SpaceX Employee Reviews in United States

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A hard job for little recognition
Application Product Manager (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAFebruary 10, 2016
Although it is quoted that politics play no part in SpaceX culture, this is definitely not the case. Working hard, reaching and exceeding targets, or even innovating all count for nothing unless you let everyone in the company know. And this means every level of management above you.

Long and hard days are expected, but not compensated for. With a physical work space that is crowded and noisy.
Pros
Cheap Food, Stock Options/RSUs, Rocket Launches
Cons
Limited free time. Constant pressure
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Great Operations Challenges and Culture
Lead Engineer (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CASeptember 9, 2015
SpaceX provides an extremely challenging and fun work environment. The missions are exciting and the culture is "google-style". Promotions are easy to obtain, however this leads to a lack in experience in management and on some engineering teams. Excessive work hours required. Average SpaceX'er age is ~27 years old. Biggest challenge, sustain 5 years of employment to secure 100% stock vesting.
Pros
Work environment, great food :), Amazing Mission
Cons
work/life balance, lack of experience on some teams, lack of management experience
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SpaceX will - Low ball your pay
mechanical engineer (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CANovember 26, 2015
I looked at going to SpaceX but then I saw how they had posted jobs for contractors to go and live remotely near Hawthorne California but only wanted to pay about $37.50 an hour.

You can bet that the job description was for advanced level work and the expectation that you could conceive and complete hand calculations on spacecraft and use sophisticated software.

Even a direct employee (4-6 years experience) with benefits ( Relocation, Vacation, Holidays) in this area gets a median income of about $101,000 per year.

Oh, but they want you to come and stay there for a few months on your dime, in this high cost area for a paltry $37.50/hr.

This is unethical and abusive for them to have shops advertise this absurd for long periods of time.

This practice speaks volumes about the nature of SpaceX management.

As the management, in all their file clerking glory, if they would work out of state for this this rate. For a certainty, the answer would be a resounding NO !!.

If they can sucker you into it, well all the better for them in their review.
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A growing aerospace company.
Final Integration Technician (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAOctober 14, 2015
A company for entry level engineers and technicians who are new to the aerospace industry. Very long hours and lower wages compared to other aerospace companies, but its a great place to gain experience and knowledge in space systems and advanced manufacturing.
Pros
Startup Culture
Cons
Compensation
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If you hate life, this is definitely the place for you
Propulsion technician (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAApril 20, 2016
If you love working your life away this is the place for you. They substitute good pay and raises for mandatory overtime. You will work at least 50 hour weeks and usually weekends as well. Management has no idea what they are doing and will treat you very poorly. Stress levels are always at an all time high, you are being watched 24/7. You have at least 6-8 bosses which only care about themselves and sucking Elons balls. Get on any of their bad sides and they will find anything they could on the cameras or make stuff up to fire you. Makes for a horrible workplace. Most who work there are miserable, you will find this out after your first couple weeks on the job. Only way to get a raise is to find another job, put your 2 weeks in and they might give you a few bucks to stay. I DO NOT recommend working for SpaceX.
Pros
Free Diabetes from all the free sugar
Cons
Horrible management, no raises, no retirement, no appreciation, no work/life balance
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the best
Welder/Fitter (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAMarch 9, 2016
Best place to work not to mention the food is awesome. Great equipment and workplace. Great money if you are a welder. long hours but fun to be there
Pros
Lunches
Cons
none
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Interesting face paced work place
Structures and Dynamics Engineer (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CaliforniaSeptember 14, 2015
SpaceX was a very interesting, fast paced, and intellectually stimulating work place. Every day came with different challenges and involved juggling many tasks and interfacing with many people throughout the company. People at the company were generally very friendly and helpful but at times could be short on time. This definitely forced me to be self sufficient and figure things out for myself at work. There was also a lack of organization at the company which also made it harder to find things on your own initially as information was scattered among databases and people. The work/life balance was very work intensive and at times work could take over ones life very easily. The lack of a regular lifestyle is what at times lead to a decrease in my happiness at work and question my ability to perform at that level in a long term situation.
Pros
low cost lunch and dinner
Cons
extremely demanding work hours
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Best place to work... ever
Engineer (Current Employee) –  McGregor, TXApril 29, 2016
I still cant believe how awesome this place is. There are rocket tests everyday. You are given a lot of responsibility quickly, but that is a good thing. The atmosphere here is great. You don't feel like you are fighting to get things done at other places.
Pros
flexible hours, great pay, free food drinks and snacks, .... rocket launches
Cons
maybe location, but its not that bad
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Interesting Work, But You Sell Your Soul ....
Technician (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAJuly 14, 2015
I absolutely Loved that I was working on innovative space exploration vehicles ! They provided a perfect opportunity for me to utilize my obsessive attention-to-detail. That pretty much sums up the Good.

