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"Great Company - Work/life balance - Be a part of a remarkable piece of history!"

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Current Employee - Ops & Processing Staff II in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Ops & Processing Staff II in Houston, TX
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Approves of CEO

Pros

United Space Alliance is a dynamic place to work, in that it has so many different functions available. The prestige of working for a NASA contractor is certainly exciting!

Management is very good about work/life balance. We have the option of a flexible schedule - work your 40 hours in several different ways - Choose 8-5 schedule, 6-3 schedule, or do you want off 1 day a week? choose to work 4 10-hour days. These schedules are contingent upon the criticality of your job, and at your specific manager's discretion, but you see the point.

United Space Alliance is very focused on safety. Every meeting begins with a safety topic - and they may not necessarily be about the workplace, it could be about safety at home. The point is, that the USA culture focuses on safety in all aspects of your life, and it leaves you always subconsciously considering safe practices.

USA focuses a lot on training and cross-training. This is both for the employees' and company's benefit. They currently offer a generous educational reimbursement program, and encourage employees to cross-train in other areas to expand their expertise.

You have the option of very exciting opportunities if you look for them - attending and viewing the shuttle launch (until it retires), meeting interesting people, touring our's and NASA's incredible facilities, etc.

I have very much enjoyed being employed at USA.

Cons

The future of United Space Alliance is somewhat uncertain. The end of the space shuttle is upon us, and unfortunately, USA is going to severely suffer if they cannot get enough work on future contracts.

Employees can be rather complacent, because they know that even if they work harder, they won't see advancement. Promotions, pay increases, etc are mainly based on years of service and good performance appraisals/reviews. So, some employees do the minimum required tasks without reaching out for additional work. So, job growth is rather slow.

The pay is rather low as compared to other industries with the same or similar job title. Also, much of management is stuck on the same way things have been done in the past. So, any good innovative ideas are suppressed because it "might not work", or "that's not how it's done here".

This year, we were notified that all pay increases and promotions are postponed until further notice - yet, the company is trying to retain employees. Its better than not having a job of course, but many employees were promised a promotion for years now, only to be frozen.

Advice to Management

Management is rather top-heavy. There are too many levels of management - some departments end up with a manager leading 5-6 people, which is simply unnecessary.

Management should consider some of the new innovative thinking - it has the potential to save a lot of time and money in the end.

Also, the award program is just a joke. It used to be a system of cash awards for a job well done ($10 "on-the-spot" gift certificates, $50, $250-$1000 quest awards). Now the company did away with cash awards, and implemented a "Quest Points" system. This is just silly in my opinion, and no one takes it seriously. You earn an average of 3,000 quest points for an award (perhaps an average of 1-2 awards per year for people that work very hard at their jobs). You spend your points on gifts from an online catalog. I believe 10,000 quest points equals a gift worth about a $50. Honestly, this program reminds me a lot of "Schrute Bucks" from the NBC show, "The Office".

Some managers play the political game. The policies clearly state certain rules (punishable up to and including termination). There have been some lower managers that clearly and obviously broken those rules, and everyone knew it. But, because they are friends with the higher level manager, they kept their job and were not reprimanded for it, it was brushed under the rug (even though others have lost their job for it).

Other Employee Reviews for United Space Alliance

  1. "They are scared new people will take their jobs so stay FAR!!!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Engineer I in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I get paid like everyone else to do VERY little and that is very neat sometimes when I am feeling lazy.

    Cons

    What a waste of time. Management not straightforward about anything at all, we are all left in the dark and some idiots around here treat new ppl like they have the plagues out of fear that we will be the last ones standing when the contract ends.

    Advice to Management

    Just be honest and tell us all about the layoffs that are coming so that everyone will get the answers so that we stop wasting time talking about 'what ifs' all day long.


  2. "United Space Alliance great Work/Life balance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Work/Life balance rarely have to work more than 40 hours a week. Management very understanding if you need to work variable hours be cause of home issues.

    Cool working for NASA.
    Great coworkers and team work is evident all around

    Cons

    Little chance for career advancement. Salaries are constantly going down along with benefits. It takes an incredible amount of patience to see a project end to end. Lots of red tape and useless process to get through. Management does not know how or does not care how to get through it. There are very few technical people in the management chain and yet they are the ones that make the technical decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way, any way to get United Space Alliance more contracts. If the only way to create more profit is cutting employee benefits then this company will not be in business for much longer. Take some chances on new ideas, risk is not always a bad thing.

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