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United Launch Alliance Reviews

Updated April 1, 2019
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Pros
  • "The 9/80 work schedule is great" (in 21 reviews)

  • "9/80, flexible hours, paid time off, great 401k matching, and room for career growth" (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • "However immediately following the layoff mandatory UNPAID overtime was enforced" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Upper management accused a person of writing a review" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO

    I worked at United Launch Alliance (More than a year)

    Pros

    The IT staff coworkers are excellent

    Cons

    none. Great place to work

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Launch Alliance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Leadership, development opportunities, financial support for education, mission - true impact to the world

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, slow growth, old boys club

  3. "I enjoy my job at ULA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of very interesting and challenging work. I feel like I am paid very well.

    Cons

    My job is great, but some other jobs in the company appear bureaucratic or mundane. Company is generally risk averse, but that seems to be changing.

    Advice to Management

    I'm pretty happy with the management team I interface with. Keep a positive attitude and keep up the good work. Promote from within.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Average at Best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance full-time

    Pros

    Send rockets into space, every other Friday off.

    Cons

    Depending on who your manager or department is.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Headed for Failure"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Launching rockets is an amazing experience to be a part of. The sense of pride and ownership is very high when it comes to the missions we support. You get to work with some very talented and brilliant individuals.

    Cons

    First and foremost, compensation is not competitive by any means. Everyone in this company is overworked and underpaid, especially in launch operations and major development. HR refuses to acknowledge that our most talented employees are leaving for higher pay (or they know it and just don’t care) and continues to feed us the lie that ULA offers a competitive compensation package compared to other aerospace companies. Compensation and benefits are hardly competitive at the 40 hours per week rate. Once you factor in the 10% unpaid overtime or more, working off Fridays and weekends, it’s a no-brainer that employees are below the pay grade. Of all the years I’ve been with ULA, I have never made the midpoint at any pay grade level, despite being ranked tier 1. So many missed opportunities and time away from friends and family sacrificed for this company and this is now the expectation.

    The promotion and tier ranking system is flawed and fosters an environment of attention seekers, pits teammates against eachother, and creates incentive for employees to cater to management. Not all, but some promoted are just big talkers who show up to meetings and give a good pep talk for the sake of getting good visibility, but show no results for their work. Unethical and untrustworthy leadership will favor those who cater to them while leaving the rest of the workforce to carry all the weight and clean up their mess.

    Employees are constantly being stretched thin and upper management accepts more and more risk to meet cost and schedule objectives. We pride ourselves on our track record of success and claim our secret recipe for Mission Success is our people and our processes, but then we laid off them off, drive out the rest by overworking and underpaying them, and change our processes to cut costs. This company will gladly replace you with a lower level position at a lower pay grade. Even turnover at the executive level is at an alarming rate. Nobody really knows what the secret recipe is for mission success anyways, so it is only a matter of time before we sink one or delay schedule so bad that we can’t recover from it. It’s no wonder why the government wants competition in the launch industry and why we’re losing contract awards to SpaceX.

    Advice to Management

    You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Lacks Ethical Management Culture"

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    Former Employee - Propulsion Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Propulsion Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United Launch Alliance full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    401K, 9/80 work schedule with every other Friday off (usually)

    Cons

    If you are a key contributor you will NOT be recognized or rewarded. Expect to be ignored and undervalued. Remarkably hostile to implementing employee suggested improvements; this has resulted in loss of cost control. No opportunity for advancement; no future.

    Advice to Management

    You have failed to establish an ethical management culture, and are therefore a liability to ULA. Go away. Make room for competent leadership.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "RUN for the hills"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paso Robles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paso Robles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United Launch Alliance full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They do give you a pay check

    Cons

    Does not permit you to think on your own or express opinions

  8. "The Launch Services Mainstay"

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    Current Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Pueblo, CO
    Current Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Pueblo, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive Total Compensation Package, Furthering Mankind's Potential In Space

    Cons

    High Attrition, Base Pay might not be keeping up with Market Fluctuations


  9. "Great place to work and great people to work with!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cape Canaveral, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cape Canaveral, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    9/80, flexible hours, paid time off, great 401k matching, and room for career growth.

    Cons

    People like to complain to hear themselves talk. There are downsides everywhere you go.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "ULA provides enjoyable work at a below average salary"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Centennial, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Unique work, opportunity to travel, wide customer basis, competitive industry

    Cons

    High attrition rate, minimal promotions, high work load

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on keeping your experienced employees happy and not just on hiring cheap labor