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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    It Depends... on Contracts

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Fort Walton Beach, FL

    I have been working at DRS Defense Solutions full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place when win contracts, and defense department is spending.

    Cons

    Not a great place when not winning contracts, and defense department is not spending.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify as much as possible so not so dependent on US Defense spending.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Bad management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at DRS Defense Solutions full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good location, good staff, competitive salary

    Cons

    bad team enviornment, exteremly bad management, personnel policies are terrible, no loyality at the executive level, not honesty, management lacks ethics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and use the experience of your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Good while it lasted

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    Current Employee - RESET Liaison Officer in Chambersburg, PA
    Current Employee - RESET Liaison Officer in Chambersburg, PA

    I have been working at DRS Defense Solutions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fair pay and good benefits

    Cons

    No room for advancement and lack of communication from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a HUGE disconnect between management and employees, there should be better communication.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Employee until contract expired

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Aberdeen, MD
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Aberdeen, MD

    I have been working at DRS Defense Solutions full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and knowledgeable coworkers

    Cons

    Strict adherence to work time period.
    Does not keep employee informed of contract information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be most open to employees and do not treat them as if they are children.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Exciting and challenging atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Production Planner II in Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Production Planner II in Fort Walton Beach, FL

    I worked at DRS Defense Solutions full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Dynamic fast paced work environment during challenging period for manufacturing companies in the U.S.

    Cons

    Lack of government contracts, layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify lines of business, explore new markets, expand scope of new product development to include new and developing technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Opportunities to learn and pursue career development if one applies themself

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD

    I worked at DRS Defense Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some Smart, experienced people willing to freely share their expertise
    Willing to retain skilled employees.
    Long-term experience resources in Signal Solutions

    Cons

    Defence contracting pace may be underwhelming for some
    Some dead wood
    Requires being fully behind company's mission to weather the depleting times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stronger emphasis on software architecture would benefit
    Identifying worthwhile projects and fully enabling them to succeed would boost employee motivation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    My overall experience was a nightmare. You must be very tough skinned, and do not expect any appreciation from mgt.

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    Former Employee - Security
    Former Employee - Security

    I worked at DRS Defense Solutions full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fairly decent pay. Decent benefits . Very clean facility and all the coffee you can drink.

    Cons

    Mgt. is very clickish, with no work ethics. The mgt. style is personality driven. As a woman if you look better than your boss your career will be short. They don't actually fire you but instead make your work day a living hell until you resign.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep personality out of management. Be fair and reasonable, respect your hardworking employees. Most people want to do a good job, it isn't necessary to brow beat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. The work was interesting but the strictness and lack of growth made it stressful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merrimack, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merrimack, NH

    I worked at DRS Defense Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, work with smart people, interesting projects, great benefits

    Cons

    Poor growth and too much bureaucracy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Good but really bad...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at DRS Defense Solutions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is great! Opportunities for advancement and training are present. Educational programs (tuition assistance) are there for you. This company is very strong with highering the military.

    Cons

    Red tape, internal politics and office antics are overwhelming. Matrixed teams but functional silos (structure doesn't match workload). Company is very 1980. 9-5. Needs to modernize its work culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop tolerating misbehavior, gossip, and poor work ethic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    frustrating working with under qualified managers who never seem to understand what was going on.

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    Former Employee - Lead Machinist in Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Lead Machinist in Fort Walton Beach, FL

    I worked at DRS Defense Solutions

    Pros

    benefits and salary are the best reasons.other then that it would not be a bad place to work with better management.

    Cons

    managements inability to see understand and know how to use and where to place the experienced employes they had to choose from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    your employes are your best asset.you should listen to them.or stop hiring experience if you have no plans tp use it.

    Doesn't Recommend

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