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SpaceX Los Angeles Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Fast paced work environment that teaches you a lot (in 112 reviews)

  • Great work environment with advancmant opportunity (in 72 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance is tough for me personally (in 156 reviews)

  • Sometimes need to work long hours (in 219 reviews)

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  1. "Executive Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Hawthorne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the People we work with. Doing something to change the world.

    Cons

    Engineers work extremely long hours


  2. "Propulsion Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Propulsion Technician in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Propulsion Technician in Hawthorne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice Atmosphere, good benefits, 3 weeks Vac, 1 week Sick + holidays. Stocks. Free food. lot of bonuses when you work hard

    Cons

    No 401K match. Mandatory 10 Hours a day and 6 Hours on Saturdays

    Advice to Management

    A&P Technician should get a better pay if you want them to stay and Don't make Saturdays mandatory


  3. "Competitive, hard, but worthwhile place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Hawthorne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SpaceX (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You really cant work on anything cooler. The office is incredible, and every one is very smart.

    Cons

    Very stressful, and everyone is 100% there to work - not slack off or mess around.


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  5. "Inspiring Mission, Great Perks, Awesome People"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Contribute to an inspiring, out-of-this-world mission
    - Meet many awesome people as your coworkers
    - Great perks
    - Flexibility and freedom, as long as your work gets done

    Cons

    - Big commitment - Work becomes the priority over other pursuits


  6. "Great, Exciting Company"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Hawthorne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engaged people and good perks!

    Cons

    Expensive area to live makes it tough to find housing.


  7. "Structure Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Structure Engineer in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Structure Engineer in Hawthorne, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting place to work. Great place to learn.

    Cons

    Long work hours. Bad life balance


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Drink the Musk cool aid and you will have a good time"

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    Current Employee - Avionics Engineer in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Avionics Engineer in Hawthorne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High energy, create groundbreaking tech! Work with smart people. Pushing the state of the art company culture. Chance to change an industry. Amazing olace

    Cons

    Level of management effectiveness varies greatyly depending on where you are in the organization.

    They key positions in the company are populated so with a few exceptions there wont be much room for new hire advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Keep our competitive soul but stop lying internally about schedules for the sake of meeting unrealistic deadlines.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A place for looking at the stars"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Hawthorne, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Hawthorne, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is no greater mission, no more important task for humanity than to create internal redundancy in our species. There is also no greater engineering challenge a human will face than working on these systems and methods.

    Cons

    Working for SpaceX is a service to all of humanity, you should see it as such. The trip to Mars and beyond is not easy, and requires you and your family sacrifice much of your "spare" time for this goal. You will likely burn out, but expect this. And returning after a 1-2 hiatus at a "boring" job is actually pretty normal.

    Advice to Management

    Reflect this sacrifice in your practices, compensation, and reviews. You are terrible at this.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Composite Technician in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Composite Technician in Hawthorne, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to be apart of space exploration, 1st hand at seeing how rockets are built. Being able to see your work payoff for mankind.

    Cons

    It can be demanding as far as how many hrs your work. Sometimes it can be very tiring.

    Advice to Management

    Always keep an open dialog, listen to the employee on how we can better our work environment. Thank the employee for their hard work and dedication, sometimes that goes a long way.


  11. "Exciting work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced and exciting work.
    Easy to be heavily involved on projects

    Cons

    Lots of travel away from home
    long hours
    only form of advancement is through management (no engineering tenure track)



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