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Sierra Lobo Reviews

Updated November 14, 2016
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  1. "Feeling fortunate to have this rewarding job with this company and local management."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra Lobo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is very good, promotions are possible, working conditions are fine, hours are flexible within a 2-week period. This is the first contractor that has given me site senority (on government facility) in consideration for vacation leave. Who even does that anymore? Full benefits (and pay) are probably the best in the industry. Very considerate for a federal contractor to focus on the employee. First time I've actually loved the local HR department. Even corporate HR in Ohio is available, knoweable and responsive.This female-friendly company is rare in the engineering world, but very much appreciated. Good corporate leader, good local management. Corporate got it right before they expanded, and it shows. A private company that still realizes that their most valuable asset is their employees. I am proud of the work we do here. Plus, I feel valued here.

    Cons

    Hours are over the normal working week, and not all compensated. Government budget keeps the work force too low for the scope of the work and the time schedules, so there is a lot of job related stress, and stressed co-workers...especially those who work for other contractors.

    Advice to Management

    CEO has developed a world-class engineering and technical service company that keeps the talent. Going from privately-held to public will change the focus away to bottom line profit as it has all of those Reston, VA "beltway bandits." Don't give up what you have created and built up for a chairman seat. Pursue more government (international also) contracting business by finding the best govt contract directors & Procurement types.


  2. "Sub-industry standard benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennedy Space Center, FL

    I have been working at Sierra Lobo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some interesting projects. Salary is as expected for position.

    Cons

    Leave benefits are well below industry standards. Health/insurance benefits are mediocre with employees asked to cover costs that employers generally cover.

    Advice to Management

    Cutting costs at the expense of your employees benefits plan is not a sound business strategy. It fosters resentment and dissatisfaction, and thus a higher turn-over rate.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Fun work, okay company"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Lancaster, CA
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Lancaster, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra Lobo (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome research job. Great coworkers

    Cons

    Slow management response. You must follow up to get things done


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  5. "More of the same...."

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    Current Employee - Designer in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Current Employee - Designer in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No advantage working for this company over any of the 6-8 companies that provide staff on my contract.

    Cons

    In the 5 years I have worked for Sierra Lobo, I have had my benefits cut every year. Insurance costs considerably increase with double digit increases, lost coverage's that I now have to pay for, life insurance cut in half, and this year just loss of PTO accrual. It is time for a change of employment.

    Advice to Management

    You better learn to take care of the people that take care of you! An unhappy workforce will not give you the reputation needed to earn more contracts.


  6. "Take Take Take. Stay away"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    I really have nothing to say that is a pro....
    I have a job

    Cons

    Constantly reducing our benefits. I currently pay 2.75 times more for my insurance than I did 15 months ago. I currently am required to work 8 hours per bi week pay period for free and I no longer have sick or vacation time. I now only receive 5.5 hours PTO per bi week. That with the fact they no longer are willing to pay my long and short term disability I am getting nothing as a benefit.


  7. "Engineering Technician IV"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician IV in Greenbelt, MD
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician IV in Greenbelt, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Lobo (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Kept the healthcare and other benefits the same as my previous contractor.

    Cons

    Had trouble with overall management.

    Advice to Management

    Look for more work.


  8. "I worked at Sierra Lobo for 6 months as a full time employee"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Milan, OH
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Milan, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Lobo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company culture, flexible hours, nice compensation.

    Cons

    The company is very focused on outside certifications and ranks. This has lead this small company to have an overwhelming and unnecessary amount of paperwork and complicated procedures that are not taken seriously. There are two sides to their engineering department: Commercial and R&D. I had no experience working with the commercial side, but the leadership in the R&D department was unknowledgeable, unorganized, resistive to change, and displayed poor communication and poor judgment. I was often given unrealistic project expectations and both unrealistic and incomplete scheduling information. The feedback on my performance was virtually nonexistent and where it did exist was misleading and unhelpful.

    Advice to Management

    Hold your R&D department to the same (if not more stringent) standards (both technical and interpersonal) as the commercial department.


  9. "Layoffs happen"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Former Employee - Technician in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Lobo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great pay, great benefits, great job. I have been at Kennedy Space Center for 25 years and 5 years with Sierra Lobo.

    Cons

    Layoffs happen, when you are in a union seniority takes preference over knowledge and experience so by those standards Layoffs happen

    Advice to Management

    Get more contracts


  10. "While it was not a bad work environment, it just wasn't great."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sandusky, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sandusky, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice people and some flexibility in hours.

    Cons

    Environmental problem in the building.


  11. "After six months, I am satisfied to be working for Sierra Lobo; however I do not see opportunities for promotion."

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer VI in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer VI in Kennedy Space Center, FL

    Pros

    Small, flexible Company
    Opportunities in many different aerospace and military endeavors

    Cons

    Kind of Light on Benefits
    Detached from main office and company directions

    Advice to Management

    No advice to give after 6 months with SLI. Geberally satisfied.


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