United Launch Alliance Reviews

Updated Aug 5, 2020

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3.0
47%
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United Launch Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer Tory Bruno
Tory Bruno
154 Ratings
Pros
  • "A nice flex time policy where you can bank 2 days of overtime to use whenever, you can work from home as needed, and a 9/80 schedule is awesome(in 40 reviews)

  • "Launching rockets is an amazing experience to be a part of(in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management lacking in common sense, vision(in 16 reviews)

  • "In the past 4 years, the management has become so desperate to compete with commercial rocket companies that they forgot the people who got them there(in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "10 years"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager 

    I worked at United Launch Alliance full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great place to work for

    Cons

    no, none at this time

  2. "Lots of hours but fun work"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with, fun work, can be a lot.

    Cons

    Very demanding, have to wear a lot of hats


  3. "If you want work life balance look elsewhere"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United Launch Alliance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work is interesting and fun at times.

    Cons

    Employees are very overworked. There was even a petition that was written up (it didn't get submitted) about how overworked and underpaid employees are at this company. If you're not a straight white male don't expect to advance here. I regularly heard of discrimination against LGBTQ at this company and I personally was discriminated against for my disability. If you choose to work here always remember HR is not your friend, they're working on behalf of the companies interests only. While the overall work is interesting, quality engineering work is not at all. I would hesitate to even call it engineering. The majority of the role could be automated with simple coding. This is a company whose infrastructure is absolutely terrible and many updates are needed to be brought to the 21st century.

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  4. "Great place to work and great team"

    4.0
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Unix/Linux Systems Administrator in Centennial, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance full-time

    Pros

    Great team, lots to learn, flexible schedule, no micro management

    Cons

    I just have one to say. Low pay

  5. "Turn around and keep on looking"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harlingen, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United Launch Alliance full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and great co workers.

    Cons

    Unethical and clueless middle management

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "11 years, 8 too long"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United Launch Alliance full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great products and some incredible co-workers.

    Cons

    It’s an old boys club. If you don’t fit the mold or think the “right” way, you will not advance. As a gay guy I spent 11 years here and really should have left after my third. I really didn’t understand how much my career had been held back until I spent a year at another company.

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  7. "Mostly great place to work."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Production Technician in Decatur, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Launch Alliance full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, exciting industry.

    Cons

    Large, old school company resistant to change. Union/company relations are lacking and inconsistent.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Old School"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United Launch Alliance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, see/work on launches currently happening, lots of people to learn from.

    Cons

    This has the worst parts of old aerospace. No openness to change. Boeing and Lockheed’s inability to agree on anything lead to constant mindless direction. Pay is absolutely pathetic. Management is now the mid level employees from 5 years ago and have no idea how to lead a team, but we’re good engineers. Too many meetings that it becomes suffocating. When your entire team has ~4 1-2hr meetings a day, how do you expect any work to actually get done?

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Life in IT at ULA"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Much better than average pay, 9/80 work schedule, 3 weeks of paid time off out of the gate, paid time off between Christmas and New Year every year.

    Cons

    IT leadership focus/concern on wrong areas, disengaged from supporting staff, archaic view on telecommuting, lack of confidence in full time employees, too much reliance on contractors, wasteful spending, IT Operations performs Information Security roles.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Best employer I’ve ever worked for. Coolest industry."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Launch Alliance

    Pros

    Best rocket launch company in the world. Amazing team who love what they do. Great work life balance. Company stresses family first mentality. Orders for years to come.

    Cons

    If you’re not an engineer, it’s hard to move up. Very few job openings. Pay is average.

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