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Updated August 27, 2017
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  1. "Great place for those who are skilled and like a creative workplace"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1.0 Upper level management leaves technical issues to engineering
    2.0 Working from home is possible on and off
    3.0 The focus is on accomplishing a great deal on relatively small sums of money compared to prime space and defense contractors (we are the underdogs)
    4.0 Creativity is not only needed, it is necessary for a company like SMI to thrive. You have a chance to bring your competitive and learning sides of your skill sets to this environment and see what happens.
    5.0 People who subscribe to the above dictum work here and enjoy work.
    6.0 HR goes a bit out of their way to be nice to employees - fresh popcorn on Thursdays, scheduled food trucks, and other events like bring your dog to work day - that really bring personality to Space Micro.

    Cons

    1.0 Loosely structured work environment. This can leave some team members feeling lost and unaccounted for without good leadership on a project.
    2.0 Tight budget constraints. There needs to be a focus on being efficient. Work needs to translate directly into the end product or else the budget can overrun compared to the Prime Government Contractor (where a large amount of wasted effort and money is figured into the contract).
    3.0 Small company benefits and pay. They are trying to compete with the big companies.
    4.0 Time keeping demands that all employees put in at least five hours on all regular work days Monday through Friday. There is no 9/80 schedule. Even though you could be over in hours for the week you are still required to work at least five hours on the next workday.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that this small company requires flexibility on the part of employees being a part of a small and upcoming company environment... and not place hard hours on hours per work days. Your employees will have more respect for a company policy that understands that small company employees work hard and are expected to do so. To have requirements on top of the implicit work demands seems a bit harsh and out of character with the hard working but open and creatively cultured work environment of Space Micro. Punishing good employees in order to keep bad employees from slacking off is not a good strategy for a business of this size or any size. You do not want to disenfranchise your talented people with policies directed at bad apples. Bad apples should be discarded.


  2. "Unfriendly Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of projects - never a lack of work
    Discounted vending machine purchases
    Half off of a food truck once a month
    Decent pay

    Cons

    Poor management from the top down
    Poor business decisions
    Huge amount of inertia toward making positive steps

    Advice to Management

    Less micromanagement
    Switch to a 9/80, or at least allow flexible hours like every modern tech company
    Treat good employees better, and actually reward good work with something other than trying to bury them in as much work as possible

  3. "Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, exciting projects, good management team and intelligent coworkers

    Cons

    Lack on controls, late projects and can be a little to hectic at times, as with any job.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more PMs


  4. Helpful (1)

    "VP, Managing Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid products. State of the art technology.

    Cons

    None. Small company with big solutions

    Advice to Management

    Expand the company.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A good place to work

    Cons

    It should develop more production activities.


  6. "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.


  7. 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.

  8. "Space Micro Review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Launching our products"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great Stepping Stone to a Better Career"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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