SSL (Space Systems Loral)

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Good environment, poorly structured company
Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAAugust 2, 2016
At SSL you can work on any type of engineering. Manufacturing, electromechanical, robotics, composites, IRAD propulsion, power and energy, structural, etc. This makes the company a good choice for learning and growing as an engineer. However, SSL is still catching up with the rest of the Silicon Valley in terms of employee benefits and salaries. They struggle with laying out career paths and giving incentive for younger engineers.
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Good work/life balance, with flexible hours.
Software Quality Assurance Engineer (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAJuly 18, 2016
SSL is a decent aerospace company, but technologies used may not be the latest due to the nature of the product used for its space environment. There is a good diversity of people there that makes working there enjoyable. Management is typically supportive of the employee. Job security and advancement is not what it use to be, due to the changing business environment and recent ownership by a foreign parent company.
Pros
Possible employee profit sharing/bonuses when business is good.
Cons
Rising healthcare cost, computers and equipment used on the job may not be current.
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Commercial Satellite Manufacturing is very different than the conventional wisdom.
Spacecraft / Manufacturing Quality Engineer (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAJune 8, 2016
Having a military background in manufacturing and production, I anticipated several complexities to transitioning to the civilian sector. SSL was my first real employment, post military. The senior management and executives welcomed the organizational skill and leadership that I had been taught from a very young age.
The company allowed me to manage people and assets the way they trusted I knew how. Minimal oversight, no micro-management and all the necessary support a new manager would need to be successful. Definitively a worthwhile experience post-military.
Pros
Peers to peer mentoring and an effective management style, given the company's heritage.
Cons
California Labor Laws
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Specialist tech screening
Specialist tech (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAMay 13, 2016
Fun and enjoy to work with the people around me,
learn a lot from work and from co worker
good management always delivery on time
co-worker is awesome fun to work with
the hardest part of the job when we short of part to our work
most enjoyable part of the job when we finish our project and delivery
on time so we can have our bonus
Pros
Free lunch some time
Cons
good benefit
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A great place to learn about satellites
Engineering Test Assistant (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAJuly 22, 2016
I enjoyed my career at space systems loral. It was a great place to work and allowed me to develop new skill sets for future growth.
Pros
free coffee
Cons
you do great word, it goes un noticed. if you make a mistake, the whole company knows about it.
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Stimulating work environment based on knowledge, experience and motivation.
Senior Reliability/WCA Engineer (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CASeptember 7, 2016
Stimulating work environment based on knowledge, experience and motivation. I was fortunate to have co-workers who were motivated to produce based on their own initiative.
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Fun workplace but low benefits
Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXMay 1, 2016
It's a fun workplace. Nice people. Learning about SSL is fun. Very flexible, but you sacrifice pay for that.

You can work from home or on site.
A typical day is coming in, working on a project for however long you want. There are no set hours.

They're a newish CA and they've only begun growing.
Pros
Flexibility
Cons
Low Pay
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Very exciting place to grow ones engineering skills, with the tangible thrill of seeing ones work launch into space and begin service.
Program Management Engineer (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAApril 6, 2016
Generally speaking, I found SSL to be a collaborative engineering environment, where program success is felt across the company. Short industry schedules and the technical demands of space hardware creates a unique work environment. Engineering groups must quickly achieve their design requirements, and promptly communicate any design changes, to support the spacecraft design and manufacture. Probably the most exciting thing, for me, was the ability to work on different parts/ systems of the spacecraft, including the spacecraft as a whole. The feeling of a completed project or job well done, is never more obvious, than when a spacecraft ships off to launch base and has a successful orbit raising...
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Unstable work place
Test Assembler (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAApril 21, 2016
Management always changing, no direction. Not sure what direction the company is going. Co-worker always a pleasure to work with. Moral very low. Could be a good company if the right management is in place.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Management Lack of Leadership
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Challenging environment
Principle Test Engineer (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAApril 22, 2016
One makes ones own challenges in this company. most of the mange met does not want to rock the boat or make an extra effort. Makes for a challenging environment.
Pros
One can make his own mark
Cons
No support from management
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Excellent company to work for
Specialist Subcontracts, Supplier Performance (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAMarch 14, 2016
SSL is a progressive positive employer. But its not for someone who does not want to work hard and put in long hours. The work life is enjoyable their is a positive team environment.
Pros
Fun fast pass work environment
Cons
Long hours, lots of work
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Fun place to work
Systems Engineer (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAMarch 6, 2016
Co-workers and managements are good. It is a typical good place for work. Pay rate is within the Bay Area salary range. Due to budget cutbacks at Space Systems Loral, I have been reorganized out of my position. If SSL offers me a position, I would gladly accept and return.
Pros
Free coffee and tea
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Great place to work and learn about Aerospace
Sr. Reliability Engineer (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAFebruary 12, 2016
Was a great company to work for back in the 90's and early 2000's.

Company knows how to build quality into their product. hey can build a complete satellite from the ground up, From concept to deployment in space. Lots of redundant and back up systems in place to ensure reliability on orbit.

Workers build Quality first into every bit of the satellites they produce, Management back then also cared about their employees and training classes, seminars, were readily available to help you succeed.

Systems were in place for individuals to advance and their approach to QA is amazing. Quality and reliability is first and foremost. Workers are trained exceptionally well and recertified yearly.
Pros
Working with the best of the best in aerospace
Cons
heard that they were bought out by a Canadian company and reduced benefits drastically.
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Difficult future ahead
R&D Engineer (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAMarch 16, 2016
Great company and great coworkers.
Having difficulty adjusting to the downturn in satellite industry.
Difficult to compete with Google and Apple and other tech companies looking for top talent in the Bay Area.
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Minimal Supervision involvement
SR. PROGRAM MANAGEMENT ENGINEER (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAMarch 26, 2016
Compensation for the job was above the average. Management was minimal in regards to the employees decision making while on assignment at suppliers.
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good place to work
Electrical Vehicle Engineer (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAApril 1, 2016
Was a good place to work, has a lot of upper management, company is going in wrong direction. Cannot trust upper management.
Pros
good vacation
Cons
too many managers
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Fun Work, Limited Prospects
Proposal Manager (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAFebruary 24, 2016
Great to work on satellites and space-related hardware, but the business is very tough- long term prospects look poor.
Pros
Working on space systems
Cons
Poor compensation, poor long-term prospects
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Decent
Systems Test Engineer (Former Employee) –  Palo AltoFebruary 26, 2016
- Interact with team members and managers day to day basic to get the work done efficiently
- Work with multiple departments on different projects
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Exciting opportunities in the aerospace industry
Sr. Software Quality Assurance Engeener (Current Employee) –  Palo Alto, CAOctober 5, 2015
A productive environment where engineering skills can be put to good work in the aerospace sector. Engineers can lead, create and design the next generation satellites with a good career path and good benefits. Staff is more traditional in style and not as fast paced as new startup companies.
Pros
Good benefits and opportunities
Cons
Traditional management styles
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Productive inovative company with high degree of quality and commentment
Vibration Test Technician (Former Employee) –  Palo Alto, CANovember 21, 2015
Excellent company with many avenues for enhancing a successful career. Very willing to contribute to the employees capablity to grow.
Pros
Secure rewarding career.
Cons
changing competition may effect stabilty.
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