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Updated May 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Very fast paced environment which I enjoyed (in 113 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)

  • Long hours but there is definitely an active change to reduce (in 230 reviews)

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  1. "Rewarding Job with Smart Coworkers but Stressful"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enterprise Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Enterprise Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is great. Total compensation is competitive. Smart coworkers. Free food in Seattle.

    Cons

    Long hours. High stress. Base pay is low.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage a better work life balance. Turn over is extremely high and burnout is the primary reason.


  2. "Life changing"

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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

    Best idea wins. You will be able to reach all of your potential should you choose to use it.

    Cons

    Say one thing do another

    Advice to Management

    Trust the right people. Experience isn't everything.


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    "Exciting, Fun, Impactful, Dynamic Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Planner in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Material Planner in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very dynamic work, strong sense of adding value and impact, low bureaucracy and opportunity to enact projects, great people to work with, on-site access to most of your daily needs - food, car cleaning, dentist, doctor. Good vacation and health care

    Day to day work is fast paced and dynamic as a material planner. We are still young as a supply chain planning organization so there are lots of opportunities to created processes and policies. Planners have a large portfolio of parts they are accountable. Planning can be best compared to work that an NPI Material Planner does at more mature planning organizations as we are an R&D/Innovation focused company. Expect lots of opportunities to work cross functionally with operations, engineering, purchasing, and inventory.

    Planners should want to make an impact day to day knowing that we are trying to make humanity a multi-planetary species. You will have an opportunity to put your fingerprint on that mission to change the world but that takes a lot of work. Successful planners will not only accept changes and shifts in priorities will happen often but learn to predict and anticipate where these shifts occur.

    Cons

    Plan to work long work weeks (but the hours go fast), base salary could be more competitive (equity is given and is often mentioned as making total comp comparable, but that is not as liquid as salary)

    Advice to Management

    Focus on communicating cross department visions. Move from 5 year vesting to 2 year vesting on equity to help make the discussion on equity as part of total comp more impactful


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    "Great company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Launch Tech in Cape Canaveral, FL
    Current Employee - Launch Tech in Cape Canaveral, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited food and snacks. Awesome launch apparel. Coworkers are nice and very knowledgeable. Not everyone can say they've worked and built rockets to try and meet a common goal

    Cons

    Schedule sucks. Work life balance is terrible. You will know your days off two days before you get them so you can't plan anything. Things are getting better though. Long hours and very demanding

    Advice to Management

    Get a schedule down. Hire enough people to where we can have three shifts and optional overtime or mandatory overtime


  6. "Great place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    SpaceX really takes care of the employees. Great benefits

    Cons

    We work quite a bit and it can get stressful.


  7. "Fabulous"

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

    Pros

    Great people, cafateria and coffee

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  8. "Material Planer"

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    • 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

    Pros

    -Great people with drive to succeed every day
    -World changing projects
    -Autonomy
    -Opportunity to grow in any area you desire
    -Good vacation

    Cons

    -Long hours
    -Fast pace and high workload can be stressful
    -Rarely take time to look back at accomplishments, always looking forward

    Advice to Management

    -taking time to recognize achievements would make for better culture


  9. "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SpaceX full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's definitely a great place to pick up new skills and learn from some really smart people

    Cons

    Managers tend to be people who've been around the longest, not people who have any managerial skill. There's also a mentality, at least in my department, that the person furthest down the totem pole is fully responsible for everything, which can make life miserable

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and take time to consider the big picture before plowing head first into design.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Test Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in McGregor, TX
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in McGregor, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, great sense of purpose and mission, awesome people to work with.

    Cons

    Longer hours than on a usual job (min 10hr days). Location is not so great for life outside work.

    Advice to Management

    Better planning for short, medium and long term. Plans change too much sometimes, which is expected on a constantly growing company, but also opens the door for a lot of money being wasted with directly affects the value of the company overall.


  11. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SpaceX full-time

    Pros

    An amazing place to work

    Cons

    Long hours and sometimes stressful


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