American Systems Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Enjoy the environment and a company culture where my voice is heard and trusted.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at American Systems

    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 ManagementAdvice

    ensure that bid strategies are solid, planned and communicated clearly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Senior management position

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. In a nutshell, don't work here

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    Current Employee - Technician in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Technician in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at American Systems

    Pros

    Pros, hmm, let's see...pros, umm...pros...

    Cons

    Salary. Like any company, they will lo-ball you coming in
    Management. The management for the contract I was on seemed to stop caring after the third year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of contracting. Stick to commercial work. You guys suck at contracting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    It was a job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Short, but great experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
  7. Contractor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Forensic Contractor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
  10. Human Resources Professional

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
  11. Great employee-owned company on the right track

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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

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