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SSL CEO Dario Zamarian
Dario Zamarian
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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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SSL full-time for more than 20 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. Helpful (1)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves 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. It’s been a great 3+ years. I’ve earned a lot of managing suppliers, contract negotiations

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at SSL

      Pros

      The people, learning along side senior buyers

      Cons

      When engineers change the design last minute

    • Great people but not enough pay for the area

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      Current Employee - Engineer 

      I have been working at SSL full-time

      Pros

      - learning about space/craft -potential to travel

      Cons

      - low pay for cost of living

    • Working at SSL

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        Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer 

        I worked at SSL full-time

        Pros

        Amazing product that is highly engineered

        Cons

        growth opportunity can be lacking

      • Engineer

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        Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
        Recommends
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at SSL full-time for more than 20 years

        Pros

        Get to work on really cool space stuff

        Cons

        Unstable Future with the GEO satellite business

        Advice to Management

        Like the open communication but hate feeling like the orphan stepchild now that maxar bought the cash cow dg

      • Helpful (4)

        Good people, fun challenges, Terrible Corporate management

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        Current Employee - Technical Partner in Palo Alto, CA
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at SSL full-time for more than 20 years

        Pros

        People We work on awesome products Flexible work schedule Good work life balance

        Cons

        Company President Cyclical business It is not a growth business, so, promotions are waiting for someone to retire or die

        Advice to Management

        In fairness, we got a new CEO today at corporate level -- for the first time in a while I'm hopeful. But Dario needs to go. He's over his head, hasn't taken the time to learn the business and he has pissed off long time customers.

      • Decent place to work

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        Former Employee - Material Handler 
        Recommends
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at SSL full-time for more than 6 years

        Pros

        Good benefits and 401k match

        Cons

        Older equipment, some manager issues

      • Great Product & Technology, Difficult Corporate Atmosphere

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I have been working at SSL full-time

          Pros

          Love the Technical challenges that come with the job

          Cons

          Lagging Industry makes corporate atmosphere really depressing

        • Process Improvement Engineer

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
          Recommends
          Negative Outlook
          No opinion of CEO

          I worked at SSL full-time for more than 20 years

          Pros

          People are very passionate about their work

          Cons

          Manahement is too Slow to accept Change.

          Advice to Management

          Culture Change

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