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American Systems Reviews in Chantilly, VA

Updated July 3, 2014
Updated July 3, 2014
42 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Short, but great experience

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    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 for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a job

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    Former Employee - Field Installer  in  Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Field Installer in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at American Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to negotiate government contracts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Contractor

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    Current Employee - Senior Forensic Scientist  in  Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Forensic Scientist in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at American Systems as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Contract work is always volitile with no guarantees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Forensic Contractor

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    Former Employee - Latent Print Technician  in  Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Latent Print Technician in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at American Systems full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Steady, dependable organization, employee owned, debt free

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at American Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Human Resources Professional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at American Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great employee-owned company on the right track

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at American Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Accounting Department  in  Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Accounting Department in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at American Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work for hope to get back on with them again soon.

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer  in  Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at American Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people OT available employee owned

    Cons

    Federal Clients contacts funding's get cut

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep growing the business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good place for complacency

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at American Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Good place for complacency and get paid decent for it!
    - Good place to learn "what not to do" in the professional work force
    - Good place to learn what bad management is all about
    - Depending on which office/site you work at, you may land in a good group. The management in that group will take into account your needs for career growth and will try to motivate you with awards and incentives rather than fear.
    - I would recommend this company to a friend. If that friend is just looking for a paycheck and a job to pass the day.

    Cons

    - Good, motivated employees usually leave within 2 years.
    - Lack of opportunity for growth. Get pigeon-holed.
    - Unprofessional HR Department.
    - Again I can't lump all management together, but many of the upper management are unmotivated, and have outdated thinking.
    - Get stuck in the mentality of "that's how we do things".
    - A revolving door company. Very focused on just the bottom line - everyone is expendable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't kill new ideas and enthusiasm by saying "that's not how we do things".
    Realize and recognize your top performers. (before they leave)
    Let go of the non-performers, bad-performers, and toxic-performers. They are only discouraging the good employees, and pushing them out of the door faster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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