Exelis Visual Information Solutions

  www.exelisvis.com
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Good people, laid back, but the parent company tries hard to spoil everything.

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO

I worked at Exelis Visual Information Solutions full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

This company had a very relaxed atmosphere- flexible working hours, almost no deadline pressure, no micromanagement. The software project managers are developers and work on the product right along with you. They also have the flexibility to say 'that sounds like an interesting idea- go try it out'. Most developers get shared offices, though they had started spilling over into cubicles. They make an honest effort to keep meetings and other distractions down to a reasonable minimum.

Cons

The company is very stingy when it comes to spending money. That means few promotions, minimal raises even in record sales years, and it's a battle to convince them to buy hardware or software even when you can make a very clear case for its productivity value.
The parent company is a defense contractor, the company does do some government work, and a sister company once got in major trouble for ITAR violations. Because of that, they require frequent ITAR and security training (whether it applies to you or not), and have some baffling and strict IT policies.
I got the sense that just about every bad thing about the company was pushed onto them by their parent company, and that the company was basically good and making an honest effort at insulating their employees from it.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great developers, Limited vision

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    Current Employee - Engineering Department in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Engineering Department in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    The talent and the products at this company are great. The developers are smart and collaborative. Work life balance is good - no expectation of overtime or weekend work. The location in Boulder, on creek path, is appealing. The company does a good job of hiring.

    Cons

    The direction of the company has changed to be more of a Defense contractor, rather than focused on science. The parent company has also absorbed this small software development company, and the benefits are not as good as they used to be (fewer days off, more restrictive medical benefits). VIS is getting smaller, with 2 layoffs in the past year. There are few growth opportunities now, no training, and small raises, if any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people be creative, rather than micromanage them. You hire terrific people, and then are afraid to let them do something innovative or risky. Take a chance - you'll be amazed at the results from your talented staff. They need more self-determination and they'll be happier and more productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the place it used to be.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Exelis Visual Information Solutions full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very intelligent people that are passionate about the work that they are doing. Love being based in Boulder along the creek path. Feel that the work that we are doing has the capacity to change people's lives.

    Cons

    Lack of vision, strategic direction and focus is causing dismay. Significant changes in the geospatial marketplace. Leadership seems more concerned in their own survival than they are in leading the organization through this difficult period. Quickly loosing good people that have been with the company for many years. Culture and morale is deteriorating rapidly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show faith and support in your employees instead of blaming them for falling short due to unrealistic financial numbers that have been set by the mother ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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