Blue Origin Reviews

Updated Jan 11, 2021

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2.9
47%
Recommend to a Friend
26%
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Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith
Bob Smith
35 Ratings
Pros
  • "You can see freaking rocket launches from work(in 26 reviews)

  • "I get to work on awesome problems with smart people(in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "Hence why Blue Origin did not break 10 million viewers for a launch of astronauts to the ISS this past weekend(in 14 reviews)

  • "Distant upper management, changing culture(in 11 reviews)

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  1. COVID-19
    Helpful (4)

    "Great Place to Be - Incredible Mission and People"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Origin full-time

    Pros

    Awesome mission and people. Great opportunities to be a part of something new and keep moving the company forward. Rare opportunity to be part of a smaller and well-funded aerospace company with maturing products but with a start-up feel. The company has handled the Covid-19 crisis well.

    Cons

    Some of the "growing pains" referenced in the more negative reviews are present - but it is best to view those as opportunities and many of the changes are necessary to advance the products and company to the next stage of maturity. There is a lot of hard work to be done (long hours) but I find that I *want* to do it and I am happier here than I was working fewer hours in previous jobs.

  2. Helpful (17)

    "No Purpose, Good Time Filler"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Propulsion Engineer in Kent, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blue Origin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    No consequences for failures. Insulated from market forces.

    Cons

    No progress on major projects. Company has a stated purpose (millions of people living and working in space), but in practice no purpose. This dominates the culture from the top to bottom.

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  3. Helpful (4)

    "becoming like Boeing"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in South Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blue Origin full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    great cocktail party job - its fun to say you work at a rocket company

    Cons

    20 years since founding and hasn't made it to orbit

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "Powder Keg about to blow up"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Origin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are great. The mission is fantastic.

    Cons

    Leadership and Management is incompetent. Bleeding talent because of this.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Some good, some bad"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Origin

    Pros

    Some of the smartest engineers in aerospace Significantly better than ‘old space’ companies with pay, perks and culture Casual, friendly coworkers Lot of equipment/IT/resources to get your job done

    Cons

    Very understaffed teams. Seems like everyone is working startup hours even though we’re transitioning to a ‘production company’. Lots of schedule delays due to the above point Stock options are paper money No yearly bonus, yearly raise is small Lots of attrition

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  6. Helpful (4)

    "Average Work"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Origin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Career opportunities Growth advancement Competitive salary Schedule flexibility

    Cons

    Systems No bonuses PTO changed from front load to accrual

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Fun work, lots of learning"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Van Horn, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Origin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work is engaging, plenty to do.

    Cons

    Company mission is not clear, there isn't always hardware to test.

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Talented Company Lacking Executive Vision and Execution"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Propulsion Structural Analyst in Kent, WA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Origin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Challenging and valuable work solving engineering problems everyday

    Cons

    Poor executive leadership that seemed to corner itself into an overall design and supply chain approach like traditional aerospace without having the constraints that required that approach.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work with lots to do"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Navigation Engineer in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Origin full-time

    Pros

    Excellent and driven co-workers and an exciting mission, understanding and supportive leadership, lots of interesting work

    Cons

    Has some of the overhead of a big company

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Diversity of experience"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Blue Origin full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to many disciplines to help solve previously unanswered challenges

    Cons

    Has a tendency to feel similar to Legacy aerospace prime contractors with process for process

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