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Updated October 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "Fast paced work environment, innovative company pushing limits of what is known to be possible in the space industry" (in 125 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 225 reviews)

  • "Long hours are normally expected" (in 348 reviews)

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  1. "Build cool stuff, feel good about it"

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

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

    Pros

    You will design and build a lot of stuff here. Regardless of whether you buy into the Mars dream, this is what engineers usually want to do instead of sitting around or polishing old designs. You will create badass, expensive hardware and then touch it, in a development cycle faster than almost any other aerospace environment.

    Cons

    Big variance in work/life balance. Some projects are fine, or if you are in more of a supporting role. It's not as bad as the internet rumors suggest. However, people at the front lines of high profile projects however will need to work hard to keep up. Anyone can find their niche, SpaceX wants smart, competent people first and foremost.

    Advice to Management

    Continue making cool products, don't go broke, leverage our unique access to orbit aggressively.


  2. "Already a decade in and I can't wait to see what the next one brings"

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

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

    Pros

    - Exciting mission
    - Every role is contributing to the broader SpaceX goals
    - Challenging environment. There is never a dull moment
    - Great people
    - Management supports career growth

    Cons

    - You need to love what you do and believe in the mission, because SpaceX has continuous high expectations of their employees

  3. "Production Manager"

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    Current Employee - Production Manager in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Hawthorne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hardest working group of individuals, all after the same goal. We all work well with each other and determine how to overcome the challenges of getting to Mars together.

    Cons

    Change is difficult to keep up with, however it is a great portion of why we are so great. Can require extra work at times, but is typically worth it in the end.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work for your people. You have striven a lot lately to improve their working environment to be amongst the best.


  4. "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Director in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Hawthorne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture, hard working, smart people around to help

    Cons

    The travel policy is hard to deal with in economy!


  5. "Can’t imagine a place I’d rather work"

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    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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Meaningful work, high level of responsibility, fast-paced projects, inspiring colleagues, feel like you are making a difference in the world, good benefits, learning every day

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be tough but is definitely improving, high pressure environment can be stressful


  6. "A Place to Make History"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Hawthorne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Your coworkers are incredibly smart and hard working, always pushing you to be your best and looking out for the goals of the company.
    - The work environment is busy, evolving, and exciting.
    - The office is fantastic -- tons of meal options, free coffee and froyo, access to cool stuff like the rocket factory.
    - Most are really friendly and willing to show you what they do and how it works.
    - The mission is unbeatable and I believe truly impactful in the course of human history.
    - Onsite dentist, doctors office, and child care
    - The benefits are fantastic

    Cons

    - Alot is asked of each person, but it's up to you how you want to respond.
    - The office is packed due to lots of team growth, but the facilities are still really nice.


  7. "Wouldnt want to work anywhere else"

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    Current Employee - Director South Texas Launch Operations in Brownsville, TX
    Current Employee - Director South Texas Launch Operations in Brownsville, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    its like working in science fiction. Where else do you get to go to Mars

    Cons

    need to keep learningevery day to not letthe rest of the team down

    Advice to Management

    The mission is more most prized asset

  8. "Great place to work!"

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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

    Great culture with the common goal of getting to Mars! (and achieving all the little milestones to get there)

    Cons

    Multiple company priorities sometime make it difficult to gather resources effectively.


  9. "Lead Build Reliability Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hawthorne, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The bar is incredibly high at SpaceX. The average employee operates at the top of their field which makes it a great place to learn and grow.

    Also the daily perks are sweet (food, gym, SpaceX gear, stock, ect...)

    Cons

    The fast pace of growth keeps the expectations high, which means there is also a lot of work to do.


  10. "Exciting place to work"

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    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

    *Company mission is exciting
    *Surrounded with smart, motivated, hard working people
    *Information is openly available to learn more about the products and other teams' role in the company
    *Challenging and rewarding place to work
    *It's easy to find people that have worked on a product and reach out directly to them with questions or feedback, despite their role in the company. Everyone is responsible for making ensuring the company's success, and it is not frowned upon to bring up concerns and improvements.

    Cons

    *Long hours can be expected. This is personally not a con for me, because I enjoy my time at work, but I can see it becoming tiresome if maintained for an extended period of time.


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