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Exostar Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Workplace has seen large amounts of changes in the past few years and has an upside potential in aerospace/security

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Reasonable Compensation, Relaxed Atmosphere, Flexibility, Generally Understanding Supervisors.

    Cons

    As is the case with most offices, there is a lot of politicking going about and many folks have titles that are rather misrepresentative of the work they do. The last few years of Exostar seems to have run up on a penny-pinching mentality in the HR aspect. Skimping on insurance for new-hires, not starting benefits right away, etc. Careful of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the clean up of titles and straighten out the duties of the employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Welcome Back to HighSchool

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exostar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get almost 2 weeks off for Xmas; paid. That's the ONLY true benefit for this company.

    Cons

    1) If you're a 'Tiered' employee; like Tier I or Tier II, do not expect to get paid to the industry standard. The pay is terrible, and the benefits are worse. Expect to be paid $5-15K less than what your colleagues at other companies are making for doing the same job. This is sad considering the company is located in one of the highest cost of living areas. Hope you have a spouse with a job too. Upper management loves to keep this money. I accidentally caught a peek of their bonuses and it more than doubles my salary alone. But don't worry, they compensate you every now and then by ordering pizza, which you mostly likely won't get because it will be gone by the time you hear that there's pizza in the kitchen, and they will try to have fun activities that make everyone think, "Can I just get a bonus?"

    2) Highschool BS. If you work here, have fun with the different cliques. HR acts like she's an executive and treats employees like garbage. She cares nothing about the employees, and won't give you the time of day. If she's buddy-buddy with you, which is a small chance, you have job security. If not, have a resume handy. There are a lot of people there that have a sense of entitlement and will not be afraid to put you in your place, or degrade you for even asking a simple question. There is even one manager who has openly stated that she does not like having men on her team; AND DOESNT, but that's okay apparently.

    3) The benefits suck. Hope you don't have a spouse or kids and need bennies cause you won't afford them through this company.

    4) The Customer Support team gets treated like straight garbage. HR tries her hardest to ensure that customer support can't even make it to the Xmas party. The job itself is crummy enough when you consider the pay, and the disgruntled customers you have to deal with, but to include the disdain from HR and other departments absolutely destroys any morale you may have.

    5) Don't expect any growth, and certainly any help from HR to find a career path. HR won't even tell you when a new position opens up. There is no 'promoting' within unless you're lucky enough to work for one of the few managers who will. The company is growing and making plenty of money, but even if you get promoted, don't expect to be blown away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're part of the problem. Poop rolls down hill. My advice? Learn how to manage people, and appreciate your employees as they are your number one asset. Pay these people for God's sake. You wonder why turnover is so high? Money talks, pizza does not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    In accelerated growth mode

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Management in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work outside your job description
    Great teamwork in certain areas of the company
    Strong leadership in technical areas of the company

    Cons

    Long Hours during certain periods
    Inexperience at executive level in people management
    Missteps in managing high growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the right people , reinvest in the business
    Don't get complacent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Solid Growth Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at Exostar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Growing business in Pharma and Aerospace & Defense

    Cons

    Highly Technical Environment with tight deadlines and little room for error

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great place to work, until a power play by certain executive mades it an uncomfortable work environement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I worked at Exostar

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, and the ability to work from home at times.

    Cons

    The top executive most the environment uncomfortable with a lack of transparency and closed door decisions. He often plays favorites with people he 'likes' making the work environement uncomfortable for those he 'dislikes', regardless of ability or performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen the purse strings, show the employee's that they matter and are valued. Allow for more visibility into senior management decisions and provide better annual raises based on performance. Giving everyone at the company a standard percentage is not fair, especially when some employee's use sick leave as vacation on a weekly basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Exostar Style

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exostar

    Pros

    Only hires experienced employees - no newbies allowed. A Pro because everyone is typically very competent in their fields. Offered a good work life balance. Many employees are remote, which is odd for such a small company.

    Cons

    The only experienced hire practice means a poor career development track. Employee are pigeon-holed and not allowed to grow. As a software-as-a-service company, the culture does not allow for much creativity and there is stagnation at the top management level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake it up. The grow-then-contract model has been done too many times before. The company needs to look outside the A&D world so that it can operate as a true SaaS instead of a shared services company of its founding partners.

  8.  

    I think current management is doing a good job in trying to develop confidence with the larger Defense industry players

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Herndon, VA

    I worked at Exostar

    Pros

    The Benefits and work life balance are unlike any company I have worked for. I have never worked for a company as flexible as this when it comes to taking time off. When I needed time off for an emergency, they were very understanding.

    Cons

    Since it is a small company, it needs to go public in order for people to advance significiantly in their careers. The company will need to grow at a tremendous rate to become public.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the current management was placed in a difficult position because of problems with the strategy pursued by prior managers. I think they need to work towards making bigger defense industry players comfortable in using Exostar.

    Recommends

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