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SSL Overview

Palo Alto, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Aerospace & Defense
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
SSL, based in Palo Alto, California, is a leading provider of advanced spacecraft systems, with broad expertise to support commercial and government satellite operators and innovative space missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as ... Read more

Mission: SSL delivers next-generation spacecraft solutions for government and commercial customers worldwide.

You know the old saying, “the sky’s the limit”? Here at SSL, we’re proving that wrong every day.

SSL – Why Work For Us?


Working at SSL

SSL employees develop and build some of the most powerful and innovative satellite systems in the industry and provide a range of related services to our domestic and international customers. Our customers are often the leaders in supplying space-based services, including broadband digital communications; direct-to-home broadcast; governmental communications; environmental monitoring; and air traffic control.

The future of worldwide communications is growing, and you could be a part of it at SSL. SSL promotes teamwork, knowing that it takes a collaborative effort with more than a million employee hours to design, build, and test our satellites. We understand that our employees are our greatest asset; when our employees grow and improve, so does our business, which is why we encourage growth and promotion within the company. SSL offers management training courses for new managers. In addition, we have an employee tuition assistance program that assists employees who want to further their education in support of their career at SSL.

Culture at SSL

The culture at SSL is derived from the company's core values:

  • Act With Integrity
  • Do It right
  • Learn, Apply, Improve
  • Make the Company Stronger

SSL's long-term goals, as well as our daily activities, are guided by these values. At SSL, we work to emphasize quality, doing the right thing for the right reasons.

As a leader in the satellite industry, we recognize the value of new ideas that enhance technology, and we encourage employees to think creatively. SSL has an active patent program, holding over 160 patents.

SSL is an active member of the community, supporting local organizations and charities, such as The Family Giving Tree and the Second Harvest Food Bank, as well as industry organizations. SSL has a charitable contribution matching program, encouraging employees to donate to a charity and making matching contributions.

SSL, a Maxar Technologies Company

Maxar Technologies is a vertically integrated, new space economy story, including segments across the value continuum for every moment leading up to and following launch. We lead in satellite communications (building and operating), ground infrastructure, Earth observation, advanced analytics, insights from machine learning, next-generation propulsion, space robotics, on-orbit servicing, on-orbit assembly, and protection of space assets through cybersecurity and monitoring of space systems. By integrating our leading-edge capabilities, we provide innovative, cost-effective solutions, value for customers, and thus unlock the multiplier effect of our combined businesses.

Click here to Learn more about Maxar Technologies 

The Perks of Working at SSL include:

    Pre-tax healthcare, dependent care and commuter benefits (FSA)
    Competitive, company matched 401k retirement plan
    Generous time-off policies, including paid holidays, vacation, and sick time
    Health and fitness programs, sports clubs, and free on-site flu shots
    Tasty breakfast and lunch served at the cafe; free coffee and tea around the campus
    Collaboration with remarkable and innovative team members
    SSL is committed to the development of its employees by encouraging them to enhance their knowledge and competencies through the Company's Tuition Reimbursement Plan.
    Numerous social opportunities, such as SSL's Cycling Club, Board Game Club, STEM Outreach Team and Women’s Network


We firmly believe that our success is a result of diverse ideas, experiences, and personalities that our employee brings to the job. By providing a diverse environment and the opportunity to participate in community outreach initiatives, we strive to foster diversity and create a workplace where all our employees can realize their full potential. SSL is committed to diversity and to individual success. We invite employees from every background to add their unique strengths to the Company.

We base employment decisions on the principles of equal employment opportunity and with the intent to further the Company's commitment to equal opportunity. We are committed to ensure that all people-related actions, such as recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, Company-sponsored training, educational tuition assistance, and social and recreational programs are administered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.



SSL is seeking veterans from the Armed Forces to bring their knowledge, leadership, and great work ethic to build the space systems of the future. Help us face the challenges of tomorrow with your skills and unique experiences. You will have the opportunity to thrive in an environment where our core values govern who we are and what we do. We encourage you to visit our Employee Opportunities page. If you do not see a position that fits your background, and you are interested in SSL, please submit your resumes to for consideration. Continue to check our career site because new positions are added daily.

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    "Very Good Mid-Size "New Space" Company"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Director in Palo Alto, CA
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    I have been working at SSL full-time (More than 10 years)


    SSL is a very good midsize “new space” company where employees can work on complicated high tech space systems without the bureaucracy of large aerospace companies. Due to the size of the company and employee is able to get involved in all aspects of the business of space systems design and manufacturing.


    The commercial GEO comm market has been weak in the past few years and this has reduced the profit and backlog of the company. SSL is small enough to be agile and venture into many new space areas and its an exciting time if you’re interested in new space.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being nimble and aggressive

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SSL Interviews



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    Associate Mechanical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
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    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at SSL (Palo Alto, CA) in March 2017.


    SSL representatives came to my school early in the fall of 2016 to hold an info session. They were promoting college recruiting for the following summer for interns and new hires. Also went to an onsite career fair. I applied online and was asked to come in for an all day interview. I met with several hiring managers who asked me about myself. Nothing too technical, mostly just my experience. Then I had lunch with the hiring manager to ask if I had any other concerns/questions. It has been two months since then and I still haven't heard anything back. The entire time (before I even interviewed) their staff has been painfully slow at responding, if at all.

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