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SSL Reviews

Updated October 15, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance and decent pay" (in 33 reviews)

  • "Good people to work with and very nice and friendly people" (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management out of touch with workforce" (in 30 reviews)

  • "The bay area is way to crowded, cost of living is insane and the taxes are out of control" (in 13 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. "Sr Engineer Assistance"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer Assistance in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer Assistance in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SSL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with and very nice and friendly people.

    Cons

    I like the work environment and food in cafeteria.

  3. "Let the good times roll!"

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

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

    Pros

    The people here are very nice to be around.

    Cons

    Nothing to say about cons, it's all good here!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "If you could work somewhere better, go there instead"

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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 work life balance.

    Cons

    poor pay, upper management is very sketchy and doesnt communicate, bonuses and raises dont happen even if promised, regular reorgs and layoffs

    Advice to Management

    have more integrity and look out for your employees


  5. "Not Looking Good"

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

    I have been working at SSL full-time

    Pros

    Good people. Interesting place to work. Pays well.

    Cons

    Company is looking to either sell or liquidate. Very sad for a company that puts out an excellent product.


  6. "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SSL full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Supportive environment. A lot of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Huge ship to turn around with new direction.
    Series of changes to make it happen.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Uncertainty"

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

    I have been working at SSL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working with satellites and getting to work with international customers

    Cons

    Downturn in the market and company products are not diversified

  8. "Meh"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working schedules and remote opportunities.

    Cons

    Lack of structure leads to unsupervised employees and loss to company.


  9. "Allright"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    always looking for new and improve

    Cons

    do not have good communication with their employees


  10. Helpful (2)

    "This place is going to the ground"

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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

    Good work life balance, smart peers

    Cons

    Horrible compensation, low company morale

    Advice to Management

    take care of your work force


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