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Bigelow Aerospace Reviews

Updated 19 Feb 2020

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1.8
19%
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Bigelow Aerospace Founder & President Robert Bigelow (no image)
Robert Bigelow
58 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free Cookies, Ice Cream & Coffee(in 12 reviews)

  • "It could be the free cookies and ice cream(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Engineering designs change at the whim of owner not engineers(in 7 reviews)

  • "Job security is non-existent; Top Management does not hesitate to fire personnel on a moment's notice based on a rumor, whim, or bad feeling(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "The Monty Python of "Aerospace""

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    Former Employee - Security in North Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bigelow Aerospace full-time for more than 8 years

    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!!

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    Bigelow Aerospace2020-02-19
  2. Helpful (15)

    "Small business - not an enterprise"

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    Former Employee - Manager in North Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bigelow Aerospace full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The employees in the trenches are friendly, committed, and persevering. Security staff are great people. Even though most people there would probably prefer to be working elsewhere, they remain dedicated to the dream of becoming a legit aerospace enterprise. The owner deserves respect for his dogged pursuit of an amazing concept. We acknowledge that reaching outer space is not easy. If the vision of a permanently-occupied inflatable space habitat were to come true, then the employees of BA should be congratulated for their efforts. The unrealistic hope of these men and women is truly commendable.

    Cons

    Please read every negative comment in the preceding reviews. Can you spot a trend? This place is a grind. As lofty as the goal of space exploration is, this company truly views the requisite talent as no more valuable than those working in the hospitality side of the owner's business. Actually, it should be said that some pretty industrious, remarkable, and respectable people work at Budget Suites (which funds Bigelow Aerospace) as well as at the administrative office which supports both business entities. The bottom line is that the owner makes it clear that employees serve at his whim, and his whim is ever fluid and mercurial. Everyone working under Robert Bigelow deserves far more respect than they've been afforded. There are a number of philosophies, practices, and core values that tank this company for anyone who wants to pursue a meaningful career: You are suspect from the very beginning. The presumption is that everyone is out to get a piece of RTB, thus no one is afforded trust from the outset. That is why a number of highly-educated space industry professionals are not allowed their own phones (I'm talking landlines!) and were barred from email and internet at one point. Investment in people, processes, infrastructure, and technology are considered a drag rather than a recognized investment in improving the enterprise. Professional development is non-existent. Procedures are ad hoc. Compliance, what's that? Telephone system is archaic PBX and messages are hand written. Creaky network supports PC's at least 5 to 12 years old. Software is old and paying for maintenance and support viewed as "they're ripping me off" rather than necessary cost to stay on cutting edge of a competitive industry. HR is non-existent. Large capital outlay for high-dollar prototypes, mockups, models, and the building and land, but no budgeting, project management, or goal-setting. There is no sustainable business model in practice. Just whim after whim without any regard to maturing the company and building something that lives on past the owner's shedding of his mortal coil. If you are looking for a stepping stone job to get you into the space industrial complex, then give Bigelow Aerospace a try. Once you're in, though, don't be surprised if you're sending out your resume, again, before long.

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    Bigelow Aerospace2020-01-25
  3. Helpful (13)

    "This is not the TECH you're looking for!"

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    Former Employee - Department Manager in North Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bigelow Aerospace full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some good people and great co-workers Early out Fridays (Which is going away!)

    Cons

    Treating some of the top talents who are intelligent and don't get enough respect or praise as they would elsewhere Old technology that they use and old equipment that is constantly on its way out and staff have to try and troubleshoot without prior knowledge of how it's supposed to go. So scared to pay some money to get upgrades for employees, even when faced with knowing not getting them could be atrocious The references of old Department Employees who you get compared to if something doesn't work right and how they were so great as if your work and everything you do is just trash Unrealistic deadlines when you have a slim department and higher-ups constantly breathing down your neck as if you're not doing enough

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    Bigelow Aerospace2019-12-07
  4. Helpful (8)

    "😒"

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    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in North Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bigelow Aerospace full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The only good thing about bigelow aerospace is friendly co workers.

    Cons

    Really bad management! Can’t get what you need to do your job efficiently.

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    Bigelow Aerospace2019-11-10
  5. Helpful (11)

    "Short term job, never a career here!"

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    Former Employee - Herd in North Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bigelow Aerospace full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The actual workers who try to see the light at the end on the tunnel!

    Cons

    Too many; owner, his direct team, lack of benefits, no trust, the last of stability, revolving door, oh no email/internet because the owner is so paranoid you’re going to steal his ideas.

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    Bigelow Aerospace2019-11-19
  6. Helpful (21)

    "Great stepping stone to your next career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bigelow Aerospace full-time for more than a year

    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.

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    Bigelow Aerospace2019-07-10
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Short term"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in North Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bigelow Aerospace full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It's a great place to work, friendly people good team work support.

    Cons

    The job has its condition that they stay supported by investors.

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    Bigelow Aerospace2019-05-01
  8. Helpful (19)

    "Current state"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bigelow Aerospace

    Pros

    Armed security Unprecedented intellectual property protection Destroying any Chinese made electronics

    Cons

    Email privaledges have been revoked for 90% of company. Internet access has been revoked for 80% of company. Purchasing freeze, including some budgeted items. IT department dismissed entirely.

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    Bigelow Aerospace2019-03-29
  9. Helpful (17)

    "Stay FAR away"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bigelow Aerospace full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are very few. Some coworkers are okay, most of the people who have been there for longer than a year are NOT okay. Otherwise....

    Cons

    Cons, there are so many... The pay is not industry standard and the insurance is nonexistent. There are guards who roam around with orders to expose anybody who is not at their desk. The management is not competent or they are so bullied they just phone in the job from the top. As shown in the previous reviews, one review threatened to FIRE anybody who wrote an honest review about what they saw, you be the judge of the that review. This place is such a toxic workplace that I would not recommend it to anybody... I cannot stress enough that you should stay away from here....

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    Bigelow Aerospace2019-02-28
  10. Helpful (28)

    "TOXIC"

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    Former Employee - General Manager in North Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bigelow Aerospace full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None this place is really bad

    Cons

    Do not move here. Do not work here. Do not trust anyone. This place is run like a prison. If RTB PERSONALLY invites you to come work for him, you will be making a very costly decision. Do not put your trust in him as I did. Impossible to have a career here. His immediate inner circle knows nothing of leadership, has no experience in management and are horrible people that only care for themselves. As a a manager, my decisions and recommendations always fall on deaf ears. DOL/OSHA seriously need to investigate BA. NASA is foolish to work with him. The rest of the reviews are TRUE. Lastly, do not be fooled by the recruiters. They are people, scared and have a job to do. That’s to get you to come work for BA/BSO. DO NOT WORK HERE!

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    Bigelow Aerospace2018-11-09
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