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Updated January 9, 2015
Updated January 9, 2015
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  1.  

    AMSEC is an outstanding place to work. The management always strives to provide a safe workplace and keep opportunities

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer III in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer III in Newport News, VA

    I worked at AMSEC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    AMSEC allows people to demonstrate their best potential. Often times we work off site without direct supervision.

    Cons

    Sometimes extended off site work leaves the employee feeling out of touch with company issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep all employees up to date and maintain routine contact between the employee and management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It could be better

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMSEC

    Pros

    Grrat people to work with. Tons of knowledge

    Cons

    No growth. Everyone is pretty much stuck where they're at until someone quits or dies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire experience and motivation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Hostile Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at AMSEC

    Pros

    Very good benefits and a lot of supervisors are generous with allowing flex time

    Cons

    Upper management in both San Diego and the VB headquarters ignore the blatant bullying and unethical behavior (open secret in the office) that has been going on for years. I was physically threatened by another employee and filed a formal complaint with HR. I supplied photos and witness statements, but I still had to follow up with them over a month later to get a status report. He was never removed from the office and I was told by HR that the employee claimed I was rude to him and that I should just "avoid him". The next time I reported being bullied and harassed (again, it's rampant), I never heard back from HR. Never. There is a very strong bullying and harassment culture that has been allowed to thrive due to lack of negative consequences or investigation. Not sure which, but it's a very stressful place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having a strong leader who is in the office on a daily basis and who held people accountable for their actions would go a long way towards improving the situation. Having AMSEC investigate itself is not a good idea as the HR department (from personal experience and that of a close friend) is not effective in the least. HII or NN should investigate claims of AMSEC employees being bullied/harassed by other AMSEC employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    The Most Mismanaged, Unprofessional, Contracting Company You Could Work For....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tradesperson 1-3 in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Tradesperson 1-3 in San Diego, CA

    I worked at AMSEC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you want "just" a job for decent benefits, to gain experience, or to use as a stepping stone, Amsec is passable.

    Cons

    Which one you want?

    1)Horrible Work/Life Balance - if you have a problem travelling out of state, working 12 hour days 7 days a week or if your lucky 6 days a week for 10 hours....don't even bother. They say opportunity for overtime, but what they really mean is unwritten mandatory or get laid off. Get used to having no social life, no family life, and online payments

    2)Good Old Boys and Girls Club - It doesn't matter how hard you work, what skills you have, or how much you work, you can be incompetent, have 0 leadership or management or communication skills and still be in charge of a project.

    3)Promotional Opportunity Is Non-Existent - Someone has to either quit, get fired, or die to get a promotion. There are people who have been in this company for over 5 years with added certifications and qualifications and are still in the same position as they were when they first started with. The most you can hope for is a twenty cent raise each year.

    4)Pay - The benefits are standard at best but the pay is one of the lowest if no the LOWEST pay out of any of the contracting companies you could work for. A bunch of miserable, beat down, employees working for pennies when they should be making dollars.

    5)Poor to Non-Existent Communication between Corporate and Workers. Aside from a few managers that actually do their job and look out for their people there is no communication. They will send you cross country, drop you in the middle of nowhere with no direction, no instructions, with a point-of-contact that casually decides to not answer his phone. Oh and they also leave people stranded without a car in a state they've never been and expect you still to show up for work on time.

    6)Accountability and Responsibility - Put someone in charge of a huge project with no prior project management experience and give them complete control over the project, Then have that same individual cost the company 3 million dollars, get other people fired, put other people's jobs in jeopardy and send that same individual to leadership school and promote them to a desk in corporate. The maximum in Amsec is "If you screw up bad enough, you get promoted"

    7)Corporate Credit Card and Travel Pay - They are really quick to fuss about credit card usage and paying your bill off on-time. When it comes to paying YOU travel pay that your supposed to use to pay the card off with they are consistently late. The general attitude to this is "You'll get it someday and that's just the way it is sometimes"

    8)Management is Dishonest - Management will lie to your face or tell you want you want to hear just to save face and avoid an issue. They'll also give you every excuse why they can't do something rather than just be honest or better yet....don't make promises you don't intend to keep. If a manager tells you something you better get it in writing otherwise you can take any type of answer concerning job enrichment, promotion, or incentives like a grain of salt.