Middle Management was completely detached from the actual Operations, relying on Metrics for all analysis/decision-making. Oblivious to work environment - specifically OSHA matters, encouraging a healthy work/Life balance, etc. The absurdly demanding work schedule is Most Definitely contributory to manufacturing imperfections, and workplace injury.

The Productivity Schedule far exceeds the capacity of the facility AND operations staff. And, unless you are proactive at Creating opportunities to learn/train, you will receive Zero. They rely solely on paper experience, and don't do any real screening of candidates for Work Ethic, Attitude, etc.

The youngsters that are fresh out of college, ready to conquer the world, come in and think that getting free lattes, and frozen yogurt is a "Benefit" .... no, that's a Perk [at best]. A Benefit is Paid Holidays, Medical, Dental, etc. SpaceX provides good benefits, it's just absurd that these wet-behind-the-ears pups place such a Value on free yogurt or cappuccino. How About A DAY OFF ?!
Pros
Fascinating Cutting-Edge Innovation, Being part of something that is changing space exploration.
Cons
Absurd Work Schedule - 70hrs/wk, Unsafe Work Practices / Environment, Compensation NOT based upon Performance
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History making rocket company
Technician (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAJune 24, 2016
Long Hours
Free yogurt is not a benefit, its a treat.
Management can lose sight of its people while pushing the high demand of the builds.
We are making history with the kind of work that is being done and the dynamic of the team is most important. You will either love or hate working here.
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a day at spacex is allways an awesome day
high temperature composite technician.T.P.S (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAMarch 21, 2016
Spacex day of work is an endless adventure.Due to a every day is something new to learn experiment and brings out of you the best of you .
Pros
free snacks and coffe, good food at low price free healh dental and vision
Cons
none
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Horrible management
Machine Maintenance Technician (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CANovember 29, 2015
horrible management and way too chaotic. No sense of organization

great technicians

hypocritical supervisor and management
Pros
free coffee, yogurt, soda, juice, milk
Cons
horrible management and planners
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SpaceX
Production Supervisor (Former Employee) –  CaliforniaJuly 15, 2015
Fast paced work environment. Offers many benefits to the employees. Often the work to personal life balance is heavily tilted to work life. Enjoyable work environment
Pros
great benefits
Cons
work to personal life ratio
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Propulsion Technician / Quality Inspector (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAMay 29, 2016
Inconsistent job security for all departments. Three layoffs since May of 2012. This definitely tells you that the employees are expendable.
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Very bad management.
Avionic Technician (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAApril 7, 2016
Productive and no fun working environment. Many employees leave company because of bad management. Some co-workers are good, some ones are bad. Fee coffee, free lunch on Saturday working.
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drive everyday
Production and test technician (Former Employee) –  1 rocket rd hawthrone california 90250March 7, 2016
my experience at space ex was very interesting and helpful for my future jobs it was like if i was back into the military but in collage
Pros
none
Cons
none
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Demanding and fun place to work
Propulsion Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAAugust 6, 2015
SpaceX has a lot of individuals that are working for the ultimate goals of commercial space which is fantastic. The changes with a growing company from a small company to a large company are the most problematic. Often there are high expectations and short deadlines given. I is a lot of fun working in such an environment and I'm proud to have worked there.
Pros
Free Fro-Yo, Free Coffee, good food
Cons
long hours (10-12) and likely work most weekends
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Very fun and interesting place to work. if you don't have a family or personal life
Instrumentation technician (Former Employee) –  McGregor, TXJanuary 7, 2016
SpaceX was a very exciting place to work with a very good group of technicians. They take care of their employees very well. The only problem with spacex is the low wages which is made up for by a lot of overtime. overall the company was fun to work for and would go back.
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Exciting work place
Process Planner (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAMarch 24, 2016
Fast-pace production environment. Very intelligent and bright co-workers who are always seeking creative solutions to difficult challenges.
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High Speed Low Drag
Final Integration Technician (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CADecember 26, 2015
Throughout my experience with the company, growth as a professional was unrestricted. The processes and specifications were thorough and clear, although the execution could be improved.

What you see is what you get.
Pros
Aerospace Experience
Cons
Lack of diversely experienced personnel
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