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Virgin Galactic Reviews

Updated July 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "It's a very collaborative environment with a great work life balance" (in 9 reviews)

  • "9/80 work schedule is great, but we work most off Friday's" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "CEO is consistently absent making VG a rocket club" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Since when did ANY rocket program have that type of operating margin forecast" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "As Good as it Gets"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Mojave, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Mojave, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people, they make you feel welcome from the moment you walk in the door, you feel not just like you are part of an amazing company with an incredible future (which you are) but that you are part of a family that truly cares and supports each other. Everyone truly wants to help and support all other team members. Virgin Galactic truly embodies the team mentality and has a passion for making sure each team member has everything that they need, from the CEO and President to each and every person everyone is supportive of you.

    Cons

    There are no cons to working at Virgin

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!


  2. "Happy to be part of the team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was hired on full time in December of 2017, the relationship between myself and the company has been great. I know a lot of companies preach about work/life balance and treating employees right, but this company actually does it. My coworkers have been awesome, and it's to the point where we actually hang out with each other away from work, share stories, get to know each other's families, etc. Inside FAITH we don't have walls to separate each others workspace, it truly is an open environment and it makes communication so much easier.

    Cons

    Not really anything, except it's windy outside, but nobody can control mother nature (lol).

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very good work life balance

    Cons

    Management can be close minded


  4. "Inspiring Mission, Extremely Smart People, and Tough Challenges"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Virgin Galactic full-time

    Pros

    A wildly inspiring project. You work next to a freaking spaceship! And the company has a genuine mission to change the world and have fun doing it.
    Some crazy smart people from awesome backgrounds.
    Richard Branson is an awesome person to work for!

    Cons

    Having such a hard time meeting schedule is a real grind. Can lead to a grim atmosphere at times. We need to get that bird up in the air!
    Living in Mojave or in Las Cruces can be tough on family.
    In-fighting between senior management gets really annoying.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of senior managers who take more off the table than they bring to it.
    When you have two senior managers who disagree, choosing between them is hard—but not choosing can be even worse.
    Throw every resource you have at creating a schedule that will actually be right this time--and at sticking to it.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering Lead"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There was a young energetic workforce

    Cons

    There was an inexperienced leadership team

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers. Select managers for their ability to relate to people not technical leadership


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Hyperloop"

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical 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

    When I joined the culture was fun, nice location, nice people, smart engineers and an exciting project.

    Cons

    How do such smart engineers continue to believe such a small rocket with limited margins of payload is EVER going to orbit? The Boeing people won't even test because big box company execs don't take risks at startups. Then again, what makes anyone think VG is a start up? It's an LLC for crying out loud. It's a holding company for Branson brand promotion like Hyperloop and Cosmic 747's that pose as first stage boosters... sadly, with lots of people on board. It's ridiculous that this company houses so many well educated engineers that apparently just take the money. There's no serious engineering going on here. I mean come on it's a big marketing PR scam.

    Advice to Management

    Just keep doing what you are doing. SpaceX was a grind so take the free paycheck and cash it for as long as they'll pay you- no reason to tell them it's a money pit. Then again, where is your pride as an engineer? You wanted to do something and you're floundering there because it's an easy pay check? If acting like a rocket scientist is your thing then Hollywood is only 10 miles away.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "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!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not like the other companies out there..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Dream Job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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