DRS Defense Solutions Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Systems Engineer

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Diverse group of SIGINT related products.
    Diverse group of Customers and Potential Customers.
    Product focused employees with deep technical capabilities.

    Cons

    Favor younger engineers over newer more senior engineers.
    Upper management did not work their way to the top through the lower technical levels first.

    Advice to Management

    Newer older engineers will stay a lot longer than younger engineers, so they should be groomed into lead positions before doing same with the younger engineers.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Bad management

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    Listen and use the experience of your people

  3. Helpful (1)

    It Depends... on Contracts

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    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)

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

    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 Management

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

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  5. Helpful (1)

    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)

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

    Pros

    Fair pay and good benefits

    Cons

    No room for advancement and lack of communication from management.

    Advice to Management

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

  6. 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)

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

    Pros

    Good pay and knowledgeable coworkers

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  7. 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)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack of government contracts, layoffs

    Advice to Management

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    Opportunities to learn and pursue career development if one applies themself

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    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)

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

    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 Management

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

  9. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  10. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poor growth and too much bureaucracy

  11. Helpful (2)

    Good but really bad...

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    Stop tolerating misbehavior, gossip, and poor work ethic.

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