The Aerospace Corporation
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Interesting workplace, lots to learn

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There are a ton of opportunities for learning here. Pay is good, vacation is good, and 401(k) is great. They’ve been very adaptive and safe during COVID. Overall a good place to work.
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Older employees with good experience

Right now the company is hiring young talent, the average age is like 50, so TAC is really looking to expand innovation. Mentorship is great, and everybody is really nice. Out of a lot of the aero/defense companies, this place stands out since it's almost like a branch of the federal government/airforce.
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Based on 47 survey responses
What people like
  • Fair pay for job
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Time and location flexibility
Areas for improvement
  • Support from manager

Stress-free culture with focus on people and professional development working on solving impactful and worthwhile problems

As with any big company, your team and management will matter most. That said, there is a lot of cross-collaboration across research and subject domain groups, and overwhelmingly the culture is full of helpful, friendly engineers/scientists who are very skilled in their areas. The program office side of things can be a bit political, but that's not the case on the engineering side. The company does require that you be self-motivated and stand out in someway and have significant impacts to see career growth, otherwise it's very easy to stagnant, a lot like in academia.
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Engineers Pretending To Be Medical Professionals

This company is mainly comprised by engineers and they believe they can make medical decisions without having a medical license or experience. They claim they want Registered Nurses but when they hire us, they won't allow us to practice our profession and just micromanage us. They don't need nurses, they need zombies who will simply do exactly what they say!
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Good benefits, smart people

People have spent most of the careers at the company, so there is a lot of knowledge. There is a friendly atmosphere and interesting science being performed in the labs.

Pros

Great flexibility, if you're group allows for it. Great people.

Cons

FFRDC company, things have to be done a certain way so it takes a lot of time to accomplish tasks. Old school, boys club in some departments.
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Keep on looking, nothing of worth while here!

Don’t bother report anything out of place, or out of the ordinary. Always remember HR is there to protect the company, not you! If something weird does happen, starting looking elsewhere. There plenty of other defense contractors nearby.

Pros

Great benefits, good salary

Cons

Toxic culture depending on the section.
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Easy job

Company works on interesting projects. Use older systems since they are tied to DOD. Slow paced. Nice location and office close to the train station.

Pros

lots of events

Cons

pace is too slow
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Uninspiring work leading to nothing

Management is not supportive and sabotages your work. Management protects management and hires incompetent people to run the “show.” Quantity over quality is preferred here. Benefits are great but raises are not guaranteed despite performance. PDP formerly “APIP” appraisal is at best subjective as grading is based on unobtainable goals: you need to create novel software to get noticed. Leadership there (who once called themselves the Avengers, who now call themselves the executive board) are not focused on the mission and instead put on this show that is all around dull and pandering to younger crowds. SETAs are taking over, basically. Only perks 9/80 schedule, some 401k matching (who knows how long that will last) and benefits. Everything else is simply uninspiring. You should work somewhere else.

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Benefits

Cons

Groveling and lots of it, otherwise no raise for you
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Interesting work of national significance.

Overall great company and great people. Limited mobility/advancement potential for specialized support staff. Lately making effort to adapt strategy to changing needs and improve internal processes.

Pros

Great colleagues, varied and interesting work

Cons

Limited advancement opportunities for specialized support staff
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Interesting scientific organization without much understanding of software

You have the opportunity to work on some fascinating national defense projects and really have amazing impact on the countries problems. However, as a software engineer the company really doesn't understand what it takes to build out internal tooling. Also you need to sell yourself for hours after being hired. Context switching can be hard when you work on 5 projects.

Pros

Work life balance, cares about employees, interesting work

Cons

nobody gets fired, context switching, can be slow to change
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Great Company with Important Mission

Want to make a difference? Work at Aerospace Corporation. You'll be doing interesting work with a real impact on the nation. Daily tasks and work really change depending on the day and you'll be working with interesting colleagues and even more interesting government customers. Highly recommend!

Pros

Stability, interesting people, benefits

Cons

Can be bureaucratic at times - but expected since working for US Gov't
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Great Experience

Aerospace was a great company to go to, to get ahead in my position. However, once there, it was very difficult to obtain a promotion or pay increase because of my manager. He was a great guy, but was not involved at all in employee development. Consequently, after asking for a promotion and/or pay increase, I had no choice but move on.It is a FFRDC company, so they do not pay as well as private sector.If I could have afforded to stay, I definitely would have .

Pros

401K, good benefits, great culture, great colleagues.

Cons

Pay is on the low side and they don't give a raise until you give your notice.
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Great Culture, Smart Co Workers, Great Energy, Great programs

This is a company with a revolutionary technology with tons of potential that you can feel good about representing. Great growth, Great programsGreat ownership, accountability and visibility
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Decent Internship

Decent internship, learned a little bit, internship program is a little disorganized. I didnt want to stay because it didnt seem like I would have the opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects suited to my interests.
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Work-life balance is nice

PROS: There's freedom to choose work; company provides good training and finance for certifications. CONS: There is not a clear goal for work, compensation is better at other companies
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Internship Summary.

I learned a lot at the Aerospace Corporation when I worked there as an intern last year. I was put on interesting projects that were suited for my skillset.
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Great company alot of the scientists are very helpful and nice

There is a lot of smart people working here when ever you ask for support they provide it to you and if you have any questions about anything they would take their time to explain what the project functions will be
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Stressful and unorganized place to work.

Corporation has experienced a high level of management and director turnover and in the middle of restricting. Ability to learn, adapt and implement is not enforced on a daily bases. Company’s direction and my ability to growth are no longer compatible.
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The Aerospace Corporation

Company focus has changed in recent history. Mission success seemed to be the focus, but it’s now seems to be on innovative ideas and speed in which activities are completed at the expense of employees and customer satisfaction.

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Benefits

Cons

Compensation, employee appreciation
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Friendly work environment

Job security, but not enough flexibility in the job I was doing. Needed to leave to get job flexibility and growth. Great benefits/leave/sick leave Nice people
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Exciting and critical mission supporting National Security Space

Great company mission very good company overall and mostly great workers. Some managers (not many) do not take care of their dedicated and loyal employees. Took away every other Friday off from some employees that was a big reason the employee accepted the position. Many of their US Air Force customers had and supported that. Great for morale and family work life balance!
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Based on 127 reviews

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4.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.9 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.6 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.4 out of 5 stars for Management
3.7 out of 5 stars for Culture

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