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The Aerospace Corporation Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent work life balance and opportunities to work with the best in your field (in 30 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)

  • Lots of bureaucracy; things move slowly at times (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Aerospace Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and support to employees

    Cons

    Career paths are complicated and not well documented


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Okay place to start a career, but should jump ship after a few years"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Aerospace Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of very smart people
    Good place to learn for entry-level
    Pay is okay for entry-level
    Respected in industry
    9/80 schedule (every other Friday off)

    Cons

    Little to no raises
    Highly political, problem with nepotism
    Ladder rankings with peers which can be very political
    Promotion practices can be unfair
    Career opportunities

    Reality is you probably should jump ship and work somewhere else after a few years to progress your career.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Just Like the DMV"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They used to have a good pension

    Cons

    Pay is really low and not a lot of room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Stop saying everything is about the mission when you spend millions on lavish parties and conferences. One word government oversight.


  4. "Management/Culture change is concerning"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Exciting technical work! Great colleagues!!

    Cons

    Fear-based management is the new norm. CEO is pushing 'velocity' (i.e. speed) and the impact on quality and morale is concerning.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee concerns. Trust employees.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Boring"

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will never be fired if you even do a little work.

    Cons

    Everyone hoards work and data. Nobody talks or shares. Managers have technical work of their own and can't manage. To many projects with very few hours.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the size of ETG and move it into customer facing offices.


  6. "Good company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Aerospace Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice people, interesting projects

    Cons

    lots of bureaucracy and administrative tasks

    Advice to Management

    It would be better if managers were more involved in the projects


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Engineering Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Relax environment. Good benefits. Pretty stable.

    Cons

    Low pay. Expects employees to be up to speed on current technologies but won't pay for training or conferences. People work there for decades, promotion is slow unless you're white male. Seems like they hire minorities to fill a quota but not for real opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Give everyone equal opportunity. Look around and see how many Asian/Indian/Hispanic/Female are in management for technical fields.

  8. "Facility worker"

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

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

    Pros

    Great location for the work

    Cons

    the cons are Pace, Culture


  9. "good place to work"

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

    I worked at The Aerospace Corporation full-time

    Pros

    lots of interesting and challenging projects to work on

    Cons

    most of the employees are older, but they are actively hiring younger people now


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Big change needed, flatten upper management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Access to knowledge built over time and cooperatively with customers.
    Flexible schedules and time off/ sick leave if needed, at some point everyone needs to care for a family member.

    Cons

    Time off policies are warped: increases occur too soon, while returning staff are eligible for old 5-week maximum. This is expensive.
    Mid-career employees do most of the work, while less experienced staff are celebrated for their energy and present an outside image that is superficial.

    Advice to Management

    Only offer signing bonus, not higher salaries to new staff- their experience is unproven. Buyout/demote level 4s with no direct reports or mentees.
    Offer real raises mid-career, as an incentive to stay, many have left or relocated just to afford housing.
    Flatten organizations and communicate across that combined level. Bring in more external leaders, for functions like CIO.
    Don't associate a building with the value of a person's customer support.
    Increase vacation after 9 years, like Mitre.


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