Exelis Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. Country Club

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Clifton, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Clifton, NJ

    I worked at Exelis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You may work on some interesting project ONLY if the defense department/government awards one to the company, just like working at any other defense contractor

    Cons

    This place was like old men's country club. You have to know other people who can help you keep your job. Proprietory technology.

    Advice to Management

    Dirty, rotten management! Froze the pension and said employees who worked for at least 3 years could transfer the balance to their 401k. And then laid off many employees just few months before they'd complete 3 years.


  2. Starting a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exelis

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

    Pros

    Exelis is a great place to begin your career as an engineer. They provide many opportunities to continue education and add to your skills.

    Cons

    Compensation seems to be below the industry average.

    Advice to Management

    Improve performance review process


  3. Hard times

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exelis

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

    Pros

    Had excellent benefits. Challenging opportunities/work at one time.

    Cons

    Decreasing job opportunities. Management more concerned with their own jobs as part of Harris takeover.

    Advice to Management

    Better marketing


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Scary

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

    I have been working at Exelis full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The technology and the projects are fun and challenging. Some great work experience available here. One or two brilliant colleagues.

    Cons

    Ridiculously poor management. For how much this company is paid to make what it makes, it is difficult to fathom that, yes, it really is this bad. Common sense business practices as well as all employee input is ignored. The waste, inefficiency, and utter disregard for their human capital are sickening to watch day by day. There's no training or program infrastructure and very little policy consistentcy. The cracks have been showing for quite a while, but at this point, the foundations are infirm. Long time employee ranks are packed with unfettered sociopaths and sycophants. Very few women employed and zero advancement or recognition for those who do manage to get on board. Ethics, quality, and safety are only words here.

    Advice to Management

    Harris to the rescue? A management necrotomy is in order.


  6. Exelis Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exelis

    Pros

    People I worked with ....

    Cons

    Lack of communication between workers and 1st line management....

    Advice to Management

    Need better training for 1st line management...


  7. Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager

    I worked at Exelis full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    International employment opportunities for all types of jobs.

    Cons

    Don't know if they will be around in 6 months. Might get bought out.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Company does not value their employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exelis full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The local area is present.

    Cons

    A terrible place to work for anyone who would like to make this job a career.


  9. A great place to pay your dues/ start your career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Exelis

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People you work with are great

    Cons

    Low salaries and lack of leadership Although recently there has been some reorganization that may help solve the lack of leadership within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to keep your developers from leaving for better paying jobs...right now your salaries are down right an insult to those that work there.


  10. Mechanical Engineer

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

    I worked at Exelis

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Co-workers. Awesome place to start your career as a Mechanical Engineer.

    Cons

    Difficult to get things done - alot of "red tape". Difficult to move up the corporate ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Let your workers be more independent and make


  11. Helpful (12)

    How Ethical was this company?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working amongst many wonderful, highly intelligent people that have given their best years and faith that they would be rewarded for their hard work. In most cases, BD areas work together as a team to win future business.

    Cons

    When ITT spun off their defense division and became Exelis, it was clear from the beginning that the primary goal of the shareholders was to sell off Exelis and to make the company look competitive financially by cutting employee benefits to the bones to be competitive with other defense companies. No more sick time, severe PTO cuts, severance cut to 6 weeks despite years and years with the company, all the while promoting the employees to act ethical when Melcher walks off with millions at the expense of the employees. It's a disgrace. No promotion opportunities for women to higher management positions, it's a boy's club.

    Advice to Management

    Harris help us please!



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