SpaceX Employee Reviews in United States

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Better to work for LMCO
Internship (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne Place, TXJuly 19, 2016
This company does not seem to be the kind of place that an American could be proud of.
Yes they are doing special work but at a cost.
Have these people thought about working for KMC Ok or Boeing?
They are the ones who are ACTUALLY building the space program's hardware.
Pros
Entry level experience
Cons
Long uncompensated hours
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excellent food
Technician Welder (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAJuly 19, 2016
the hardest part of the job was the extra hours without pay the most enjoyable part of the job was the food definitely i give you five stars
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Great place to work. College like atmosphere
Level II NDE Liquid Penetrant Inspector (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAJuly 11, 2016
Has its ups and down like any other place but this place comes with a ton of perks. Ton of hours but could be worth it depending on the shift
Pros
5 star meals
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Great company
Final Integration Technician (Current Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAJuly 5, 2016
A great company that anyone would be proud to be a part of. Unfortunately the hours are long, weekends are mandatory, and you will not see you're family or home very much
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Productive
CAD Designer (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAJuly 5, 2016
I worked in the Avionics group as a CAD Design Draftsman for a three month contract, on the Falcon 9 Rocket and Crew Dragon project.
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Awesome experience=no home life
Payload Technician (Current Employee) –  Cape Canaveral, FLJuly 1, 2016
Probably the most humbling job I have had aside contracting for the military. This is an amazing place to gain Aerospace knowledge and really make history!! However if you a family man, then prepare your family for long long long work days and insanely few days off. Right now its for the younger group and those that dont have kids and a life. if your ready to burn the midnight oil and make 100 grand in a year with 1500 hours or more in overtime, then this is for you!
Pros
History in the making
Cons
Too many hours, few days off, no home life
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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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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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Unethical Management, Sweatshop Conditions, Burnout Work Hours
Inventory Control Clerk (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne,CAMay 16, 2016
Duties of an inventory controller are very simple but repetitive.

According to management the inventory department had a 50% employee turnover ratio (yearly). As a result, new employees are constantly being trained, hurting accuracy and efficiency. Another downside to poor retention was that the department was never sufficiently staffed. Backlogs regularly built up until management forced mandatory weekend work days.On the plus side, the lack of employee retention does allow for decently fast upward movement, I became the senior most controller in less than a year.

Low to mid level management is incompetent, constantly adjusting hours/schedules because inability to predict work load (ranging from 45-60+ hours weekly). Schedule changes severely affected income with biweekly work time swinging from 90 to 125 hours.Required weekend work days are tiring and strain families.

Main Inventory is located in a WWII era building, which lacks AC. It is extremely uncomfortable during the hottest months of the year. Roof regularly leaked on flight parts and expensive machinery. Management assured us that lead paint chips falling from the ceiling were harmless, although indoor eating areas had to tented to prevent paint ingestion.

Compensation is low, stock awards are insignificant ($5K vesting yearly over a 5 year period), yearly raises are low to none at all (2%).

It is unfortunate that management is so unethical, because the companies goal's are truly amazing. I am proud to have worked for SpaceX but am very happy to be moving on.
Pros
Great resume builder, subsidized food
Cons
Low pay, unsustainable 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The most amazing place to work
Launch Engineer (Former Employee) –  Hawthorne, CAFebruary 2, 2016
By far my favorite job so far. It is amazing to see what's out there. Working at SpaceX is fast-paced, exciting, and meaningful. Projects are impactful to the society and fun. Definitely the best job I've ever had.
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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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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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3.5
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