Quality Inspector (Current Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – December 25, 2013
I have been in aerospace for 10 years now and I am at a complete loss for words with how this company is run. There is no tool control which anyone who has been in aviation has had pounded into their head. There is no formal training and worst of all there are no specifications! i.e. there is both a MIL-SPEC and FAA AC 43.13-1B that cover the acceptable criteria of a button head AD rivet (most common fastener in aviation) but not at SpaceX! To back that up most of the tech they hire have little to no experience, best case scenario they spent a few years in the military but thats a select few. The lack of quality is another mind blower. There are very few inspection steps when building some flight critical components which most technicians just skip and hope the inspectors will just shrug it off (most of them do). I have also watched techs forge a signature for an engineer to inspect the turbine wheel after a test run, no big deal.
When I first hired on I was unsure if I had what it took to be an inspector at SpaceX but after a few weeks I quickly realized I was the most qualified. The less experience you have the better so you wont realize how out of control this place is. If the FAA or DCMA ever do an audit this place is going to be shutdown until they get their head out of their behind.
Most of the management has no experience in aviation. For some reason they love to hire foreign car people from BMW and Mini to build rocket ships. Hey how about going down the road to Aviation Blvd and snagging some Lockheed, Boeing or raytheon guys?
Don't worry though, theremore... is an anonymous email you can send to upper management to express concerns about the company. Weird thing is when you send a nasty gram "anonymously" and get pulled into a meeting with the same people you sent it to the next day.
All in all if you have any sort of professionalism or care for aviation this place is not for you. You can't argue you points to management because they A: Don't know anything about aviation/aerospace and wont know what your talking about B: Respond with the generic "Thats how we do it at SpaceX" answer or C: Get upset for not drinking the SpaceX juice and shutting up like the rest of them.
I hate to bash on the company so hard but for a place that has the resources to do everything right and yet they still do it so wrong is completely unacceptable. I hope the company gets some real management to turn thing around soon before it is to late.less
Ping Pong, Poor Management
Poor Management, Long Hours, No Training, Poor Quality
Composite Technician (Former Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – May 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.
Productive company with free frozen yogurt and coffee
Composite Technician (Former Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – May 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.
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.
Too many to list. Management. Cliques. Long hours. No respect. Getting blamed for others mistakes.
Propulsion Integration Technician (Current Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – May 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.
Free coffee and frozen yogurt.
Constant change in the work environment, Supervisors don't stay that long.
Process Engineer (Current Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – April 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.
CMM INSPECTOR / ROMER ARM PROGRAMMER (Current Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – April 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.
Avionics Wire Harness Production Technician (Former Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – March 27, 2017
They offer great benefits, lots of perks to being an employee. Hiring within the company is a big deal like someone that works in the kitchen department can be trained and become certified to build wire harnesses and work in other production departments that can take in apprentices.
super affordable meals, free coffe
short breaks. pay is not competitive/not up to industry norm
Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – March 8, 2017
There is a great goal of getting to Mars, but the production management leaves a ton to be desired. Most of the management have experience with managing an already developed and working system, but very little experience with developing a culture, processes, or other systems at a completely fresh company.
great food, good health insurance
poor work life balance, poor continuing education support, over all lower hourly rate than other companies.
Quality Inspector (Former Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – March 8, 2017
Very demanding job with inconvenient hours. I worked typical swing shift hours (3p.m. - 2 a.m.) but always had extra overtime on already mandatory overtime (usually 6 day work weeks, often 7 day work week).
Management was also poor. Very typical to find out last minute of schedule changes (not due to lack of foresight). Clear schedule forecasted on a monthly basis, but would find out weekend work was needed, usually 10 minutes before leaving at what we thought was the end of the work week.
Compensation and benefits are slightly above average for industry standards.
Poor moral throughout company due to poor management.
High intensity environment with lots of cool perks
Production Intern (Former Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – March 3, 2017
SpaceX is not just a job, it is a lifestyle. It is a rewarding job, but also a stressful one. The fast pace environment of SpaceX means you wont be doing the same thing for that long, which can be good and bad.
My co workers were awesome people. But management seemed to not to see the big picture.
CNC Machine Maintenance Technician (Current Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – March 2, 2017
Management could be better in terms of leaning on experienced workers to make the work environment better. That would be my only complaint. There are awesome benefits, not only in terms of insurance and all of the normal ones, but also food and perks.