Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

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Government subcontracting is a strange world

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Former Contractor - Web Developer in San Diego, CA
Former Contractor - Web Developer in San Diego, CA

I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

Pros

Great pay
Don't care what you're doing as long as you do your job
Grunt-level jobs could be, and in some cases of inventive coworkers, were, done by a thirty-line script

Cons

Massively overhired and overpaid people for too little work-- squandered resources led to destruction of entire department a few months later
Advertised as contract-to-hire, no warning when contract ended that this was no longer the case

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  1. Toxic environment

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Company got me up and running with all the supplies, software, computer and permissions I needed within a week of starting, nice break room, could make your own hours as long as you completed your work & did the minimum 40 hrs per week

    Cons

    Very poor communication, if you weren't in management you knew there were secret meetings going on that you were not invited to, unrealistic deadlines, management turned a blind eye to any process improvements, lots of layoffs and not many potential contracts in the pipeline, good employees left, bad managers stayed on??? No training or opportunity to change positions

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with employees, communicate, say No to unrealistic deadlines - giving a crappy product on-schedule means nothing, improve image to win new contracts


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    Five Years of Opportunity and Exposure to Tier 1 Developers

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    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Engineer in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Engineer in Springfield, VA

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Over the five years between 2006 - 2011, as an Engineer, I worked on 3 contracts and gain a lot of experience. My business manager was aggressive, fair and provided opportunity to shine and supported training funds for personal development. While at KRATOS, upper management did a great job with benefits (pay raises were fair in the beginning and then went flat in 2010 & 2011).

    Cons

    KRATOS has gone through many growing pains and depending on your current manager and contract. Like many DOD contractors, you are only viable if you are billable. With all the acquisitions, the company has had a lot of turnover, but that happens in a growing company in DOD.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing, but do not lose sight of the value of your employees on-site with the client.


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