Exelis
2.8 of 5 330 reviews
www.exelisinc.com McLean, VA 5000+ Employees

Exelis Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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2.8 330 reviews

                             

44% Approve of the CEO

Exelis President & CEO David F. Melcher

David F. Melcher

(94 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Excelis (formally ITT) provided good pay and benefits"
    in 17 reviews
  • "Good work/life balance because people just don't care anymore and put in their 8hrs and then done for the day"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management doesnt care to much about workers and create work"
    in 17 reviews
  • "No job security, stressful environment due to multiple layoffs & more looming layoffs"
    in 15 reviews
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    Exelis at a glance

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsVacation time. Nearly 3 months of vacation per year

    Pay is competitive with other US IT companies.

    Military friendly. If you're a reservist you will get paid military leave. If you decide to go back in they will match your pay for 5 years and hold a position for you.

    ConsSome of the middle management teams can be hard to work for.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess babysitting and get needed equipment to sites.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The top stripping the bottom - worker bee

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsMost people are awesome, great to work with, despite the fact that so much has changed in short two years.

    ConsLet's just say the majority of comments here are right on the ball.....
    Cut, cut, cut to balance the long term business cycle..... NOT sustainable, specially with the skeleton crew at the bottom while beefing up the executive level. The first sign of job market / economic turn around would spell a massive turn-over. But, hey, that's the modus operandi for businesses these days, right?

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are getting very close to (g, in some cases past) breaking the camel back. You won't cut your way out of this. What would a human with no prospect / growth opportunity or any sort of job tsecurity would do after a year, year and half?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    poor value to the customer

    Principal Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Greenbelt, MD

    Proshigh salaries for people who've been there a while

    ConsHaughty attitude but lack of relevant experience resulted in repeated and numerous mistakes on display for international users. Do not learn from mistakes, but repeated them. Not interested in new ideas, process improvement, etc.
    Displayed no effort to remedy numerous issues experienced with new contract.
    Very high value placed on long time employees, not so much on newcomers.
    I did not see an excellence in hiring, as I knew a number of poor performers that were hired on by them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour lack of interest in exceeding expectations for the customer is going to catch up with you eventually.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    For the most part very good, however company in transition and benefits and growth ops dimishing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAs before People are treated respectfully

    ConsRecent priority is focused on the bottom line in order to sell. Hence layoffs to improve financial metrics. decentralized control diminishing self determination at our facility

    Advice to Senior ManagementAIL/ED was was successful before ITT acquired us, Can be successful with out you

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    Falling Business

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcelis (formally ITT) provided good pay and benefits.

    ConsPoor corporate planing with plant closings

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo late now. Excelis is headed towards extinction

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I really enjoyed my job at Exellis

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFriendly atmosphere, great pay and benefitts

    ConsThe only con was the long drive to work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lots of Engineers, friendly environment

    Executive Assistant to the Director of Engineering (Current Employee)
    Morgan Hill, CA

    ProsNice location, kept busy...setting up meetings and all day visitor meeting rooms, catering lunches, labs
    collaboration on target.

    ConsCommuting to Morgan Hill, California location each day

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice, all is well there

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Basically good with limited opportunity for advancement at this location

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Fort Irwin, CA

    ProsThis is a really cool contract to work for in terms of gathering data for scientific advancement.

    ConsConstant budget cuts and lack of advancement opportunitites are a downer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's not always a good idea to cut employee benefits or skip merit increases in order to grow the company. At the very least don't publish the CEO's bonus amount when we are asked to sacrifice our benefits or raises are held back.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    challenging

    Assembler/Inspector (Former Employee)
    Bohemia, NY

    Prosdoing something that you learn with confidence.

    Consmilitary aspects of ingenuity and adding it as part of you daily routine.

    Advice to Senior Managementneed more dedication to employer needs .

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OK. Could be a lot better.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsManagment is ok, but more experience is definitely needed in a lot of positions.

    ConsBenefits are OK, but compensation is not as expected. Average 16 hour days with 12 working hours and the remaineder of the time commuting and getting ready for work, compensation should be a lot higher.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to all employees, even those new to the company because they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that could be utilized to benefit all of those currently on contract.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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