American Systems Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Peter L. Smith
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Pros
  • Good people OT available employee owned (in 6 reviews)

  • This was a great company to contract for (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Because the company is based out of Chantilly, VA they might not be aware of the poor management in some of their workforce (in 2 reviews)

  • Senior management must be hanging on for decent offer to sell company (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Enjoy the environment and a company culture where my voice is heard and trusted.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at American Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large enough to be stable, small enough to give individuals the ability to shape the future.

    Cons

    government contracting is just tough right now for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    ensure that bid strategies are solid, planned and communicated clearly


  2. Helpful (2)

    Senior management position

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Former Contractor - Senior Manager in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at American Systems as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent salary and decent benefits. Core company executives have been working for company for many years and appear to get along very well.

    Cons

    Communication with upper management lacking at times. Contract work is a difficult life with no guarantees for the future.


  3. Helpful (1)

    It was a job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Installer in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Field Installer in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at American Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay checks on time
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    The 'good ol boy club" company. Our contract ended and management did nothing whatsoever to try and help to place us elsewhere in the company

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to negotiate government contracts


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  5. Contractor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Forensic Scientist in Chantilly, VA
    Current Contractor - Senior Forensic Scientist in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at American Systems as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management cares. Employee owned. Senior management has been around for years.

    Cons

    Contract work is always volitile with no guarantees.

    Advice to Management

    Our contract ended well ahead of schedule and management did an excellent job with helping us prepare for the future despite the circumstances. My recommendation would be to continue to do that for all contracts.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Short, but great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Latent Print Technician in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Latent Print Technician in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at American Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good hours, great experience, great benefits, management was quick to let us know about details affecting our employment

    Cons

    The contract I was working on was shorter than advertised due to outside source error

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for letting us know as soon as possible about our contract. Not your fault the math was wrong.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Forensic Contractor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Latent Print Technician in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Latent Print Technician in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at American Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They give you experience when you are fresh out of college.

    Cons

    The pay they give is below the national average and especially low for northern Virginia. The business of contracting means that you can lose government work in a blink of an eye. American systems did a terrible job of keeping us informed and kept saying that all the "losing our job" talk was rumors. 2 months later we all learn we are losing our jobs. They exchange cheap salary for people to get their foot in the door into forensics

    Advice to Management

    Be honest. If you did not know that our work was running low then step up and ask the client what our status is.


  8. Steady, dependable organization, employee owned, debt free

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at American Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, lack of micro managing from supervisor. The ESOP provides 9% of additional retirement income each year. Bonus program for execs is very generous. Very competitive pay. CEO is approachable and friendly and genuinely engaged. Great PTO package with 9 floating holidays to use at your discretion.

    Cons

    Senior leaders have been with the company for 20-30 years leaving lots of reluctance for change. Although the company is very steady and dependable, we haven't experienced significant organic growth in years. Apathy is the company's biggest weakness. Benefits are extremely expensive and PPO plan being phased out.

    Advice to Management

    Communication to middle management is improving. However, middle management lacks people skills and often does not communicate to staff. Middle managers need to be held accountable for inability to manage rather than being allowed to stay in their positions simply because they have a certification, a relationship with a customer, or tenure.


  9. Human Resources Professional

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at American Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High impact assignments, outstanding coworkers, mission focused and employee ownership benefits

    Cons

    As your career progresses, your workspace becomes larger but you lose access to windows in your office assignment.

    Advice to Management

    Its really great that employees have easy access to the Management team to pass along ideas and suggestions which often become actions within the company -- keep this up.


  10. Great employee-owned company on the right track

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at American Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee Stock Ownership Plan AND a 401(k) Plan, Good benefits, experienced management team that combines stability with an entrepreneurial spirit. Company seems to be focused in the right areas to continue growing.

    Cons

    Company has high expectations from its workforce, but I'm not sure that qualifies as a negative.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. You made a great acquisition in 2012, don't slow down!


  11. Helpful (1)

    C Suite Execs are not the friendliest bunch. Horrible raises and bonus program.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting Department in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Accounting Department in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at American Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    family friendly to a certain degree with good work/life balance. depending on what department you work for little to no growth opportunity. accounting department heads SUCK. HR department heads SUCK.

    Cons

    crappy raises and bonuses not determined by anything other than who they like and who they don't. doesn't matter if you work hard or not.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of most of the functional VPs and start over.



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