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Updated Jan 7, 2022

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3.3
57%
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Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith
Bob Smith
121 Ratings
Pros
  • "Daily Engine testing and rocket launches that will be gaining in frequency(in 38 reviews)

  • "We have incredible work/life balance(in 23 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Upper management does not listen to employees(in 23 reviews)

  • "It seems unlikely that Blue Origin will ever go public(in 18 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Mission and organization to work for

      Jan 7, 2022 - Senior Employee Relations Partner in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Mission, Perks, benefits, compensation, tools and resources for employees

      Cons

      Work life Balance and Management Structure needs to be changed drastically

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      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Rapidly growing and rapidly improving

      Dec 20, 2021 - Talent Acquisition Specialist in Merritt Island, FL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Blue has an incredible mission and they strive to value and empower their employees while pursuing their goals in a bullish way. This is really exciting and rewarding work and I've never been apart of a company where so many employees are so happy and fired up to work here. They just improved their 2022 health plans and 401k to be extremely competitive. As an employee I feel heard, compensated well, and feel as though I have a clear path for excellent career growth.

      Cons

      Blue is hyper focused on making the right hires so their interview process can be lengthier than others. Some view this as a con but as an employee, I appreciate it as it protects our culture and ensures we are working with the best in each respective field.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Best Job Ever!

      Jan 1, 2022 - Engineer in Van Horn, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The Texas site is such a unique experience within Blue. The last bastion of "Old Blue" culture and experience. Everyone is tightknit and focused on mission. Such a hardworking team who will do anything the company asks of them.

      Cons

      The Texas site is located in a very remote region of Texas. Nearest Town is quite small and offers few amenities - shopping, grocery, entertainment...etc. Insular community, just starting to consider change. Takes a while to get used to far west Texas lifestyle and remoteness.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Awesome vision, needs new corporate leadership

      Aug 19, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Vision of building a road to millions of people in space is awesome. The opportunity to influence regulations, standards, and path for a new industry is once in a lifetime. The space race feels important and relevant. The employee culture is good, better than aerospace companies I've been at. The awareness of safety at an employee level is unusual and positive.

      Cons

      Too much disorganization. Roles & responsibilities continue to be insufficiently defined. In spite of a "gradatim ferociter" motto and a "build the company that builds rockets" mantra, in fact program funding determines everything so there is not enough coordination or innovation happening in the engineering across the company. Corporate leadership is out of tune with their employees, doesn't seem to care what employees think, and overrides and micromanages decisions. They have an old school mentality in spite of proclaiming they are new school. They fail to respect the expertise of their own experts. There is a culture of needing to take too many decisions to the top, when engineers and mid-level leaders could have made a decision and executed much more quickly.

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      11 people found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Run away.

      Jul 9, 2021 - Recruiting 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work with extremely intelligent team members who are the best of the best. That's it.

      Cons

      - Old school mentality. Zero progression or forward thinking. - Prides itself on being "inclusive and diverse" when its very, very far from that. Highly concerning that every leader here is a white male. - Employee voices mean NOTHING. We speak on issues and offer solutions but management is unwilling to make any improvements. - No hybrid or flex schedule - Growth + pay raise is near to impossible. - TERRIBLE LEADERSHIP. Not only with CEO + Board, but also department leadership. Overall a disaster, completely out of touch and offer no support. - Work life balance... what's that? - Processes... what's that? - Favoritism is a real thing here. They pick and choose when they want to follow a process or not. - Ambiguity is also, a real thing here. - Actually ask employees to write positive reviews on glassdoor to increase their score. -Don't drink the Kool-Aid. We all do in the beginning but quickly figure out the Kool-Aid is garbage.

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      57 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good company with great benefits

      Jan 6, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits, compensation, people and mission - vision

      Cons

      Work Culture, work life balance

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      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Amazing company with a problematic old guard.

      Aug 16, 2021 - Test Engineer in Kent, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It's an engineering playground here, with top notch equipment and incredibly talented coworkers. We fly rockets. We have incredible work/life balance. It's inclusive and management does not tolerate unprofessional behavior. Salary is nothing super special - but it's also not unfair.

      Cons

      I get the sense that Blue Origin's currently low Glassdoor rating is an artifact of immaturity and entitlement, likely from Blue Origin's old guard. My jaw drops when these hotshots get steamed because they're not supplied a steady stream of snacks while making 50% above the industry average just to work for a mere 40 hours a week. This place is everything I dreamed of but I'm worried about longevity because of the unrealistic expectations floating around. The people who have been around for years did a wonderful job developing New Sheppard and should be proud of that. But they're digging in their heels and pitching fits when the company tries to make progress on any non-technical front.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Fun experiance

      Jan 2, 2022 - Test Engineer in Kent, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice people and culture! Room for growth

      Cons

      Work load is too high and lot's of schedule pressure. Pay is not the greatest in the area

      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      As with any company, pros and cons. Inclusive Non-toxic but Management Issues

      Oct 7, 2021 - Senior PM 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Inclusive and embraces diversity. - "Fit for Blue" means non-toxic collaborator. - Autonomy to create one's own success. - Great healthcare benefits - Decent pay - Passion for the mission is real, outsiders don't get the full story, you need to sign an NDA before you fully understand the amazing things Blue is doing. The company supports multiple affinity groups and fosters an environment of inclusiveness, with zero tolerance for discrimination. The best I've seen in the 7 companies in total I've worked for in 25 years. The general culture is one of collaboration, everyone is motivated to build that road to Space, and to use that road. My role reaches out across multiple orgs and I see this across the company. The founder is getting more engaged in the company and how it's being run, so the future outlook is very positive. (just need to clean house a bit at the upper levels). Additionally, the company is doing well with catching up on scaling to growth and is evolving from start-up mode to bigger business mode, and the hiring spree reflects this. Now is a good time to get onboard with Blue Origin... things are about take off.

      Cons

      Executive management seems disconnected from today's working world. In a world where over half the professional workforce is remote, and the vast majority are moving to hybrid, the CEO still believes that it's a good idea to spew emissions into the air while spending time to travel to the office, and be distracted half the day by the chatter and noise. He refuses to budge or listen, or be open to the new ways of the world. If it weren't for the founder intervening and managing this we'd all be in the office fulltime right now. The currently publicly known attrition is primarily due to the refusal to let people who can, and should, work remotely in the long-run. Because the company is private owned, and funded by the founder, the bonus structure is sparse. The base pay is good, and benefits really good, so trade-offs.

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      22 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Lots of potential

      Jan 1, 2022 - Manufacturing Engineer II 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -The engineers and technicians are all awesome -Lots of room for you to grow in a technical manner

      Cons

      management, a lot of upper management causes Blue Origin to be more bureaucratic, and its causing blue origin to have a more boomer feel to it. The technical talent is almost akin to any of the other new space industries yet it seems like we keep not meeting our potential. Its akin to having a team with great players but horrible coaches and general managers

      2 people found this review helpful
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    Blue Origin has an overall rating of 3.3 out of 5, based on over 360 reviews left anonymously by employees. 57% of employees would recommend working at Blue Origin to a friend and 48% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 12% over the last 12 months.

    According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Blue Origin employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.2 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Blue Origin. This rating has improved by 2% over the last 12 months.

    57% of Blue Origin employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Blue Origin 3.6 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.1 for culture and values and 3.3 for career opportunities.

    According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Blue Origin to be benefits, career development, coworkers and the cons to be culture, senior leadership, management.

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