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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. "good place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Well respected"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Leader in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Leader in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly educated peers with over 70% of technical staff holding MS or PhD. Govt customer respects work ethic and experience

    Cons

    Minimal holidays: 7 + 1 personal day

    Advice to Management

    Stop the binning the performance of employees into a pre-determined bell-shaped curve

  3. Helpful (4)

    "change is needed"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 The Aerospace Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Every other Friday off
    Great co-workers
    On-site cafeteria
    Interesting work

    Cons

    Huge problem with nepotism
    Deceitful, unfair promotion practices
    HR is a sieve when it comes to protecting confidential information
    Too much ineffective management who are only concerned with keeping their jobs which makes them afraid to speak up about wrongdoing
    Horroble to non-existent pay raises

    Advice to Management

    look into nepotism
    post ALL jobs and stop pre selecting based on popularity
    get rid of raise and bonus "rules" that result in unfair treatment
    make managers accountable or get rid of them


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work with graduate degree"

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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 The Aerospace Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is incredibly bright and motivated.

    Cons

    Pay is low if you do not have a graduate degree. Sometimes treated was a second class employee with only a bachelors.

    Advice to Management

    Tie title and pay to experience and responsibilities as opposed to placing such a high premium on having a graduate degree. It doesn't make sense to pay one employee half of what another makes for doing the same, if not more, work.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Good Things Coming but not Fast Enough"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Every other Friday off, new CEO is starting to listen to employees and shake the place up a bit, they also help support continuing education.

    Cons

    Pay is below industry standards. Way below.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Used to be a great company, not so much anymore"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting programs to work on and a very reasonable work/life balance at work.

    Cons

    The work environment is politically charged and this non-profit company is going the route of large for profit corporations (minimal raises, using lump sums instead of raises, hiring younger cheaper professionals). This company does technical oversight of large defense contracts in complex problem domains. For decades the average aged employee was over 50, most of these folks were very knowledgeable as they had already completed a career in the military or building complex systems for one or more of the many defense contractors in the US. This is all changing now ... how can a collage grad with no applicable experience step into a position to perform project management and over site of systems engineering and development being done by talented and experienced engineers?

    Advice to Management

    Upper management, you always say "our people is what makes us strong" yet as one of your people, I don't feel valued. You tend to manage programs and budgets but not people. Focus more on the advancement, goals, and aspirations of your employees.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "The Aerospace Corporation an FFRDC"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The most of the people that work for Aerospace are pleasant to work with. The environment is relaxed. All in all, it is an excellent place to work.

    Cons

    There is simply too much management and not enough communication at all levels. Pay has not kept up with industry.

    Advice to Management

    Integrity should be the first corporate value, and it should apply to everyone. The organizational structure should be flattened. There should be fewer managers overall.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Security Engineering Specialist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Security Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects, great training program, good pay, and generous benefits.

    Cons

    no formal sick leave or medical leave.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Great"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Aerospace Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Overall this is a great place with intelligent and friendly people. The work is steady and stable.

    Cons

    Pay increases are small. The pace is slow compared to what I'm use to. There is not much room for technical growth. The work is not varied.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great, smart, and knowledgeable coworkers who were passionate about what they did. Management cared about their employees and were forward and open.

    Cons

    There is not much work culture, everyone seems to be working on their own thing in their office or cubicle.

    Advice to Management

    Possibly more activities that can help improve company culture and worker morale. All in all it was a good experience, I don't have any negatives to report.


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