SPAWAR Systems Center

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Stay away if you want a good engineering career

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

I worked at SPAWAR Systems Center

Pros

- Every other Fridays off
- Good pay and benefits
- Nice people to work with

Cons

- If you stay here for more than 2-3 years, you will become useless. (Get out while you still can)
- Lack of a good mentoring system for engineers
- All managers do here are traveling and looking for funding
- Constant changes to their pay-for-performance system
- Not enough technical work for engineers at the center
- Rigid management structure
- Useless training classes for engineers

Advice to ManagementAdvice

More technical work, don't try to force everyone to be a project manager.

Doesn't Recommend

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    SPAWAR is a great place for research...

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at SPAWAR Systems Center

    Pros

    Very smart and talented people work here. There are a lot of really cool projects to work on. You can find your own projects if you get the funding for them. Good pay.

    Cons

    Projects can be cut short due to loss of funding. There are a lot of restrictions on unclassified projects, which can be a headache sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I didn't work much with the management, but do know that it can be difficult to work with from an engineering perspective. I would recommend getting more training in the technical field helps.

    Recommends
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    SPAWAR Project Engineer

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Charleston, SC

    I have been working at SPAWAR Systems Center

    Pros

    Work schedules are generally flexible. Many of the managers do not micromanage your workload, though some do. Employees have many opportunities to move around the organization if they are not happy where they are.

    Cons

    Career advancement and promotions are largely based on how long you've been with the organization versus how capable you are to perform the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make pay for performance the reality and not just a slogan. Give pay raises to people who take the time to advance their education while working at SPAWAR.

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