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Updated September 22, 2017
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Pros
  • The work is very fast paced and always engaging (in 127 reviews)

  • Work environment/culture is great (in 83 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-Life balance can be a challenge (in 185 reviews)

  • Long hours but there is definitely an active change to reduce (in 276 reviews)

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  1. "Spacex Vandenberg"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vandenberg AFB, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vandenberg AFB, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a great team to work with. Everyone works together to achieve common goals. It's a smaller team than other places in SpaceX so there's a strong sense of community. Everyone takes pride in the work they do and it's a very fulfilling place to work.

    Cons

    The work can be very challenging, but most of the people that work here enjoy those challenges.


  2. "The Most Amazing Place I've Ever Worked"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineering Manager in Vandenberg AFB, CA
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineering Manager in Vandenberg AFB, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's probably the most demanding job I've ever had, but I can't imaging not working here. Anything else would be dull. All the hard work is worth it. The satisfaction of witnessing every launch is overwhelmingly satisfying!

    Items that would go under "Cons" are improving rapidly and I consider them a "Pro". Work-life balance and safety are at the forefront of improvements and upper management is driving rapid change.

    Cons

    The pace is nearly insane and there are frequent changes in strategic direction. If you get emotionally attached to your project, be prepared for occasional disappointment... or just simply learn to adapt.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the fantastic job of steering clear of bureaucracy and keeping SpaceX at the cutting edge of space exploration.

  3. "Application Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SpaceX full-time

    Pros

    The best company that I have worked for!

    Cons

    I don't really have any cons


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Composite Technician Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Composite Technician in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Composite Technician in Hawthorne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for SpaceX has been a challenging and rewarding experience. Because the company is so committed to what they do, they expect the same approach from their employees. They actually care about their employees. We get benefits, perks (discounts on lots of services), and most importantly, stock in the company. They want everyone to have a sense of pride about what they do. They create an environment conducive to this. Working at the headquarters in Hawthorne has been inspiring. We have company meetings where we gather by the control room and Elon Musk and Gwynne Shotwell, the president discuss our progress and goals and even take questions openly. I even had Gwynne walk through my shop (composites lamination piece parts). It was encouraging to see that the president of the company was female. We need to see more females in leadership positions. Spacex also does local outreach to the community. This is a company I respect and am proud to say I work for especially because of the CEO's position on issues like climate change and environmental awareness in general.

    Cons

    I was hired on after a thorough interview process. I had hoped to be an apprentice technician to get the hang of things but was hired as a technician. This meant that I would have to meet a certain level within weeks. This job is highly skilled, highly technical, and takes time to learn their particular methods. Their approach to training seems to be "sink or swim." I would have been less stressed had I been given more hands on training before building parts on the floor. The rate for employee retention might be higher if they took that approach. However, that is how they get the best of the best. They put a lot of pressure on the employees. Typically, methods come from the top down and knowing Elon Musk to be an ambitious person, we have to be up for the challenge. Get ready to be pushed to exceed expectations if you get hired here. They also expect employees to do lots of overtime. I work ten hour days, five days a week and come in every other Saturday for 6 hours. My social life and time for relaxation have been compromised a bit. However, you have to take the good with the bad. I believe we would be more energized if hours were less restrictive. Rest is important. Lots of European companies understand this and give the employees what they need in order to get what they want from them. Unfortunately the attitude in American culture is completely the opposite. I wish it were different.

    Advice to Management

    In depth hands on training can save money in the long run. I noticed a lot of new hires had a hard time keeping up and eventually either left or were let go. I also noticed that parts new hires made would end up having issues and needing rework. This does not seem cost effective. Dedicating at least a month to in depth training would save time and create an environment for steady progress. It would also take the stress off of employees. I recall developing mild hives or a rash from the stress when I first begun (which never happens to me). Eventually, it got better.


