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Updated February 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Fast paced work environment that teaches you a lot (in 112 reviews)

  • Work environment allows employees to see rockets/rocket parts on breaks (in 72 reviews)

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

  • Sometimes need to work long hours (in 218 reviews)

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  1. "Composite Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities to face new challenges and work towards a great goal.

    Cons

    Long work hours and difficulty changing shifts for most


  2. "Great, Exciting Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Structure Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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


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    "Awesome Job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Integration Technician
    Current Employee - Integration Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Passionate company with awesome mission, passionate employees. Great place for work enjoyment and sense of accomplishment. Hard to beat the satisfaction. Good amount of calendar time off a year.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than alternatives, made up for with more hours, which leads to unbalanced work/life ratio. Some places are better than others about this though. Some minor elitist views from engineering versus technician work relationship.

    Advice to Management

    Some times the management on integration etc I'd done by those with more academic than practical exercise...


  6. "Test & Fabrication Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test & Fabrication Technician in Waco, TX
    Current Employee - Test & Fabrication Technician in Waco, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    They treat their employee's well

    Cons

    I think pay could be better


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    "We all have the same goal, LAUNCH!!!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We are Launching Rockets, Our Goal is Mars!!!

    Excellent Pay, Team is Family, Coolest Job Ever

    Cons

    Long hours but there is definitely an active change to reduce long hours and cover shifts better.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and React to Feedback from Employees. Even if the reaction is to say "Not going to happen".


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    "Highly recommend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SpaceX full-time

    Pros

    SpaceX has an amazing mission and vision

    Cons

    strong worth ethic is required and one could see that as a pro or con


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    "Engineering at SpaceX"

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

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

    Pros

    Engineers at SpaceX are given an unprecedented level of individual responsibility and control over critical hardware from Day 1. The company is constantly pushing boundaries and generating press that makes the employees proud to tell their friends and family they work at SpaceX. There is somewhat less internal politics than other companies, mainly because there is so much work to do that you generally end up fighting to NOT do something, rather than fighting to bring more work in and grow your domain. The company has been growing very quickly which leads to promotion opportunities and has made the stock very valuable. Not guaranteed to continue though.

    Cons

    Working at SpaceX takes over your life. It is hard to find time and energy for any other significant commitments outside of work, whether they are family, exercise, or hobbies. If you are married, and your spouse does not work at SpaceX, they will grow to hate SpaceX.

    For the amount of responsibility and stress you have, the pay is not great, unless you end up being able to benefit from sale of stock options. On the other hand, for the number of years experience you have, the pay is generally competitive.

    There are a lot of employees at SpaceX who have never worked anywhere else. Sometimes it seems like an overwhelming majority of the engineers in fact. This leads to a provincial, arrogant company culture. The amount of time you have been at SpaceX and how long the people in your personal network have been at SpaceX are the overwhelming drivers of your reputation within the company. Many people like to sit around and talk about the good old days and how things used to be so much better. This is likely untrue, counterproductive, and isolating to people who weren't around at those times. There are many people who will vigorously deny that there is anything wrong with the company culture. This attitude stands in the way of changes being made for the better.

    There is a lot of pressure to take on as much work as you can possibly handle without showing signs of failure. It is preferable to be running 3 projects and getting a C- on them than to run one project and get an A on it. If you aren't obviously failing or complaining to your leadership about the amount of work you have on your plate, you will be handed another project.

    Advice to Management

    We hire too many new grads and interns. We are copying ourselves rather than bringing in new abilities. We promote too many people simply based on experience and personal network rather than by taking a hard look at whether they are actually an effective leader and a positive force for good.


  10. "Great company!"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in McGregor, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in McGregor, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    extremely smart and hard-working coworkers
    ambitious company mission
    get to work on rockets

    Cons

    Sometimes need to work long hours


  11. "History in the Making"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Instrumentation Technician in McGregor, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Instrumentation Technician in McGregor, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Projects that you work on are revolutionary in aerospace. SpaceX has been trending with making history at least once a year and some times multiple times in a year. We also get mission patches with our seniority number stitched into the patch.

    Cons

    Long hours. It takes a lot of commitment to reach for the stars. That tends to equate to a lot of work hours and why some people complain about the work-life balance. It's a trade-off. Although I consider the long hours a negative, it's a price I'm willing to pay for colonizing Mars.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight of what made SpaceX special in the early days.



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