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Updated Sep 16, 2022

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  • "Benefits are great.(in 20 reviews)
  • "A few honest, authentic great people to work with; Others, plastic and backstabbing.(in 19 reviews)
  • "Great work life balance(in 11 reviews)
  • "Good culture(in 9 reviews)
  • "The pay is competitive, people get promoted from within the company, and they have everything it takes to succeed.(in 6 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great Place to work

    Sep 4, 2022 - Aircraft Mechanic I 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -Good Place to work at.

    Cons

    -I have no con so far.

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  2. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    There are worse companies to work for…But that is not a ringing endorsement for Virgin Galactic

    Jul 21, 2022 - Button Pusher 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    • Some good people • Opportunity to take a broken system, process or project and help fix it • Stepping stone to other opportunities • Inspiring – how many people can say that they helped the human race get to space? And beyond! • Above average benefits

    Cons

    • Too many chiefs, too little Indians • Many areas of the company constantly short- handed on resources • No formal goal setting or 360 feedback reviews with management • Short-Term labor / contractor costs are high as company refuses to bring in the right full-time employees • Poor documentation and process management and inability for management to prioritize this area • Poor budgeting • Thinly veiled “requirement” for employees to work in newly created Tustin office, which for some is a 4-hour, one-way drive. Could get company in trouble with state of California Labor Board • Little or no training. • High turnover, largely due to good people coming into this atmosphere, recognizing a sh8show when they see it, and leaving for greener pastures. • Lack of accountability from top down. Same with effective communication • Tone deaf upper management. Sacrifices aerospace passion for brand marketing • Low morale

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    3 people found this review helpful
  3. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Interesting work, tough environment

    Sep 16, 2022 - Director of Program Management 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good company that pays well

    Cons

    Growing too fast to get anything done.

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  4. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Small company that lost sight of what made things great...

    Sep 16, 2022 - Mechanical Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    competitive pay to begin, fancy office buildings.

    Cons

    Job security demands playing the office "politics" game, new management has blatantly disregarded feedback and voices of concern, overall not a good place for an engineer trying to learn and grow succeed. Managers are ill equipped , lack leadership skills and micromanage to hit their bottom line.

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Exciting work, insane growth

    Aug 6, 2022 - Mechanical Engineer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Extremely exciting work Amazing work-life balance Lots of opportunities for growth Innovative design and testing work Company is extremely focused on achieving hundreds of flights a year

    Cons

    Growing pains New management also adjusting HR/People team is understaffed IT and licensing infrastructure is lacking

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  6. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Your engineering degree can be put to better use elsewhere

    Aug 12, 2022 - Engineering 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -free snacks every once in a while -friendly teammates at base level -teamwork between departments is positive, almost as if the people that build the things that matter collectively understand the constant nuisance from higher ups

    Cons

    -complete lack of upward movement opportunity -ideology entirely based on company public appearance -complete lack of organization and coordination between executives, leadership, HR, and workers -lower pay compared to other aerospace companies -false promises regarding compensation and timelines -lack of support from management/higher-ups, every lead/manager is either too scared to make a supportive move or bends to the will of some random executive -most people are afraid of HR

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    1 person found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Nothing but growth ahead..!

    Aug 10, 2022 - Quality Assurance in Las Cruces, NM
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Young company full of potential. The fact we are putting people into space is enough alone. Facility amenities are great. Lots of little perks.

    Cons

    Biggest has to be commute from home to site, other than that, just normal growing pains.

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  8. 1.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Run For Your Life....and Your Finances.

    Aug 6, 2022 - Program Planner & Scheduler in Santa Clarita, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    There are some very nice people 'on the floor' in Mojave. Simply amazing knowledge bases and skill sets. I actually enjoy being around them. I have watched them work and they are the success of the company!

    Cons

    Management doesn't operate in equal opportunity or fair labor practices. Management makes decisions based on bias opionions not facts. I perceive favoritism when it comes to the scheduling community; how some can work remote full time while others are expected to commute at a very expensive cost to themselves.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    What Goes Up.

    Jun 13, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    I'd be unfair if I did not give credit to some of the newer management for trying to establish some level of control over things. Unfortunately there has been so much leadership pathology over the years, that even God cannot fix this place.

    Cons

    Except for a handful of experienced folks, it's an amalgamation of industry misfits from various sectors, mixed in with some bright dedicated engineers, and some keen, newly minted engineering graduates, all of whom are being taught all the wrong lessons. The business model depends on twisted wording/terminology - carefully chosen in order to avoid referring to paying customers as passengers in an effort to avoid compliance - or even comparison - with the most basic regulatory standards/laws...regardless of how sensible or critical they may be to long-term survival of the company. Many key decisions are myopic band-aids due to the endless days of fire fighting. IMO, the outlook is bleak.

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  10. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Wouldn't Work Here

    Jul 8, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Has a progressive and laidback culture

    Cons

    Not the most fun place to live Relocation assistance is pretty much non existent Lack of transparency from upper level leadership

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Virgin Galactic Reviews FAQs

Virgin Galactic has an overall rating of 2.7 out of 5, based on over 183 reviews left anonymously by employees. 31% of employees would recommend working at Virgin Galactic to a friend and 17% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -19% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Virgin Galactic employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.1 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Virgin Galactic. This rating has decreased by -19% over the last 12 months.

31% of Virgin Galactic employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Virgin Galactic 3.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.4 for culture and values and 2.5 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Virgin Galactic to be career development, benefits, culture and the cons to be compensation, senior leadership, management.

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