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  1. "SpaceQuest: the best job in suborbit!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Fairfax, VA
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    Pros

    SpaceQuest is a great place to get involved in space missions of all sizes. From components to space stations, they do it all and have a long history of success in Low Earth Orbit.

    Cons

    SpaceQuest can be slow to embrace some new technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Working closely with the management team and customers has a positive effect on projects.


  2. "Small Space Needs to Get a Bit Bigger"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
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    Pros

    SpaceQuest is a small company that does big things, which makes for a broad exposure to engineering issues. One person is expected to do many jobs, which contrasts with larger companies where an individual may only be responsible for a single bolt in a larger project.

    Cons

    The company is so small that there is really no room for vertical movement. Your boss is the CEO, so you really can't ascend. A lot is expected, but exceptional performance is not rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize employees dedication and commitment directly, with words and actions. Offer rewards for continued exceptional performance. Be open to growth and change.

  3. "A Pivot to Big Things on the Horizon"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SpaceQuest full-time

    Pros

    SpaceQuest is a very small company and like one of the other reviewers noted, a lot is expected of every employee. Historically, the company was kept small and agile as the customers SpaceQuest serves were slow moving and had plateaued with regards to their spending. With the recent boom in cubesat technology and growing commercial space applications, the market has taken off and SpaceQuest is in the unique position of having a small agile team as well as two decades of experience to draw on. Furthermore they have been working through a bit of a pivot that could lead to some serious growth if they can execute on their plans.

    More personal pros include flexibility in your office hours, ubiquitous opportunities to learn new skills or aspects of the business, and the chance to work with some very experienced engineers.

    Cons

    Part of the pivot that SpaceQuest is going through includes a bit of culture shift. Such a shift always creates some stress. Give us some time and we'll catch up with the change. Additionally, management has usually been hesitant to share detailed business plans and strategies with the employees. With the recent pivot, more has been shared and involvement in the planning and strategic activities is strongly encouraged. Even more is needed however.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hesitate to hire. We have more than enough work to do and if we can afford it more people will move us faster along the growth path. Furthermore, look for ways to give employees more ownership of the company's long term success.