Camber Corporation – Norfolk, VA
** Camber Corporation is seeking a Port Engineer to join our diverse, team-oriented company that is customer focused - employee driven. The… Beyond.com
Camber Corporation – Suffolk, VA
** The Joint Warfighting Center (JWFC) Liaison Officer is a subject-matter expert (SME) and coordinates all requirements generation and program… Beyond.com
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I worked at Camber full-time (more than 3 years)Pros
First and foremost: I worked with people I enjoyed. The company seems to take personality seriously into account when making hiring decisions and team cohesion is important to an extent. There's a lot of formor military folk employed, and a lot of that culture leaks into the day to day.
It's a large company -- there are quite a few opportunities across the country -- but you don't get a lot of the logistical and "mega-company" nightmares that are ubiquitous at other defence contractors. The culture is close knit, and you can feel comfortable approaching upper management if you ever have to.Cons
Camber is a typical "defence contractor" that is fairly haphazard about the types of projects on which it actually bids. As such, many of the projects you may work on are interesting -- lots more, however, are not inspiring. Also, as a consequence, your managers may or may not have experience in managing the unique types of projects you'll be employed to do.
Much of the upper management is former military (which is a pro). There's awesome leadership potential, but this is often overshadowed by the lack of specialization and skills needed to effectively manage the technical project Camber attempts. Since your customer is often other military COs, there's a lot of technical skill vacuums. This *will* frustrate technical people at times.
There is also a bit of an old-guard culture that is prevalent in defence sectors. Many folks are planning to retire with Camber, and there's sometimes a lack of ambition and all too often, skills can stagnate.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Be a bit more pragmatic in your bids. Earning potential is great, but if you don't have the internal experience to effectively manage projects, nor the technical budget to adequately support engineers and infrastructure, think twice. "Winging it" is a terrible business strategy and long term, poor morale and high turnover costs you money and talent.Doesn't RecommendNo opinion of CEO