Virgin Galactic

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Virgin Galactic Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work with very intelligent people.

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    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer

    I have been working at Virgin Galactic full-time

    Pros

    great atmosphere, intelligent people, helpful and welcoming co-workers, challenging and interesting work

    Cons

    location is not ideal to live

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Engineering dream job

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    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Mojave, CA
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Mojave, CA

    I have been working at Virgin Galactic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the brightest engineers in the field and use some pretty remarkable technology in our effort to get people to space. The environment is completely casual and light-hearted. Benefits are great, especially vacation - fresh college engineering graduates start with 3 weeks that they're encouraged to use. Mojave runs on a 9/80 schedule. Profit sharing happens if company goals are met. Richard Branson swings by a few times per year.

    Cons

    It is very difficult for someone to get fired here. Someone who has repeatably shown they cannot do their tasks, cannot budget time, are not motivated, and/or safety issues can rest assured that it takes a massive undertaking to get canned. Consequently, we're frequently stuck dealing with people who don't want to or can't help us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a decision and stick with it. The longer you try to keep people going on every road at once, the longer it's going to take to reach your goals. We'll start on a project only to have the requirements be ambiguous or completely undefined, and then have the few we have change a few months later.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Fun project, great colleagues, bad management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virgin Galactic

    Pros

    Exciting project, innovative environment, some great and talented colleagues.

    Cons

    Very bad management - boys club, do anything to keep up the image, out of touch, alienate staff, lack of career progression (unless you are in the club).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the future of commercial space travel a favor and replace yourselves with commercially experienced managers. Focus on space tourism project at hand and get that working before getting carried away with future projects you don't even know will work. And stop the favoritism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Awesome brand name, but don't bother working there if you are not an Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virgin Galactic (less than an year)

    Pros

    Cool brand, lots of great marketing, exciting to be affiliated with Branson (he actually comes to visit 1X a year). Some departments have entrepreneurial attitudes while others do not. Co-workers are passionate about the Space frontier in general. Lots of smart engineers. You get to see the space craft up close and personal. If you are in manufacturing, you are building it with composite material.

    Cons

    Awful location - Mojave dessert, there is NOTHING there. Forget a social life it you are city bound, wish to date cosmopolitan girls / boys and love international atmospheres. People move out because of the location. Co-workers are a combination of 40s/50s old Aerospace, new ivy league grads, ex-SpaceX-ers, and random mixes from Boeing in Kansas or Adams Aircraft - as a result, the conflict and politics between those groups are pretty bad with a lot of dedicated people leaving. Managers play favorites. Work hours in some departments are 10-12 hour+. If you are not an engineer, you are not valued and won't get anything interesting to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont appoint managers who are unqualified to be managers. Just because they have a good personality or been with the company for a while does not mean they know how to manage people. All results come from the environment and decisions the managers make. Appoint and find people who really knows what they are doing and don't play favorites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun company to work for!!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Virgin Galactic

    Pros

    Great benefits package, Fun work environment, love the team feeling. I wish I was still working for them. Because it is still small it is possible to help with the development of the company.

    Cons

    Some management tends to not listen to employee ideas, can be a bit of "the boys club" and not very family supportive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your employees are telling you. They may be young but if they have knowledge in that field it's worth taking their advise in consideration.

  7.  

    Demanding, and Rewarding of your time and effort.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician in Mojave, CA
    Current Employee - Technician in Mojave, CA

    I have been working at Virgin Galactic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    New relatively innovative company, decent benefits, Extra effort rewarded.

    Cons

    Pressure from schedule changes, Split ideologies, time requirements (some employees may be dissatisfied with)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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