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  1. "Design Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Firefly Space Systems full-time

    Pros

    Real opportunities to use degree, advance, change roles if necessary. If you like to wear multiple hats, work independently, and maximize your visibility/impact on progress, then this is the place for you. All great people with a great variety of experience and viewpoints.
    My favorite thing so far is that if you feel strongly that a certain change/expense will benefit the company's progress/goal, and you make your case well, you'll get support. Management open with company progress/status which is awesome to have.
    You'll work long hours, but that's only a negative if you don't love this. If you have family obligations, don't worry, there is an emphasis on family-first, but be ready to work during crunch time.

    Cons

    Inventor & some disconnect with communication.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say. It ain't perfect, but its superior to any corporation.


  2. "Avionics Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Firefly Space Systems full-time

    Pros

    Learned a ton working on the Alpha launch vehicle. Great work atmosphere where I got to work with great people. It was like a big family instead of a job.

    Cons

    We had a critical investor pull out so eventually all of the staff was furloughed and the company had to reboot as Firefly Aerospace.

  3. "Server"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Firefly Space Systems part-time

    Pros

    The schedule is very flexible

    Cons

    The hours can be kind of late


  4. "Was a good place while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Cedar Park, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Cedar Park, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Firefly Space Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, a few office perks, located in a great city, and you get to work on Rockets!! You get a lot of experience in a short time. As of December 1st, company no longer exists.

    Cons

    Incompetent upper management that could not secure funding due to personal legal issues and lack of faith in Fireflys choice of approaching technical challenges. Never enough money or time to do the engineering required. Lack of concern for employees, numerous full company furloughs and then rehires, then complete layoffs again. No stability or trust in the way the company was being run. Firefly no longer exists as an engineering company as of December 1st.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't try to resurrect the company, too many lives where destroyed, companies financially burned, and dreams shattered. As of December 1, 2016 company was permenatly shut down.


  5. "Why yes, it is rocket science!"

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    Current Employee - Compliance Manager in Cedar Park, TX
    Current Employee - Compliance Manager in Cedar Park, TX
    Recommends

    I have been working at Firefly Space Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    My fellow space geeks and I have found nerdvana. Creativity, ingenuity, individuality, and kindness are valued here. Everyone works hard. People are friends with each other outside of work. Executives sit with and listen to everyone from directors to interns. Upward mobility is only limited by your abilities, work ethic, and initiative. We get to build our own culture.

    Cons

    Financially dependent on investors until first launch

    Advice to Management

    Keep fighting for investors. Employees will always do their part for you because we know you care about us.


  6. "Sr RF Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior RF Design Engineer in Garland, TX
    Former Employee - Senior RF Design Engineer in Garland, TX

    I worked at Firefly Space Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    went out of business the end of sept 2016

    Cons

    open pit work space environment


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    "Fluid Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Given full responsibility of your system. Exposure to many different disciplines and methods.

    Cons

    Long Hours, Flat Structure, Miscommunication, and management

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    "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome People to work with
    Great Environment

    Cons

    Poor Communication
    Grew too fast


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    "Intern for Hire"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Cedar Park, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Cedar Park, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing corporate culture, and a blast to work at. Firefly's team was a unique mix of young engineers coupled with veteran launch vehicle and satellite engineers.

    Cons

    The intern for hire policy is a way to skate by paying young engineers for very cheap. No guarantee that you'll convert to full-time at the end of your intern for hire contract.

    Advice to Management

    Pay young engineers. New graduates are in the most unstable point in their lives right after college, and many have student loans looming in the near term.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work and learn as an engineer. Greatest group of people I have worked with and probably will work with. Management is incredibly experienced and have open door policies.

    Cons

    None that I can think of


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