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Updated August 15, 2018
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Pros
  • "Launch sites are high energy fast paced" (in 144 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "The work/life balance is much better than stories you've heard from 2015 and prior" (in 215 reviews)

  • "very long hours with high stress" (in 336 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "SpaceX is an amazing place to work at!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Culture - SpaceX has a great "start-up" environment. It's definitely a plus to work steps away from the manufacturing process and development of our rockets & spacecrafts

    Benefits - Fantastic health benefits (SpaceX covers the premium for medical, dental, vision). Onsite health & dental clinic too! 3 weeks of paid vacation!

    Perks - Free coffee, teas, sodas, cookies, frozen yogurt, fruit any time of day! Several different food options (food trucks, pizza truck, various restaurants/cafes). Free Gym Memberships (Onsite gym)! And more!

    Project Scope - Leadership guides you to be successful by building you up to speed and allow you to handle/own projects & overall work scope.

    Growth - We have an ideal place for growth. If you have the motivation & determination for development and willingness to learn on a technical level, SpaceX is the place!

    Passion for making things possible - You're working with rockets & spacecraft - These are some of the coolest things on the planet!

    Cons

    Traffic in/around the city of Los Angeles


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Cool place. Good benefits. High stress for new hires"

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

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

    Pros

    Overwhelming place in a good sense. So much is available , and expected, for you to learn before you could even begin the first task.
    Very nice colleagues in general. Most people are young, even managers, so the work environment is very refreshing, fast,
    Lots of random and awesome perks.

    Cons

    Poor and updated on-boarding documents / procedure / tutorials.
    Everyone works long hours just because they want to, so there's definitely peer pressure that makes you stay longer. Most engineers in my group work 10-12 hrs /day on average.
    They have several internal sites that seriously need to be restructured for coherence. Information is everywhere and super hard to manage for new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Need to encourage people not to overwork themselves. We can't just work like a startup forever now that we're doing serious manned missions.

  3. "Great learning opportunity, if you chose to challenge yourself"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time

    Pros

    Follow your passion
    Lots of opportunity to learn and take on new challenges

    Cons

    Strong correlation between respectedness and time spent with the company.

    Reinforced in many ways, including employee numbers on patch distributions, strict seniority based parking, and the directory which lists each employee's original start date. Takes years to establish yourself as a new employee, even with good ideas and decent EQ. A fair number of "veterans" are riding on their laurels and not challenging themselves to grow or pulling their weight. Resting and vesting until their sabbatical.

    Advice to Management

    Tie at least 50% of granted stock value directly to individual and team performance, rather than just the initial offer. The current structure serves as golden hand cuffs to unhappy employees, who just don't know where else to go.


  4. "Software Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mission of the company, culture of the company

    Cons

    long hours, better onboarding experience


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Don’t drink the Kool-Aid"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Technician in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Test Technician in Hawthorne, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time

    Pros

    Rockets are cool
    Benefits are good
    Lots of great people work there
    Good food
    Mission Patches

    Cons

    - Unsafe working conditions (it is common consensus that someone is going to get killed by an industrial accident soon enough, too many close calls)
    - Tedious backbreaking work
    - Work too much work for too little pay
    - They nickel and dime you for compensation, I heard of a guy taking his 5th job offer, and pay is all very secretive there.
    - Very difficult to move up or out of your dept because they hoard their good workers
    - promotions are at a snails pace, and they don’t treat their people right.
    2 minor promotions in 5 years without a decent bump in pay is normal. Without an actual engineering degree, you can’t move up very far.

    Advice to potential hires: The turnover rate is high for a reason, the cool factor of SpaceX wears off after about a year, and they don’t want free thinkers as techs, if you’re looking to make a difference, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate fairly. Prioritize process improvement to improve working conditions and safety. Or keep doing what you’re doing, drones are cheap labor and they don’t complain much.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A amazing ride!"

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

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

    Pros

    Inspiring mission, great food, swag, bikes, cool factory environment

    Cons

    Expectation is to work 24/7, unclear job description, job is never secure, lots of internal fighting between groups and within groups.

    Advice to Management

    Reward cost savings better, offer better events to attend, more company talks.


  7. "Extremely challenging, extremely rewarding."

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

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

    Pros

    Leave an indelible impact and legacy. Work with top talent. Be on the front lines of technological and historical breakthroughs.

    Cons

    Overwhelming amount of responsibility. Not enough hours in the day.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on fewer initiatives, and then execute on them really well.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Best job I’ve had yet"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Planner
    Current Employee - Material Planner
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good money (relative to what I was earning before, much higher average starting pay for a supply Chain major)

    Everyone is nice and chill, nobody has an ego or an attitude, everyone is willing to help

    The job requires my brain to fire on all cylinders making time fly by

    It impresses the ladies

    I learn a lot (I’m learning more here in 3 months than I did in four years of college)

    People in public walk up to you if you’re seen wearing a spacex shirt

    You get to see rockets fire off into space with your own eyes

    Cafeteria food is good, free snacks and cappuccinos

    Did I say it makes you look cool?

    Cons

    50 hours a week mandatory even though your work may already be done

    Slow times between projects leaving me not enough work to do (which makes it boring sometimes)

    Advice to Management

    Nothing , you guys are cool


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Follow your passion"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with some of most brilliant and passionate people to turn space travel from sci-fi into reality.

    Cons

    Long hours, no 401k match, substandard compensation.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Run away......I am so disappointed."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electromechanical Technician in Hawthorne, CA
    Former Employee - Electromechanical Technician in Hawthorne, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SpaceX full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free coffee
    Secure parking
    They encourage 5 S and Lean sig sigma- even though they're not very good at maintaining it.

    Cons

    You're treated like a cockroach here.
    It's an organization wide problem to simply ignore emails.
    Schedule dictates worker safety. Don't take my word for it, check out their safety record.
    Sexual Harassment is almost a normal occurrence, there were company wide emails about it.
    People are legitimately miserable at this facility
    Engineers abuse technicians
    Work life balance.. whats that? (some supervisors come into work at 3 am and leave around 9pm. (heads up, this will be you. Working a 16 hour day due to incompetent management is not uncommon here)
    There is no such thing as time away from Spacex- particularly for salaried employees
    This is a politically run organization- meaning office politics will dictate.
    HIGH employee turn over- average career here is two years.
    When in doubt- blame the technician.
    Engineers treat techs as if their second rate trash
    Organization is too reliant on metrics.
    Stay away from the following departments:
    Composites /PAF ( management has no idea what their doing- force long hours on employees because of this. Witnessed ridiculous schedules and unsafe employee behaviors to meet them. Many of their processes are unclear and if you make a mistake- they love to point the finger. Unprofessional conduct from employees and management.

    Electro-mechanical ( Transducers. Transducers current management ignores vacation requests as well as employee issues and allows verbal abuse ( yelling , screaming) from engineers to techs. The current lead for this department will sit at the computer all day and ignore employees who are in need of training and assistance. The lead tech is a micromanager

    Solar- Terrible management. Employees are miserable and it reflects in the way they treat each other.
    This organization will welcome a fresh employee with open arms, then burn and spit them right out again while claiming credit for their ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Pretty much all of you need to be let go. Especially senior management.


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