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The Aerospace Corporation Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent work life balance and opportunities to work with the best in your field (in 33 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule including 9/80 (2 types depending on which Friday you want off) (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • The average age of employees is 50 (in 10 reviews)

  • Extremely slow pace of career growth, hiring, and low pay relative to the industry (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome company!"

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

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting work, brilliant colleagues, stimulating environment, above-market pay and benefits. Good work-life balance and lots of opportunities for advancement. Top-notch facilities and equipment.

    Cons

    Some old-school thinking among long-term employees

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Don't cater to the complainers.


  2. "unique place for research oriented folks"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    One of the last places you can expect (and are expected) to work for your entire career. Technical work is often similar to a research university -- hard, challenging, relatively low success rate. Excellent quality of life -- 40 hour weeks and almost never more.

    Cons

    Not a good place if you want to make lots of money. If you have the skills to get hired here, you can probably make 30-50% more elsewhere. Demoralizing if you are not top-notch -- there is very little 'grunt' work available. Tends to skew older.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to sell what the company offers better.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "23 years with the Aerospace Corporation"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Aurora, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Aerospace Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting technical work on projects that make a difference to the security of the United States.
    Easy to change projects to keep fresh.
    Emphasis on continuing education and keeping current in your field.
    Aerospace Employees are highly respected by their customers
    Stable employment.

    Cons

    Decisions through management are slow.
    Quality of management is erratic, some are excellent, some less so & you don't know until you work for the manager

    Advice to Management

    Give more management training to people in supervisory positions


  4. "Great place to learn and be mentored"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Aerospace Corporation full-time

    Pros

    High accessibility to corporate management and highly technical people
    Interesting work and equipment

    Cons

    Its impossible to make left turns into the parking lot


  5. "Inbred culture: low salaries & false 'Gold standard'"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Aerospace Corporation (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Potential to work many diverse projects over the long term, depends on your interest and luck in management.

    Cons

    Ph.D. Managers or hierarchy have been examples for decades. Divisions and depts vary greatly, as do opportunities. Politics and image still weigh heavily, raises are minimal, 1% or less is common.

    Advice to Management

    Keep both managers and employees in place long enough to determine their impact. Send more early career employees to on-site rotations like your customers do.


  6. "A young Engineers Dream"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time

    Pros

    There are so many experts in all fields of Engineering to learn from

    Cons

    As a not-for-profit, there is very little room for advancement in pay

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value your workforce


  7. "Manager, Material and Mail Services"

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

    I worked at The Aerospace Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Aerospace is a very high technology, professional company with excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Long commute due to traffic from outside the LA/El Segundo area.

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "Smart people, slow environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time

    Pros

    People are experienced and knowledgeable. Friendly, but older atmosphere.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is a big deal here, the work pace for anything is incredibly slow.


  9. "MTS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Aerospace Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Slow moving technical company with little incentive to do a quality job. Executives are clueless and rely on government funding.

    Cons

    Raises stink and no incentives to work hard due to union environment. Come here to retire and live the easy life.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new board of directors and a whole new executive team that knows about making a profit and running a business.


  10. "Main Focus is on Aerospace Engineering, Friendly, laid back environment."

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    Current Employee - Software Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to meet up-to-date Aerospace Engineering technology, very Friendly, laid back environment, Aerospace is a company where you can work in different types of projects which will provide an opportunity to learn new tools and eventually learn a new technology if anyone has the desire to learn and grow....

    Cons

    It is a non profit organization. No product for sale. Mission assurance is the object for the company. Too laid back


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