Either Spacex is your life, or you have no life at all.
CMM Inspector (Current Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – May 23, 2018
Very proud company to work at and the achievements are awesome but the work/life balance is terrible. Compensation is not competitive to the market. Very interesting place to work at overall but needs maturity as a company.
In summary, if your and Engineer here your god. If your not, your dirt. 50hr a week minimum but 60+ is the norm for techs. Bonuses and raises are poor to non-existent.Overall pay is less than industry because they bank on the fact that everyone wants to work here.
The Guy (Current Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – April 20, 2018
Not sure how much I can write here given all the ITAR stuff so I dont necessarily want to add it in. If you can find a position here where you are not stressed, get paid well, and feel like you can advance come let me know about it! Management is constantly leaning on the employees to meet "goals" which in turn pads their pockets with bonuses.
Lead receiving Inspector/Lead Inventory Specialist (Current Employee) – Torrance, CA – April 11, 2018
a typical day is starting my day following up with the first shift lead making sure we can complete any unfinished jobs or issues that came up during the day, i have learned many skills as being a lead and how to incouraage a team to get the best outcome from any stituation. Managemnet has a strong trust in there leads and what needs to be accomplished every day. Work day and culture is very fast paced and up beat, team memebers always willing to help others, and i always want my team to feel free to come to me with any problems so i can train and resolve the issue together.
Launch IT Support (Former Employee) – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL – April 7, 2018
SpaceX at Cape Canaveral is a really great place to work. The IT department and the manager are the best people I've ever worked with. You work very hard and at times long hours. I did it for 4 years but was looking for a cheaper place to buy a house so I moved to North Carolina
I recommend SpaceX to anyone who is in the IT field and lives around Cape Canaveral, FL
Structures Technician Intern (Former Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – March 31, 2018
Receiving assignments from supervisor in the morning. Many new things to learn. Job was well supervised and management cared about the product. Workplace culture was great with many employees offering help. Hardest part of the job was waiting for someone to inspect the work. Most enjoyable part of the job was learning new things and working with top of the line aerospace equipment.
Structures Technician (Former Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – March 6, 2018
Work would fluctuate, Thanks to all the people that helped me learn those little Veteran technics. Management would change so much some good some not.The most enjoyable part was learning the skills of the trade.
Engineer (Former Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – March 2, 2018
SpaceX is doing incredible things and is at least 5 years ahead of competitors in terms of technology. You have a ton of responsibility and the ability to succeed. However, be prepared for long hours and a lot of stress
Launch Intern (Former Employee) – Vandenberg AFB, CA – February 26, 2018
Working at SpaceX is a dream for those wanting to do whatever it reasonably takes to get a job done. On the other hand, everyone is expected to do just that, so it is easy to get peer pressured (and even outright required at times) to work 70+ hour weeks. Full-time employees are mostly not compensated for overtime, so this would be tough if you want to spend more time with family and friends.
Free or cheap lunches, free gym, productive environment, exciting work
Production Coordinator (Former Employee) – Hawthorne, CA – February 15, 2018
Highly stressful, very poor work/life balance, management changes constantly, and advancement opportunities are few and far between. Politics play a big role in getting a chance to move into a new position, and it takes a lot of pestering HR and management to make it happen.
In the end you are working on something great, and when you see the end result you feel reassured and proud of what part you and your team have played in making it happen.
Free Coffee, Frozen Yogurt, Employee Discounts on Shirts and Swag, Good Benefits
Newer Employees get little shares of stock, Long Days, Tough Hours, Mangement Changes Too Much