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awesome place to work and history made here
TIG Welder/Fabricator (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAJuly 19, 2017
you got chance to work on parts that you made a history!

learn everyday new they allow you to learn new stuff to increase experience

manager is awesome and always make sure you get what you want

the hard part about working at spacex is tons of hours work.

love about this job is because we make it history.
Pros
freeice cream, good foods, free gym
Cons
tons of hours
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Unfair hiring process, if your someone who has a degree but wigh no experience you have a better chance
Hourly Employee (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAJuly 15, 2017
Been here 6 yrs. It seems at times they are running a daycare center. Men walking around in flip-flops riding skateboards, acting like frat boys. There is little experience at some of the positions and that's what they want. There main objective now has to deal with metrics. They watch everything you due and even want to schedule you for bathroom breaks. Management is flooding areas with employees to make their numbers better. If your an experienced worker not the best place to work. They want to try to run this place like a silicone valley company.
Pros
The younger crowd feel freebies are the norm, its nice but more pay would be better.
Cons
Management, parking, people who have no experience. The attitude that the company owes me everything.
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Work schedule not for the faint of heart.
Test Technician (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAJuly 14, 2017
Great job for a young single individual who's trying to make something of themselves. Work hours are long and hard. But the end result is worth all the hard work.
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Highly productive enviroment
Welder/Fabricator (Former Employee) –  Cape Canaveral, FLJuly 13, 2017
Probly one of the fastest paced jobs I've ever had. They have a various about of projects such as building launch pads to rocket parts. It is a very diverse company!
Pros
Free hot lunch
Cons
Management changes
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Nice place
Quality Inspector (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAJuly 11, 2017
Nice place to get a start in Aero space they don't hire based on experience. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to donate all of their life to the space program.
Pros
cheap food
Cons
they pay for longevity vs experience
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Good work environment with employees, management needs improvement.
Process Planner (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAJuly 10, 2017
Long hours, little rewards, including No 401K matching. good benefits, management expects more and more from employees with little to no compensation. Management has little to no experience started out as interns and placed in management positions with little to no managerial training.
Pros
cheap lunches on site, employees are good to work with
Cons
no bonus, no recognition if schedule is on time.
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Super Fun But Super Demanding
Test Supervisor, Spacecraft R&D (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAJuly 10, 2017
A great place to work, but you have to be seriously committed to providing at least 75 - 80% of your daily life to the company. The pace is fast and challenging, and every day a new challenge arises to capture your attention.

If you've got what it takes to join the team, and can sustain a rapid pace, don't mind some long hours and enjoy being challenged, then this is for you! The rewards are great, and you won't find too many employers who make history the way we do!!!
Pros
Free coffee, frozen yogurt, great deals on meals (and wheels!), a superior healthcare plan, history-making events, constant challenges that will keep you on your toes
Cons
Some long hours and occasional frustrations with schedule delays forcing last-minute ramp-ups
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Not as Awsome as they say they are
ROMER ArmPrgrmr and Operator/ Mech Inspector (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAJuly 3, 2017
Sheet metal inspection
Surface plate Inspection
A lot of wiping down of tools and gages and surface plates because of the bad air quality in our building
Workplace Culture depends on which facility you are working in. main facility is more positive then their Wilky machining facility. Hardest part of the job, is the long drive home. Best part is being part of the the amazing rockets they build.
Pros
free icecream and coffee
Cons
Bad working conditions.
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free soda and fruit
Inventory Specialist (Current Employee) –  Inglewood, CAJune 22, 2017
people here are kinda weird feels like middle school your rather a loner or with the cool kids mentality, you only have Sunday off and 11 hours is kinda mandatory.
Pros
braging rights
Cons
always a line to use the restroom at all times
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Great job for young grads with energy to burn
SR. MARKETING MANAGER (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJune 13, 2017
What's not to like? Incredible company, fantastic management and a chance to work with some of the brightest people on earth.

