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Sierra Nevada Corporation Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and great people to work with (in 30 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 20 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Everything was great at first....."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Louisville, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Louisville, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great 401K.
    Pay was decent.
    Worked on some really cool projects.
    Learned a lot about the space industry.

    Cons

    Lots of big egos with nothing to back it up.
    Managers and PM's are not really managers, they just moved up from various engineering positions.
    Too many people still there from the old pre-SNC days, and WAY too many people there from the Starsys days.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house of all inept managers.
    Need people that know how to motivate employees the right way.
    Treat employees the way YOU would like to be treated.
    Make it a fun place to work again.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Fun Work... Horrible Middle Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Littleton, CO
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Littleton, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work was really challenging and exciting! A fast fluid environment that was constantly changing with new projects rolling in every few months.

    Cons

    Middle management needs an overhaul. There is a severe disconnect from the top down that happens at the middle management levels.

    Advice to Management

    Become more clear in your intentions and learn how to properly take care of your employees. Budget minding is only half of your job...

  3. Helpful (3)

    "A lot of opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sparks, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sparks, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many new and exciting contracts are creating multiple opportunities throughout the company. Work is fast-paced and plentiful. Benefits and compensation are very competitive, especially 401k matching. Overall, employees are focused and committed to the success of the company. Not being a public company seems to translate into more focus on innovation and technology as opposed to meeting shareholder demands.

    Cons

    Many processes and internal systems seem out-dated. The "way we've always done it" mindset can be challenging at times but there seems to be an overall willingness to make changes. With so many new positions being filled work spaces can be tight and parking is a little limited.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with communications to both employees and external audiences. Celebrate success throughout the company and find different ways to engage employees. Look for opportunities to modernize internal software, systems and processes.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting time to be here, and it's only going to get more interesting."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sparks, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sparks, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-moving; willing to change to improve; willing to adapt; exciting future; do a lot of work in a lot of industries; on the edge of exciting transformation; innovation and creativity valued; good pay; good benefits

    Cons

    Growing pains -- but working on them; PTO is combined sick and annual, and not very generous; minimal holidays; still modernizing processes; old timers have a pickled attitude but exciting new talent; cramped quarters (office bursting at seams)

    Advice to Management

    Improve and grow internal communication; transparency and collaboration must be top priority; task middle management and Corp VPs to have vision of future, not protection of territory; trust the right people you have gathered around you; open in a better location with parking and space for larger workforce


  5. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Get to do really cool stuff.

    Cons

    Funding can be problematic when working with the Gov't.

    Advice to Management

    More IR&D to enable long term projects.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "This used to be a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing. There are some highly talented people employed here.

    Cons

    Entirely to many VPs and Directors. It seems like every employee has their very own VP or Director. The company is trying to expand out in commercial projects. Extremely risky

    Advice to Management

    The company is trying to expand out in a commercial way. Why don't you stick with what has been working for you for over 10 years.....government/DoD. Decrease the 'Chief' population and let your talent work for you. There was a time I enjoyed waking up and coming in to work. Now I drag my self out of the house, half expect my badge not to work because I may have said the wrong thing to the wrong person. SNC used to be a small family environment, we now have succumbed to the corporate mind set. The culture here is losing its appeal.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Production Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sparks, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sparks, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I get a paycheck and have fun coworkers.

    Cons

    I'm a temp to hire, truth be told from other temp workers a SNC job offer won't happen because they just need a lot of grunts for a short time project.

    Work schedule is non flexible was promised four days or every other Friday off but got neither.

    It feels like school we have to clock in early or get fired, given lockers, and morning and afternoon breaks are rigid.

    Join SNC if you are human resources, they got all the perks. Yearly paid retreats at a 5 star Lake Tahoe resort, work from home, flexible work schedule weekly company provided lunches.

    Yeah it sucks being in the trenches.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees equally and fairly. Give us all flexible work schedule. And don't make promises that won't be kept.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Aircraft Resource Scheduler III"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Aircraft Resource Scheduler III in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Aircraft Resource Scheduler III in Centennial, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent 401K. Schedule flexibility. Great, motivated people. Recognized, quality support of US government. Close match with other former military people made transition easier.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between HR and people concerning upcoming layoffs/position eliminations. Limited support between HR and outgoing/gone employees with regard to other opportunities available within the company. Culture and values touted by upper leadership do not match up with truth on the ground.

    Advice to Management

    When you know you are going to let someone go/eliminate their position give them a few weeks' heads-up so they can begin their job search


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Headed in the wrong direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Centennial, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This used to be a great company with a great team of people. The benefits (401K especially) are very good.

    Cons

    The culture is one of "punish/fire the naysayers and hide the truth". The tools and processes that sort-of worked as a small company are now woefully inadequate as a large defense contractor, yet little time and money is applied to fixing them. VERY resistant to change at all levels. Bloated management structure with inflated overhead costs makes the company not competitive. "Support" organizations are self-serving and detract from potential success. Silo'd organizational structure with disincentives to work across functional areas. The way to get ahead is to step on your peers and take personal credit for team success.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company and let a new management team take the company in the right direction. Stop promoting "yes-people". Be open to change, criticism and new ideas. Realize that much of your past success was not because of your brilliance, but was mostly fortunate timing.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristow, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristow, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The 401K is great at 8% matching.

    Cons

    The downside to working at SNC is the home/work life balance is a joke. You will be expected to drop everything else so that you can put absurd amount of hours into work and then be ridiculed for not work hard enough, at least at the Herndon office, which has a employee 50% turnover rate a year.


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