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Virgin Galactic Reviews

Updated November 13, 2017
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  1. "Not like the other companies out there..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mojave, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mojave, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virgin Galactic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a company where employees are rewarded for their hard work and success. You can feel the Virgin culture when you walk in the door. They offer monthly and/or weekly employee appreciation events where you can take a break and socialize with folks in the company that you normally wouldn't. It's super beneficial because a person can become ingrained with work and almost forget that you are part of a greater team.

    Cons

    It is a starter company with great potential for success. That being said, they are still implementing their processes and information systems. It can be unique for a person to wrap their head around. For those of us that have worked at a larger company, we almost take these systems for granted. But, it does give a person the ability to create which can't be said by the larger companies out there.

    Advice to Management

    Your communication to the workforce is greatly appreciated and noticed. Thank you!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "IT Applicants Beware"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mojave, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mojave, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Virgin Galactic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great coworkers
    - 9/80 work schedule allows for much needed down time
    - It’s a job involving space!

    Cons

    - Untrusting management leads to constant micromanagement
    - Unprofessional/lack of leadership
    - No budget creates a constant reactionary environment
    - A career quagmire
    - Due to above aforementioned most projects are completed to get them done rather than completing a project correctly.

    Advice to Management

    Actually provide some form of leadership rather than passive aggressive retaliation.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "IT top-levels and HR Dept have ZERO idea what they are doing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mojave, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mojave, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Virgin Galactic full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and a 9/80 work schedule that's gets you a three-day weekend twice a month. Also a benny card that comes in handy to cover co-pays.

    Cons

    Micro-manager type leadership but yet unqualified to even handle a password reset and an HR Dept. that is not even qualified to deal with a soda can

    Advice to Management

    Top level needs to go. They know there is a repeat pattern going on for over 5 years, yet they don't care. This affects people's lives how badly they get treated. Do the right thing!


  4. "Dream Job"

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virgin Galactic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible hours, competitive pay, high-tech environment, and intellectually challenging. Never a slow day and leadership always willing to accept feedback.

    Cons

    Long hours, steep learning curve, high barrier to entry. Never having a slow day can also be a drawback as it requires more late nights and weekends than usual.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up and don't lose that employee-focused mentality.


  5. "Great place with lots of potential!"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virgin Galactic (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Busy, but great! Culture seems to want to work from ~9 - 6 or so... but it's not set in stone. As long as you're producing you'll be good to go! But, the same should be said of any company. There are not "set in stone" work hours, but generally just aim for 40-45 hrs a week. Come in early, leave early. Come in later, leave later. Very little micromanagement unless you aren't responsible.

    Cons

    Still considered a startup... so there is that possibility of failure in the future. However company seems to have good vision in mind with massive funding, so it's not going away anytime in the next couple years.


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    "SpaceX 2.0- Return of The Jedi."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Virgin Galactic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work-life-balance, friendly staff and smart mid to senior level engineers. It's sad because company has potential. Branson would never approve but he's never there! Support staff and technicians are generally nice and down to earth. It was hard to leave because I really hoped for change.

    Cons

    -Jedi top engineering leadership (self-proclaimed in name only) = "my way or out!"
    - "Island of misfit toys" culture for SpaceX'ers. They really just need a hug, really.
    -SpaceX culture is insulated at the top and is self-serving and self-governing.
    - CEO is consistently absent making VG a rocket club
    - some engineers work hard while others take the Club Med approach.
    - some "Jedi" have 50+ reports in a company of just 195. Really?!
    - you never know who your friends are, sadly. Really.
    -All this could be cured if CEO or President took a hard look. But neither was very technical.
    -stock is non starter unless you never read the policy. It's misleading as I got 6,000 shares and then found they could never vest absent of going public.

    Advice to Management

    Jedi leadership is a huge problem. I came from large AS expecting engineering challenges and sadly the biggest challenge is communicating with the arrogant Jedi. They take themselves SO seriously!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sky's the limit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leander, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leander, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Virgin Galactic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great feel good environment, awesome benefits and atmosphere, low stress, lots of social events. flexible time off. plenty of tools and resources.

    Cons

    Everyone is worried about how you feel rather than accomplishment. This breeds a office environment where colleagues slack off and do not do their work, management is afraid to get on to them because they will hurt their feelings or not be pleased at work. They are super conscience of company image rather than company success or project success. They sometimes hire the wrong people. They hire almost anybody that is recommended by a current employee which includes individuals that are not the best for that role or who slack off constantly. Because everyone is worried about image and whether they like their job some groups tend to inspire other to slack off as well deteriorating the overall effectiveness and cohesiveness of the team. It like a bad Hollywood soap opera with the hard workers that want to make a difference beset beside the slackers and sycophants who claim the progress as their own and berate or belittle everyone else. Always leaves you wondering how that person ever got hired or keeps a job when they don't do anything except go to lunch with the same people and hide at work so they don't get caught on Facebook or checking their fantasy football league all day.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on a culture of accomplishment rather than a culture of image

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Pass me the Kool-Aid!"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Mojave, CA
    Current Employee - Technician in Mojave, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Virgin Galactic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's been 3 years since joining VG and I've really loved my time here. There were always social events, challenging work, work life balance was second to none. People were engaging and friendly and the facility was convenient and well funded. We got to watch videos of Branson flying Balloons during Happy Hour. Balloons, not rockets.

    Cons

    Recently there is talk that in order to succeed VG can only sustain (1 in 100) failed launches. Since when did ANY rocket program have that type of operating margin forecast? Please.
    99% success rate operating margin? Absurd.

    Advice to Management

    Come clean on the business model.
    Come clean on the schedule.
    2017?? Maybe 2018- just before the Garage Sale.
    Come clean that a CEO who is NEVER there probably won't succeed.
    And why would he? He's NEVER there!


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Flawed Concept meets Billionaire Investor"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Virgin Galactic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Nice people make it a fun place to work.
    -The work/life balance is great.
    -The location is great.
    -The engineers are smart and innovative.
    -Managers do not micro manage too much.
    -The company has plenty of funding and elements of the Virgin Brand.

    Cons

    -VG is flying one of their old 747's to launch rockets.
    -High risk if you are flying in the 747 at the SAME TIME!
    -Forecast: "Russian Roulette"
    -Branson flies across the pond once a year (on his way to Mojave) for ping pong and beer.
    -It's all a big ego trip.
    -Let him fly in the 747.

    Advice to Management

    -Note to Chief Engineer: Do NOT sign off on that concept!
    -Note to Branson: DO NOT DO THAT.
    -Stay clear of 747's that launch rockets.
    -(You're welcome.)


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Why is everyone leaving!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Virgin Galactic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good work life balance; good benefits

    Cons

    Clueless management especially executives (or what is left of them). Wasteful spend. No product. Glitz with no substance. People leaving a sinking ship

    Advice to Management

    get a new CEO


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