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Virgin Galactic Reviews

Updated 28 May 2019

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3.4
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Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides
George Whitesides
35 Ratings
Pros
  • "It's a very collaborative environment with a great work life balance(in 9 reviews)

  • "9/80 work schedule is great, but we work most off Friday's(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "CEO is consistently absent making VG a rocket club(in 7 reviews)

  • "Since when did ANY rocket program have that type of operating margin forecast(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Micromanagey and Agressive Management"

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    Former Employee - General Worker in Mojave, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Virgin Galactic part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Provided food sometimes, and some AC when they let you

    Cons

    Hot location, management was hypocritical and micromanagey and their criticism was in no way constructive or respectful, overloaded the test site including the septic system

    Virgin Galactic2019-05-28
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Virgin Galactic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working with my peers!

    Cons

    Management and over spending on useless stuff to make the company seem so glorious

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting to space rather than having flashy events

    Virgin Galactic2019-03-03
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Happy to be part of the team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virgin Galactic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Was hired on full time in December of 2017, the relationship between myself and the company has been great. I know a lot of companies preach about work/life balance and treating employees right, but this company actually does it. My coworkers have been awesome, and it's to the point where we actually hang out with each other away from work, share stories, get to know each other's families, etc. Inside FAITH we don't have...

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    Cons

    Not really anything, except it's windy outside, but nobody can control mother nature (lol).

    Advice to Management

    none

    Virgin Galactic2018-07-17
  4. "As Good as it Gets"

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Mojave, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virgin Galactic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people, they make you feel welcome from the moment you walk in the door, you feel not just like you are part of an amazing company with an incredible future (which you are) but that you are part of a family that truly cares and supports each other. Everyone truly wants to help and support all other team members. Virgin Galactic truly embodies the team mentality and has a passion for making sure each team member has...

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    Cons

    There are no cons to working at Virgin

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!

    Virgin Galactic2018-07-18
  5. "Review"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Virgin Galactic full-time (Less than a year)

      Pros

      Very good work life balance

      Cons

      Management can be close minded

      Virgin Galactic2018-03-30
    • "Inspiring Mission, Extremely Smart People, and Tough Challenges"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Virgin Galactic full-time

      Pros

      A wildly inspiring project. You work next to a freaking spaceship! And the company has a genuine mission to change the world and have fun doing it. Some crazy smart people from awesome backgrounds. Richard Branson is an awesome person to work for!

      Cons

      Having such a hard time meeting schedule is a real grind. Can lead to a grim atmosphere at times. We need to get that bird up in the air! Living in Mojave or in Las Cruces can be tough on family. In-fighting between senior management gets really annoying.

      Advice to Management

      Get rid of senior managers who take more off the table than they bring to it. When you have two senior managers who disagree, choosing between them is hard—but not choosing can be even worse. Throw every resource you have at creating a schedule that will actually be right this time--and at sticking to it.

      Virgin Galactic2018-03-01
    • Helpful (2)

      "Engineering Lead"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Virgin Galactic full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      There was a young energetic workforce

      Cons

      There was an inexperienced leadership team

      Advice to Management

      Train your managers. Select managers for their ability to relate to people not technical leadership

      Virgin Galactic2018-02-11
    • Helpful (13)

      "Hyperloop"

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      Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Long Beach, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Virgin Galactic full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      When I joined the culture was fun, nice location, nice people, smart engineers and an exciting project.

      Cons

      How do such smart engineers continue to believe such a small rocket with limited margins of payload is EVER going to orbit? The Boeing people won't even test because big box company execs don't take risks at startups. Then again, what makes anyone think VG is a start up? It's an LLC for crying out loud. It's a holding company for Branson brand promotion like Hyperloop and Cosmic 747's that pose as first stage boosters......

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      Advice to Management

      Just keep doing what you are doing. SpaceX was a grind so take the free paycheck and cash it for as long as they'll pay you- no reason to tell them it's a money pit. Then again, where is your pride as an engineer? You wanted to do something and you're floundering there because it's an easy pay check? If acting like a rocket scientist is your thing then Hollywood is only 10 miles away.

      Virgin Galactic2017-12-22
    • Helpful (10)

      "IT Applicants Beware"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mojave, CA
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at Virgin Galactic full-time (Less than a year)

      Pros

      - Great coworkers - 9/80 work schedule allows for much needed down time - It’s a job involving space!

      Cons

      - Untrusting management leads to constant micromanagement - Unprofessional/lack of leadership - No budget creates a constant reactionary environment - A career quagmire - Due to above aforementioned most projects are completed to get them done rather than completing a project correctly.

      Advice to Management

      Actually provide some form of leadership rather than passive aggressive retaliation.

      Virgin Galactic2017-11-13
    • Helpful (8)

      "IT top-levels and HR Dept have ZERO idea what they are doing"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mojave, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Virgin Galactic full-time

      Pros

      Benefits and a 9/80 work schedule that's gets you a three-day weekend twice a month. Also a benny card that comes in handy to cover co-pays.

      Cons

      Micro-manager type leadership but yet unqualified to even handle a password reset and an HR Dept. that is not even qualified to deal with a soda can

      Advice to Management

      Top level needs to go. They know there is a repeat pattern going on for over 5 years, yet they don't care. This affects people's lives how badly they get treated. Do the right thing!

      Virgin Galactic2017-11-10
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