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Exelis Reviews in Clifton, NJ

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
396 Reviews
2.9
396 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, flexible work hours, pro-family / work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Good Pay, Benefits lacking, Time off (If they allow you to take it) decent (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management doesnt care to much about workers and create work (in 20 reviews)

  • No job security, stressful environment due to multiple layoffs & more looming layoffs (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    Exelis is a great company to expand your engineering skills.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Clifton, NJ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Clifton, NJ

    I have been working at Exelis

    Pros

    Challenging work, paid time off, office culture, higher education reimbursement, multiple engineering disciplines, work/life balance

    Cons

    company values, little room to grow professionally, salary increase not even on par with inflation, decline in benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good people, horrible benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Clifton, NJ
    Current Employee - Engineer in Clifton, NJ

    I have been working at Exelis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work, smart people, friendly coworkers, flexible schedules, etc.

    Cons

    Terrible benefits (medical) and the building is similar to Alcatraz, difficult to get raises and promotions, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the medical benefits for your workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Clifton, NJ
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Clifton, NJ

    I have been working at Exelis as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere, people are friendly, hours are flexible, not a stressful environment

    Cons

    cell phones are not allowed in the building

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good work as intern!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer Intern in Clifton, NJ
    Former Employee - Engineer Intern in Clifton, NJ

    I worked at Exelis as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very intelligent people work there, and it was a great learning experience.

    Cons

    The environment can be a little slow at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SMT in Clifton, NJ
    Former Employee - SMT in Clifton, NJ

    I worked at Exelis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary was reasonable and the work was interesting.

    Cons

    company has changed over the years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It could be so much more

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clifton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clifton, NJ

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

    Pros

    A great place to work on new technology that is vital to the national defense and economy. Some middle managers are very dedicated and care about the people in their organization. There is a very strong, close-nit community of Engineers that will help each other.

    Cons

    Upper management always making decisions based on how easily they can deflect blame. In other words, don't stick your neck out or always have someone to blame if things go wrong. The close-knit community of Engineers shuts you out if you don't fit in. Upper management expects you to work 60 plus hours a week and then doesn't understand why you get burnt out. Too many managers have bad tempers and like to yell at people in meetings to show how important they are--pathetic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more loyal to your employees or they will not stick around. Stop trying to deflect blame and own your decisions-yes, you will make some bad ones now and then but admit it, learn and move on. Accept criticism from people who may know more than you and give them an opportunity to present ideas instead of beating them down if you don't agree.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    What was once a great company is slowly working at alienating its most valuable employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clifton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clifton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Still has a nice work environment and has some very bright engineers.

    Cons

    Company slowly is removing benefits and chipping away at all the reasons that employee's loved to work at the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Demoralizing Workplace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clifton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clifton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Get to utilize great technology and learn from great engineers.

    Cons

    - Log-jam: Very little room for advancement and Sr. Engineers will use/fight younger engineers for job security.

    Great place to learn... but, will need to advance career outside of company.

    - Instability: Layoffs seem to occur constantly. Even to younger engineers. Poor contract procurement.

    - Demoralizing: Management out of touch with the complexity of tasks and slew of proprietary systems and practices force engineers into comfort zones.

    - Cliquish Work Environment: Office/cubical-politics untamed. Very gossipy work environment.

    - HR: Policies getting worse and changing every 3 months, to the employee's dismay. Reduction in PTO time and overall benefits. Compensation stagnates immediately. Payroll is completely incompetent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Won't be around much longer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Clifton, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Clifton, NJ

    I worked at Exelis full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Used to be great place to work.

    Cons

    Management from a failed division is somehow taking over the company.
    No way to advance unless you are someone's favorite.
    No one listens to anything you have to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your division lost every job and ceased to exist you are not the expert you think you are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too few people doing real work

    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Clifton, NJ
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Clifton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Very generous vacation / PTO allotment.
    Small group of very smart / dedicated engineers.

    Cons

    Seems that a small percentage of people do real technical work. Way too many highly paid people serving in management / pseudo-management positions (not uncommon in defense contractors, but especially high here) that add little or nothing to getting work done.

    To a very real extent, pay / promotions based on age and nepotism, not ability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management must figure out which employees are technically competent, and which employees talk big but do nothing. This is hard to do, as those who do the most work usually spend the least time bragging about it.

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