SpaceX/Blue Origin etc

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Jul 16, 2017 33 Comments

Anyone here from rocket companies?

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  • SpaceX gregular
    I've been working at spacex for a little over 4.5 yrs
    Jul 16, 2017 7
    • Keysight / Eng wsa
      @gregular which location/role? What are your thoughts on work load, planning, work/life balance, etc.? I'm considering applying.
      Jul 17, 2017
    • SpaceX YMOG
      @milehighco i wouldnt habe any weight in their decision to higher anither tech recruiter. I would just recommend you actively check the avalible job listings on the spacex careers page and hopefully one will open up.

      @wsa I changed my used name to YMOG but you can see my other posts on this thread. I am a Supplier Quality Specialist. my roll is that of a Quality Engineer. I have 1/7 of all the spacex suppliers assigned to me. any SRI (supplier rejections get sent to me and I create the issue tickets and coordinate the disposition of the material with engineering. also process and approve as QE for all monitoring material from my vendors that is rejected by spacex's receiving inspection and precision inspection. finally I assess reoccuring issues from vendors and assign further actions/ corrective actions. in my previous role as an inspection I only had to work 50 hrs some times 60 hrs and I didn't feel too overwhelmed. in my current role I do feel pretty overwhelmed and wouldn't recommend it if you have a family. but my team is new and under staffed. hopefully it will get better by the end of the yr.
      Jul 17, 2017
    • SpaceX YMOG
      sorry for the typos fired that off really quick at work 😅
      Jul 17, 2017
    • SpaceX / Ops iNcu15
      can't work at sx unless you're a citizen
      Jul 24, 2017
    • SpaceX wTAy73
      not true, green card holders can work at SpaceX too.
      Aug 2, 2017
  • SpaceX hehexd
    Flight software engineer here-feel free to ask
    Jul 18, 2017 6
    • Keysight / Eng wsa
      I'm interested in how the work is divided up between Hawthorne and Redmond; is the flight group in both locations or just Hawthorne? I'm interested in applying, just don't know if I can deal with LA. Any other insights you would offer to a potential candidate? Thx!
      Jul 20, 2017
    • SpaceX hehexd
      @C. Kramer yup! nothing else really needed except really strong fundamentals

      @wsa its mostly LA :(. Have strong projects and be able to pitch them like a dissertation defense. Have strong DS and algorithms understandings and even thorough C/C++ knowledge.
      Jul 21, 2017
    • SpaceX wTAy73
      @wsa SpaceX internet satellite project is in Redmond. Exciting time to join, a lot of open sw positions, no need to relocate to LA. For requirements, agree with @hegexd.
      Aug 2, 2017
    • Keysight / Eng wsa
      @wTAy73 probably can't make a move until after the holidays. Save me a spot ;)
      Aug 2, 2017
    • SpaceX chbp55
      Besides hardcore C/C++ development for flight software, we also have open positions for Full Stack developers (the full MS stack - .net, sql server, some asp.net plus angular) in both Redmond and Hawthorne which we are struggling to fill in. The interview process is like any other solid software company, the main difference is that the interviewers are very motivated to find really great candidates that have proven and broad experience with the stack because whoever you hire will be in your team and you will rely on him/her from day one. I would say if you can pass a Microsoft coding interview, can design relatively big systems and don't have an attitude problem - we'll hire you.
      Sep 14, 2017
  • Microsoft fed up
    The engineering in SpaceX Redmond is run by a lot of failed people, former WPI people from what I was told. some have recently moved back to Microsoft. I would think SpaceX in the Bay is probably where the real talent lies.
    Jul 16, 2017 2
    • SpaceX / Eng lvl99
      Except there is no SpaceX in the bay 🤔
      Jul 17, 2017
    • SpaceX bViL00
      The Redmond office is very very different than the HQ. Everything from the talent, culture, and eng style. Not sure if it’s the fact that the satellite schedule is insane or what but it’s seems more organized down here at the HQ.
      Dec 25, 2017
  • SpaceX / Ops iNcu15
    pew pew
    Jul 28, 2017 0
  • SpaceX VArG58
    Sup
    Jul 28, 2017 0
  • Keysight / Eng wsa
    Thanks @hehexd! Two more questions... what is "DS"? Also, how modern are you guys with C++? 98/11/14?
    Jul 21, 2017 2
    • SpaceX hehexd
      Data structures
      Jul 21, 2017
    • SpaceX bViL00
      We don’t use the full set of features but are using C++14
      Dec 25, 2017
  • SpaceX YMOG
    @Manafort, unfortunately due to nature of the business (building/launching giant rockets) there are ITAR and government regulations that do not allow non-US citizens to work at SpaceX.
    I have noticed some people have "(ITAR Licensed)" next to their name in the system. I did a quick search and found there are 16 such people that work at spacex with this suffix. I'm assuming these people may not be us citizens but have somehow obtained an ITAR license. perhaps you can look into that.
    Jul 17, 2017 4
    • Uber / Eng bag
      How are the working hours for software engineers there? I have heard it is intense? Like 60-100 hours per week?
      Jul 17, 2017
    • SpaceX YMOG
      I'm not too sure but I wouldn't be surprised. I'm a Supplier Quality Specialist (took over the roles of the supplier quality engineers) lately I been working over three 16hr days per week and minimum 12 hr days. typically around 70 hrs/week but my group is under staffed. I have friends that are senior structures engineers and they work 50 hrs a week typically.
      Jul 17, 2017
    • Uber / Eng bag
      70 hours per week! Isn't that too high? And unsustainable? Do they pay you accordingly?
      Jul 17, 2017
    • SpaceX YMOG
      luckily I'm hourly so I make more than typical engineers (not more than senior engineers or software engineers) but I actually work some hours off the clock (even tho I'm not supposed to) to keep up with my workload and make a good impression. the rest of my team does not work as many hours as me, I'm just a little bit crazy lol. 12 hrs a day is the most we can stay clocked in unless we have something super critical.
      Jul 17, 2017
  • SpaceX / Eng Singha
    meh
    Sep 15, 2017 0
  • SonicWALL / Eng
    yvym41

    SonicWALL Eng

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    Dell
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    What they do is rocket science after all😀
    Jul 16, 2017 0
  • Thoughtworks / Eng
    VQpR81

    Thoughtworks Eng

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    braintreepayments
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    consultant dev, agile, pairing, tdd, root cause analysis, bored with webdev and grumpy
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    I wish!
    Jul 16, 2017 0
  • New / Eng
    laugheng

    New Eng

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    stratasys
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    inventor, founder, looking for help disrupting the electrical connection market and saving 7 children a day from going to the ER
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    I used to be
    Jul 16, 2017 0