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56 English questions out of 56

December 28, 2018

What is paid time off like at SpaceX?

Pros

Decent benefits, 13 paid vacations plus 1 month per year of pto and accumulated sick leave as well as 3 cal sick days. Work at launch facilities and other cool areas. Lots of overtime.

Cons

Long hours, management is disorginized. Rapid schedule changes at last minute. Overly competitive. Lots of deadlines. To much work and not enough people.

Advice to Management

Listen to employees.

Decent benefits, 13 paid vacations plus 1 month per year of pto and accumulated sick leave as well as 3 cal sick days.

December 28, 2018

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May 24, 2020

Does SpaceX offer massages?

Pros

Good benefits, good pay if you do a good job, nice environment, free coffee and a lot of snacks.

Cons

Parking is far, engineers and employes outside the kitchen staff can be very rude.

Good benefits, good pay if you do a good job, nice environment, free coffee and a lot of snacks.

May 24, 2020

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September 8, 2020

Does SpaceX offer relocation assistance?

Pros

-Unique project work -Independence in design decision making -Accessible and receptive management -Amazing benefits: catered meals, gym, beach parties, stock options, healthcare package, travel

Cons

-Long work days that usually extend into the weekend, but because the work you are doing is so exciting (plus your co-workers become your best friend and meals are catered) I don't mind this. I'm a single young person though, so this might not be ideal for those with families.

Amazing benefits: catered meals, gym, beach parties, stock options, healthcare package, travel

September 8, 2020

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January 12, 2019

Does SpaceX offer dental insurance?

Pros

-I wake up early every morning excited to go to work. -Insider information for one of the most exciting and dynamic companies of our time. -ROCKETS! -As a software designer you are given the freedom to conduct your own research, prototyping and delivery of designs as you want. Though if it's out of line with company expectations or standards you will be put in your place immediately. There is ZERO tolerance for projects that are a waist of time and do not drive the mission of the company forward. -As a designer you get to shadow amazing users in the company to design tools for them (engineers, technicians working on vehicles, even astronauts!) -Great benefits, healthcare and dental on site. -Good discounted food options. -Company talks and tours for friends and family. -Work life balance wasn't bad for me. Software guys can work from home occasionally, and usually do about 50-55 hours a week. I came in early each day before 8 and left at 5pm so I could have dinner with my family and put my daughter to bed. I'd occasionally crack open the laptop at night and watch Netflix with my wife, no biggie! I've worked in much more strict environments. If you're a factory technician / on 40day 40night projects yeah you can work 100 hour weeks occasionally.

Cons

-Pay is median. Stock is nice, though it takes a while to vest. -I was laid off with the 10% purge that happened in the beginning of 2019. In order for the company to fund all the R&D for Starlink and Starship Elon had to let go all non-essential personnel (basically many people who don't actually design and build the hardware) so a lot of software and management. I was devastated. I only worked at the company for 7months, and expected to spend at least 5 years there. Many people like me are very dedicated to the cause and would do anything for it to succeed, even if it means being sacrificed so the company doesn't go bankrupt. God Speed SpaceX!

Advice to Management

-Design is important, leverage its ability to iterate quickly to solve the right problems faster. -Mass layoffs kill morale.

Great benefits, healthcare and dental on site.

January 12, 2019

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March 29, 2021

Does SpaceX offer family leave?

Pros

The majority of my teammates were smart, hardworking and helpful. The work was exciting and fun while challenging and rewarding. The majority of my leadership were just as hard working as the rest of us ( utilizing the lead by example approach).

Cons

Pay was sub-par for industry standard. Benefits started to decline such as; coffee was no longer free, Family Health Insurance prices rose, and free uniform service cancelled.

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work.

Benefits started to decline such as; coffee was no longer free, Family Health Insurance prices rose, and free uniform service cancelled.

March 29, 2021

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