DRS Technologies

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DRS Technologies Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
216 Reviews
3.2
216 Reviews
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DRS Technologies CEO William J. Lynn III
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • 9/80 work schedule - Every other Friday off (assuming work schedule allowed) (in 18 reviews)

  • Good Benefits and great co-workers depending on you're site/location (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • There is not much thought or concern for employees by upper management (in 10 reviews)

  • The company need strong business development skills (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    DRS Oakland, NJ Review

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Oakland, NJ
    Former Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Oakland, NJ

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

    Pros

    Work on your own. Lots of attention, can be good or bad.

    Cons

    Lack of program day to day visibility at the lower engineering levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Include lower level engineering in the communication loop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DRS Technologies

    Pros

    The really was not much the company offered.

    Cons

    No chance of growth within the company.

  3.  

    great place to work and learn

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DRS Technologies

    Pros

    nice people and nice work. lots of great training and support. lots of great engineering tasks. coffee is only $.25 at the Keurig machines.

    Cons

    no cafeteria to buy lunch. no elevator to reach the second floor. no exercise room to maintain health. need to work many hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nice

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  5.  

    Great company. Professional experienced staff.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cypress, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cypress, CA

    I worked at DRS Technologies part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule allowed. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Budget problems did not allow for a lot of new projects.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits (while it lasted), solid management at site level (until they were let go), great people in engineering and manufacturing (until they were let go)....

    Cons

    This is a company that has had its run and is just about played out. It is in the "death spiral" after once being a great place to work. It is just waiting to be sold either as a whole or in parts at fire sale prices. No reinvestment back into research and development of innovative new products at any meaningful level means that the competition eats our lunch when it comes time to compete with new products. Individual sites get sucked dry of any money they make because they have to pay "allocations" to entire levels of management above them that are redundant at best, and non-contributing at the worst. This means too much overhead and so the company can not be competitive price-wise against smaller, nimbler competitors. This company continues to attempt to layoff their way to profitability and the only people that get axed en masse are the people at the site locations....in other words, the people that actually pursue and capture new business, design new products, do the manufacturing etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If management was doing anything more than looking out for their own bonuses and perks and showed any interest in running this company successfully, I would suggest that they get rid of the non-contributing layers of management that suck away valuable resources from the locations where the actual business occurs. Don't cut off your nose to spite your face by continuing to layoff at the tip of the spear, thereby degrading your earning potential, brainpower and human capital. That being said, management doesn't seem to get it or worse, they do get it and they realize the end is near and so they are going to ride it our for as long as they can, grab as much cash as they can on the way out the door and continue to do so on the backs of the people below them by continuing to lay off and shut down sites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manufacturing Technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DRS Technologies

    Pros

    Very good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Management lost, no vision or plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good people to work with.

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

    I worked at DRS Technologies

    Pros

    People are easy to get along with. Not a rushed environment. Things happen at an easy pace.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth and promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to grow the top line.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    lead multi discipline engineering work force for the company.

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    Former Employee - Vice President of Engineering in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Vice President of Engineering in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at DRS Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a diverse product portfolio

    Cons

    company is reluctant to accept change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    embrace customer vision more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    I loved working at DRS. The people were wonderful.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    My team was great. Everyone worked hard and had outstanding work ethic. Leaders led by example. I loved all of the people I worked with.

    Cons

    No comp-time was offered for salaried employees. Huge dichotomy in pay between men and women (although my boss claimed it was 1000 times better there than at other defense contractors). Poor work-life balance. Expectation that the office comes first.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Selling Businesses, More Layoffs, Where's the Future?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at DRS Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good.
    Dedicated co workers trying to do their best

    Cons

    They announced plan to sell businesses, now they say it's not for sure What you can count on is more layoffs -- people are worried about the future. Everything is blamed on the defense budget with no plans for getting new contracts. Leadership changes and reorganizations all the time - just announced one this week. But nothing positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the endless cycle of layoffs and develop a plan to grow the business. This company needs new leadership immediately and a future. So sad to see what has happened to what was once a proud company with a great team of people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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