Bigelow Aerospace Reviews

Updated 16 Jul 2020

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1.8
15%
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Bigelow Aerospace Founder & President Robert Bigelow (no image)
Robert Bigelow
62 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)

  • "These people had moved their families to Las Vegas(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Too many cooks in a now empty kitchen"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Sewing Technician in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people who are passionate about aerospace and innovation

    Cons

    So many levels of redundant management that implementing new ideas was next to impossible. Company has since closed.

  2. "no go"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Factors Specialist in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great idea but no plan, no strategy

    Cons

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

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  3. COVID-19
    Helpful (12)

    "All Show, No GO"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bigelow Aerospace full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Had a few great Holiday parties.

    Cons

    Most of the reviews here are 100% true. I've worked in the Aerospace industry for 20 years and I have never seen a company like this. I wouldn't even consider this an actual "Aerospace Company". There is nothing Aerospace about it, unless you count endless amounts of Models. The company just had a huge lay off blaming the whole COVID19 situation but those of us who worked there saw the writing on the wall almost a year ago. The entire soft good department was let go a few months back and they had the most important job for the company. Most of the time employees pretended to do work or "stay busy". There was never any positive direction here. Instead employees were treated like prisoners and micro managed at ever level. The owner is completely delusion and viewed most to all employees as expendable. There are endless OSHA violations and unsafe working conditions that have been completely ignored by upper management. The actual plant is located in the worst part of Las Vegas, in fact building A has several bullet holes in it from local gang bangers. First impression of Bigelow Aerosapace is a dusty old trailer, something you would find in a used car lot. There is no real future here,I've seen this company ruin many lives and families. stay far away.

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  4. Helpful (11)

    "Worst place I Ever Worked At"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you love fake stuff, models, and great useless visuals this is the place for you! Coworkers are great, that is the only real value you get from this place.

    Cons

    A horrible place. Absolutely complete disconnect from upper management, no communication, no company goals, NASA constantly flip flopping on mission direction on a weak budget, also Bigelow Aerospace puts absolutely no value in their employees. If you like the vacuum of space, this is the place to work, you are literally working in a vacuum of company goals, general office technology (no laptops, no phones, no email, no internet access, old software, poor IT system, and not much of a budget to get any real projects completed). Upper management gives no respect for the experience in education and industry knowledge that you bring to this place.

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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Continued lowering of the bar."

    1.0
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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

    When I worked there, there was quite a few quality people who were extremely good engineers. The hardware looked fantastic.

    Cons

    Pretty much every one star review lists the cons in GREAT detail. For me it was mainly the terrible management. They were the worst I have ever encountered in nearly 30 years of work. The networks were old, when they were there. Security was always patrolling to snitch on people. The lead engineers were inconsequential as the upper management made changes on a whim and it was complete whimsy. If you innovate anything, it is stolen outright as it was their work. Now with everything happening now, they have fired all the employees, promising to bring them back. I'm sure they are fighting each and every unemployment filed to the company.

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  6. Helpful (8)

    "The Monty Python of "Aerospace""

    1.0
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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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  7. Helpful (18)

    "Small business - not an enterprise"

    1.0
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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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  8. Helpful (15)

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

    2.0
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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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  9. Helpful (8)

    "😒"

    3.0
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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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  10. Helpful (12)

    "Short term job, never a career here!"

    1.0
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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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