Working at Virgin Galactic | Glassdoor

Virgin Galactic Overview

Mojave, CA
51 to 200 employees
2004
Company - Private
Aerospace & Defense
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Virgin Galactic is comprised of hundreds of dedicated and passionate professionals — including rocket scientists, engineers, and designers from around the world — united in creating something new and lasting: the world’s first commercial spaceline ... Read more

Mission: Tomorrow Will Be Better Than Today

As the world’s first spaceline, we are by our very nature futuristic. Although we’re focused on getting SpaceShipTwo and LauncherOne into commercial service, those two projects are also a start towards ... Read more

Company Updates

  • http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vISF6

    Virgin Galactic

    Our team in Mojave is still hard at work testing VSS Unity. Last week, we shared a photo of our Ground Vibration Testing, which helps further calibrate our calculations and computer models for how SpaceShipTwo responds to air flows around the vehicle during different phases of flight.

  • http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vISFW

    US Air Force Academy Association of Graduates

    June marks the 40th anniversary of the first female cadets at USAFA. Checkpoints celebrates the anniversary with several stories about the '80s Ladies (the first class of female cadets) and stories about early female graduates and what they are up to today. Check out this video about Kelly Latimer '87.

See AllSee All

Virgin Galactic – Why Work For Us?


undefined

Meet The Men And Women Of The World’s First Spaceline.

Virgin Galactic is comprised of hundreds of dedicated and passionate professionals — including rocket scientists, engineers, and designers from around the world — united in creating something new and lasting: the world’s first commercial spaceline. A spaceline for Earth. Our team brings decades of experience from organizations like NASA, traditional aerospace firms, and other Virgin companies. We are here because we believe we are at the vanguard of a new space industry that is defining the future of exploration and that we will ultimately make space accessible to more people and for more purposes than ever before. It is a large and difficult undertaking; but through our efforts, we believe we can help inspire future generations and make it possible to see the beautiful planet we call home from a new perspective.


Exploring Space Makes Life Better On Earth.

People all around the world have experienced a sense of awe as they look up at the night sky. We discover a limitless universe of wonder as we learn to identify the Milky Way, or to spot planets, rings, moons, and even entire galaxies. As we peer into the heavens we look back billions of years in time, and connect simultaneously with the most primal thoughts of our ancestors and the most cutting-edge science of our day.

Sending humans and satellites into space requires effort, money, dedication, and sacrifice. In an imperfect world with pressing and important problems, some people ask why space is worth it.

undefined

It’s a reasonable question. Just don’t expect a single answer! After all, space is nearly infinite, and that boundless expanse gives us so many reasons to explore space.

Modern life would be unrecognizable without satellites. Meteorologists make life-saving weather predictions. Humanitarian organizations track the movements of genocidal military forces and coordinate relief efforts after national disasters. Farmers improve crop yields, and governments monitor and prevent illegal fishing and logging. Scientists and policy makers learn the answers to key questions about our planet’s climate.

But satellites are not sufficient: we as a species also dare to push new boundaries. Perhaps it is in our culture, perhaps it is in our DNA, or perhaps it is a bit of each of those, but we humans seem hardwired to explore. Not all of us feel it, but so many people today and in the past have felt an irresistible urge to see for themselves what lies just beyond the horizon.


And we are grateful that they have. Explorers make great discoveries, find new places to settle, and identify resources that benefit their sisters and brothers who stayed at home. The explorers of the space frontier are doing the same thing. By sending humans to space, we as a species have learned incredible things about human ingenuity and human physiology. Space exploration has inspired generations of entrepreneurs, inventors, ordinary citizens, and entire new industries.

Only through the exploration of the unknown can we continue to grow and evolve. Space is not only important for the future of transportation, commerce, and science; it’s also important for the future of imagination. We still know so little about space and how our understanding of it can benefit life on our planet. What is clear is that the ability for more people to cross the final frontier of space will be key to human advancement.

The astronauts have also found themselves transformed by their journeys. Many have experienced something called the Overview Effect as they look back at our home world. Seeing the Earth from space, they notice that most of the borders we fight over are imaginary lines, or that our atmosphere seems like an impossibly thin and fragile layer of protection for life as we know it. The experience is a profound and fundamentally personal one, but its magnitude cannot be denied.

However, very few people have ever experienced this effect themselves. Throughout all of human history, only about 550 people have ever visited space. This means that not only have most of us never been to space, most of us have never even met someone else who can tell us about the experience. Human spaceflight has tremendous value in inspiring and educating our society, but that value is limited because flights have been so rare.

Those few, fortunate astronauts, cosmonauts, and taikonauts who have flown also do not represent the astounding diversity of humanity. Government astronauts have tended to be similar to each other: historically, they have very little diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, language, or professional background. If few people have ever met an astronaut, even fewer have met an astronaut to whom they can truly relate, who looks and sounds like they do.

That is about to change. The roughly 700 Virgin Galactic future astronauts who have already paid deposits for their flights on SpaceShipTwo come from more than 50 different countries, about half of which have never before sent a human to space. They span in age from under 10 to over 90 years of age. They practice many professions and speak many languages.

In the near future, our astronauts will share their version of the Overview Effect with audiences who have never dreamed of hearing it and who will go on to be the innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Some of them may even earn the scholarships offered by the Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut community through Galactic Unite.

Virgin Galactic Is Creating The World’s First Commercial Spaceline, A Spaceline For Earth.