  5. "Hardest yet the very Most Satisfying Place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Vandenberg AFB, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Vandenberg AFB, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The teamwork
    Excitement
    Culture
    Endless possibilities to broaden experience quickly
    Wide berth to create and implement game changing solutions
    Work on the leading edge of aerospace technology - 1960's man on the moon type stuff
    1 year here is worth 2 years anywhere else in regards to maturity and experience gained
    Stock options
    Other perks
    Not 1 day is like the next in that there is a new challenge daily

    Cons

    work load high,expectations high therefore stressful
    work/life imbalanced

    Advice to Management

    There is always another push right after another push which is stressfull and challenging yet satisfying however, the knobs are always turned up. Eventually, the speakers will blowout. Personnel need better balance between work and life. More consistent schedules with more planned days off during the week. The bottleneck is resource loading. My team is efficient but overworked. I have had the rug pulled out from underneath me a few times as there are too many variables to my schedule. Need to plan schedule dates around personnel rather than personnel around schedule dates.


  6. "current status"

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

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

    Pros

    great opportunity and great people. Company shows how much they value employees

    Cons

    A lot of overtime, no a lot of free time for family.

    Advice to Management

    spread the wealth, give chances and opportunity to all employees instead of just picking the guys/girls you want to succeed.


  7. "another review"

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

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

    Pros

    Free coffee, Frozen Yogurt, Helping mankind

    Cons

    Long hours, limited parking, pay

  8. "Coolest place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    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

    Pros

    - You get to work at a company that is transforming the space industry, and is admirably oriented towards innovation and benefiting society rather than being cynically oriented towards maintaining market share (like most of our competitors)
    - Rockets
    - Mars
    - Stock
    - Good benefits
    - Launch celebrations
    - Exciting, agile, cutting-edge company culture, with one of the coolest missions of any company. As an engineer, I walk into work in the morning, walk past Elon's desk, walk into a huge, futuristic rocket factory production floor to grab a free mocha from our baristas, and then climb the stairs to the third floor and continue working to make life multiplanetary. The obvious, close connection between daily engineering work and the application (launching rockets) makes it easy to stay motivated.

    Cons

    - Can be stressful due to aggressive timelines and super-smart, super-dedicated colleagues setting a high bar

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!
    (also, stop being so stingy with small IT purchases...)


  9. "SpaceX Career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Launch Engineer in Vandenberg AFB, CA
    Current Employee - Launch Engineer in Vandenberg AFB, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The biggest pro for me - there is nothing like watching a launch that you were a part of. It doesn't get old. It's just as exciting every time. For each launch, you've poured you energy into improving your existing systems and installing new ones to make every mission easier than the last.

    The work environment at SpaceX is unlike anywhere else I've worked. You're surrounded by people who are passionate about their jobs and doing what it takes to get to launch. I had gained more responsibility for systems in the first 3 months of my employment here than I had in a year and a half elsewhere. That being said, whenever I need a hand on a project or someone to bounce ideas off of, it is amazing how willing people are to help.

    From day one, you're working on systems that directly impact launch. You gain independence incredibly quickly, but know that support is available whenever you need a hand on a project or someone to bounce ideas off of.

    Like any job, there are pros and cons, but I love my job.

    Cons

    Funding is tight and schedules are aggressive. It can be demoralizing for some projects.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on what it takes to get to a sustainable effort, whether that means hiring more people, funding more upgrades, or implementing better project planning.

    It becomes pretty apparent when some project milestones are unattainable. Encourage the team to make better long-term decisions by being realistic and/or up front about true completion date expectations. Pushing for those false dates as long as we do can lead to short-sighted decisions that cost more time in the long run.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Production Planning"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Planning in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Production Planning in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Working with some of the brightest people
    -Food is great
    -Benefits are great
    -Culture fosters innovation and moves at an extremely fast pace
    -Management seems genuinely concerned about everyone's well being

    Cons

    -The fast pace can be overwhelming at times
    -Long hours / lots of chaos
    -Medium turn over rates
    -Pay is slightly below average compared to larger companies


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