Exelis

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Bad Management, little foresight.

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Herndon, VA
Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Herndon, VA

I worked at Exelis full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Large company, so there are many ongoing projects.
People are largely very nice, and almost all are good at their jobs

Cons

Size means very few Internal project see actual production
The few incompetent people are either in management or your boss.
Very little future thinking, mostly how can we exploit the here and now

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Look forward, stop stagnating.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mixed bag for the employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at Exelis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salaries can be really good depending on your job but you had better get it up front. You learn a lot and get great experience and skills. Work is challenging and there is always something new to learn. Some of the resources to do the work and support are really good in general but not always as good as they could be. They have an excellent pricing model for example. Many of the people you work with are nice.

    Cons

    Company benefits continue to be cut and pretty much suck now all in the name of being competitive. Work loads can be extreme and they suffocate you with compliance minutiae. No matter how hard you work, they expect you to consistently take on more to get a decent raise and typically those suck too after a few years of getting no raises to cut costs. Layoffs are frequent and impact even long-term veterans of the company and all levels. This leads to a lot of fear to complain about anything and people often suck it up to avoid being targeted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Morale is low and getting a lot worse. There is a sense that working hard doesn't pay off because the return is always the same regardless. Getting crappy raises coupled with benefits that keep getting worse will not motivate employees or inspire optimism and faith in the company. You're likely going to lose a lot of good people in the long run when the economy makes it possible to find something better and you'll deserve it. But you don't seem to care anyway. Simply saying everyone else is doing this or giving the same being competitive excuse gets old. How much money did you waste branding yourself ITT Exelis after the spinoff for example only to change your name to just Exelis now? You save at employee expense but waste so much in other areas needlessly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not bad but I had to leave earlier than the contract was for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Satellite Technician
    Former Contractor - Satellite Technician

    I worked at Exelis as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    A good group of people. Many opportunities overseas but you must have a valid security clearance.

    Cons

    Many opportunities overseas but you must have a valid security clearance. There are not any cons they have great opportunities and especially for veterans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check to make sure new employees clearances are going to be good before hiring him / her.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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