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Great crew, great President, great client, mid to upper management needs work.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Elizabeth City, NC
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elizabeth City, NC

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

Pros

DRS C3A is full of a bunch of great workers. Sure, there are bad apples in every bunch, but the overall majority are great.

  Lately, things have been tough for this location. The majority of the staff has been furloughed but making the best of it. The President has been and is the rock of this location. He continues to do all he can to protect his people and ensure their timely return to work, all while continuing to accomplish the client's needed goals and operational readiness. There are also a few members of his staff that are still working and doing all they can to make this tough time a bit easier. The crew members that are still working are doing what they can as well to help their furloughed brothers and sisters.

-This location has a great sense of brotherhood and for the most part works well together.

-Again, the President is a HUGE plus and has an outstanding level of integrity.

-[Immediate and current] HR staff is outstanding for the amount of work they have to deal with.

-The standards of the crew members are second to none. Very meticulous.

-Some room for advancement.

Cons

-Although there is SOME room for advancement there's a salary cap for each position.

-Topside and administrative positions get more of a salary than the worker bees for the most part.

-There are a few bad apples in the supervisory and upper management positions. Over my years at this company there has been a few in upper management that has the potential to drive this company's success downward. Over time there have been MANY program efficiency proposals made by VERY experienced and credible people and even after approval, the implementation and running processes are gutted thus completely negating any improvements.

-When employees take it upon themselves to raise money to help less fortunate employees it is frowned upon, but only by a very select few though.

-Job card times have ridiculous time allotments that jobs are supposed to be properly completed in. There needs to be more consultation with the mechanics rather than seemingly throwing in times that look appealing to the client.

-A few bad apples in very key positions.

-Outlook for this location not that good if changes aren't vetted and dealt with.

-A lot of bureaucratic red tape to deal with even with the simplest of repairs.

-Favoritism shown to the paper shufflers on the floor.

-No accountability when mid to upper management makes huge, costly errors.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-Don't overlook the obvious. Deal with the upper management bottlenecking and vet the bad apples.

-When a new program proposal is approved stop hindering its implementation.

-Stop the micro-managing by those not on the floor day to day.

-Instead of hindering workers trying to raise money for those less fortunate workers, help them to find a way to do so. If implementation is in any way against any rules then aid them in finding an alternative way to take care of your people.

-Review the work order management program (30-character limit on discrepancy description).

-If it takes 6+ months over the allotted time to move a product out the door, there needs to be inquiries into why and those responsible held accountable.

-There needs to be better pay and more room for employees to negotiate pay.

-The red tape needs to be more streamlined in order to allow for the job to get done in a more timely and efficient manner. The current system ties the hands of the people on the floor for even the simplest of jobs.

-Always remember who the movers and shakers truly are.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent high technology defense prime with spectacular products and markets.

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President Operations  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President Operations in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    Despite being part of a the global conglomerate, Finmeccanica, DRS remains a mostly decentralized organization of smaller defense businesses that react/respond quickly to changes in market and customer needs, allowing it to react quickly and competitively to secure new business opportunities.

    Cons

    The attributes of smaller companies also bring challenges of scale, which can negatively affect cost structure. Talent development also falls short when compared to larger company strategies, which seek a continuous improvement culture of people and process to drive competitive advantage.

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    Defense contractor looking out for our country's safety

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The support for our military and veterans by DRS and it's employees is second to none.

    Cons

    Business is subject to the whims of our government and it's lack of support for the defense sector.

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