Sierra Nevada Corporation

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Great Place To Work
Special Security Officer (SSO) (Current Employee), MDJuly 21, 2015
One of the best companies I have worked for! Awesome benefits and great co-workers! Management is very helpful and wise! You will like working for SNC!
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Program Managers are lambs to the slaughter
Program Manager (Former Employee), Centennial, COMarch 11, 2015
Pros: pay was good, but not enough given the screwed up nature of senior managemnt
Cons: senior management, hr is terrible, the cfo
SNC does not want the PM they advertise for, what they want is someone who will babysit a bunch of untalented divas, then take the arrows when they fail to deliver.

As a Program Manager they tell you to stay out of the technical aspects of the project and just manage the cost and schedule. In essence you are a report generator.

They do not believe in documenting requirements.

They do not believe that a project should have more than 2 - 3 charge codes as it creates more work for the cost analyst.

Engineers will lie about status without consequence from senior management. The PM will take the fall.

The culture is egg shells. You can be fired for dressing a certain way, saying something your manager doesn't agree with, or if one of the engineers on your project complains that he/she cannot work to schedule or cost baselines.

Extremely immature and paranoid breeding ground.
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Great Company. Too bad it had to end soon
Safety Engineer Intern II (Former Employee), Louisville, COFebruary 16, 2015
Awesome experience, great people, very talented engineers. Would work there again in a heartbeat. Unfortunately we didn't win a contract with NASA so a lot of people were laid off.
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Amazing benefits, good work environment, AWFUL management
Technician (Current Employee), NVNovember 30, 2014
Pros: 401k, medical, benefits
Cons: absolute worst management experience ive ever had
Been working here for several years now. Low level management is good, but once you get up to the program and director levels, its atrocious. The owners of the company value their employees (as displayed by the benefits they provide), but 95%+ of those in between are atrocious. In that regard its very much a "I dont care what you have to do -legal or otherwise- to get this accomplished." environment. Then if someone gets in trouble for following those orders, theyre left out to dry. If they dont oblige, theyre forced out. Its only a matter of time until a bigger hammer comes down and the powers at be start scrambling to abandon ship, leaving each man to themselves.

Now thats out of the way: coworkers and overall job atmosphere is otherwise awesome. Plenty of good job opportunities that are truly a joy to have. Once you become more experienced in a position, youre expected to live that position. Your work life overwhelmingly ends up having to take precedence over your personal life. Wage compensation is on the low end when compared to similar employers/fields, but the 401k and medical benefits are unmatched. 150% company match on 8% of your gross earnings in your 401k. Medical is on that same level of excellence and SNC pays 85% of your medical premiums to boot.

Bottom line: If mid-upper level management could work out their quirks, this would be the PERFECT place to grow. Currently, they seem to be more focused on quantity over quality and as a result they have ZERO interest in taking care of their subordinates in any fashion. This makes the ones who can, pursue other opportunities elsewhere.
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Great place to work
Logistics Senior (Current Employee), Clovis, NMOctober 29, 2014
My typical day of work is that have meetings with co-workers to map out the course of action for the days work.
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Enjoyed working there; management lacked foresight
Mechanical Engineer II (Former Employee), Louisville, COSeptember 25, 2014
Pros: free coffee, donuts on wed morning, great benefits
Cons: vacation time starts at only two weeks, 401 match doesn't kick in for a year
I enjoyed working there, and my co-workers were all great. Work life balance was pretty good. There was a huge layoff due to a missed award from NASA. Unfortunately, management lacked the foresight to make contingency plans for funding if the award fell through.
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Good company before it bewcame a large government contractor
Program Manager (Former Employee), Denver, COSeptember 23, 2014
Pros: reward hard work
Cons: "good old boy" networks in some business units
I had various titles between 2006 and 2013 while working for SNC.

In general it was a good place trying to do some positive things for the US military.

The hardest thing about working with SNC was the "small company" attitude of many of the business units. SNC grew by acquisition and there was a pronounced learning curve for many of the business units as they tried to adapt from small company agility to large government contractor requirements.

