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  • "You get to work on state-of-the-art rockets(in 251 reviews)

  • "State of the art work, fun fast paced learning environment(in 179 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Long hours of hard work expected and not necessarily compensated for(in 432 reviews)

  • "Work/life balance can be difficult to achieve when the work you’re trying to do can have an incredible impact on the world at large(in 281 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Intern, more than 1 year

      Propulsion Intern

      Dec 31, 2020 - Intern 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You get to work on state-of-the-art rockets.

      Cons

      WLB can be kinda rough.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Great internship!

      Dec 30, 2020 - Avionics Engineer in Hawthorne, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Very fast-paced, free fro-yo and coffee bar, awesome food, really smart people. I particularly loved that the offices are in the same building as production, so you can actually walk around and see the rockets/spacecraft being built. Depending on your team, interns can be given enormous responsibility for projects, which is rare at most companies. Added bonus - if you decide to pursue other career opportunities afterwards, SpaceX looks fantastic on a resume or application to PhD programs

      Cons

      Long hours. At the time we were paid hourly and made overtime as interns which was awesome, but I think they have since changed the structure to a set internship salary.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Excellent Stock Investment Options and Unparalleled Passion

      Aug 24, 2020 - Lead Engineer in Hawthorne, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Extremely passionate work environment. Everybody loves their jobs. Great stock opportunities, it has doubled in my time there already (knock on wood)! With no ceilings in sight. Great career progression, always looking out for your best interests career-wise. Work life balance varies depending where you work, but it has improved drastically since I started. Still requires a significant amount of hours, but not an unmanageable amount. Work on rockets every day. Enough said.

      Cons

      Very R&D at the moment, so not a lot of structure. But this is part of the fun. Pay starts off at a median level, but yearly increases and stock increases make it very worth it. I make more here now than I would have elsewhere with a higher starting salary.

      4 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Former Intern, more than 1 year

      SpaceX Internship

      Nov 23, 2020 - Intern - Hourly in Hawthorne, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Get to work on rockets! Good work culture Lots of benefits like frozen yogurt, soda, good food for fairly cheap Looks great on a resume Insane learning environment Decent work-life balance (around 50-55 hrs average when not hour-limited)

      Cons

      Can be very long hours/high pressure environment depending on team

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Awesome

      Nov 11, 2020 - Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      very cool company. i liked all the rockets

      Cons

      long hours. everything else was great

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      no life-work balance

      Jan 14, 2021 - Propulsion Engineer in Hawthorne, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      high tech free coffee rocket launch dynamic company

      Cons

      long hours, no life-work balance

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      So Much Potential

      Oct 7, 2020 - Build Engineer in Brownsville, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      *You will be given more latitude than other companies. The company intentionally under-staffs, which means you will have a lot of room and little supervision. Depending on your point of view, this is a Pro. *Peers are generally motivated and fun to work with. *SpaceX looks good on a resume. Actually, everyone thinks it looks cool. If you tell people you work there, sometimes they will call you a hero or a bad***. *Rockets are cool... I think that's why everyone works there. *Insurance plan seems pretty decent. Every plan is a reasonable choice for a single person and affordable vs. external options.

      Cons

      *SpaceX isn't a small company any more. There are layers of bureaucracy and politics that make real work difficult. Worse, the management is really young and many have never worked outside the company. Fresh engineers are frequently thrown under the bus by eager Leads looking to impress. *Hawthorne employees don't want to work on Starship. While the Company has stated our priority is to build this new vehicle, there are few willing to relocate to the build site in Texas. SpaceX dangles a lot of carrots to entice the Hawthorne crew out, with various "Boca site improvements" directed squarely at visiting staff. Once a person transfers to Boca, however, their needs are promptly set aside to make room for the visitors. This is important concept to understand: Accepting a job at Boca means you are filling in for an engineer in California. And they will be enjoying the Hawthorne Barista while you sweat. *Work environment. (Boca Specific) We have the money to build a booster bay and an orbital launchpad, but not air conditioning or toilets. Build engineers sit in trailers and use dirty porta-potties. The factory floor is often 90-degrees (F) / 90% RH and your clothing is completely drenched in sweat after 15 minutes. Only one of the 2 parking lots is paved, and there isn't enough space so many employees park on the highway. Your vehicle will be covered in dust, mud, and rock dings unless you are lucky enough to get a paved spot. Mosquitoes... so many mosquitoes. Someone planted a bunch of palm trees and that's considered improvement? Perhaps if everyone in the company had to struggle this way it might be bearable. *Doing a good job here just means you get more work. *Staff read Elon's tweets like tea leaves. If the CEO tweets he will have a new Superheavy update by Monday, be prepared to cancel your vacation because your Manager is drafting an email about how it might be possible to build one if we all work extra hard. *Speaking of Elon, he actually does threaten to fire people. Employees seem divided on this topic. Some think it's awesome/inspirational when a person is given the ultimatum "achieve this by X or I expect your resignation." Some find it horrifying. Either way, if you work for said person, your life is about to become miserable. *Wasted effort. Prioritization is a serious problem in the Starship program. There are many competing needs on site and it seems personality is the largest factor in determining who gets resources. I cannot tell you how many times we have spent serious effort on some new, totally unvetted idea that received funds because the requester had good connections. Often these projects will consume several engineers' bandwidth and then end up in the dumpster without explanation. Even when the idea *is* really sound, the execution may be rushed as "fastest path to Mars" and the end product doesn't achieve its function. *Engineers get pressured into working nights and weekends. This is a peer thing, really. New guys come in and attempt to have a life, which sadly fails as they succumb to pressure, losing their time with family/friends. The hourly employees think Engineers are nuts. No... they just aren't capable of pushing back. *Finally, there is less to learn here than you may think. New engineers constantly reinvent the wheel as experienced engineers leave for greener pastures. If you are the new engineer this is actually quite fun- you may even think you're blazing a path.

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      23 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Used to be great

      Oct 27, 2020 - Integration Technician in Cape Canaveral, FL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Working on rockets and capsules is both challenging and thought provoking.

      Cons

      Morale, at least at the Cape, is on a severe decline lately, and it is slowly turning this place into just another company.

      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Fun internship

      Sep 16, 2020 - Propulsion Intern in Hawthorne, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Campus feel, brilliant engineers, awesome amenities, rocket launches

      Cons

      Difficult work life balance, especially for interns who are trying to prove themselves in 3 montgs

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Most amazing and rewarding company to be a part of

      Mar 9, 2019 - Full Stack Software Engineer in Hawthorne, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Here's my list of reasons why SpaceX is an amazing place to work - You get to work on things that directly impact the mission. - The company goal is to advance space technology and enable people to live on other planets, it's right on the site - Everyone is brilliant, driven, and will be the best people you've ever worked with. - The work is challenging and there are literally endless opportunities if you want to put in the time. - Management is awesome, they work hard and are easy to work with. - You get to watch rocket launches and all sorts of other crazy stuff from mission control. - SpaceX employees are highly sought after, but you wont want to leave - You get to walk around a rocket factory and see rockets being built. - Great food options like cafeteria style, salad bar, restaurant style and 4+ food trucks. Also free frozen yogurt and the food is all subsidized, so you're only paying $3-5 per meal. - There are flown rocket parts all over the office. - The first landed orbital rocket is in front of the building - You can give friends and family tours of the factory.

      Cons

      Los Angeles is an extremely expensive place to live compared to the rest of the country.

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      3 people found this review helpful
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