The only down side is you are expected to be working 24/7.
Pros
Challenging day to day work life
Cons
No time for family
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Burn through employees faster than rockets burn fuel
Manager (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAJune 12, 2017
Average career at SpaceX is 3 years due to ridiculous cost of living in Los Angeles, crazy amount of hours you have to put in to do your job, lack of team work across divisions and very very political environment.
Pros
Get to work on cool rockets
Cons
Very political environment, very whiny company, people complain about everyone all the time.
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Exciting, low pay
Machine Maintenance Technician (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAJune 11, 2017
Great place to work with plenty of challenges to keep you busy all the time. Unfortunately, once the initial excitement of joining such an exciting company wears off, you quickly realize that you are probably not being compensated correctly for the amount and quality of work that is expected.
Pros
Help build rockets
Cons
Low pay
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Was a Great place to Work,BUT!!
Acting GSE Lead Toolmaker (Former Employee) –  Cape Canaveral, FLMay 22, 2017
It has become the WHO you Know and Not what you know Central. It is really Sad, to be honest. It was an amazing company to be a part of when I started.
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The most stressful fun you'll ever have
Composite Technician (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAMay 14, 2017
A day at Spacex can be stressful exciting all at the same time. The atmosphere at this place was very exciting down to the people I've work with, to the incredible work we were doing, to the fancy cafeteria and many other options to eat, to the onsite message therapist. Management did their best to compensate everyone and keeps happy and motivated. the hardest part of the job would be balancing work/life considering working here is very demanding. I enjoyed watching successful rocket launches, the food, and the Christmas parties.
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Productive company with free frozen yogurt and coffee
Composite Technician (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAMay 11, 2017
Fun place to work, friendly employees. It was more than a job it was a career. Management was exceptionally demanding with no incentives, the organization was the key to the success of the company. Working on rockets, was the most enjoyable of working. Learned how to use power tools, learned how to read engineering blueprints, work together with other co-workers on big projects.
Pros
Free yogurt, free coffee, restaurant on site, excellent benefits: health, dental, vision
Cons
exceptionally demanding, terrible schedules
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Fun experience, not worth it though...
Instrumentation Technician (Former Employee) –  Cape Canaveral, FLMay 8, 2017
I say this in the most humble way I can. I fixed multiple peoples mistakes and then got let go being told "I was a weak worker"... really... if you aren't in the cliques that form then you will be let go in a heartbeat. I enjoyed most of the work and definitely worked very long hours. Very good pay... but again... so not worth it. Management makes assessments on your work ethic based off what other people tell them. I also got blamed multiple times for offending people when I wasn't even the person to say the said claims. Apply at your own risk.
Pros
Free lunch.
Cons
Too many to list. Management. Cliques. Long hours. No respect. Getting blamed for others mistakes.
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Fast paced work
Propulsion Integration Technician (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAMay 2, 2017
Great company. Fast paced environment with a moderate learning curve. My typical day is a 9- 10 hr shift. Management is good but doesn't offer as many bonuses as other work centers. The work environment is very relaxed while being fast paced. The hardest part of the job is that the rockets change frequently so there are updates to the work orders. and the most enjoyable part of my job is being able to watch the rocket launches to see all of the hard work add up to a successful launch and landing is amazing.
Pros
Free coffee and frozen yogurt.
Cons
Constant change in the work environment, Supervisors don't stay that long.
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Great place if you have NO OTHER LIFE
Process Engineer (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAApril 16, 2017
The cliche is true - SpaceX culture expects 11 hour days from salaried employees "because they want to be here."

Everyone is young and supersmart, obsessed with their cell phones as they walk to and fro, and for the most part single or childless and completely dedicated to the SpaceX missions ("Occupy Mars"!)

Cheap, delicious meals served all day long and psychotically strong free coffee/barista drinks just barely offset the lower-than-standard pay rates and ridiculous time expectations. Might be worth sticking it out 5 years until your stock options are vested, esp. if they go public someday.

At least the management structure is fairly lean.
Pros
Excellent food served 18 hours/day.
Cons
Looooong hours, lower than average pay.
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Awesome place to work!
Technician (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAApril 10, 2017
i have loved my time at spacex but i need to relocate my family. Spacex has been nothing but good to me and i would recommend working here to anyone! very exciting company.
Pros
benefits, fun environment, good people
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Great place to work
CMM INSPECTOR / ROMER ARM PROGRAMMER (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAApril 8, 2017
this is a great place to work, just wish it was close to my home, you get treated good, great benefits. discounted lunch, cool swag healthy snacks, a lot of food is free or discounted, 15 minute breaks.
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