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Bigelow Aerospace Reviews

Updated September 3, 2016
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Not So Threatening"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Paying, Rarely Weekend Work, Normal 8-5 (sometimes over) Work Day, Working on Space Stuff, Bikes/Scooters for Transport thanks to Mr. B approval?

    Cons

    Not enough Vacation Time, Sick leave is so so, A/C is a hit and miss in some areas


  2. Helpful (6)

    "YOU ARE ALL JANITORS TO MR.B!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was decent for Las Vegas area

    Cons

    Your skills and experience means nothing! All decisions are made by special committee who have relativity no aerospace experience.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be fooled! The benefits, especially the PTO policy is ridiculous. You have work a day before and the day after a holiday in order to get paid.This policy is enforced in the janitorial services. It makes sense, Mr. B owned hotels. No other aerospace company uses such policy.


  3. Helpful (11)

    "If you have enough money anything is possible."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It did not feel like making a profit is the end goal, which I guess could be a good thing. I'm sure there are positive things about this company. I personally just don't know what those would be. They do have some employees with some tenure so they must have stayed for some reason. It could be the free cookies and ice cream.

    Cons

    Any kind of progress is slowed to a crawl by the owner having to make every decision on every level. Fear seems to be the main management tool to motivate employees. The owner is very hypocritical with a super over inflated ego and is totally absent of any empathy.

    Advice to Management

    Owner should retire and give the company a huge stack of cash before doing so. Good first steps are hiring a COO and CFO which I see are both current job postings.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    "It's a new crazy adventure daily."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bigelow Aerospace full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with some really brilliant people. There is actually an inflatable habitat that I had a hand in making, that is attached to the ISS, that an Astronaut has been inside of.

    Cons

    The owner just changed the company vacation policy.

    1. Still one of the most ridiculous rules for a "professional" company is that we can not take the working day before or after a holiday off. If you do, you don't get paid for your vacation or the holiday.

    2. Vacation and sick time is the same thing.

    3. You accrue 0 vacation for the first 120 days working at the company. Your 121'st day, is the day you start earning your vacation, also known as your vacation anniversary date.

    4. Your accrued time goes to 0 on your vacation anniversary date.

    5. You can only carry over 24 hours each year, and those hours must be used within 90 days of rollover

    6. You can not take more than 5 days off, without special approval.

    7. If you have less than 5 years with the company, you get up to 80 hours of vacation. Not bad just stating. You accrue 1/1"2th of the 80 hours each month.

    Basically what this boils down to is that there is a large portion of the year, where you will not have the vacation accrued to take a week off. This time of the year will also depend on your hire date. This can be a huge impact on those individuals that have family and lives outside of the company.

    Also, the owner's kin is placed in a position in the company that she does not deserve. She should be receiving instruction and orders, not giving them. It's a further insult to professional individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Advice does not matter because the owner does listen to his managers. He leads through fear. It is very much like a dictatorship.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "softgoods"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Softgoods in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Softgoods in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bigelow Aerospace (Less than a year)

    Pros

    free cookies and coffee. office staff are all very nice

    Cons

    no communication. no training. no direction

    Advice to Management

    communication is the best policy among employees


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Stay away"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bigelow Aerospace (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work, fantastic idea from workers.

    Cons

    Worst management I have ever seen.
    Owner is a tyrant and not to be trusted.
    Benefits horrible, workday is short, expectations high, pay only reasonable.

    Advice to Management

    None.
    They are uninterested in what people have to say.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Aerospace Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Bigelow Aerospace was a very inventive and complex project with regards to working for an independent commercial aerospace company with the goal of using very large scale balloon technology in an effort to create a new space station complex.

    Cons

    Bigelow Aerospace has just laid off 25 percent of their engineering staff.


  9. Helpful (19)

    "Remember When Your Mom Would Say, "Because I Said So"..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bigelow Aerospace (More than a year)

    Pros

    The best non-management workforce around. Amazing people from all sorts of places. Very intelligent and considerate coworkers. There have been many people to learn a lot from.
    Great opportunity for the people who couldn't get a job anywhere else. It's also a great first job in the industry to get some good experience and learn about some business styles that school doesn't teach.
    As the only dedicated aerospace company in Las Vegas, it has substantial proximity demand.
    One day every woman at the company received a small bouquet of roses with cards signed from Mr. B (CEO). It was very sweet and substantially improved people's days, weeks, and even months.
    Free cookies! The dough comes from Opportunity Village (local special needs charity) and management offers tickets to the Opportunity Village Christmas Event.
    If there's a big event and food is left over, it will be brought to the commissary for the employees.
    One time we got coupons for Wing Stop.
    It's an excellent and accommodating part-time job with less stress than the full-time jobs.

