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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Space Micro (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits include free snack food, soda, coffee and beer after 5:00 PM.

    Flexible time schedule.

    Management is very nice.

    Cons

    Company is largely based on SBIR grants from the DOD. This means feast or famine

    Advice to Management

    Great company. Management is very nice.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer PCB/Circuit Designer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer PCB/Circuit Designer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Space Micro (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    New and contemporary technologies designing for space applications.

    Cons

    Poor management, few or rather sparse pay increases; required by management to work 56 hours per week with no compensation.

    Advice to Management

    quit, sell to someone who knows how to develop fine engineers and employees.


  3. "Space Micro Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Space Micro full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, relaxed management, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Office could be updated and depending on what job you're going into, might not be too much room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking to grow and triple check time and money on proposals before you offer to take on that contract.


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  5. "Launching our products"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Space Micro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast growing, only location in San Diego. Expanded floor/lab space in 2014. Lots of interns from multiple universities.

    Cons

    Very fast paced-many projects in parallel.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing and get more profitable.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great Stepping Stone to a Better Career"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Space Micro full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This place offers great padding for your resume out of college, but don't stay long. They'll start you at 20% below the mean salary for an engineer, and then give you 5% raises every year...if you're lucky you'll land a 10% raise, but if you do the math...that'll keep you below the mean forever. There are some fun projects to work on, and you'll get some good design experience, so get in, build your resume, and get out. They'll hire anyone...so you can definitely get in.

    Cons

    Low pay, poor management, late deliveries, crappy reputation in the industry, low morale, no communication between upper management and engineers...poor contract negotiation...etc...yada yada yada...this place is not a good company. Period.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Let someone buy this company before it tanks.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "The place is a dump."

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Space Micro full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They probably won't fire you if you can do your job and are cheap. Really cheap... They recruit in all the best trailer parks.

    Cons

    Everything else. It's not really a serious company. It's a pump and dump. Most of their products don't work. They screw projects up all the time. They sued Boeing and lost. it's a clown show.

    Advice to Management

    None. The MO of the two guys that started the company is that they "build" a company up and then sell it. Those days are probably over. Space Micro hangs on by a thread shuffling money around to pay the bills. The gross revenue was under $5M annually when I was there.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Exciting field, terrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Space Micro full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Really exciting projects with lots of opportunity
    Although you can get mandatory unpaid overtime for years on end with no bonus, most people ignore management and don't show up without getting in trouble

    Cons

    Management decisions seem to be random. Design specs are written against analysis of engineers. People let go for false reasons. May be asked to do things which could be considered fraudulent. May be asked to do a bad job when a good job would cost less and be faster. Exciting projects are rarely carried out in a way which meets their potential.

    Advice to Management

    Competitive salary. Be realistic about time required for projects. Can't have a "state of emergency" for more than a few years at a time. Promoting experienced staff when an opening appears would help congeal support. Allow projects to succeed.


  9. "Fast-paced, growing and exciting new space technology"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Space Micro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company is winning more business in a tough DoD and NASA space market. We actually get our electronics launched into in space orbit. Our space transponders went into orbit last month to study the sun.

    Cons

    Almost too many projects-keep getting more contracts before the last one is done ! This is a mixed bag since that fuels the company growth.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time on training new junior employees.


  10. "The best new product development experience I've had and these products go to Space!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Space Micro full-time

    Pros

    Space Micro offers a challenging engineering environment with multi-disciplinary teams focused on new product development. Wide variety of space projects to work on with other dedicated engineers. Great to see progression from ideas to products shipped.

    Cons

    There can be periods with long work weeks and as a small business there aren't many luxury items.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the interesting work coming in the door and the engineering staff will enjoy the collaborative development environment.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting Technology, Bad Management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting technology dealing with electronics that are used (or supposed to be used) for space. A lot of my coworkers are pretty cool and really know their stuff. I get to work in the lab, which I enjoy. My last job I had to work a lot with technicians, and I think it's better to have the design engineer be the first person to bring up a new design (like a board). I get to do that here.

    Cons

    Management is not very good here. Very little planning, everything seems to happen in some type of "emergency mode" instead of actually being planned, thought out, and organized. It seems like the owners don't think that such stuff is important. We had one manager that was pretty good at all that stuff, but they got rid of him. Since then, we feel like there is no one that really knows how to run stuff and do things the right way and allow us to do good work.

    None of us (at least the engineers) got a raise last year because the company is losing money. That's not the engineers' fault, the problem is that the projects are all bid and sold at really low prices and with schedules that make no sense. It seems like whoever is doing that really does not understand how tough and complicated these projects are. So we have to work like crazy, don't get overtime, don't get raises, to somehow make up for the fact that management screwed up.

    We get very little feedback from managers in general. Certainly not much positive feedback anymore. When we do get feedback its negative, or we are told we are taking too long or not working enough hours. But again, the problem is that the owners have no clue just how complicated it is to do these types of boards.

    My last review (last fall in 2011) was a joke. I had one about a year before (fall 2010) and that was pretty good. The guy who did it actually knew what I had done, and we got to talk for like 2 hours. The guy listened to what I had to say, asked me what I wanted to do, what we could do better, and how I might like to help. He told me ways that I could improve, but he was pretty fair about it I guess. The review I had last fall was different. It was a joke. The guy who did it had little clue about what I do, what I did, and what I wanted to do. Plus he didn't seem to care. He sat me down and said what he had to say, and after that, he was done. It was more like him just telling me how he thought I did (but again, he really didn't know) and he really didn't care what I had to say at all.

    I would like to give more info but I probably shouldn't. The company is pretty small (like 40 people) and if I give too much detail, they will probably figure out who I am!

    Advice to Management

    Get some people that really know how to plan and manage projects. Get us engineers involved at those early steps so we can start things right, even as early as when we are bidding projects so that we at least have some hope of doing good engineering and meeting schedules.


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