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Pros
  • "Fast-paced environment provides endless learning opportunities(in 134 reviews)

  • "Working at SpaceX gives you the opportunity to work with some of the best engineers in the US(in 40 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/Life balance is much better now compared to some stories I have heard(in 239 reviews)

  • "There are times I work very long hours including a few times working 60 straight hours(in 372 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome company, if you love space"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Hawthorne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SpaceX full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Benefits, awesome food, free coffee -Resources, any tool or service you could need for work you'd have access to, just need to know who to ask.

    Cons

    -Long hours -Really need to by into mission of the company to stay motivated -Constant push to not the bottleneck

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Simply great place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Purchasing Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    •So much room for improvement and learning. •Employees work here for months and years and still learn something new. •Fascinating place to work at. There is always something to do and keeps everyone busy and intrigued. • Great discount and perks

    Cons

    • Super-fast paced environment, where it seems like there is not much time to "catch-up" before the next change comes around. Not necessarily a bad thing, but not enough time to brainstorm on current projects. • WIth anything, there could be times of stress. Seems like one needs to be by their laptop/phones at all time. • Busy days where hourly employees don't often take their (2) 15-minute breaks. Employees work...

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    Advice to Management

    It has been said before where SpaceX will try to reduce overtime, but I have not seen much of that happen. Maybe re-enforcing that or bringing the top back up to managers.

  3. Helpful (13)

    "Loved it, until they laid off everybody because they are broke."

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

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Never a dull day, always something exciting happening somewhere in the company. Watching launches with your team, or outside mission control always renews why we were all there. Lots of good food options with all the different places to eat. In the right departments and with the right projects, people can thrive and learn a ton and really use it across the company.

    Cons

    work/life balance blows hard. sometimes 14-16hr days aren't enough and when you leave, you can be made to feel guilty for ditching the team. Emails never stop and always need answered. Management can flip around a lot; I went through 8 manager changes in 4 years. Certain departments can be toxic and have no room to move up while others have so much turn over you can move up quickly (watched a guy go from a planner/scheduler...

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    Advice to Management

    None, all of my management was laid off. To their management...good luck with the missions. Maybe next time, put a little more effort into your layoffs and evaluate more of the good employees you're considering cutting before you cut them. Offer them a chance to change teams where they can be utilized instead of pushing them to the curb. Perhaps, after you lay them off, you also don't treat them like criminals when they...

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  4. "90 Day Review"

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    Current Employee - CMM Source Inspector - Remote 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You will feel empowered to be your best self.

    Cons

    You may find it difficult to step away from your work.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for making each employee feel valued and appreciated.

  5. "Most amazing and rewarding company to be a part of"

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    Current Employee - Full Stack Software Engineer in Hawthorne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Here's my list of reasons why SpaceX is an amazing place to work - You get to work on things that directly impact the mission. - The company goal is to advance space technology and enable people to live on other planets, it's right on the site - Everyone is brilliant, driven, and will be the best people you've ever worked with. - The work is challenging and there are literally endless opportunities if you want...

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    Cons

    Los Angeles is an extremely expensive place to live compared to the rest of the country.

    Advice to Management

    More team building would be really beneficial. It sounds like that sort of stuff is already being planned, which is great!

  6. Helpful (13)

    "Great company- Toxic Recruiting Team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SpaceX full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Anyone working at SpaceX should be incredibly proud of what the company is accomplishing. Amazingly genius engineers truly doing work that nobody else can.

    Cons

    The recruiting team has an extremely toxic culture and I feel strongly it's from the top down. I don't know if it's the pressure from the public eye and Elon but this team will continue to churn and burn skilled recruiters if the leader of the team isn't brought back to reality and humanized. There is zero investment in continued learning and development for recruiters which isn't surprising since if you have 1 bad month...

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    Advice to Management

    Take a strong look at the leader of the team because this person is the one developing other people managers on the team and just making their own clone. This will continue to harm the overall teams' effectiveness.

  7. "Love it"

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    Current Employee - Avionics Technician 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time

    Pros

    Wouldnt work anywhere else in the world.

    Cons

    fast pace enviroment not suited for all people.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "A Double Edged Sword"

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      Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Clerk in Hawthorne, CA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at SpaceX full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      -Being part of an ambitious company goal -More food options than any job I've had, thus far. Regular rotation of food trucks, as well as a decent cafeteria at the main facility. Many snacks, healthy and not healthy, are also available. Free coffee and soda everywhere. Protein shakes, a variety of quick/grab and go options available at most hours. Daily juice recipes and kombucha for sale, if you're into that sort of...

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      Cons

      The largest con in my time with the company was bearing witness to (and becoming a victim of) the toxic culture that thrives in many departments. As others have stated, everything is very clique oriented. If you're not one of the butt kissers, you may be isolated and not made to feel like a valuable team member, no matter how good you are at what you do. Expect to be often second guessed at team meetings when bringing...

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      Advice to Management

      Stop relying upon the "cool factor" of the company; treat employees, especially those paid hourly, with respect. Treat their concerns as valid, and reward them fairly for hard work. Yes, the company is large and receives lots of media attention; No, that doesn't mean everyone has to feel lucky to be there and take whatever you are giving them without question.

    • "Willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish whatever task is at hand."

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      Current Employee - SOURCE INSPECTOR-REMOTE in Remote, OR
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at SpaceX full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Adaptive, innovative, evocative...all the posi-tives

      Cons

      Caffeine withdrawals after a week-long on-site

      Advice to Management

      Maintain this heading and stay your course, fairwinds eventually blow.

    • Helpful (2)

      "Mission is great, management is subpar. Working here can be toxic to your mental health. Job stability is shaky."

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      Current Employee - Technician in Hawthorne, CA

      I have been working at SpaceX full-time

      Pros

      -It was nice to have rotating food trucks and meal options that were cheap -Swag was cheap and you were proud to wear their merchandise. -Some opportunity to go to other departments and learn other skills -Stocks were okay. The 5 year vesting schedule kind of sucks though if you dont make it past the 5 year mark. -Free EPO insurance and 24 hour fitness memberships were great but I wouldnt be surprised if they axed...

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      Cons

      -Super long hours sometimes up to 13-14 hour days. As a technician who is always on their feet, this can be physically and mentally exhausting after awhile. If you are single then this may not be a problem. But if you have a family or a significant other, dont be surprised if you only see them on Sundays. -$5000 "cash bonus" was laughable. You get paid $1000 in November and then $500 in May, then $500 in November for...

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      Advice to Management

      Listen to your employees' concerns. They are your most valuable asset and you are only as good as the people under you. Take a cold hard look at your staff and reward those who have put in the hard work and punish those who clock in and do nothing. Trust me, there is a lot of technicians that fly under the radar but are still employed there somehow. Also, stop getting employees hopes up, I mean how do you give employees...

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