    Cons

    Absolutely no chance for advancement. The CEO is incredibly discriminatory based on age, so even if you have credentials, experience, intelligence, and anything else a different boss could ask for, you will never get a promotion if you're too young to him.
    All jobs here consist of menial tasks and placating the CEO. If you want stimulating work with real responsibilities, this is not the place to find that. All of the great projects and ideas I did get to work on were scrapped before they could even be completed.
    Everything needs to be completed yesterday, if you're lucky. This is not just poor time management, this is a management philosophy in which the managers believe impossible deadlines will improve output. Do with that what you will.
    If this was a research company before the layoffs of 1/4 of the company, then I can't even imagine what it's supposed to be now.
    The CEO is not an engineer. It can be a challenge for engineers to explain and discuss their ideas with each other. Now imagine trying to do that with a man who didn't have formal STEM training or technical experience.
    Some of the most skilled and significant people at the company have been laid off or quit on their own accord. There are very few people left to learn from.
    The CEO seems to care more about making money than making an amazing product to revolutionize space like they claim. When they pretend like they can do both but fail this badly, it becomes insulting and demoralizing to their employees and all of the people who were rooting for them.

    Advice to Management

    Your granddaughter is your best hope. People appreciate and respect her because she appreciates and respects the employees, and because she understands her own limitations and the expertise of others. Your vision is great but time is running out to be the only people working on this technology. You'll always have significance even if you're no longer involved directly, so don't waste what time is left just to feel personally important.


  10. Helpful (19)

    "Holy screwup, Batman!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bigelow Aerospace full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits were OK. Free cookies, ice cream and coffee–a non-benefit if you’re a diabetic and sensitive to caffeine! Fully vested in 401k employer contributions, and matched 3%, from day one.

    Cons

    PTO was all called vacation. It had to be scheduled and approved 2 weeks in advance, even Dr. and Dental appointments! If you took vacation the workday before or after a holiday you lost the holiday pay. I had to schedule my first Dr. appointment 3 months in advance, and that was the first day available. I didn't realize that it was the day after Memorial Day, so I lost my Holiday pay because I took 1.5 hrs. for a Dr. appointment. It would have been another month if I had rescheduled it.
    The company fosters a culture of mediocrity. Several employees of more than a decade told me the way to survive was to just keep your head down and not get noticed. As a result, those employees were mediocre and that was what lasted and determined the company culture.
    I heard of one manager who was told by the owner to do something impossible. He said he couldn’t because it violated the laws of physics. The owner wouldn’t accept that. It was a point of argument all day, with both of them unrelenting. The next day the manger quit. The owner likes to design the habitats and we’re not talking about arranging the furniture! He wants to design the flashy parts first for dog and pony shows, but has no idea how much power his systems will use and wants to design one system at a time. He ignores Engineering’s expertise and demands that things be done the way he wants them to look and function. Most of the production is mockups and models. At one point, the owner and a (non-engineer) designer designed a support frame for a full scale, walk-through mockup of the habitat. The owner wanted it to be light and graceful. It was sent to engineering for approval, but when the loads were calculated it was on the edge of acceptable, with no safety factor. Engineering beefed it up and added a minimal safety factor. The owner blew up! Engineering was only supposed to review it, not redesign it! Now it was thick and ugly, not what he wanted at all! He went into a rant for several weeks, yelling that he was not going to be held hostage by a department of his own company. He started reviewing everyone’s resume and interviewing each engineer, demoted the manager, called him incompetent, and moved several engineers to another group. The former manager was told to stay on until he could hire another manager. The owner got distracted by another problem and never finished reviewing the resumes and grilling the engineers. A couple of months later the former manager was told he would be (along with the former 2nd in command who had been similarly disgraced and demoted) the owner’s eyes and ears in all upper level meetings, because they were the only ones he could trust to tell him what was really happening. They went from incompetents to the only trustworthy ones there in a few months! This is a perfect example of the mercurial management style of the owner.
    It is so frustrating, because most of the engineering and engineering support staff come to the company believing the dream of private space ventures, and are excited to work on a completely different type of orbital habitat. That enthusiasm wanes quickly.

    Advice to Management

    The owner needs to take an extended stay in a nursing home and hire a real aerospace manager to run the company. Get rid of his corporate executives that came up through his hotel business, as they can't deal with a workforce that isn’t unskilled or low skilled workers.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "I had high hopes..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bigelow Aerospace (More than a year)

    Pros

    - If the timing is right, you could have the opportunity to work on a great, once in a lifetime, project.
    - Most of the engineers and scientists come to the company because they are passionate about space and human space exploration.
    - Occasionally there is an opportunity to work with an astronaut or "old hat" from the aerospace industry and you can learn a lot from them, however, they usually don't stay at the company very long (see cons).
    - Work day is typically 8-5 and everyone has a 1-hour lunch at the same time.

    Cons

    In addition to what has already been posted by others:
    - Turn over is too high. Most of the good engineers and scientists don't stay very long. A few stay because they are passionate about human space exploration and are hoping it will get better.
    - Many office areas are close to production areas and are loud. Most people wear headphones to block out the noise.
    - Salary employees don't get paid for overtime worked. You will also be docked if you work less than 8 hours a day even if you work 40 or more for the whole week.
    - Most Department Managers have little or no experience in the departments they oversee so there's minimal guidance. There's also no training or mentoring of any kind for young engineers/scientists.
    - Don't expect professional growth. Many people who progress to higher positions have been fired or demoted for standing up for what is right.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate and respect your employees. You have a lot of very talented people who leave because they are not appreciated nor respected for their qualifications, skills, and abilities.



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