Bigelow Aerospace Employee Reviews about "ice cream"

Updated 19 Feb 2020

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61 Ratings
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  • "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. Helpful (7)

    "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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    Bigelow Aerospace2020-02-19
  2. Helpful (38)

    "The True Low Down on Bigelow - Please Read"

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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 less than a year

    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.

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    Bigelow Aerospace2018-05-15
  3. Helpful (26)

    "Massive potential which sadly will likely never be realized unless they are bought out."

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

    I worked at Bigelow Aerospace full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really Awesome, Intelligent Engineers, Techs and Support Personnel (the ones who stay). Free Cookies, Ice Cream & Coffee. Salary was good. There are some amazing projects to work on . Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Management Runs on Fear and Intimidation which comes down from the top!! Everyone walks on egg shells all the time, most don't have the balls to speak up (they like their paychecks). Some of the Managers will publicly humiliate you in front of your colleagues if something goes wrong. Although managers get blamed for Everything by Mr. B they NEVER take the blame for anything publicly. They will always find a scapegoat. No matter how wrong something is or how right you are DON'T SPEAK UP. You will be marked and your days will be numbered. As long as you keep your head buried in the sand and don't speak the truth you will be fine. They claim we should be grateful about getting fed 3 days per week but the food is terrible and management is too lazy to switch menus or companies and most people are scared to ask for fear of repercussions. I have never worked for a company where certain secretaries and other low level pencil pushers wield so much power (for the record Most are great). No matter how good you are... No Matter How important you are to the Mission... No Matter how long you have been a loyal subject if you speak up, if you speak the truth your days will be numbered.

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    Bigelow Aerospace2017-11-15
  4. Helpful (19)

    "Not worth the headache"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coffee, Cookies, and Ice cream but only between 10 and 2.

    Cons

    To much Management! No real direction

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    Bigelow Aerospace2017-10-07
  5. Helpful (24)

    "Worst company - stay 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 more than a year

    Pros

    - Free cookies twice a day - Free tea twice a day - Free coffee twice a day - Free popcorn twice a day - Free ice cream twice a day

    Cons

    - Scroll down and read all the reviews on glass door. You will be shocked. - Too many positive comments showed up recently. Turnover has increased and people are not accepting offers. Management is trying to put on a positive outlook to attract people by adding positive comments on glass-door. - Agree with several prior reviews. Important take away: - You are all janitors to management.Management team lacks knowledge in space, technology, STEM, aerospace. - Only models are machined, assembled. No real space quality functioning products. - Benefits, vacation policy, etc will shock and awe anyone. Very bad treatment; you will feel like you are a janitor or a low level hotel worker. No respect at all. - Everyone is afraid of loosing their job any-day and any-time. - No team work. No respect from management. No real products. No real customers. - Mid-level management is always walking on egg shells. They micromanage everything including bathroom breaks. Oh man it is a real bad company. - Day one of their employment, several people were terminated in 2016. These people had moved their families to Las Vegas. - Single owner runs the company. All decisions are made by him which include design, drawings, sub-contractors, engineering (everything). He is a business man; and not an engineer. So, you can imagine the challenges you will face everyday. - Departments are eliminated. Employees are terminated. No real reasons are given. - All the time there are several open positions on the website. - Average length of employment for good scientists, managers and engineers varies from a few months to 18 months. Not a stable work place. Very toxic environment. - No direction, no training, no team work, no real products, no real customers, no respect, no vision, no career path, no job security, no good benefits. Wish I knew this before I joined this company. Several other reviews on glass-door indicate the same.

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    Bigelow Aerospace2017-03-21
  6. Helpful (24)

    "If you have enough money anything is possible."

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bigelow Aerospace

    Pros

    It did not feel like making a profit is the end goal, which I guess could be a good thing. I'm sure there are positive things about this company. I personally just don't know what those would be. They do have some employees with some tenure so they must have stayed for some reason. It could be the free cookies and ice cream.

    Cons

    Any kind of progress is slowed to a crawl by the owner having to make every decision on every level. Fear seems to be the main management tool to motivate employees. The owner is very hypocritical with a super over inflated ego and is totally absent of any empathy.

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    Bigelow Aerospace2016-07-15
  7. Helpful (26)

    "Holy screwup, Batman!"

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits were OK. Free cookies, ice cream and coffee–a non-benefit if you’re a diabetic and sensitive to caffeine! Fully vested in 401k employer contributions, and matched 3%, from day one.

