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Updated December 12, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance and decent pay" (in 33 reviews)

  • "great place to work with great people to work with" (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management does not have a clue" (in 33 reviews)

  • "Compensation is limited compared to cost of living in the area" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Very Good Mid-Size "New Space" Company"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SSL full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    SSL is a very good midsize “new space” company where employees can work on complicated high tech space systems without the bureaucracy of large aerospace companies. Due to the size of the company and employee is able to get involved in all aspects of the business of space systems design and manufacturing.

    Cons

    The commercial GEO comm market has been weak in the past few years and this has reduced the profit and backlog of the company. SSL is small enough to be agile and venture into many new space areas and its an exciting time if you’re interested in new space.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being nimble and aggressive


  2. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SSL full-time

    Pros

    Got to work on support projects for satellite robotics

    Cons

    Could not choose what to work on

  3. "Uncertain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SSL full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, good work/ life

    Cons

    Job security/ room to grow


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Old Space industry holdover that was fun for a few years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SSL (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cool product
    Hidden gems of people

    Cons

    Money
    Most of the smart people left
    Business strategy

    Advice to Management

    Sell to the right people and best of luck.


  5. "Good People, bad Executives"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SSL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, everyone who works here does so because they like the work, the people, and they want to be building spacecraft. If SSL can get decent executives who will put for solid effort to improving the company and diversify its capabilities then it stands to become a quality company again.

    Cons

    The previous team of executives failed to innovate which pushed the company into a hole, the current team of executives promised to dig out of the hole but instead just made the hole deeper and complained about the market the whole time.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great coworkers, executives are struggling"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SSL full-time

    Pros

    Work with wonderful, supportive people, friendly and collaborative environment, company has a history of doing great things for the last 60 years

    Cons

    Future of the company is unclear, executives can't seem to figure out where the company is going


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Failing company with exceedingly low morale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SSL full-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers. The employees are great to work with and some have becomr close friends.

    Cons

    The executive team rehashes the same old nonsense without truly caring for the people working here. Because of MAXAR and the hate-filled Howard Lance, SSL is falling apart and soon to be tossed to the wolves.

    Advice to Management

    Care and listen to your employees.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Failing company being sold by Maxar"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SSL full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working in the space field is cool. Most people are dedicated and smart.

    Cons

    Management is a mess. The Executive office is filled with people who have not adapted to the slower market in GEO comsats, and are just retired in place. The new President, bought in a couple of years ago to replace a well respected predecessor, seems like a complete waste of space. He does not spend any time at the facility, and still doesn’t understand the business or the people and shows no interest in doing so. Not sure where he goes and what he does on his frequent travels to earn his $500k salary, but the company is rudderless and drifting. It appears the executive branch are only waiting around for their golden parachutes.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. You failed to anticipate the market slowdown, and failed to have the vision and foresight to diversify. This company has for far too long been so afraid of risk and new ideas that it has become a dinosaur. Time to leave and let the younger, fresher generation take over and try to rescue the hot mess you are leaving.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing people. Questionable leadership"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SSL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The most incredible collection of smart people I've ever met.

    Cons

    Upper management seems lost as the industry goes through major changes, and their messaging does nothing to inspire confidence. Silicon Valley's silly cost of living makes it hard to pay competitively.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting work but current environment sucks"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SSL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are very intelligent and great to work with

    Cons

    Management is horrible, morale is pretty much on the floor, every day someone else leaves