaveral, FL

    Pros

    Working on the Space Shuttle program as part of the USA team was a great experience. Aside from my day job, I got to watch shuttle launches up close and enjoyed working with dedicated teams. When the program ended, USA was extremely proactive in transitioning employees to new job prospects and training. That is not typical for most aerospace companies.

    Cons

    USA had a fair pay scale but raises and promotions were too scarce. Engineers were treated really well, however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more opportunities for growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    United Space Alliance, LLC

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Operations II  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Operations II in Houston, TX

    Pros

    It was an enjoyable place to work, allowed me to see NASA and the space industry up close and offered me the opportunity to move around within the company and develop a wide range of skills.

    Cons

    The company provided work-life balance. Opportunity for meaningful training and advancement opportunities was extremely limited.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    So long to the US shuttle program

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    well organized, large organization and important work.

    Cons

    Contract instability, inflexible management, RIF of large talent pool

  8.  

    Things most people never see.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Aerospace Technician  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Aerospace Technician in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Was able to work with astronauts, watch shuttle launches and landings, see things most people never get a chance to see.

    Cons

    Too dependent on shuttle program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to expand to other programs or industries.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A company that truly values their employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ops & Processing Staff III  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Ops & Processing Staff III in Houston, TX

    Pros

    I always felt like I was a person of value. My contributions were appreciated.

    Cons

    Not all management had the proper training to be in the position they retained.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees when they bring forward a departmental matter. Don't ignore potential problems as simply a complaint by a frustrated employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company, Great People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Science Staff IV  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Computer Science Staff IV in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Safety, Pride in workmanship, NASA Support

    Cons

    End of life of company caused by parent companies not allowing for exploration of new business, and, close out of shuttle program, with no follow-on program. While President Bush started the closeout of shuttle, we had a follow on program, that, while it was not perfect, it was a continuation of space exploration. The current president, along with others at his side, canceled that program, and left us utilizing other countries to get us to the ISS. Very poor way for the United States to be the leader in space exploration!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They too will have to find other jobs, once USA is shut down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Staff II  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Staff II in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Cares about employees. Does what it can to help to employees.

    Cons

    Will not be around much longer.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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