Space Dynamics Laboratory - Great place to work for students! | Glassdoor
  1. "Great place to work for students!"

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    Current Intern - Student Assistant 

    I have been working at Space Dynamics Laboratory

    Pros

    Really flexible with student schedules.

    Cons

    Nothing really bad about working here

    Space Dynamics Laboratory2019-11-08

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "It's been a huge blessing to work here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Assistant in North Logan, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Space Dynamics Laboratory part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Company culture is explicitly and frequently stated as a top priority from management and it feels like a lot more than an empty statement. -The student scholars program is an incredible opportunity for students to learn and gain experience in a variety of areas. -I have worked as a part time student, but it appears the full time benefits are unmatched in the industry. -Because the standards to be hired here are... exceptional, the people you work with are top notch.

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    Cons

    -Depending on your department it can be exceptionally difficult to work around the unprecedented growth that the lab has experienced in the last 5 years. -From my experience over the course of about 2.5 years, it is very uncommon for mechanical engineering students to be hired on full time after graduation. SDL almost exclusively hires more experienced engineers. This contributes to their success, but it is a... bummer for some students, especially the students at Utah State University.

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    Advice to Management

    Stay true to these principles of valuing the employees and honoring the relationships with the university professors and students. I have heard some students express resentment about the difficulty in being hired at SDL. It is good to have high standards though, so this is just something to be aware of and not necessarily something to change.

    Space Dynamics Laboratory2019-10-24
  2. "Disappointing."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Logan, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Space Dynamics Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are hard to match. They are great. A PILE of branded clothes on your first day, and more with every event each year.

    Cons

    If you're looking to flex your writer wings, this is not the place to do it. The main duties of the tech writers are copy/paste from past documents and note taking during meetings. Very little actual writing, editing, or proofreading is part of the job. Thankfully, when you DO proofread, people do appreciate it. But those instances are few and far between. They want administrative assistants. Every single Program... Manager thinks their project should be your #1 priority, which is impossible. Heaven forbid you don't do their bidding immediately with a grin. The culture stinks. Everyone hibernates in their own offices (which seems great at first, but honestly, just isolates everyone and destroys all chance of building relationships with coworkers). The executive team members can't remember my name, even after introducing themselves to me multiple times (e.g. I'm on my 6th handshake with one, telling him my name and job title, and being told "It's good to meet you.") When I was hired, I was promised a flexible schedule, with the chance to work at home. The minute I tried to take advantage of this promise, it was clearly not acceptable. Management expects an 'butt in every seat' and act like it's a major inconvenience when you take a vacation or day off. Even working from home, with full internet, no scheduled meetings, and handing out my personal cell number was not good enough. I have so many meetings, I can't get productive work done, yet everyone has a pressing deadline. This is a common complaint at the start of each meeting. How can anyone focus on a project when meetings are booked back to back for half the week? And most of them could be an email or report from the PM. I honestly took this job due to the salary and the positive reviews on Glassdoor. But, it's clear now that those reviews were posted by those who fit the mold: typically people of that certain religion and happy to have a job that pays for the white picket fence and mortgage. If you don't fit in that box, you'll likely not be happy here.

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    Advice to Management

    Not every person at SDL has the exact same goal or lifestyle. Not all employees are effective when shoved in an office at a desk. Think outside the box. And if you're going to go through the motions to introduce yourself, at least remember faces. Pretend like you know you've met me before. We all wear name tags, every day. Cheat. I appreciate that more than being completely forgotten and stuffed in some closet... sized office.

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    Space Dynamics Laboratory2019-10-31

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