The most enjoyable thing about working there were the opportunities afforded top those who were willing to put in the work.
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Fun place to work
Technical Administrative Assistant Specialist (Former Employee), Poway, CAJuly 9, 2014
Pros: great benefits, bagel tuesdays, hours are great
Cons: no room for advancement
Your an adult you know that you have to work your daily hours. Room for advancement is very little. The work is fun and the benefits you cannot pass up. Not to many employers match 150% on your 401K.
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A company that strives for growth of its employees
Logistics Support II (Current Employee), Duke Field AFS, FLMay 21, 2014
Great company for setting their employees for success. Great benefits and people orientated. Company encourages educations, health and wellness.
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Productive and fun
Electrical Engineering Intern (Former Employee), Hagerstown, MDMay 5, 2014
has a very hands-on environment
a good place for starters
people are really nice. treat you like family
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Hagerstown Senior Management is toxic and out of touch!
Program Analyst (Former Employee), Hagerstown, MDMay 4, 2014
Pros: benefits
Cons: senior management
A very toxic environment. Senior Management does not honor loyalty, hard work or devoted employees.
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Great place to work.
Engineer (Former Employee), Fayetteville, NCMarch 30, 2014
Great place to work. Company has extremely good health benefits and 401K.
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Rewarding and great atmosphere to work in.
Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Site Lead (Current Employee), Centennial, COMarch 5, 2014
Pros: benefits, teammates/coworkers
Cons: time away from home
Company does a great job taking care of its employees with benefits and compensation. The deployed teams are great to work with. Our work with the military is very rewarding and fulfilling.
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Special Projects
Director, Special Projects (Former Employee), Denver, COFebruary 1, 2014
Leveraged prior warfighter experience to assist teams in developing product / services for improving AF mission effectiveness. Communicated with key AF decision-makers to champion benefits of SNC solutions.
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Watch your back
structures mech (Former Employee), Centennial, COJanuary 10, 2014
Laid off for no apparent reason, no chance for advancement even with an advanced degree. Head down and no talking, if you're good at what you were hired for then you won't advance because the guy above you will keep his boot on your neck.
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Unique Environment
QA (Current Employee), NVSeptember 25, 2013
Cons: disorganized
Not so typical Agile Environment. Most of their offices are run well not this one
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Materials Specialist II (Former Employee), Englewood, COJuly 9, 2013
I dont feel comfotable discussing this company at this time
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A Waste of Time to work in Clovis
Avionics Tech (Former Employee), Clovis, NMJune 28, 2013
Pros: zero
Cons: laziness, hangers unclean, no leadership allowed
Horrible place to work. The DOM is retired military and needs constant recognition and attention for his service. The leads are young and inexperienced mechanics that make terrible decisions and lie daily. When deployed you can drink a case of beer, and about 80% of your co-workers will gladly join you It's a bunch of A&P mechanics that care less about aircraft maintenance. A revolving door and management from leads to DOM to Field Manager have zero discernment and have no backbone for ethics, or quality work. They stand outside and smoke all day long. It's a filthy environment, disorganized, and the schedule rotates from days to nights consistently. Don't waste your time working there. But if you are a truck driver, or prior military with no experience or credentials in aircraft maintenance - then this is the place for you.
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A fast paced aircraft job very poor management
not what I was promised (Current Employee), Clovis NMMay 16, 2013
Pros: good pay time off
Cons: the worst management on the planet, hates there employees
A fun place to work, you can make a lot of money, but they hate there employees, fire 10% ever year, HR is always looking to fire some one, if some one does not like you you are done, working there the last few months I was waiting to be fired every day. Some mechanics do abbsolutly nothing, while you could work very hard, and are always in the DOM s office. Will coach you on things that never happened, then wait for you to do any small thing and use it to get rid of you . Also be careful this company hires for jobs they do not even have, and works you in a different area full time. If you are hatted by management, new mechanics will be deployed in 1 to 3 weeks, and the scape goat never goes anywhere. I recomend not even waisting your time on this company. love to promote young intimidating inexperienced people, that will only help there budies. This is the original old boys club, run the other way and find another place to spend your time. The worst employer EVER on the planet.
No training department what so ever.
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Highly Talented, Creative and Focused
Material Planner III (Current Employee), Louisville, COApril 30, 2013
Pros: benefits, compensation, work enviroment, 401k & bonus plan
Working in Aerospace, specifically Human Space Flight is one of the most challenging environments I have had the opportunity to be a part of. The high level of talent, creativity and focus make everyday a new learning experience that incorporates the best from myself and the team.
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Headquarters
444 Salomon Circle
Sparks, NV 89434
Employees
1,001 to 5,000
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