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Camber Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
74 Reviews
3.2
74 Reviews
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Walter P. Batson Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits as far as healthcare is concerned, best I've found (in 10 reviews)

  • Good pay good people good company (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • After a short stint on short term disability I was told by HR my job was no longer available (in 3 reviews)

  • Ever since the company was sold to a private equity firm, the employer 401k contribution has fallen (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Empolyee for 6 years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Augusta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Augusta, GA

    I worked at Camber (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great 401k program in the i2S/National Security Divison; benefits are good

    Cons

    Senior management not 100% in tune with what's going on; need to get out more and visit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand what employees are going through and be more proactive in placing employees when going through contract changes. Some PMs in the company are very close-hold about information, even keeping information that could help keep employees on the payroll from fellow PMs or Division leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good people. Poor business decisions.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in O'Fallon, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in O'Fallon, IL

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

    Pros

    First and foremost: I worked with people I enjoyed. The company seems to take personality seriously into account when making hiring decisions and team cohesion is important to an extent. There's a lot of formor military folk employed, and a lot of that culture leaks into the day to day.

    It's a large company -- there are quite a few opportunities across the country -- but you don't get a lot of the logistical and "mega-company" nightmares that are ubiquitous at other defence contractors. The culture is close knit, and you can feel comfortable approaching upper management if you ever have to.

    Cons

    Camber is a typical "defence contractor" that is fairly haphazard about the types of projects on which it actually bids. As such, many of the projects you may work on are interesting -- lots more, however, are not inspiring. Also, as a consequence, your managers may or may not have experience in managing the unique types of projects you'll be employed to do.

    Much of the upper management is former military (which is a pro). There's awesome leadership potential, but this is often overshadowed by the lack of specialization and skills needed to effectively manage the technical project Camber attempts. Since your customer is often other military COs, there's a lot of technical skill vacuums. This *will* frustrate technical people at times.

    There is also a bit of an old-guard culture that is prevalent in defence sectors. Many folks are planning to retire with Camber, and there's sometimes a lack of ambition and all too often, skills can stagnate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a bit more pragmatic in your bids. Earning potential is great, but if you don't have the internal experience to effectively manage projects, nor the technical budget to adequately support engineers and infrastructure, think twice. "Winging it" is a terrible business strategy and long term, poor morale and high turnover costs you money and talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A Good company to start off at

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Technician
    Current Employee - Operations Technician

    I have been working at Camber

    Pros

    Great benefits. Time off managed well.

    Cons

    Poor Management at the corporate level. Little chance for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the needs of your employees then the needs on financial gains.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    My Review

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

    I worked at Camber

    Pros

    Strong leadership, company tries hard to win jobs, looks out for employees.

    Cons

    Not much work, not winning contracts

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Outstanding Leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Camber part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A company that truly cares about its people by providing excellent benefits, opportunities for growth, and no micro management.

    Cons

    The company faces the same cons as those in the Federal space. The customers can be quite resistant to process improvement and the inefficiencies can adversely affect work/life balance. However, the same can be said for all clients no matter the type of business or sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Win more contracts as the prime. Cut ties with other vendors that do not share your beliefs and values.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Contracts

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Camber

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    Bought out and went down

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I have worked for Camber only for about 6 months as a contractor (they bought the previous company)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Help Desk Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Help Desk Analyst in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    The companies that they work with are great.

    Cons

    Camber does not really seem concerned with job retention, as raises and bonus are hard to come by. Also, they time off is lacking, not to mention their short term disability. (must use 40 hrs. of own time before STD kicks in at 60%)

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

    Was a great company

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

    I worked at Camber full-time

    Pros

    lots of flexibility and for the most part great employees

    Cons

    Once your contract with a govt client ended there was little follow on work unless you found it yourself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest more in BD at the task level rather than at the strategic level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A well run company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Training Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Training Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Very professionally run organization committed to business excellence. In the defense contracting market, Camber has a very good reputation. Working with Camber always gave me a comfortable feeling of making a difference and being a part of a wonderful group of professionals.

    Cons

    There were really very few areas that I felt needed improvement. Maybe local access to company infrastructure when needed but my position was removed and more autonomous anyway.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I like to think of Camber Senior Management as the SAIC Mafia, except they aren't that good

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

    I have been working at Camber full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The personnel and lifeblood of Camber are great. For the most part, they are hard working people who know their roles and are very hard workers.

    Cons

    If you are going to be an indirect employee, you will be playing cover your butt - consider whether you want to constantly feel as if you have to protect your back! Senior Management does not provide job growth, actual promotions, career development or anything that looks like it might actually have progression or training for 99% of the workforce. Do not look for a promotion unless you are a part of the SAIC crowd. Do not voice a negative opinion or statement of fact about the SAIC crowd, or you will be gone. Do prepare to suck up and pay obeisance. Camber was a good company to work for before this environment was introduced with John Lord and company. It has become very cut throat, with an air of uncertainty that leaves everyone questioning the direction of the company and whether or not they will have a job next month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish clear-cut career paths for non-contract employees. Stop promoting based off favoritism. Stop cutting back on benefits and holidays. Pay more attention to your contractor employees, they feel like they are in a chop shop, mere butts in seats.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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