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Pros
  • I found the work environment to be relaxed for the majority of the time but intense when we had mission critical situations (in 10 reviews)

  • Flexible hours and very good benefits (in 6 reviews)

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

  • Only downside is that the company is no longer in operatopn (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work, really enjoyed coworkers."

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    Current Employee - Engineer Staff IV in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer Staff IV in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really enjoyed working there. Nice people, good communication with management. Was happy with the projects we accomplished in working toward successful safe space missions.

    Cons

    Very poor pay comparison to outside the government contractor arena. Found out severely underpaid when time came to leave for new pastures.

    Advice to Management

    Very impressed with way management kept employees informed toward end of program. Need to remember the lessons about what happened the last time there was brain drain in the space industry. You are loosing alot of people that now KNOW they are severely underpaid and it will be very hard to get them to come back in a couple of years.


  2. "Great."

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    Former Employee - Technical Operations III in Cape Canaveral, FL
    Former Employee - Technical Operations III in Cape Canaveral, FL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pride working in the space industry and the very knowledgeable co-workers that shared their experience. The pay scale was above-average and the benefits were good.

    Cons

    The space shuttle program ended prior to USA securing contracts to retain the experienced workforce that wanted to stay in the area.

    Advice to Management

    USA's upper management did not make the commitment to secure other contracts outside the space industry. Effort should be made to win contracts to help people get re-employed.

  3. "Great place to work and get your foot in the industry"

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    Former Employee - Co-Op in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -United Space Alliance is a great place to co-op.
    -The work life balance with working for United Space Alliance was great.
    -It is uncommon for a young engineers to work tremendous long hours.
    -The people were great, and willing to help.

    Cons

    -Some of the procedures required to get approval was extensive and frustrating with getting a job completed.
    -The uncertainty of work, due to recent layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Push to make processes more simpler.


  4. "An honor to have had the priviledge to work on the Space Shuttle program."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Human Space Flight related work.

    Cons

    Lousy benefits (suspect to be even worse beginning of next year whereas excellent until 2006).

    Advice to Management

    Bean counters can't expect a positive outcome after laying most of the engineers off from an Engineering Firm.


  5. "Encellent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Titusville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Titusville, FL
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very professional and safety oriented

    Cons

    The benefits co pay is more costly.


  6. "Used to be great, not sure now"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Titusville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Titusville, FL
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Great hardware to maintain and operate. Great quality of life and work balance. Really talented people that had been assembled.

    Cons

    No good vision to keep work available. Company just laid off thousands of people due to lack of desire to keep company viable by parent companies.(Boeing, lockheed)


  7. "Proud to be a part of history. We could have done so much more with the right leadership (Congress, NASA & USA)"

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    Former Employee - Project Lead in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people were extremely talented, dedicated and fun.

    Cons

    Poor communication. Continual budget pressure - no way to do long term planning

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees and share more information. It's their company too. They can help solve the problems.

  8. "United Space Alliance was a fair company that made up for moderate pay and growth potential with excellent flexiblity."

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    Former Employee - Engineer V in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer V in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Life Balance
    Inherently interesting work (space operations)

    Cons

    In an industry in turmoil (manned spaceflight)
    Previous company qualities were in a government cost plus enviroment(past performance is no guarantee of future performance).
    Parent companies (Boeing, Lockheed) determine what business USA can bid on.

    Advice to Management

    USA must be far more successfull at getting new business. It will require spending some USA capitol not just getting NASA to invest. It is a new world in space and your engineers need to be enabled with industry standard tools i.e.COTS packages that cost money.


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

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    Current Employee - Technical Operations V in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Operations V in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Rightsizing the company to better pursue new business while NASA cuts 75% of your working staff should be concentrated on "upper" middle management. Just how many VP's and Directors are needed by a staff totalling 2900?


  10. "Great ride until we hit that brick wall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting, challenging work
    Talented, enthusiastic co-workers
    Opportunity to contribute to a historic space program
    Good benefits until the last couple of years

    Cons

    No future for company once Space Shuttle program ended, expect it to be re-absorbed back into Lockheed Martin and Boeing

    Advice to Management

    Long time USA managers: Unfurl those golden parachutes
    And send the Downsizing Expert CEO back to Boeing


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