Space Systems Loral Employee Reviews

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Productive inovative company with high degree of quality and commentment
Vibration Test Technician (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CANovember 21, 2015
Excellent company with many avenues for enhancing a successful career. Very willing to contribute to the employees capablity to grow.
Pros
Secure rewarding career.
Cons
changing competition may effect stabilty.
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manufactor technician
Tower and Structures Technician (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CANovember 2, 2015
Great group of individuals to work with. All very skilled and knowledgeable. If they would call me back, I would say yes immediately!
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Good pay but no job security
Lab technician (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAOctober 29, 2015
Learned more on solar panels.
Worked swing shift 3:00-11:30. Management was good but maybe needed to be a bit more stricter. Co-workers were fun and easy to get along with.
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stress analysis
stress analyst (Former Employee) –  palo alto, caOctober 15, 2015
finite element stress analysis on flight spacecraft.
Spacecraft level testing static and dynamic.
component level testing static and dynamic.
drawing approval and release.
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out of place in silicon valley
test engineer (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CASeptember 27, 2015
Compared to companies like google or facebook the company is really out of place in silicon valley. Overall company has a big focus on stagnant technology and recycling the same designs repeatedly. This leads to the company feeling like a engineering retirement home, most young ambitious engineers take better gigs in SV after two years and the company doesn't do anything to keep them onboard.

From a structural point of view the company is also crippled by excessive middle management, high level management that doesn't have any real vision and another downside is after the buyout by MDA the benefits were slashed even more.

I would only recommend the company for entry level positions for people need a few years of experience but not as place that will ever offer long term career growth.
Pros
good work life balance, good co-workers, good chance for OJT for freshouts
Cons
micro-management, not competitive pay for SV, toxic overall work enviroment
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Okay to start with
Payload In Orbit Test Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CASeptember 12, 2015
Not a great company for advancement. The Management is out of touch. The culture is old and no ideas being shared from group to group.
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Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CASeptember 3, 2015
This company has good people to work with. I approve of most of the management. Very stressful with making deadlines though. Compensation could be better.
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Spectra-Physics
Sr. Electrical (RF) Design Engineer (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAAugust 26, 2015
Very disappointed with the dishonest approach of hiring fresh out of school candidates with the promise of advancement that was never delivered.
Pros
People
Cons
Pay, dishonest treatment of new graduates.
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Swing shift is the worse
Title - Mechanical Technician (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAJuly 22, 2015
Assemble space satellite.
bonding, thermal compounds etc
wiring, routing cables
moving space satellite operation
understanding of mechanical application of product
Pros
You get to build a space satellite
Cons
Terrible hours, Terrible commute, 24/365 swing shift is treated the worse
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Good Co-workers & Work. Bad Upper Management.
Lead Test Specialist (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAJuly 13, 2015
Work days are not typically stressful for me. Although, there will be days when it gets very busy. The amount of work and responsibility for my job/department does not fit the pay. There is a lot to learn, but once you're over the learning curve things get stagnant and very repetitive. Most upper management does not listen to the concerns/advice of the employees that do the actual work. However, there are a few floor supervisors that do actually work hard and listen to the employees. The co-workers are great for the most part, but some can be pretty clueless and expect the senior employees to do most of the work and guide them without taking the initiative to retain what they are being trained to do. The hardest part of the job is the poor work/life balance combined with bad pay to responsibility ratios. It's not fun having to do someone else's job, and then not getting credit for it. The best part of the job is just being a part of manufacturing a space satellite. It feels like a big accomplishment to help produce some of the most complex electronics technology.
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Challenging work enviroment.Rewarding job results
Manufacturing Test Technician (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAJuly 4, 2015
Satisfying job in working in the commercial space satellite program.
Rewarding experience in working in a team environment.Daily challenges in meeting schedules..Hardest part of job was having different supervisors over the course of 10 years.Enjoyed working with other team members.
Pros
Added experience to my list of equipment operation and proficiency
Cons
Different supervisors over time with different personalites I would have to adjust for.
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Mostly good people.Good work. Dependent on ability to sign contracts.
Spacecraft Test Technician (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAMay 29, 2015
Good people for the most part. Management not in touch with the working class. Good work when being challenged. Nepotism through the years.
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Likes to play favorites
Lead Senior Lab Tech (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAMay 27, 2015
If you don't fall into the favorites pool, you really have to fight for everything, big or small. Micro management at it's finest.
Pros
the pay
Cons
benefits, favoritism, whispers behind your back
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Excellent Top of the Line Company
Sr. Lab Technician (Former Employee) –  Palo AltoMay 6, 2015
Space Systems Loral is the best company I have worked for. Employee benefits are far above average and the work is quite challenging and rewarding.
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High tech company
Composite Technician (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAApril 6, 2015
It has been enjoyable learning new processes in this job. Fabricating parts and being able to see their uses in a system that is very complex is thrilling. Management has been courteous to employee needs. Coworkers have been respectful and courteous and eager to learn. Definitely have enjoyed learning new processes and skills the most.
Pros
Flexibility, coworkers, high technology
Cons
None
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Great company to be a part of
Communication Tracking System Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAMarch 10, 2015
Dealt with all levels of the company from CEO to workers on the production line. Learned a lot about the licensing process with the Federal government for exportation of technical documents. My manager and I had a great relationship. My co-workers liked me and felt I was a great addition to the organization.
Pros
set my own pace of work
Cons
lot of desk work
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Productive Workplace. Management was very knowledgable.
Buyer Assistant for RSO Subcontracts (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAFebruary 22, 2015
Typical day included but not limited to: Invoicing Lunch Orders for the entire company, Archiving for all of the Subcontracts departments, Shipping and receiving of parts. Creating a Subcontract in Oracle. What I learned from working at Space Systems Loral is that the power of team work can conquer over individual work any day. The hardest part of the job was Creating Subcontracts in Oracle. Oracle was not an easy program and any mistake and you could not correct it. You would have to have Management contact the program specialist and ask for them to delete the entire Subcontract. The most enjoyable part of the job would be the management. Management was very knowledgable and wanted their employees to know exactly what they were ordering in their Subcontracts. They would very frequently take the department on Tours of the facility where the parts are made and show us each step of how the parts are made.
Pros
free lunches with lunch meetings, great benefits, independent workplace
Cons
no cons
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temp
Design Support (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CANovember 27, 2014
temp...laid-off along with 5 other temps and 50 perms ...not hired. company lost $$$.
Pros
great place to work
Cons
temp
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Needing more engineering assistance for the workforce
Assistant Engineer (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CANovember 8, 2014
Disappointing manager levels for organizing the workforce.
Technicians are well educated, but still required assistance from myself.
Pros
benefits
Cons
managers
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management issues
Solar Sales Consultant (Former Employee) –  Concord, CAOctober 27, 2014
Hardest part of this job was lack of responsibility on management side.
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