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Updated January 11, 2018
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Pros
  • Great benefits and great people to work with (in 33 reviews)

  • s 401K match has made it impossible for me to contribute anything less than the maximum that SNC will match (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-Life Balance can be horrible (in 22 reviews)

  • Growing pains with the company now being a large Defense contractor (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Integrated Product Support Manager in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Integrated Product Support Manager in Hagerstown, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Hard to make changes sometimes


  2. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Can be stressful. Fast paced

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Prepare for an interesting and wild ride"

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

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

    Pros

    1. Fatih and Eren are amazing at what they do. They both display graciousness, generosity, and have demonstrated for many years that they care about the employees and they value loyalty.

    2. SNC offers amazing benefits. The 401k is one of the primary reasons I spent 20 years there. The pay is also very competitive. New employees can actually earn as much as employees in identical roles who've been there for years.

    3. SNC seems to be financially very stable and always growing. The company is involved in so many areas of technology. Leadership is very dynamic and progressive in that area.

    4. For technical people, it' can be very interesting work, with opportunities to grow and learn about numerous cutting-edge technologies in the mechanical, electrical, and software realms.

    5. The company is full of great people. I made many friends during my time there. Most are honest, intelligent, and hard working.

    6. You generally will not lack the tools and resources to do your job effectively (see #5 below).

    Cons

    1.Not all of the people surrounding the owners seem to share their values and there has historically been a high turnover in admin and numerous other areas, leadership position or otherwise.

    2. Work-Life Balance can be horrible. If you're a salaried employee - they own you. Programs in the same business areas function like competing companies but under the same roof! Employees either work directly for a program or business area and program managers seem to care only about their programs, not what's best for the company. They can be petty, selfish, and short-sighted, and in general are not team players, probably due to the competitive environment.

    3. Employee morale at times can be very poor and up to the point I left, had been horrendous for yeras. Generally speaking, save for the 'golden children', employees are pigeonholed and have little chance of being promoted into desirable or leadership roles. SNC management has a long track record of filling those positions from the outside (often with their military buddies) instead of promoting from within.

    4. The environment can seem like a snake pit to those not adept in political machinations. The company employs many retired military officers, most with immense egos who treat subordinates like they're expendable. If you are careful and savvy, however, and find your way into their graces, you may enjoy unlimited opportunities.

    5. Training fluctuates between adequate and abysmal. Whenever they acquire a new company, training budgets are one of the first things cut. To keep up with the changes in your field, you might have to pay for it yourself or simply go without for a few years

    Advice to Management

    SNC management would never solicit, value, or heed my advice.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Engineers beware!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sparks, NV
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sparks, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    401k employer matches 150% up to 8%. Of course there's a 5 year vesting period. Obviously an employee retention technique. The summer and holiday parties are fun!

    Cons

    If you are an engineer, beware. Programs are underbid so that SNC wins the contract. That means working under budget! Prepare for shortcuts, the "cheap way" out, removing features in products so that's it's to the bare essentials, and long hours with no overtime. The past half year has seen so many senior+ engineers leave the company at the Sparks, NV location. Junior engineers are paid 20% below market rate so... that means the junior engineers that are hired are those having trouble finding employment so they take any offer... that means they don't have good experience, barely survived engineering school, or simply make terrible employees. Retention rate is very poor. Currently at the size of a small company growing to become a large one, the process system is still in the early stages of development so there will be "dead ends", no tracking, and lackluster communication.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees well, appreciate them, value them, mentor them, challenge them, involve them, and trust them! If that is done, then SNC has the chance to be the best company in the world to work for.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, not so great tool set."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Challenged and listened to. Take care of you.

    Cons

    Poor tool set to accomplish required tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Exponential growth has caused too many issues with providing insightful financial analysis as most time is spent simply trying to ensure that numbers tie across many disparate systems. Invest in an ERP system.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Mixed to Not Great"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Engineering in Centennial, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good opportunity for an up and coming engineering program, in theory a good place for growth potential as a tech employee.

    Cons

    Miscommunication or a total lack from some managers. If you have a personal situation you can't ignore, but try to compensate with extra work and doing well afterwards, it's still held over your head even months afterward. Managers clearly have their favorite employees and will listen to them above the less favored ones. Cronyism can be seen to some degree. It's hard to believe that this is the same company that builds the dream chaser space plane. There are folks on that project that report a much different experience. It is clear that the company can be nice to focus and a pleasant place to work if they want to be. Without clear communication from management and whether you are truly doing well or not, you cannot adequately know if you are being the victim of slander or not knowing if you were doing a bad job and allowed to continue doing so without being told until much later. In a nutshell, this is not working

    Advice to Management

    Watch and observe how the managers I'm a dream chaser project act toward their employees and act with their customers. Pattern yourselves after them, instead of what you have been doing on your own. Look at your employees as professionals who you are renting their time and efforts from instead of acting like you own them and treat them like something to look down on. As long as you don't correct yourselves, I cannot in my heart of hearts recommend working at this company to anyone. However, it's only because you've lost sight of what's truly important, it doesn't mean that you can't find your way again.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good company if not for the mismanagement"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Centennial, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Salary, Interesting work, Good people

    Cons

    Overworked, Programs are under-bid and under-scheduled by management which results in the employees taking up the slack (Saturdays are common).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and take their work estimates as fact and not a suggestion

  8. "This can be *your* company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Centennial, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My favorite thing about SNC is that if you are committed and willing to put in the work, the opportunities exist to build up the company, improve processes, and do some incredible work. I keep seeing reviews talking about the "good ole boys" club - It simply isn't the case. The people here are top notch, and if you want to be part of the team then nobody will stop you from engaging - all you have to do is be a decent person and give it your best every day. I will say that if you come here expecting to coast from 8-5, you'll likely be disappointed with your experience.

    After so many years here, I feel a real sense of ownership in the work we do, and I'm proud of that.

    Cons

    None that wouldn't land in the range of typical nitpicking.about corporate life.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on ways to better integrate the business areas. There are quite a few disconnects in terms of applications, data exchange, and talent sharing that, if resolved, could really help take our programs to the next level.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Chaos in Hagerstown"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits used to be outstanding! Still good, just not as great as before!

    Cons

    Can't bid jobs. Proposal group and senior management concentrated on just winning the work and not bidding correctly. Proposal group and senior management force managers to underbid, knowing hours are incorrect. Monthly program reviews are a joke, no one held accountable. VP (Owings) clueless!

    Advice to Management

    Proposal group fairly new, who say yes to Senior management. Time to clean house with Senior management. Owners should read between the lines. Have Senior management stop lower level employees work extreme hours to make up for schedule and bid problems.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Good Company - Horrible Program"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Moody AFB, GA
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Moody AFB, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great! The company really does care for it's employees.

    Cons

    Stay away from Moody AFB unless you want to be under-worked while deployed and over-worked while at home. Expect to deploy to a combat zone and forced to take one day off a week with zero compensation. The company itself is great, but very few employees with this program make it past one deployment (personal choice).

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to force employees to take a day off in a combat zone, tell them before they get there. 90 day rotations are great - but before a deployment employees would like to spend time with their families rather than work 12 hours a day.


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