Bigelow Aerospace FAQ

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14 English questions out of 14

15 May 2018

What is the retirement plan like at Bigelow Aerospace?

Pros

The reason for all the employees to work there is the dream of the project. An expandable space habitat. That dream is the only reason anyone stays there and puts up with all the cons other than not having a job. There is a 4% 401k match which is decent and you can opt out of health insurance to get $130 extra per paycheck. 38 hour work week. As noted in other reviews, there are free cookies, ice cream, and coffee daily and subpar Mexican/Italian on Mondays, Port-O-Subs Wednesday, and greasy pizza on Friday. If you are listing free food as a main Pro, there is a fundamental problem.

Cons

Every other low rating review is correct. Read them! Overall: The problem with the company is how the owner runs the company. He is not an engineer (he does real estate) and pretends to be one. Every single decision has to pass by him and since he isn’t an engineer, he isn't able to make sound decisions. Challenging him on these decisions means being excluded from meetings or ultimately fired. If you want to work there, you have to be a yes man to someone with very little knowledge of engineering and the industry. He did great in real estate, however, the space industry is completely different. He has no respect for engineers and considers them replaceable. That is just about the worst attitude possible for creating a space company where breadth of knowledge and experience is key (see statistics below). He trusts no one and is unable to focus on a single topic (never finishes a presentation presented to him), technology adverse (has no computer or smart phone, but still uses fax machines and yet wants to build a space habitat??), does not understand the word “requirements”, and will literally shout at employees for hours (causing them to actually cry!!!). Be prepared to be fired on a whim for no reason or fault of your own. He once fired the entire propulsion department (~10 engineers) which moved their families to NV from out of state only to deny them entrance on the first day. He fired the most senior engineer because he didn't like a necessary modification. The list goes on. There is no job security. Policies: No paid vacation for the first year and you have to give 2 weeks’ notice prior to taking any time off (Leave Without Pay is still available). Salaried employees are treated like hourly employees in that you have to clock in at 8am (not 8:15 as you get docked pay) and must leave at 5pm (could be seen as a pro perhaps). One hour lunch! Don’t be late! There is no sick time so if you have an appointment, you have to take time off. There is basically no relocation package, it’s a pittance. Culture: Fear and frustration. Fear of every decision you make as an engineer being your last if your view isn't the same as his. Because of his penchant for removing individuals with actual knowledge, most individuals are not seasoned space veterans. As such, everyone is doing their best to try to catch up, but it ends up being depressing when one looks objectively at the impossibly high amounts of work that needed to be completed “yesterday”. Facilities: The safety department was dismantled (OSHA, are you reading this?). The company only acquired ISO compliance because NASA required it, but it is at a bare minimum. Statistics: Median tenure overall: 2 years Median tenure for an engineer: 1 year There are some non-technical individuals (secretaries, assistants etc.) who have suffered him for over a decade.

Advice to Management

The only hope for success is if Mr. B sells the company to a real company like Boeing or ULA and they remove him from the picture completely. Since he never will sell , his passing is the only recourse to success.

There is a 4% 401k match which is decent and you can opt out of health insurance to get $130 extra per paycheck.

15 May 2018

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15 May 2018

Does Bigelow Aerospace offer relocation assistance?

Pros

The reason for all the employees to work there is the dream of the project. An expandable space habitat. That dream is the only reason anyone stays there and puts up with all the cons other than not having a job. There is a 4% 401k match which is decent and you can opt out of health insurance to get $130 extra per paycheck. 38 hour work week. As noted in other reviews, there are free cookies, ice cream, and coffee daily and subpar Mexican/Italian on Mondays, Port-O-Subs Wednesday, and greasy pizza on Friday. If you are listing free food as a main Pro, there is a fundamental problem.

