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Virgin Galactic Reviews

Updated March 26, 2017
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  1. "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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    "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


  3. Helpful (5)

    "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!


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    "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!


  6. Helpful (6)

    "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.)


  7. Helpful (7)

    "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


  8. "HR Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Organized, flexible, accommodating People team. Interview process was quick - less than 2 weeks. Had phone interview then an onsite.

    Cons

    None that I can think of!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Everything I Thought it Would Be - And More"

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    • 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

    Truly a fun place to work. Management knows their stuff and is very supportive. Milestones are honored no matter how small. People are valued and feel valued. Everyone does his or her best to help you and get you what you need asap. Enthusiasm, teamwork, and people want to be there. Being in the cradle of aviation is amazing; lots of interesting things going on in the area. Lots of history here.

    Cons

    Location is currently in a cultural wasteland. Decent places to live are at least a 20 minute drive away. Schedule and location can be tough on families.

    Advice to Management

    Keep letting your employees know that you value them. Keep celebrating all the milestones. Keep being supportive!


  10. "I love the autonomy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy, they trust you to get the job done. Small company, so there's always plenty of challenging and fun work to do!

    Cons

    This could be a con for some people: small company, so each person is very much responsible for the work that they produce. I think that's good because it makes people rise to the occasion, but could be stressful for some.

    Advice to Management

    Good job hiring great talent and keeping us motivated by entrusting us to do great things!


  11. Helpful (6)

    "An Engineering Playground"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is lots of work available and days go by quickly. Tons of free perks are offered to entice naïve younger employees. Likely a dream job if coming with an Engineering background that likes to spend other people's money on technology that may or may not be used.

    Cons

    Truly a working environment that lacks fundamental leadership at most levels in the organization (with a few minor exceptions). A few ways you'll know if you would fit right in include:
    1. You like to belittle and ridicule others
    2. You like to blame others for your shortcomings
    3. Have little to no adult interpersonal communication skills
    4. Come with an egotistical mindset and likely previously worked at Space-X
    5. Enjoy passive aggressive put downs/ high school behaviors for those "not as smart as the engineers".

    Advice to Management

    As the programs mature and develop, be mindful and don't tolerate poor & mean behaviours that don't help to advance the missions. Demand excellence from all levels and departments in the organization, including the engineering teams. Coach the layers how to listen to understand instead of react/reply. Don't reward those who continually show poor judgment and planning by responding or reacting to curb the behaviour.



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