Camber Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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Walter P. Batson Jr.
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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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  1. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Analyst

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Alexandria, VA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I was employed by a list of contractors from May 2005 to January 2015, starting with PEC and ending with Camber Corporation. The contract involved collecting data and performing research in support of the Navy's legal position in regards to ongoing legal proceedings in the International Court of Justice. The Camber management team was supportive of the staff and responsive to any recommendations for changes in processes.

    Cons

    PEC, Nortel, Avaya Government, and Camber Corporation were all great employers.

  2. Program Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Huntsville, AL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Mature IT Company that is customer focused and employee driven. Camber supports a work life balance for all their employees. Their teams are creative and encouraged to take risks.

    Cons

    There are no Cons in my experience.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to see Camber improve communications across all divisions. This would allow them to leverage resources to identify other business opportunities.

  3. Logistics. I was a contractor Equipment Specialist with camber at APG.

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    Current Employee - Equipment Specialist in Edgewood, MD
    Current Employee - Equipment Specialist in Edgewood, MD

    I have been working at Camber

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Camber is a strong mid-sized company located in Abingdon, MD and has an embedded contracting presence on posts at APG in Aberdeen and Edgewood, MD.

    Cons

    When your contract with APG a Camber embedded contractor is up there is little Camber support to retain your services.

    Advice to Management

    Greater lead time for end of contracts and greater support to embedded contractors.

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  5. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I worked at Camber full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits package. Company leadership

    Cons

    Would not negotiate salary when I was hired.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Too bad. Used to be a great company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Not a bad company for defense contracting

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Good people. Poor business decisions.

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Empolyee for 6 years

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. A Good company to start off at

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

    I have been working at Camber

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Time off managed well.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  11. My Review

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

    I worked at Camber

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not much work, not winning contracts

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