Cons

Every other low rating review is correct. Read them! Overall: The problem with the company is how the owner runs the company. He is not an engineer (he does real estate) and pretends to be one. Every single decision has to pass by him and since he isn’t an engineer, he isn't able to make sound decisions. Challenging him on these decisions means being excluded from meetings or ultimately fired. If you want to work there, you have to be a yes man to someone with very little knowledge of engineering and the industry. He did great in real estate, however, the space industry is completely different. He has no respect for engineers and considers them replaceable. That is just about the worst attitude possible for creating a space company where breadth of knowledge and experience is key (see statistics below). He trusts no one and is unable to focus on a single topic (never finishes a presentation presented to him), technology adverse (has no computer or smart phone, but still uses fax machines and yet wants to build a space habitat??), does not understand the word “requirements”, and will literally shout at employees for hours (causing them to actually cry!!!). Be prepared to be fired on a whim for no reason or fault of your own. He once fired the entire propulsion department (~10 engineers) which moved their families to NV from out of state only to deny them entrance on the first day. He fired the most senior engineer because he didn't like a necessary modification. The list goes on. There is no job security. Policies: No paid vacation for the first year and you have to give 2 weeks’ notice prior to taking any time off (Leave Without Pay is still available). Salaried employees are treated like hourly employees in that you have to clock in at 8am (not 8:15 as you get docked pay) and must leave at 5pm (could be seen as a pro perhaps). One hour lunch! Don’t be late! There is no sick time so if you have an appointment, you have to take time off. There is basically no relocation package, it’s a pittance. Culture: Fear and frustration. Fear of every decision you make as an engineer being your last if your view isn't the same as his. Because of his penchant for removing individuals with actual knowledge, most individuals are not seasoned space veterans. As such, everyone is doing their best to try to catch up, but it ends up being depressing when one looks objectively at the impossibly high amounts of work that needed to be completed “yesterday”. Facilities: The safety department was dismantled (OSHA, are you reading this?). The company only acquired ISO compliance because NASA required it, but it is at a bare minimum. Statistics: Median tenure overall: 2 years Median tenure for an engineer: 1 year There are some non-technical individuals (secretaries, assistants etc.) who have suffered him for over a decade.

Advice to Management

The only hope for success is if Mr. B sells the company to a real company like Boeing or ULA and they remove him from the picture completely. Since he never will sell , his passing is the only recourse to success.

There is basically no relocation package, it’s a pittance.

15 May 2018

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19 February 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at Bigelow Aerospace?

Pros

Free cookies, coffee and ice cream in the cafeteria.

Cons

There are really too many to cover all. So I will focus on the security department for which I worked. It is located in an old construction trailer that has been there since the place opened over 20 years ago. Guess it was never really destined to be the "security" headquarters, but at Bigelow Aerospace even the paper cups in the "cafeteria" are accounted for. The furniture and upholstery is duct taped, the carpet worn over the past 20 years. The flagpole is crooked, but even it it weren't, it is too costly to fly a flag. The "security department" is not trusted with its own budget and must file requests with the shipping clerk or one of the upstairs secretaries to even purchase a stapler (following three price quotes). The leadership has no background in law enforcement or related fields, and it often shows. Favoritism is rampant and the morale between the security guards is some of the worst I have ever witnessed. There were altercations in front of employees and guests, clip boards thrown after vehicles entering the checkpoint, if guards felt ignored by passing employees. In order to keep the blacktop clean, perimeter patrols of unpaved sections (about 50%) were unauthorized. When it came to any sort of report writing, the illiteracy of some guards was shocking, especially for being employed by an "aerospace company". Lastly, short of a "once in a while" computer lecture, there was absolutely no relevant training. But I guess it would not have mattered, as none of the guards would be physically able to bridge the distance between the office and the campus in a reasonable time anyway, let alone any sort of taking physical control of an emergency situation. The pay increases are minimal and are individually "suggested" to upper management. I have not even touched on marksmanship capabilities... Long story short...don't work here! Spend a little more time to find a reputable job with a reputable company. This is not it!!

Advice to Management

Lost cause

The leadership has no background in law enforcement or related fields, and it often shows.

19 February 2020

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16 July 2020

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Bigelow Aerospace?

Pros

great idea but no plan, no strategy

Cons

poor management,,,, really poor, horrendously poor, stupendously poor

Advice to Management

grow up

great idea but no plan, no strategy

16 July 2020

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9 July 2019

How are the career development opportunities at Bigelow Aerospace?

Pros

The people you meet on the floor are incredible. “The small people”

Cons

There isn’t enough room to provide all the Cons. Every day you wonder if you’re going to be fired on the spot and walked out by guards. The morale in the company is completely shot because of this. They are so behind on technology that you actually revert backwards in your career progression. They have taken away email and internet away from half the company because the owner doesn’t trust his employees. If the company senses you’re the least bit smart, you’ll do EVERYONE else’s job. Oh, and you won’t be compensated a dime extra for your hard work. Its located in the heart of “fabulous” North Las Vegas... No bonuses, horrible health benefits. Zero time off until after your first year and you actually fear taking time off because you’ll get fired during your time off. Absolutely zero perks to the company. There is zero happiness, nothing at all boosting the morale of the people. Even the entire IT group walked out on this company. I highly recommend if you value your happiness - you avoid this company. I ignored the reviews thinking a company couldn’t be this bad, that it had to be disgruntled unhappy employees...and lo and behold.

Advice to Management

value your employees - they deserve a chance for being loyal when this company is anything but.

They are so behind on technology that you actually revert backwards in your career progression.

9 July 2019

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