Space Systems/Loral - Great for Learning about SPACE and mostly friendly people in a usually low stress work environment. | Glassdoor
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"Great for Learning about SPACE and mostly friendly people in a usually low stress work environment."

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Current Employee - EEE Parts Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - EEE Parts Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Friendly Coworkers
Fair and emotionally intelligent management.
SPACE industry (get HIGH learning about the GEO positioned satellites SSL builds)
Work Life Balance is good

Cons

Every thing moves slowly and to get things done quickly (days) there is a lot of calling and pushing that needs to be done to move an issue through the system of all the people involved.
Relatively low pay and bonus for the skilled high tech workers compared to other companies in Silicon Valley.
Difficult to get improvement implemented because of focus on heritage and keeping what works going instead of innovating.

Advice to Management

Be more careful about labor loading (hiring) during good times. SSL's predictions for the number of contracts to be awarded was super optimistic during 2011/12 period and honestly could have used better judgement in resisting hiring too much. This would have avoided layoffs.

Focus on IR&D to stay current. I plan to build a satellite company in the future and it will be more akin to SPACE X = efficient and cutting edge!

Give you employee's a better bonus or more people will leave the company for better paying careers in IT (software/hardware) and the commercial electronics industry.

Other Employee Reviews for Space Systems/Loral

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Good Opportunities For College Grads, Company Makes Cool Products,,Can Be Frustrating For The Career-Focused Individuals"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Space Systems/Loral full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Competitive salaries. Human Resources appears to do annual salary surveys to remain competitive.

    - Unique, interesting product--satellites.

    - Potential to break new ground with products and customers with the new parent company, MDA--(notably the robotic arms for NASA most recently on the Mars Rover)

    - Frequently hires new college grads. For Finance, you can get hired and rotate to positions of increasing responsibilities and support different engineering groups responsible for the construction of the satellites.

    - Exposure to Managers, Directors, Vice Presidents, Engineers, and Presidents. Most at the company have been around for 20+ years and have accumulated a lot of knowledge.

    - Employee stock option plan (ESPP) offered through MDA.

    - Great variety of work and interacting with many people.

    - Bonuses (even for lower level employees) for meeting contract milestones

    - On site cafeteria that serves breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Owner of the cafeteria is very friendly. The cafeteria offers catering with a wide variety of selection.

    - Located in a residential area and near parks / fields. Can easily go running in the neighborhood and come back and use the company's showers to rinse off.

    - Parking lots have charging for electric vehicles.

    - Are some very good people at SS/L. Lifelong friends that I still keep in touch with.

    - Tuition assistance program offered.

    - Discounts on gyms including JCC which is just down the street.

    Cons

    - Workload heavily dependent on the company winning awards. I have experienced slow time before. Probably overstaffed when I was there but likely due to the unpredictability of new contracts.

    - Company needs to be smarter with spending and be leaner. Are all these layers really needed? For example, several new organizations had been created (Technology, Treasury) and new positions / promotions / reorganizations have taken place (Supply Chain, Engineering). Technology created more job positions and unnecessary levels of Management for who knows what purpose, Treasury is redundant (MDA headquarters already has a full blown Treasury department....SS/L Treasury is an extra layer not adding much value), and Supply Chain & Engineering has grown even more vertical with new Directors and more managers.

    - If you want basic amenities like coffee or water, you have to go to the cafeteria or bring your own water or coffee maker to work.

    - Good thing or a bad thing...kind of cliquey. Can be awkward at holiday parties because even though we were part of the same organization, there really is no interaction between everyone on a day to day basis.

    - Political....unless you know the right people or have the right manager, opportunities & promotions & salary raises are limited.

    - Sometimes might feel like you are being micromanaged.

    - Have first-hand seen managers and employees that surf the internet all day long, use the telephone for personal calls, or not come into work because they are "working" from home. Have also seen those same employees not be disciplined and are instead rewarded with salary raises, promotions, and salary grade bumps. This is ultimately what caused me to decide to leave.

    - Copy machines never worked and always failed on me. Instead of doing actual work, my time and others time were wasted on trying to fix those machines.

    - Work campus is very spread out. Had to drive to meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Dear Management -

    This is the most top-heavy your company has been in years. That many Directors, VPs,, VPs, and departments cost a lot. Ask yourself if it is really necessary. Take an honest look at your direct reports and question what they really do each day. Monitor computer activity, look at call logs, review travel and expense and WBS reports. Do they make your job easier? Do they make life easier for other people/departments? Do they add value to the company? Do they get along with others and create synergy? Do they have enough work to do and is that work deserving of their big salaries and bonuses? If you answer no to any one of those, let them go. Find a right balance/proportion of management to staff members and staff with the right people.

    P.S. Buy copy machines that work. I once saw a VP spend 15 minutes fixing the machine and clearing paper jams. That time is almost as bad as if he were at his desk playing a game of solitaire on his computer.


  2. "overall ok company to work at"

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    Current Employee - Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good challenging work environment so far

    Cons

    too much stress - commercial environment - overworked!

    Advice to Management

    value employees for their loyalty and commitment - after all, that is what makes company profitable

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