Structures Technician (Former Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – March 6, 2018
Work would fluctuate, Thanks to all the people that helped me learn those little Veteran technics. Management would change so much some good some not.The most enjoyable part was learning the skills of the trade.
Engineer (Former Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – March 2, 2018
SpaceX is doing incredible things and is at least 5 years ahead of competitors in terms of technology. You have a ton of responsibility and the ability to succeed. However, be prepared for long hours and a lot of stress
Launch Intern (Former Employee) – Vandenberg AFB, CA – February 26, 2018
Working at SpaceX is a dream for those wanting to do whatever it reasonably takes to get a job done. On the other hand, everyone is expected to do just that, so it is easy to get peer pressured (and even outright required at times) to work 70+ hour weeks. Full-time employees are mostly not compensated for overtime, so this would be tough if you want to spend more time with family and friends.
Free or cheap lunches, free gym, productive environment, exciting work
Production Coordinator (Former Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – February 15, 2018
Highly stressful, very poor work/life balance, management changes constantly, and advancement opportunities are few and far between. Politics play a big role in getting a chance to move into a new position, and it takes a lot of pestering HR and management to make it happen.
In the end you are working on something great, and when you see the end result you feel reassured and proud of what part you and your team have played in making it happen.
Free Coffee, Frozen Yogurt, Employee Discounts on Shirts and Swag, Good Benefits
Newer Employees get little shares of stock, Long Days, Tough Hours, Mangement Changes Too Much
Exciting place to work. Putting my mark and doing my part for the betterment of the planet and the country. And watching and being apart of the launches the feeling is unreal and hard to describe. The people and experience there were all phenomenal I'm going to miss them
Avionics Integration Technician (Falcon 9 Rocket) (Current Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – January 24, 2018
A quick paced work area, high learning available, and fun work place thanks to the co-workers. Management has taken a turn with what did seem good turning out to not be the case. Not a very difficult job, but that is probably due to being prior military. Unfortunately it continues to be looked at like a stepping stone by most that i work with.
Great if you’re an engineer, if not I don’t recommend this job
Composite Technician (Current Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – January 23, 2018
Unqualified management and poor on job training. I personally had 0 days of training before I was put to work, we were supposed to train for our first week, but somehow that never happened and they didn’t seem too concerned. Once again if you’re an engineer go for it anything else find another company .
greatest company on earth and beyond. I worked on launch complex 40 for about 3 months and it was by far the best 3 months ive ever worked. SpaceX is the future.I hope to be back working for them soon.
Great every day people, Poor management in the Safety team
Environmental, Health, and Safety Technician (Former Employee) – Cape Canaveral, FL – January 21, 2018
Little direction due to no manager upon on boarding with very little applicable training. Upon arrival of new management, he held inappropriate relationship with lead who would consequently sway Manager decisions. Terrible team management and long work hours with rotating shifts. Ive been contacted by staffing agencies for recommendations of candidates to fill my positions but I would not do that to any of my peers.
COMPOSITES TECHNICIAN (Current Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – January 14, 2018
I have worked at space x for over three years now and have went from wide-eyed and enthusiastic to disillusioned and jaded. The management style here is reactive and not proactive. The policies and procedures regarding basic worker safety are lax. The overall attitude here is to cover your rear, don't make waves and don't ask for the tools to do your job more efficiently. As a stock holder in this company I have been frustrated at the amount of waste produced in the making of some of the parts that I work on. Simple adjustments would save the company millions of dollars a year, but will never be implemented if suggested by anyone under supervisor rung on the ladder. I have watched good workers leave for greener pastures after being passed up for promotion or an increase in wages during yearly reviews. Nepotism is strangling the idea of any diversity in hiring here in hawthorne, ca.. Looking for another job at the moment. I would love to stick around to see what my stock may do, but don't want to stay in this atmosphere of complacency and unwillingness to improve work flow.
A workplace where the employee is respected and where there can be no contentions. There are great opportunities and a place where you can apply your knowledge. They are flexible in every sense of the word. Thanks!
Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – January 8, 2018
There is a level of celebrity launching rockets and doing cool space stuff so everyone wants to work there. However, there is no work/life balance, days are long, and weekend work is common. It is very fast-paced. The demographic is young with many managers having little to no experience. They definitely value enthusiasm over knowledge and experience. Don't believe all that you read about in various formats. It's not as glamorous on the inside.
Good benefits, celebrity status, working with rockets
No work/life balance, enthusiasm is valued over experience & knowledge
Developmental Test Technician (Current Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – January 7, 2018
Grueling but rewarding work. Lower than industry standard pay. Lots of overtime opportunities. If you like space, like to work a lot and being at the forefront of technology, this is the place for you.