    You get the point.....despite other reviews which are most likely from the very management I speak of.......this is a horrible company to work for!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees and reward them for the hard work they do....without them you'd have no one to manage

    Realize people do have families and work/life balance is important

    Promote people who deserve it, fire those that screw up, NOT the other way around

    Effective communication prevents low morale, confusion and minor screw-ups from turning into major 3 MILLION DOLLAR screw ups.....how about a management course on effective communication

    Be honest with your employees in what you can and cant do for them. Better to not say nothing at all then to dangle a carrot on a stick in front of their face and harbor hostility and resentment in your employees

    If you only are going to allow 7-8 federal holidays off....make the ones you give relevant. Martin Luther King Jr. Day should take priority over Columbus Day. I think Civil Rights is more important than an accidental discovery of the West Indies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Didn't do job I was hired for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tradesperson II in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Tradesperson II in San Diego, CA

    I worked at AMSEC full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    If you love Navy life and ships or going in a hundred different directions then this is for you.

    Cons

    Didn't have structure or daily plan. I also didn't even do the original job I was hired to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a plan in place. Always have expectations and deadlines and a path on how to get there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Training Specialist III

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Specialist III in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Training Specialist III in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at AMSEC full-time

    Pros

    Very stable. Can stay there for decades. Some people have been there since just after the company opened its doors.

    Cons

    Terrible advancement opportunities. If you are hired at a position you'll most likely stay there for the aforementioned decades.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using your people as just pieces of a machine to be thrown away when worn out

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company with plagued by poor leadership, lack of communication, and mismanagement

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tradesperson II in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Tradesperson II in San Diego, CA

    I worked at AMSEC full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Access to benefits and paid time off (If you can get and keep a full-time position)

    Requires little to no experience in field if looking for foot in the door

    Some managers and supervisors actually care and try and look out for their people

    Cons

    Horrible pay - in comparison to it's competition, they pay the bare minimum. The type of work environments you are exposed to do not justify the bottom dollar salary this company offers to it's low level employees

    Overtime and Travel NOT optional - If you want to work locally in San Diego, this is not the job for you. If you are unwilling to travel or unable do to family obligations you will be place on "part-time" status. No benefits, no paid time off and might not work for 2 weeks due to "lack of work"

    Mismanagement - Project Managers lie to your face about opportunity for growth, job security, and your value as an employee. They will say there is no work yet you always find new employees at the warehouse or corporate office. A lot of politics and people in power that have 0 accountability or management skills.

    If you screw up and you happen to be one of the "People Who Know Somebody", you get promoted and set to corporate, meanwhile those that do the hard labor and give their blood, sweat, and tears to this company get "downsized" This also goes back to the overtime NOT an option. If a manager mis-manages the money or the project gets behind schedule work peons are told to work 12 hour days 7 days a week! Yet you are expected to have a life/work balance and be able to function and do your job.

    No Effective Communication from top to bottom levels of management - The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing but the right hand is the one that gets slapped for the left's mistakes. You could get instructions from one manager and then 10 minutes later someone else will come by and tell you to do it different. If corporate heads do a walk around and low management is informed, peons are told "You will not be here when they are here" and "Disappear" Want to meet and get to know the upper management and communicate........NOT if some managers have their way.

    A lot of mediocre people who have been in the company for years but have been stuck in the same position. These workers accepted their fate, gladly offer their pride and dignity all the while making the upper management richer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees and realize they have families and a work/life balance is a necessity NOT an option!

    Don't put people in the position with 0 experience in complete control over a project, give them complete control with no parameters and then promote them when they screw up. The people who screw up should be FIRED NOT PROMOTED

    Pay people what they are worth, not the bare minimum. These people work hard for their money and sacrifice their time and growth with their family

    Stop lying and making empty promises to your employees. If you want your employees to do honest work set the standard. Lying and telling someone what they want to hear to save face and avoid confrontation just makes the morale bad, makes people resent you and is in general bad for business. People don't like to take crap, they shouldn't be forced to eat it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMSEC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules when required. Good benefits. Average pay, great work associates.

    Cons

    Responsibilities of technical accuracy and quality vs time are inconsistent with pay scale. Some groups claim to provide a team atmosphere but in fact are not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on helping employees produce quality products than on graphs, reports and processes.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Established company offering a wide variety of opportunities within my given career.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Management
    Current Employee - Project Management

    I have been working at AMSEC full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Travel opportunities, networking opportunities, work on a variety of Navy ships and systems, good pay, good benefits, good facilities and equipment

    Cons

    Long working hours (average of 70 hours per week), no overtime pay (salaried position), job stability (contract work)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to be more involved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    AMSEC LLC is a good company to work for when starting a career.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Drafter II in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Drafter II in Newport News, VA

    I worked at AMSEC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The work environment is professional but, at the same time they can be flexible to meet the needs of their employees.

    Cons

    There is no retirement plan other than a 401K and there is no severance pay when there is a layoff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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