At Stellar Solutions, Inc., 100 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 134 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.51. It was published on Jul 25, 2016. 3678 Visitors

What Employees Say

People care about each other here.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
Management is competent at running the business.

What They Do

We asked Stellar Solutions, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are a small, woman-owned professional engineering services business that provides technical expertise and management for significant national and international aerospace programs.  We work with top government agencies including NASA, NRO, NOAA and the DOD.  

About this Company

Website: Industry: Aerospace
US Headquarters: Palo Alto, California US Sites: 3
Major Locations: Denver, Colorado; El Segundo, California; Chantilly, Virginia; Greenbelt, Maryland; Las Cruces, New Mexico US Employees: 177
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1995

Team Building at the Annual Business Planning Meeting

Perks and Programs

We asked Stellar Solutions, Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Profit Sharing (PSP): Each Stellar employee receives a 25% contribution to their PSP retirement account for every hour worked.  The account vests at 100% immediately.       
  • Flexible Time Off (FTO): Each employee receives a 20% contribution to their FTO account for every hour worked (which is the equivalent of 9 weeks of FTO in a standard year).  The employee has the option to use this time any way they see fit.  Unused FTO is available upon request as a taxable cash distribution.  
  • Healthcare/Wellness: Stellar pays for 100% of employee's insurance premiums for medical, dental and vision, and they pay for 80% of premiums for their dependents.  
  • Annual Meeting: Every spring Stellar hosts an Annual Business Strategic Planning meeting for its employees and their spouses/partners. The meetings have been held in: Maui, Vail, Steamboat, Napa Valley, London, Washington D.C. etc. The company puts on several parties and pays for lodging and travel.
  • Training: Every employee is required to take 40 hours of training per year (paid for by Stellar). The company encourages employees to stretch themselves and further their career. In addition to outside training, employees receive internal training through Stellar University. 
  • Empowerment: Each employee's input is valued as an important part of the company's strategic planning process to ensure alignment between your dream job and our customers' critical needs.  
  • Annual Incentive Plan: Every employee receives an annual incentive bonus plan (minimum target is 10% of base salary) tied to an employee driven strategic plan.  
  • Laptop and Cell Phone: Each employee receives a new laptop or iPad every three years, and each employee also receives a new cell phone every two years.  
  • Spot Bonuses : Bonus payments for customer service, publishing papers, participating on panels or conferences, crossing-the-boundaries. shout-outs and hiring referrals.  
  • Stellar Solutions Foundation: Foundation-funded $1,000 annual contribution to a charity of your choice.  


100% Company-paid health coverage for employees 80% Company-paid health coverage for dependents


  • 401(k)
  • Long-term care insurance to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Subsidized public transportation
  • Free beverages during the day
CEO/Founder Celeste Ford and COO/President Mike Lencioni present anniversary recognition to employees


Unlimited Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 45 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 3 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
12 weeks Unpaid sabbatical after 1 year(s)


  • Flexible schedule (100% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (3% use it)
  • Telecommute option (5% use it)
  • Phased retirement planning (1% use it)


40 days Job-protected maternity leave40 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
40 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take10 days Job-protected paternity leave
10 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)10 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
10 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents10 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


    • Medical care
    • Vision care
    • Mental health care
    • Fertility treatments
    • Dental care
    • Prescription drug subsidy
    • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

    Community Involvement & Philanthropy

    $204,850 Philanthropic donations in last year $160,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year


    • 'Director, Administration' is accountable to formal diversity goals for employee recruitment and retention
    • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
    • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

    Executive Diversity

    Celebrating Stellar's 20th Anniversary


    Stellar employees giving back to the community

    How to Get Hired

    We asked Stellar Solutions, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

    What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

    A great prospective employee will have the necessary technical expertise.  Our positions are specialized, and our customers expect stellar technical capability.  In addition, a potential Stellar employee communicates well and wants to be a team player.  They want to understand and solve their customers' critical needs.  They should be curious, and always be on the look out for what the customer needs.  It goes beyond satisfying a customer.  A  Stellar employee exerts passion, confidence and a can do attitude over solving their customers' biggest issues.  Stellar employees exert leadership and do the right thing.  They are loyal and desire a long-term rewarding career.  

    What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

    Prospective employees should log into our webiste and go to contact and at the bottom of the page is a link to apply online. After they fill out the application they should send their resume.  Our HR team will match the online application to the resume and will assign the appropriate person to talk to.  Our business is people, and we are always looking for people who would fit the Stellar culture.  Every resume is looked at and evaluated.  

    Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

    We are always looking for talented Aerospace, IT, Cyber, RF, Software and System Engineers.  Our positions usually require specialized technical skills.  In addition to their technical skills, Stellar wants their employees to be team players and passionate about solving customers' critical needs.

    What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

    Visit our website and go to our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

    hiring Outlook

    40 Job openings forecast for coming year 9% Job Growth
    11 Average applicants per opening 410 Applications received
    39 Positions filled in past year 95% New hires by employee referrals
    33 New positions created 4 Jobs filled by current employees
    3 New graduates hired 10% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
    * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.