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SpaceX Reviews

Updated December 9, 2018
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Pros
  • "Fast-paced environment provides endless learning opportunities" (in 131 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 isn't great but not as bad as most make it out to be" (in 234 reviews)

  • "There are times I work very long hours including a few times working 60 straight hours" (in 364 reviews)

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  1. "Lead Integration Technician"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Integration Lead in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Integration Lead in Hawthorne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rewarding work with a diverse scope. Great people with a lot of passion!!

    Cons

    Long hours with accelerated timelines.

    Advice to Management

    Better over all planning and communication between departments.


  2. "Amazing place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits and perks here. Very fast paced environment and a great place to work with some of the best people in the world building the best rockets in the world.

    Cons

    Long hours, high work loads, always changing environment

  3. "Industry Experts"

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

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

    Pros

    - Many employees are likely leading industry experts in their respective fields.
    - Most if not all employees act with the company's vision in the back of their mind; we're all working towards the same goals and conscious of it.

    Cons

    - Space is hard.
    - Bureaucracy is slowly creeping in.


  4. "Production Coordinators"

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

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time

    Pros

    Amazing work environment. Breathtaking experience.

    Cons

    High work load. Extremely fast paced. Long work hours


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Most rewarding job i've ever had"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Launch Logistics Specialist in Cape Canaveral, FL
    Current Employee - Launch Logistics Specialist in Cape Canaveral, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, Perks, Incentives, Vacation & sick leave.

    Cons

    Some long hours, but not what you may hear behind the scenes.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Tig welder"

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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

    Pros

    -Amazing benefits and perks.
    -Overtime is always available.
    -Kickass rewards.
    -Subsidized swag.
    -Amazing community

    Cons

    -As a welder the review system is based off a job we were not hired to do. Making it hard to balance our daily task and cross training so we can get a decent review.

    -Feedback for improvement suggestions are very often ignored on second shift.

    -People with tenure often get away with things that would be deemed unacceptable for people who have less seniority.

    -If you are valued by your department, it is hard to grow. Sometimes management will try to keep you where you are instead of letting you expand your career.

    -HEAVILY moving towards automation. Which is understandable form a business outlook but sucks for us humans in a trade.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to both shifts, not just first. Give away spot bonus or kickass rewards to the people who actually deserve them. Showing people they are valued and appreciated will help keep the experienced technicians from moving to a different company.


  7. "Transporation"

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    Current Employee - Experience in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Experience in Hawthorne, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Being associated with the future

    Cons

    Pay, Management, Truth, Favoritism, Culture.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people with experience and don't just relay on degrees. You turn your back on older worker with the experience for the hipper person. You want honest reviews of managers but when a employee or his supervisor rate each other we are told to redo it because on the employee side we are told managers only want to hear positive things and on the Supervisors side of the employee, management only wants to hear their flaws and short comings and wants to induce the culture com-bya

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Single Most Important Job Ever."

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    Atmosphere, industry, training, community, the pride that goes with producing an American made product and seeing our country regain it's foothold in space, benefits, retirement, DISCOUNTS, ease to enjoy city amenities, and knowing that every turn of a nut or bolt, every blob of resin, every breathing moment spent is ink in the pages of history.

    Cons

    there is no cool aid,

    Advice to Management

    I would move the whole company to the gulf of mexico's corner of Texas, primarily to save Taxes for the company,
    Texas is an affordable to live State that actually gives corporations, incentives to open business, like Florida does, Texas cost of fuel for transportation is also a fraction of the national average the price of land is among the least expensive, and cost of energy is incredibly low as well,
    This would save employee's families from the crippling California tax system, and the unconstitutional practice to forcibly increase the cost of living for rent and ownership of land and vehicles (example) i migrated to California from, FL for this job, i still cannot afford to bring my wife and mother, so i go for 6 months to a year without seeing my family, Rent for a 2 bedroom matchbox size apartment here, costs 3 times more than what i already pay in mortgage for my 4 bedroom 2 story home near Pensacola FL.


  9. "Amazing company mission"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Elon is an amazing individual and the company has accomplished so much!

    Cons

    Inconsistent corporate practices, need more communication from the top and on the department head level


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Purchasing"

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

    Pros

    Amazing team. Very smart people.

    Great work environment.

    Challenging work.

    A lot of autonomy with support from fantastic middle management. Promotes fast learning.

    Cons

    Pay is significantly less than other tech companies for procurement.

    Lots of tactical work (placing POs) depending on your category/commodity.

    Very hierarchical organizational structure.

    Advice to Management

    Base salary needs to match other tech companies.

    Need more tactical support. Buyers should be spending their time on strategic negotiations & planning, not a bunch of POs.