SSL Careers

Explore the Benefits of Working in an Evolving Field of Space-Driven Technology

About Us

SSL is at the forefront of the space industry, and our employees are leading the way.
At SSL, you'll work in a dynamic, high-tech, and collaborative environment where ideas are valued and you are valued.

Working at SSL

SSL employees develop and build some of the most powerful and innovative satellite systems in the industry and provide a range of related services to our domestic and international customers. Our customers are often the leaders in supplying space-based services, including broadband digital communications; direct-to-home broadcast; governmental communications; environmental monitoring; and air traffic control. The future of worldwide communications is growing, and you could be a part of it at SSL.

SSL promotes teamwork, knowing that it takes a collaborative effort with more than a million employee hours to design, build, and test our satellites. We understand that our employees are our greatest asset; when our employees grow and improve, so does our business, which is why we encourage growth and promotion within the company. SSL offers management training courses for new managers. In addition, we have an employee tuition assistance program that assists employees who want to further their education in support of their career at SSL.

Culture at SSL

The culture at SSL is derived from the company's core values:

  • We put the mission first
  • We stay curious
  • We do it right
  • We work better together
  • We act like owners

SSL's long-term goals, as well as our daily activities, are guided by these values. At SSL, we work to emphasize quality, doing the right thing for the right reasons.

As a leader in the satellite industry, we recognize the value of new ideas that enhance technology, and we encourage employees to think creatively. SSL has an active patent program, holding over 160 patents.

SSL is an active member of the community, supporting local organizations and charities, such as The Family Giving Tree and the Second Harvest Food Bank, as well as industry organizations. SSL has a charitable contribution matching program, encouraging employees to donate to a charity and making matching contributions.


All the Perks of Working at SSL


Pre-tax healthcare, dependent care and commuter benefits (FSA)

Retirement Plan

Competitive, company matched 401k retirement plan

Paid Time Off

Generous time-off policies, including paid holidays, vacation, and sick time

Employee Wellness

Health and fitness programs, sports clubs, and free on-site flu shots

Gourmet Cafe at HQ

Tasty breakfast and lunch served at the cafe; free coffee and tea around the campus

Innovative Team Members

Collaboration with remarkable and innovative team members

Tuition Assistance

SSL is committed to the development of its employees by encouraging them to enhance their knowledge and competencies through the Company's Tuition Reimbursement Plan.

Employee Network & Clubs

Numerous social opportunities, such as SSL's Cycling Club, Board Game Club, STEM Outreach Team and Women’s Network

Diversity & Inclusion

We firmly believe that our success is a result of diverse ideas, experiences, and personalities that our employee brings to the job. By providing a diverse environment and the opportunity to participate in community outreach initiatives, we strive to foster diversity and create a workplace where all our employees can realize their full potential. SSL is committed to diversity and to individual success. We invite employees from every background to add their unique strengths to the Company.

We base employment decisions on the principles of equal employment opportunity and with the intent to further the Company's commitment to equal opportunity. We are committed to ensure that all people-related actions, such as recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, Company-sponsored training, educational tuition assistance, and social and recreational programs are administered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.



SSL is seeking veterans from the Armed Forces to bring their knowledge, leadership, and great work ethic to build the space systems of the future. Help us face the challenges of tomorrow with your skills and unique experiences. You will have the opportunity to thrive in an environment where our core values govern who we are and what we do. We encourage you to visit our Employee Opportunities page. If you do not see a position that fits your background, and you are interested in SSL, please submit your resumes to for consideration. Continue to check our career site because new positions are added daily.


Satisfied Employees = Happy & Successful Company

Arla Pineda

Comm Digital Engineer
I'm involved in all aspects of TC&R subsystem from the initial design to customer handover. Through test and analysis, I ensure the spacecraft can receive commands and send telemetry during all mission phases. One of the most exciting part of my job is sitting in the mission control center during a launch and waiting to reestablish communication with the spacecraft.
“I get to work closely with real flight hardware, including very delicate parts, and having no room for error can sometimes be daunting. When prototyping and installing thermal blankets, I have to be hyper aware at all times and carefully follow specifications that call for strict tolerances. One of the best parts of my job is being able to watch a satellite launch and think “Wow, I can’t believe I participated in building that!” It’s incredible to work amidst the beautiful, sophisticated spacecraft we build here at SSL.”

Truc Nguyen

Senior Tech. Specialist

College Opportunities

A career with SSL could shape your future in ways that you've never imagined. The satellite industry promises to be an adventure — transforming ideas into realities. SSL provides mentoring, training, job variety, and social events in a program specifically designed for college graduates-particularly engineering, information technology, and business graduates who are seeking exciting and opportunity-filled first jobs.

SSL’s Internship Program

SSL has an extensive program where individuals who have completed 2 years at an accredited University or College has the opportunity to work for three months during the summer. The program is designed so that individuals will be able to gain hands-on experience while working on challenging projects, network with professionals and learn from some of the brightest minds in business.

SSL has partnered with Change the Equation to support STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) by giving financial support, providing resources to local schools to promote STEM careers and learning, and offering local students a first-hand look at careers in STEM fields.

SSL's SPACE (Servicing People And Community Engagement) program provides SSL employees volunteer opportunities locally.

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3825 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303