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Sierra Nevada Corporation Reviews

Updated September 12, 2018
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Sierra Nevada Corporation Chief Executive Officer Fatih Ozmen
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  • "Work-Life Balance can be horrible" (in 22 reviews)

  • "Lots of growing pains due to space systems increasing drastically in size in a very short amount of time" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "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. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company, Great benefits, Meaningful work."

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

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits. 401K is second to none with an 150% match up to 8%. Great healthcare. Meaningful work. Company focused on developing life saving equipment.

    Cons

    Busy at times. Branch offices creates difficulties with time zone differences. Growing at an exponential rate so growing pains are prevalent.

    Advice to Management

    Try to slow down the growth of the company so that it is done right. Not a bad problem to have though.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Great benefits and that's about it."

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Some very talented people do work here. Most of the employees work hard and want the company to be successful.

    Cons

    Corporate management and site specific executive management. Very much a good ol' boys club. If you are in the click you'll be fine no matter how bad you screw up - just put the blame on some poor putz. If you are not in the click - look out, you'll take the blame for everything. Corporate management knows this and allows it to happen.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house of the executive management team before IMS goes belly up. Loosing contracts, late deliveries and overruns are the norm for this group of management. The profits they turned last year were dumb luck as it was the windfall of one PMs hard work and due diligence. The rest of the programs were bloated and over managed and lost money.


  4. "Great people but still new here"

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

    I have been working at Sierra Nevada Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Culture is great compared to other industry leaders, everyone genuinely likes coming to work

    Cons

    Still seems like a boys club when it comes to management
    401K match contribution does not go into effect until after a year of employment
    No sick days provided separate from vacation


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Love the owners and the company. Some of their employees not so much."

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    Former Employee - Engineering Management in Sparks, NV
    Former Employee - Engineering Management in Sparks, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Some of the best people I've ever worked with
    2. The best benefit package around
    3. Much higher than average pay for the area
    4. Interesting and challenging work

    Cons

    1. Some of the worst people I've ever worked with
    2. Sometimes your life does not belong to you
    3. Good ol boys club / politics / huge egos

    Advice to Management

    Futility. Most wouldn't listen.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic Benefits and Headed in the Right Direction"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Hagerstown, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best benefits in the business... 401K cannot be best. Management team had a few duds but overall the tide is turning and SNC still maintains a significant competitive advantage in this market.

    Cons

    Work can be long hours but that is expected in any integration company.

    Some of the leaders / PMs / Directors do not fully understand the skill set of those working for them and as a result misalign resources causing schedule slips.

    Advice to Management

    Keeping it simple: Know your people, know their skillets, do right by them.

    Your employees care very much about the success of the business unit and want the entire team to succeed. SNC disrupted the market when they came on the scene so many years ago, and we need to maintain that edge to stay successful!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Production Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -lots of over time for most production areas
    -generally competent management

    Cons

    -poorly structured overall flow
    -too many managers not enough employees
    -few opportunities to move up

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work, but needs improvement in some areas"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer I in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer I in Centennial, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good experience, good work environment, legitimate contracts

    Cons

    Low pay, separation between engineers and management, difficulty training

    Advice to Management

    SNC is behind the average pay curve and needs a salary re-adjustment


  9. Helpful (8)

    "It was good while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hagerstown, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hagerstown, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was at SNC for a long time - over 10 years. Because of that, I saw a lot of change and many people come and go. For the most part, it was a good experience. Of course, there were good bosses, bad bosses, lean times, good times. It went hill quickly when an overseas contract was lost. The company had zero interest in finding new positions for employees. There was a spreadsheet sent out, and their Workday tool was touted. Workday didn't connect to anything. Some of us put in 20 applications only to be told that nobody got them. While SNC was sleeping, other companies swooped in and gave all the knowledge and talent to their competitors and customers. It went against all of their claims about people being their greatest asset.

    Cons

    Left hundreds high and dry. Bad managers were able to operate for years in Hagerstown. Blowhards from Colorado blew into town and had utter contempt for their 'team'. Threw around 'metrics' and 'lean' buzzwords that did nothing but have skilled IT people vote with their feet.

    Advice to Management

    You've heard it before... make these people accountable. You have lost hundreds of good employees only to have their seats filled by puppets.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent work environment"

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    Former Employee - Systems Integrator in Hagerstown, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Integrator in Hagerstown, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are hard to beat, particularly the 401k match. Work culture is excellent. Bosses understand the work/life balance.

    Cons

    Being driven by contract work has its own sets of hazards, which is solely the reason why I am currently looking for employment. If they seek to hire me back, I will be sure to return.


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