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Camber Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
76 Reviews
3.1
76 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too bad. Used to be a great company.

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

    I worked at Camber full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people at lower level (i.e. the worker bees). Good 401K, Good health insurance.

    Cons

    Used to be a great company when we were employee owned. Sold to venture capital group and over the past 3 years the best managers and employees were fired, or have left. They laid off dedicated workers and turned around and hired a number of SAIC people directly into upper management. Those people in turn hired all of their SAIC friends and quickly promoted them. Camber was never big on promoting from within, but now if you aren't in the "SAIC group" you will most certainly never be promoted. You may as well leave now, before you are kicked to the curb.

    Management has no clue what is going on with the worker bees (little to no communication from upper management about anything) and they "reorganize" the company about every 6 months. No clear direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees deserve better. Show them you care. Promote from within and reward hard work rather than only rewarding your buddies. Morale was very low where I worked, and layoffs were commonplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a bad company for defense contracting

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Language Analyst
    Former Contractor - Language Analyst

    I worked at Camber as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    As far as defense contractors go, they are good. They have a great 401(k) program if you can stay employed on a contract long enough to actually get fully vested in it. Unfortunately the nature of contracting means you probably wont ever see the money.

    Cons

    The business itself is very cut-throat and they don't care about you any more than any other contracting company cares about you. They pretend that they are different and "family" and give you that whole plate of garbage, but the facts are that they don't really care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about your employees and treat them as humans, not just commodities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    A Good company to start off at

    • Comp & Benefits
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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
  7.  

    My Review

    • 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

    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
  8.  

    Outstanding Leadership

    • 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 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
  9.  

    Contracts

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  11.  

    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

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