CALIBRE Systems

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CALIBRE Systems Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
30 Reviews

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30 Reviews
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Joseph A. Martore
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  1.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    Employee ownership; the company is made of great people who care about helping their customers succeed. Compared to its competitors, CALIBRE cares more.

    Cons

    I worked there over 10 years, and I'd say that it's trying to figure out how to be a big company and maintain its culture - that's probably where some of the bad reviews are coming from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on the culture - empower the employees who are entrepreneurs AND the ones who want to do a great job for their customers and maintain a balanced life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    hanging in the balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA

    Pros

    Employee Owned company with shared "stated" values.

    Cons

    The company is struggling to grow from middle sized to something larger, and as a result is struggling with its own internal persona and adherence to its stated values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't let short term loss cause you to abandon strategic objectives or risk the company reputation for delivering quality products and services to customers. Otherwise the company can abandon the motto of "Our success follows yours". Short sighted efforts to mitigate losses will undo the companies long term strategic objectives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of smart people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Analyst  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    Good chance for advancement if you're willing to be flexible.

    Cons

    Market is tough in government services.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Principal Analyst in Washington, DC

    Pros

    In my time here, I have seen that they really try to ensure employees are taken care of and rewarded for good work.

    Cons

    I have not found a con yet

    Recommends
  6.  

    Growing company with an amazing internship program!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant Intern  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant Intern in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    Your internship largely depends on your supervisor. My internship experience was incredible! I learned a lot and gained a lot of transferable skills. The hourly pay for this internship is also extremely gracious. There would be events for the interns to bond together, such as Top Golf, Pizza Parties, Bar Hopping.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The internship experience for interns largely depends on their supervisors. Make sure supervisors have enough time set aside to keep interns busy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Newbie Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, Training, Development, Team

    Cons

    Long Commute, No Telework Option

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience varies by department, but overall bad management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Bureaucracy has not taken its toll on this mid size company. Always surprised to hear about CALIBRE staff leveraging new technologies and quick transitions to them, allowing fellow analysts to no only utilize them but be ahead of the curve on projects.

    Cons

    Performance and management evaluations are a joke. Any anonymous internal survey, opinion, or complaint you make is not anonymous (even thou the internal surveys say they are). The previous "Lack luster..." review is spot on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    The people make the difference

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    I've worked at CALIBRE for several years. The people are exceptional, and opportunities are available if you want them. If you're the kind of person who wants to get things accomplished and learn all aspects of the business, it's a great place to work. Ethical focus is not just lip service. The leave is generous, benefits are good, and the employee stock options are great. Internal training is widely available and frequently conducted by executive management. External training and most benefits are at least on par with the market. It is a steadily growing company; management at the executive level is careful, accessible, and thoroughly involved. It's a place where, despite 750 employees, you will likely be known to the C-level team.

    Cons

    This is not the best place if you want a predictable, 9-5 type job, and the culture is heavily driven by the fact that the majority of people are former military (can be a pro and a con). The pay is not the top of the market. You have to have an entrepreneurial mindset and reach for opportunities, and even with that attitude, advancing can be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication effectively through all levels of the organization has improved, but is still a challenge. Effectively integrating those employees who are at offsite locations is another continual challenge. Finally, recommend developing/standardizing metrics for advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lack Luster

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company kept up with current technologies.

    Cons

    It reminds me of high school, complete with co-workers talking about other co-workers and conspiring to get people fired for things that other people did. Upper level management does not listen to people under them. Compensate everybody on their worth, not just people that are your friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    CALIBRE is succeeding in tough budget environment because of the quality of its employee-owners

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

    Pros

    - Great employee-owners. It feels like a true team. People want to help each other succeed.
    - Great benefits: 401K matching, life and disability insurance provided, employee stock ownership plan, generous leave (provided in full on first day, not earned each pay period)
    - Committment to employee development. Good training programs to include an in house university
    - Very easy/convenient distributed operating environment. Most employees are not at the corporate office. The IT dept is great at providing a home office technology package (and supporting it!)
    - Great leadership at the Operational VP level and below.

    Cons

    - Rapid growth has been difficult because the company is still too centralized in its decision making. Corporate leaders need to delegate more to the VPs
    - Contracting and sub contracting staff is too small
    - No centralized proposal management shop makes every proposal more painful than it needs to be
    - Even though it is an Employee Owned company it still feels like a public or privately held company when it comes to profits, fees, sales, and revenue. It sometimes takes away from the satisfaction of just doing great work for the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Delegate more operational authority to VPs and Directors. Let them sign out requests for information and be the quality control on proposals for contracts at certain thresholds.
    - Increase the size of the contracting/sub contracting staff to speed the ability to respond.
    - Reduce the focus on growth and emphasize the focus on quality. Growth will be a natural by product.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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