I have been working at Bigelow Aerospace full-time (More than 3 years)
The work is engaging and you’ll have an ability to get involved in a breadth of areas. There’s a skilled workforce with unique backgrounds. Small company, so great work stands out. You work 38 hours per week, get paid for 40- no work on weekends (strict 8-5). Nine paid holidays, and a week or more off for Christmas depending where the days fall. The salaries are competitive for the industry. Three free catered lunches a week. Annual holiday parties- this past year the boss gave away $100,000 in cash, $80,000 the year before and two new cars the year before that. We also bowl once a week at a nearby bowling alley, over a quarter of the company participates in the league. Covered parking is nice, and the coffee and cookies are appreciated. The boss cares about his people, and that’s very evident. He’s been running and funding this company for over seventeen years, and continues to persevere through political changes and economic downfalls. That is dedication. I truly enjoy my job here, and I am privileged to be part of a team that is trying to accomplish something so big.
The company is funded out of the pocket of a single individual- needless to say the benefits aren't as nice as a large company or a government job. Projects are apt to change depending upon priorities of the company- you need to be flexible. Often times you're asked to wear more than one hat, which can be a pro or a con depending on your personality and level of ambition. As stated many times, the company is small, personality type and willingness to work are incredibly important to succeed in the company. The boss gets his hands dirty, and likes to get in the details. You’re constantly faced with challenges and obstacles to overcome that can put your capability and ambition to the test.
Advice to Management
Continue to encourage communication throughout the entire company. Often times the vision from the top doesn't make it to everyone.
I applied online. I interviewed at Bigelow Aerospace.
Very long drawn. It was smoke and mirrors. Ask tough questions and you will not join this company. We made the mistake we joined. Sorry it would make us sick.................it was a trick......smoke and mirrors.....show off of models and not real parts......just a fake.....a joke...all lies to NASA
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