    Cons

    PTO was all called vacation. It had to be scheduled and approved 2 weeks in advance, even Dr. and Dental appointments! If you took vacation the workday before or after a holiday you lost the holiday pay. I had to schedule my first Dr. appointment 3 months in advance, and that was the first day available. I didn't realize that it was the day after Memorial Day, so I lost my Holiday pay because I took 1.5 hrs. for a Dr. appointment. It would have been another month if I had rescheduled it. The company fosters a culture of mediocrity. Several employees of more than a decade told me the way to survive was to just keep your head down and not get noticed. As a result, those employees were mediocre and that was what lasted and determined the company culture. I heard of one manager who was told by the owner to do something impossible. He said he couldn’t because it violated the laws of physics. The owner wouldn’t accept that. It was a point of argument all day, with both of them unrelenting. The next day the manger quit. The owner likes to design the habitats and we’re not talking about arranging the furniture! He wants to design the flashy parts first for dog and pony shows, but has no idea how much power his systems will use and wants to design one system at a time. He ignores Engineering’s expertise and demands that things be done the way he wants them to look and function. Most of the production is mockups and models. At one point, the owner and a (non-engineer) designer designed a support frame for a full scale, walk-through mockup of the habitat. The owner wanted it to be light and graceful. It was sent to engineering for approval, but when the loads were calculated it was on the edge of acceptable, with no safety factor. Engineering beefed it up and added a minimal safety factor. The owner blew up! Engineering was only supposed to review it, not redesign it! Now it was thick and ugly, not what he wanted at all! He went into a rant for several weeks, yelling that he was not going to be held hostage by a department of his own company. He started reviewing everyone’s resume and interviewing each engineer, demoted the manager, called him incompetent, and moved several engineers to another group. The former manager was told to stay on until he could hire another manager. The owner got distracted by another problem and never finished reviewing the resumes and grilling the engineers. A couple of months later the former manager was told he would be (along with the former 2nd in command who had been similarly disgraced and demoted) the owner’s eyes and ears in all upper level meetings, because they were the only ones he could trust to tell him what was really happening. They went from incompetents to the only trustworthy ones there in a few months! This is a perfect example of the mercurial management style of the owner. It is so frustrating, because most of the engineering and engineering support staff come to the company believing the dream of private space ventures, and are excited to work on a completely different type of orbital habitat. That enthusiasm wanes quickly.

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    Bigelow Aerospace2016-02-23
  8. Helpful (36)

    ""Don't trust the Boss""

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

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

    Pros

    1 - Awesome variety of projects 2 - Free Ice Cream, cookies and coffee from 10am to 2pm 3 - Engineers/workers seem to be highly qualified to perform the tasks assigned

    Cons

    1 - Taking 10 minute breaks are frowned upon 2 - Do not question the Boss. Even when you know the product/design is poorly constructed. Keep your mouth shut, or you will pay the price. 4 - It seems as though the middle management is bent on lecturing their employees about certain safety practices, Meanwhile....I noticed safety equipment is worn, frazzled and inspections are out of compliance. Keep in mind, you don't dare mention the equipment compliance issue because it makes you look like a complainer, and that's all it takes to get fired. 5 - Do not make suggestions for improving speed and efficiency. The middle management does not like it when THEY didn't come up with the idea. 6 - Do not do anything too noteworthy. If word gets out that the lowest rank and file came up with a brilliant idea, and the idea didn't come from the middle management, then it somehow reflects the INABILITY of the middle management to manage their own section. 7 - I was told early on to keep a very low profile because you don't want to draw any attention to yourself. This was sound advice. I did not follow this seemingly silly advice and now I find myself in a situation where middle management finds me as a threat and they are now head hunting for a reason to "defuse" the threat. 8 - Basic training programs are NON-existant. (10K forklift, man-lifts, etc) Employees are left to wonder if they should operate the equipment. Some employees simply do not operate any equipment because they are not sure if they will get lectured or not. The same employee is not going to approach their boss because, if you "bother" the boss with mundane details, you are now a target. 9 - The job is 99% likability and 1% skill and knowledge. You can be a "wrecking ball" of destruction, as long as the boss likes you, you will never get fired. The reverse is also true.... You can be the only electrical engineer with actual Aerospace experience.....this means nothing. Bigelow Aerospace will fire you, immediately.

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    Bigelow Aerospace2014-05-17

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