Blue Origin Reviews | Glassdoor

Blue Origin Reviews

Updated January 16, 2019
67 reviews

Filter

Filter


3.7
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Jeff Bezos
49 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • "I couldn't be happier with the 2 years I have spent at Blue Origin" (in 7 reviews)

  • "bring your dog to work, free lunch on Tuesdays, and on site gym" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Company is growing, bringing with it the pains of growth" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Just as slow-moving and incompetent as every other big aerospace company, but with a more arrogant attitude" (in 2 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Inventing the Future & Having Fun at the Same Time"

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

    I have been working at Blue Origin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Agile, startup-tyle feel and culture (very different from large aerospace companies)
    -Great perks, there's a large playroom for kids in the HQ building and a conference room parents can book that looks into the kids room.
    -Great feeling of community that is working together to do something that's never been done before.
    -Leadership cares about doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Growing really fast comes with struggles, but that's true at any company. Better to grow than shrink!

    Advice to Management

    Keep making good decisions and facilitating growth


  2. "Sliding into chaos"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Origin full-time

    Pros

    - Working on rockets.
    - Relatively flexible schedule.
    - Very engaged coworkers (also a con).

    Cons

    - Because arrogance and over-estimation of capability abounds, having engaged coworkers is not just a pro, it's a very big con. Many individuals seem incapable of self-reflection or realistic assessment of current skills.
    - Very inexperienced workforce due to hiring spree with an abundance of self-righteous behavior.
    - Confrontational behavior toward any negativity, which leads to unreasonable optimism and ultimately bad design.
    - It's become just another aerospace company with all the dysfunction and useless corporate-speak, but the lack of history and process stability makes it the worst of big aero.

    Advice to Management

    - Realistic assessment is not a problem, it's a necessity. Acknowledging reality is not a fault, it's a strength. Start respecting your employees with real spacecraft experience (not the homegrown self-styled 'experts' whose only success so far was not blowing themselves up in college and/or unrelated engineering field).

  3. "Security Guard"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blue Origin full-time

    Pros

    Eh it was a cool place to work

    Cons

    The people sucked - but whatever im from Kent and thats how it goes down


  4. Helpful (15)

    "Exciting mission but chaos reigns supreme."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Origin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting company mission, nirvana for space geeks. Good location, near highways, but away from the bustle of the city. Extremely open culture, no compartmentalized information hoarding.

    Cons

    While Blue Origin has a very exciting mission it is definitely not without its drawbacks. I've been an employee for seven years, and have seen the company grow from 150 when I started to almost 2,000. This growth has been very poorly managed and the company has suffered because of it. The original culture simply does not scale; when I started, the company only hired seasoned, experienced professionals, and management really only facilitated interaction between groups. The organization was *extremely* flat, with only two layers of management between employees and the company's president. Employees were all peers, with very little pecking order. This worked out *really* well during the company's early years, but began to fall apart as the organization grew and more junior people were hired. The complete lack of oversight has led to many, many bad technical decisions which were jumped into blindly. In most organizations these decisions would have been subject to review, risk assessment, and approval, but this approach runs counter to Blue's culture. This haphazard approach has led to the development of many unstable, unreliable, and virtually unmaintainable systems.

    Advice to Management

    Most organizations have a seniority ladder out of necessity; this provides room for advancement and can help to prevent the organization from taking unnecessary risk. The company cannot successfully grow without clearer role definition.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Drive"

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

    I have been working at Blue Origin full-time

    Pros

    To work at Blue, you have to have an internal motivation, or drive that very little possesses in order to succeed here. You have got to be damn good to do well here. Its not for the faint of heart. If you are not exceeding expectations and trail blazing, then you should be looking elsewhere.

    Cons

    Complicated work. What do you expect with Rocket Science?


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Best company I have EVER worked for"

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

    I have been working at Blue Origin full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I couldn't be happier with the 2 years I have spent at Blue Origin. The mission is exciting, the people are passionate, and the work is motivating.

    Cons

    I have a hard time with this... the only thing I can think of is the parking

    Advice to Management

    Keep celebrating our wins! This will keep everyone engaged, motivated and invested.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Origin full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Management is really pushing to scale up quickly, and still maintain the start up environment.

    The hiring bar is extremely high, not just in intelligence, but also in personality, work ethic and the general ability to be a decent human being. Haven't met a single truly unhappy person here. You must love rockets and challenges though.

    Show up for your meetings and get your work done, and no one will be keeping track of your hours worked. The give and take of salaried employment actually exists here.

    They seriously treat you like a human adult here. Very little dumb politics.

    Jeff is brilliant and is behind this company 100%.; Blue is going to be here for a long time.

    Cons

    Speed (lack thereof). A lot of processes still need refinement (they are being refined).

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "You can do better!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Kent, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Origin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, chance to work on rocket engines

    Cons

    Management has lost touch with employees, toxic work environment, company stock is worthless.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your approach so actual launches can happen.


  9. "Love this place"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Origin full-time

    Pros

    Challenging tasks, great people, fast pace

    Cons

    Company is growing fast. Some processes lacks definition. Some roles and responsibilities lacks clarity. The bright side is people are actively working on it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Blue Origin full-time

    Pros

    Freedom for innovative thinking, many passionate people focused on building product in a safety-focused culture.

    Cons

    Rapid growth has stressed existing process and tool capabilities