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Sierra Nevada Corporation Denver Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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Sierra Nevada Corporation Chief Executive Officer Fatih Ozmen
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Pros
  • Great benefits and great people to work with (in 31 reviews)

  • s 401K match has made it impossible for me to contribute anything less than the maximum that SNC will match (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-Life Balance can be horrible (in 21 reviews)

  • No major cons - minor growing pains as an organization overall (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to grow your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Support Role in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Corporate Support Role in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I've greatly enjoyed my ~9 year career at SNC. It's a challenging, fun company to work at where you don't do the same thing everyday. I've listed some of the other pros below.

    - Excellent Benefits offerings
    - Flexible work schedule (depending on department)
    - Working alongside top industry talent
    - Competitive pay
    - Little micromanagement, lots of creative freedom to solve problems/implement solutions
    - Promotions and pay increases are regular and fair
    - Customers have a real mission that is satisfying to support

    Cons

    - Hours can be long, can cut into family time
    - Every department is very deadline driven, can be stressful at times
    - Tools/processes are constantly in a "lag" behind business needs. Company grew too quickly to keep pace, so it's a never ending game of catch-up

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to invest in better infrastructure and improving processes. If we're going to operate like the "big boys", we need to have big boy tools.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Operations"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits package, one of the most comprehensive around the area

    Cons

    internal politics rule the day, you need to subscribe to their way or the highway

    Advice to Management

    be genuine to your staff and they may stay longer

  3. "Marketing Support Executive Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Executive Administrator and Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Marketing Executive Administrator and Assistant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really great benefits and work life balance.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth and opportunity in Marketing at SNC.


  4. Helpful (15)

    "Beware the company's values, enter at your own risk..."

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Department in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Human Resources Department in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most employees are positive, hard working individuals who desperately want the company to move forward. Easy to support the mission of helping the US warfighter.

    Cons

    Company is led by a CFO who wants to be involved in every minor decision. She does not trust her vice presidents, directors and managers to do the jobs they have been hired to do. She runs roughshod over whole departments (especially HR) who operate with dread of the next "edict from Eren..."

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to minimize the detrimental effect Erin Ozmen has on teams. Promote from within. Develop career path ingredients for all employees. Invest in tools that actually work. Pay more than lip service to the "people, process, tools" that you say are truly important.


  5. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, forward leaning company

    Cons

    Sometimes the pace allows poor planning


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Management by the numbers--literally"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits (though those are shrinking down to industry norms). Smart, dedicated coworkers. Exciting projects with the ability to work directly with the military customer.

    Cons

    I can only speak to the Centennial office, but at least there, middle management ONLY cares about "making the numbers". Expect your manager to underbid your contract, and expect to work unpaid overtime to save HIS butt. Expect to work with a lot of new guys since all the old guys have left.
    DON'T expect your manager to listen to your concerns or actually do anything for you (improve working conditions, etc). Also, unless you know someone in upper management, don't expect to see any of the training money they claim to set aside.

    Of course, in middle management's defense, they have to do all the work of selling contracts, as the large and highly-paid "business development" group consists entirely of old friends of senior management. They seem to spend a lot of time on travel but never seem to actually bring in any business.

    Advice to Management

    Stop just looking at middle management's numbers because they're probably fudging them anyway. Start looking at retention. If all your experienced personnel (read: institutional knowledge) are leaving, there's probably a reason and it will bite you hard down the road.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Steer clear of ISR"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of people quitting or being fired, makes for entertaining growth opportunities!

    Cons

    Vertical leadership structure, cronyist old-boys club of grey beards, most of who started shaving this decade. Very little real communication, lots of silos.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten your leadership structure. Create more unique capability in-house,. Design, integrate and demonstrate capability in months, not years. Replace your military background MBA and PMP types with real-world business savy experience. Reward continual education and training, discourage silos and cronyism. Grow nimble legs. You've become a monolithic, lumbering version of the customer(s) you serve(d).

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Good to Great to terrible"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, expenditure on needed resources (equipment, software, training, personal protective equipment such as knee pads). Dynamic breadth of applications and scope of work. Sense of accomplishment if delivering capability to Customers.

    Cons

    Support organizations (HR, IT, Facilities) carry an adversarial attitude. Poor culture facilitates complacency and is exacerbated by the good ole boys (and girls) network. Isolationist working amenities such as maximum height cubicle walls. Serious lack of inspiration and vision from leadership. Depreciating ethics. Political action committee, vocal political extremism.

    Advice to Management

    Long career in the industry does not mean good leadership. Personal network is not a good business plan!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Field Service Technician"

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    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits: 401K w/ 150% match, med, dental, vision, and life. Lots of opportunities all over the country with many types of program

    Cons

    Work/life balance 6 mos per year overseas travel
    Pay scale has decreased over the last 5 years. People are getting paid less to do the same job.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a transition program for employees who would like to continue with the company without having to travel all the time. Or allow for less travel spread out among more employees.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "SNC"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Windchill Administrative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Windchill Administrative in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Paid well, paid well, paid well

    Cons

    Total confusion on windchill plus

    Advice to Management

    wouldn't help them to see


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