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Updated Aug 26, 2021

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4.0
63%
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69%
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United Space Alliance President & CEO Virginia Barnes
Virginia Barnes
103 Ratings
Pros
  • "It was very interesting work launching people into space for the Shuttle program(in 22 reviews)

  • "Good benefits even after cost increases(in 11 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The company was not able to survive the cancelation of the Constellation program and the Space Shuttle program(in 30 reviews)

  • "Parent companies hampered our ability to expand customer/ business base(in 13 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      housekeeping

      Aug 26, 2021 - Childcare Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
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      Pros

      have very good salary and clean

      Cons

      peopel person love to stay busy

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Great Place To Work

      Mar 15, 2021 - Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Wonderful people, good management, competitive salary

      Cons

      None that I recall, slightly nepostistic

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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Good Place to Work

      Oct 22, 2019 - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Working on space equipment and as part of the space program is fun and rewarding.

      Cons

      Sometimes the politics of things get in the way of making the best decisions.

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      How I was treated while I worked there

      Dec 27, 2019 - Work Control Specialist in Cape Canaveral, FL
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      Pros

      Worked with some good people

      Cons

      Management was overrun with nepotism.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      was a great company to work for

      Aug 17, 2019 - Engineer IV in Merritt Island, FL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      benefits, work, people, culture, pride

      Cons

      politics were not to good

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Company!

      Jun 3, 2019 - Operations 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice place to work with top-notch talent

      Cons

      I really can't think of any

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Great while it lasted

      Jan 21, 2019 - Engineering Staff IV 
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      Pros

      USA was a great place to work with dedicated people who care about getting the job done right.

      Cons

      The company had to let everyone go when the Space Shuttle program ended.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great company to work for, however, senior management did not look ahead enough to develop new business.

      Mar 1, 2011 - Computer Science Staff IV in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      Historically, USA has really looked out for it's workforce with good benefits and transitional support at the end of it's smaller contracts. The workforce is made up of highly skilled personnel in the space operations industry.

      Cons

      USA has relied heavily on Space Shuttle and Space Station operations contracts. As a result the organization has suffered from atrophy when it comes to developing new business and was slow in recognizing it's own deficiencies in this area as the close of the Shuttle Program approached. It junior management positions rarely opened up and new projects were rare. So it was pretty difficult to advance within the company even during times of growth.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Best Employees, proud to support the United States space program!

      Aug 15, 2011 - Technical Operations V in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      The best minds in operations. There is no better job than controlling space craft or training Astronauts. The organization matches the management hiearchy of NASA's chain of comment allowing ground floor employees the opportunity to directly contribute to program successes.

      Cons

      The company only had two major programs to support making new business difficult to develop. To keep the best minds the benefits package was best in the industry, until they had to compete for new contracts. Benefits were cut while employee contributions skyrocketed. The thought that you had to be a degreed engineer to get promoted to management or to earn top pay, handcuffed many excellent employees. Executive management is all ex Astronauts led by a "Beltway Bandit" sent from the parent company. The CEO speaks a good game but thus far is unsuccessful at developing new business.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great on the downside - knowledable professionals made USA successful - program was exciting

      Dec 14, 2011 - Long Time Shuttle Professional in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      USA was the right company to run the Space Shuttle Program, given the amount of program experience the employees had and the maturity of the program, as well as the overall duplication of missions to the ISS. The company did a great job in taking care of the large number of employees that, due to program cancellation, were laid-off.

      Cons

      USA would have been an even better company if the management had been reduced - in most cases it was not required, caused unnecessary delays, and ran on egos that inserted a negative energy into a professional and competent organization. Hopefully this is one of many lessons that were learned - more management does not result in more efficiency and improvement.

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