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Sierra Nevada Corporation Reviews

Updated April 16, 2018
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  • Work-Life Balance can be horrible (in 22 reviews)

  • The company is constantly going through growing pains that has everyone at the working level in a constant state of whiplash (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "A Great Place to Work with a Pay-It-Forward Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have worked for SNC for 8+ years and have always been attracted by the family culture the owners, Eren and Fatih have created within a large company. In many aspects it feels like a small close knit company. They are generous to their employees with the high level of benefits including the 401k match, bonuses, and medical insurance. They are also generous and have a heartfelt compassion to help those in need, albeit employees experiencing a family crisis or victims of natural disasters, including the recent hurricane relief effort of $1M, offering matching contributions to the amount raised by the employees. They don't do this out of obligation, but they do these things because of who they are. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work for Sierra Nevada. The work is gratifying, the people I work with are great, and the work that we do is important. Eren and Fatih have a generous and compassionate heart and are making the world a better place.

    Cons

    I would like to see a Roth 401k option


  2. "Love it here"

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

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

    Pros

    Huge range of engineering challenges. Ridiculous 401k matching (150% of your contribution up to 8% of salary)!

    Cons

    DoD contacts are a pain.

  3. "Senior Systems Integrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Integrator in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Integrator in Hagerstown, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people and work environment are awesome.

    Cons

    We run lean which means putting in long hours sometimes; however, the end result is almost always worth the time investment.


  4. "Hagerstown is a sinking ship!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Hagerstown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The only Pro is the 401k and that's all! I've got a few years left to go and I'm gone! That's the only reason why I'm here.

    Cons

    About a dozen of us put Hagerstown on the map. We made Hagerstown great and the current VP and Corporate tore it apart! We were thriving, now it's crashing! All that talent gone and no one cares!

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at Senior Management and learn from your mistakes. You were great once, but that can never happen again. Outgoing proposals are a joke!


  5. "Large company that still feels like a small company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, mission focused, culture of respect and communication, excellent training, education opportunities, fair policies, nice benefits, outstanding 401k matching.

    Cons

    Growing pains, lots of rules (due to defense sector).

    Advice to Management

    One of the first things people ask me is, "Oh, did you start working for the beer company?" Looks as if there is some branding work that could be done! The company is different (in a good way) from others in defense contracting, and those positive attributes should be highlighted to attract more of the employees you would like to hire.


  6. "Small company, huge overhead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time

    Pros

    401K match, 9/80 schedule, good industry

    Cons

    Bureaucracy the equivalent of a company 10 times their size. Hard to get anything done. More time spent on internal process paperwork than actual engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the benefits of being a smaller company. This isn't NASA or Lockheed Martin, and that's a good thing. We may have the same contractual requirements that they do, but that doesn't mean we have to adopt their inefficiencies as well.


  7. "Healthy Work Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Sparks, NV
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Sparks, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good organization that is willing to make the hard decisions to stick to its values. This isn't your typical company that sits around talking about making a difference, they do it. Excellent benefits and employee engagement.

    Cons

    Growing business is outgrowing its systems that require change. This can be an opportunity or a headache depending on your attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the hard work maintaining the work hard, play hard culture!

  8. "Product Support Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great 401K Program, Great company to work for

    Cons

    Poor communication, Hagerstown is a crappy location


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Lead Principal Mechanical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Lead Principal ME (Chief) in Sparks, NV
    Former Employee - Lead Principal ME (Chief) in Sparks, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent culture, phenomenal benefits, good work to do, great exposure to new things. good support from IT and HR/Admin are all outstanding

    Cons

    lack of definition for higher level technical career paths. Too little interface with management for product development and path forward for new product growth

    Advice to Management

    SNC has a knack for finding brilliant resources in technical areas and is a very attractive place to work. with bringing in such high caliber talent, care and attention should be given to their contribution and career growth paths


  10. "Sierra Nevada Corporation as a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior System Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Senior System Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Despite the rapid growth SNC has over the years, unlike some organizations, SNC has never lost its visions, purposes and always considered the employees the most important assets. SNC is still a privately held company, and has one of the best benefit package in the industry. SNC employees have the freedom to innovate, participate and contribute to many cutting edge technologies that SNC is currently pursuing. Strongly recommend SNC as a place to work, whether you are fresh out of college or seasoned professional.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. As with any other companies, you will experience some common cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good works and continue to invest in the core assets, the employees.


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