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Space Systems/Loral Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  • Upper Management disconnected from the reality of the workers (in 21 reviews)

  • The cost of living in the area is very, very high (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Company in Decline"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time

    Pros

    Good product and people. Lots of interesting work.

    Cons

    Since MDA takeover company culture has tanked. Constant pressure to cut costs. President is clueless, has no idea how to relate to his people. New CEO of MDA might actually be worse. Company now seems to be run by consultants.

    Advice to Management

    Do your job, don't hire consultants to do them.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Engineering Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No shortage of work and still some good people to work with and a few good mid level managers and leaders. Some entry level positions are good opportunities, but it depends on what you can get.

    Cons

    Management is not good at the SSL executive level. Since the MDA takeover they have gross inconsistencies and the old way of doing business is clashing with the new plan. Moral isn't very good. Problems and work pile up, and groups are regularly in a manic state. Throw in poor raises and no bonuses when the company has it's best year ever, it doesn't add up as a positive. Also, lots of complaints by the company about the cost of labor... They bought an aerospace company in the middle of overpriced silicone valley, now they don't like what we make.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are assets, customers are trade partners, not assets. Understand the difference. Stop dumping executive level problems on the factory and stop blaming the factory for errors you made. Buy into the new path or change the direction, but waffling half hearted leading isn't working.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "No teamwork!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Flight Director/Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Flight Director/Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some nice people here, very diverse company. Flexible schedule at times. Great interesting work. Easy freeway access and parking.

    Cons

    No teamwork. The temporary work environment leads to backstabbing to make others look bad. No room for advancement as a temporary employee.

    Advice to Management

    I would keep people with the ability to work well with others, not by how much they get paid. Concentrate on team building, as well as cost cutting.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Quality Control Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time

    Pros

    A good set of people to work with.

    Cons

    Management is a little behind the times. Needs to learn to deligate authority. Needs to hold people accountable for new process implementations. Little room for career advancement.


  6. "Good coworkers and next level management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Technician in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time

    Pros

    Majority of employees are nice people. Overall I enjoy the nature of my job and all the technicalities that go with it.

    Cons

    Jobs can be too repetitive. Too many levels of management that it can take some time for changes to be done. Little chances for growth however I believe it's more because of the company structure.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps to pay attention to the employees who consistently do more than their job description and compensate them for it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Vehical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Vehical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Place to Learn about how satellites are built and tested. Professional environment. One of the best places to start your career.

    Cons

    As with any company the only cons are long term health and retirement benefits. No more pension plan. They will match 401k up to 6%.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing. The management does a very good job of supporting its employees. This is a very supportive company.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Some good, some bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - A Senior Engineering Role in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - A Senior Engineering Role in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time

    Pros

    The product is easy to feel good about, and the work is usually interesting, The competence level of most of the people working there is extremely high.

    Cons

    The environment is often competeitve rather than cooperative internally, stifling creativity and incentive for many. The amount of work required to get even simple things done borders on the absurd, which has a similar effect.

    Advice to Management

    Streamlining and simplifying internal systems and processes will go a save a lot more money than the recent RIFS that focused on experienced workers. Managers should actually know their people and what they are doing, a concept that is not well served by having huge groups of people under one person.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Bye Bye Talent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great tech and industry. Space is cool.

    Cons

    Talent is leaving in great quantities for better opportunities in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Do something to keep talented people on board or bring in those with great promise.


  10. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Product Line Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Product Line Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent Benefits in the Bay Area

    Cons

    Challenging compensation environment (Silicon Valley)


  11. Helpful (3)

    "mostly happy employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Building satellites and launching them into space! I have been at SSL for 9 years and am on my 4th position since starting. SSL has been supportive of me wanting to explore different disciplines and I have grown a lot during that time. The work has been interesting and the people are cool.

    Cons

    SSL is located in Silicon Valley but doesn't have the profits of other Silicon Valley companies. With the crazy cost of living here, SSL employees are leaving left and right. Company has also recently gone through a reorg and many people are unhappy with the changes.



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