Virgin Galactic is part of an incredible story that has been thousands of years in the making, driven by the deeply human need to explore our universe, to innovate new and lasting technologies and to create a better future for our society and our planet.

undefined

To do this, we have assembled a global community of future astronauts that are proving that there is a robust market human spaceflight. We have also assembled a world class team of engineers, technicians, mission controllers, and many others who have spent their lives pushing the boundaries of technology and exploration. Our team is made up of established leaders from directly relevant programs, including:

  • the team behind the $10M Ansari XPRIZE-winning SpaceShipOne;
  • pilots from Royal Air Force, US Air Force, US Marine Corps and NASA Astronaut corps;
  • aircraft experts from Lear, Cessna, Scaled Composites, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and others;
  • test and safety leadership from the US Air Force, United Airlines, and more;
  • operational experts including a former NASA Space Shuttle Launch Director and NASA’s former International Space Station Assembly Manager.

Virgin Galactic’s dedication to finding the best people has resulted in a unique and colorful place with a deep sense of purpose along with a strong culture of safety and achievement. Our collective mission is to create the world’s first commercial spaceline, and as we do this, safety is our North Star. It is the thing that guides us as we strive to meet our goal of opening the space frontier. Safety is the responsibility of every single employee at Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company. Each functional team has its own internal safety lead, and each group’s policies are overseen by our senior safety officers.

Our safety culture impacts much more than test flights. It informs how we operate on our manufacturing floor as we build SpaceShipTwos, WhiteKnightTwosLauncherOnes, and all their constituent parts. It guides us as we conduct tests of the Newton liquid rocket engines that will one day power LauncherOne into orbit. Our aspirations reach toward the stars, but our culture is rooted in a dedication to safety for our team and our customers.

Virgin has always strived to create amazing experiences and space will be no exception. We are putting the Virgin touch into every aspect of our spaceline– from the training, our fleet of spaceships, the interior cabin, and astronaut flight suits, all the way to the original architectural design and interior design of Spaceport America in New Mexico.

Our team is unified by the dream that, for the first time in human history, people all around the world will have the ability to go beyond our planet to experience the magic and majesty of space—to feel the freedom of weightlessness and see the Earth from a new perspective. We believe that it all starts with making space more accessible to countless more people than have ever been there before and inspiring and enabling a new generation to reach for the stars.

undefinedBecome a part of the world’s first commercial spaceline

 Virgin Galactic is comprised of hundreds of dedicated and passionate professionals united in creating something new and lasting: the world’s first commercial spaceline. A spaceline for Earth.  We are here because we believe we are at the vanguard of a new space industry that is defining the future of exploration and that we will ultimately make space accessible to more people and for more purposes than ever before. We realize that our undertaking is both audacious and incredibly ambitious. We know that achieving our mission will require highly unusual levels of tenacity and dedication. If you share our passion for this mission, we welcome you to explore the positions we have available.Become a part of the world’s first commercial spaceline

 Virgin Galactic is comprised of hundreds of dedicated and passionate professionals united in creating something new and lasting: the world’s first commercial spaceline. A spaceline for Earth.  We are here because we believe we are at the vanguard of a new space industry that is defining the future of exploration and that we will ultimately make space accessible to more people and for more purposes than ever before. We realize that our undertaking is both audacious and incredibly ambitious. We know that achieving our mission will require highly unusual levels of tenacity and dedication. If you share our passion for this mission, we welcome you to explore the positions we have available.

Virgin Galactic Reviews

3.5
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides
George Whitesides
28 Ratings
  • Featured Review

    "Not like the other companies out there..."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mojave, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mojave, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virgin Galactic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a company where employees are rewarded for their hard work and success. You can feel the Virgin culture when you walk in the door. They offer monthly and/or weekly employee appreciation events where you can take a break and socialize with folks in the company that you normally wouldn't. It's super beneficial because a person can become ingrained with work and almost forget that you are part of a greater team.

    Cons

    It is a starter company with great potential for success. That being said, they are still implementing their processes and information systems. It can be unique for a person to wrap their head around. For those of us that have worked at a larger company, we almost take these systems for granted. But, it does give a person the ability to create which can't be said by the larger companies out there.

    Advice to Management

    Your communication to the workforce is greatly appreciated and noticed. Thank you!

See All 40 Reviews

Virgin Galactic Photos

Virgin Galactic photo of: Spaceship Unity and Team
Virgin Galactic photo of: Roll out
Virgin Galactic photo of: Reveal 2
Virgin Galactic photo of: Reveal
Virgin Galactic photo of: Cockpit with Hans
Virgin Galactic photo of: On Tarmac
See All PhotosSee All

Virgin Galactic Interviews

Experience

Experience
44%
25%
29%

Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview
72%
13%
4%
4
4

Difficulty

3.2
Average

Difficulty

Hard
Average
Easy
  1. Featured Interview

     

    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Virgin Galactic in November 2016.

    Interview

    I applied in October and they emailed me to schedule an interview toward the end of November. I interviewed with the director of spaceline engineering, and less than two weeks later I received an offer. At least half the interview was them explaining the internship program and trying to get me excited about it. Overall the selection process was very smooth.

    Interview Questions

    • There weren't any technical questions at all. "Tell me about projects you've worked on." "What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?" "What do you want to get out this internship?"   Answer Question
See All 27 Interviews

Virgin Galactic Awards & Accolades

Let us know if we're missing any workplace or industry recognition – Add Awards

Work at Virgin Galactic? Share Your Experiences

Virgin Galactic
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
 
Click to Rate
or