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"Interesting work in a relaxed work environment"

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Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in El Segundo, CA
Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in El Segundo, CA
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Pros

Aerospace focuses on problem solving for other people, whether it's testing a system to determine why it doesn't work correctly or prototyping a new design to demonstrate the feasibility of doing something. This means the work is constantly changing and requires a wide breadth of knowledge, great for people who like to learn by doing. The work environment is very relaxed and low stress and the benefits are solid. They do their best to take care of employees.

Cons

Some projects are uninteresting but necessary. Sometimes you'll get stuck supporting meetings for no particular reason. You need to work on making connections with people that have interesting work so you don't get stuck doing something boring because you need to fill your hours.

People are rewarded primarily through experience and not as much through merit. While good for building loyalty from long-time employees, it makes it harder to acquire and keep young talent.

Other Employee Reviews for The Aerospace Corporation

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work for. It is an FFRDC, has no product. Work environment is fairly paced."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work environment is fair. Balance work and family time.

    Cons

    Low pay as compared to other aerospace companies

    Advice to Management

    Management has tendency to protect each other. Does not listen or respect the feedback from employees about a manager.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to retire to..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Aerospace Corp has good employee benefits, such as health care and retirement options. New hires receive significantly fewer of these options. The "old" system of a big pension is gone from Aerospace. The main location is in El Segundo, which is convenient to the I-405 or I-10 in Los Angles, CA.

    Cons

    Half of Aerospace's "new hires" are retirees from Aerospace industry contractors or academia. It is apparently a great place to retire to. A retirement home, of sorts, for end-of-career Aerospace engineers and scientists. New hires that are on the "young" end of the spectrum are expected to work long hours, to toe the line, and to focus their R&D interests on those of their bosses. Independent work and innovative thinking are discouraged. 90% of Aerospace income is from Air Force SMC and NRO. Anyone who brings in money from other outside sources will be punished. Yes, punished, for bringing in the wrong color of money. This is a very cold-war establishment laboratory. The only young engineers or scientists who should take jobs here are ones with no other options. Despite management promises that the corporation is trying to be more open, you will simply become a low cog in the machine, and will be relegated to a very specific job task, with no tolerance for innovation or new ideas.

    Old-guard employees are very resistant to divulging their program-manager connections, making it very hard for anyone new to find a solid footing of financial support for their work at Aerospace. There are very good reasons that Aerospace is often specifically excluded from government BAA's and solicitations for innovative research. Such work, funded by "other-than-AF-SMC" parties, is discouraged at Aerospace. Your money is the wrong color. Go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    The Cold War is over. Aerospace Corporation may find ample short-term funding in projects like the 1980's-era "Star Wars" and the like, but pursuit of "good-for-business" but basically bad technological ideas leads to inconsistent funding for the company as a whole. Stop punishing employees who show skill in bringing in money from sources OTHER than AF-SMC. Otherwise, Aerospace will face the spectre of layoffs in down-years for defense funding. Oh wait, there likely will be layoffs in 2012. So much for that vaunted job security –– the only advantage Aerospace had over other employers to offer to potential employees.

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