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Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
12 Reviews
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12 Reviews
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Innovative Solutions & Support Chairman and CEO Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick
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  1.  

    Great potential, but run by out-of-touch executive management. Projects are always behind and management never listens.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering
    Former Employee - Engineering

    I worked at Innovative Solutions & Support full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Type of work was rewarding.
    Veteran employees know their stuff.
    The friendships I made.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance.
    Little to no raises.
    No growth opportunities.
    Projects are always behind and management never learns from past mistakes.
    Reactionary, not proactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people that do the work. They may know a thing or two. And don't make promises to customers that you can't keep.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Ehh

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Software Test Engineer in Exton, PA
    Current Contractor - Software Test Engineer in Exton, PA

    I have been working at Innovative Solutions & Support as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Experience is awesome. You definitely learn a lot.

    Cons

    Hours of work demanded.
    Assuming you want to work weekends.
    Lack of direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit being managers. It's really not working out for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Difficult to do things right, but so much potential.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Exton, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Exton, PA

    I worked at Innovative Solutions & Support full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    This company had a lot of potential during the brief time I was there. The company make solid components and systems do their customers. The company has a great approach at certifying flight software as they approach everything initially as a safety of flight issue and step down from that high level when appropriate. They are not afraid to work to meeting Level A requirements.

    Cons

    Documentation is holding the company back. During my short time with the company I rarely ever received a "clean" report. The worst case I saw was a report for al Pilatus PC-12 that rarely mentioned that aircraft and instead spoke for Boeing 767 aircraft.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modify the company culture and push for clarity and accuracy in the businesses daily activities. Have discussions and plans based in reality rather than in "what the boss wants." Improve work like balance of employees. Assuming they will work an average of 60 hr weeks is not good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    If you have any respect for yourself or career do no work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Software Test Engineer in Exton, PA
    Current Contractor - Software Test Engineer in Exton, PA

    I have been working at Innovative Solutions & Support as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Unlimited amount of hours

    gain uncommon avionics knowledge

    Cons

    company will work you until your sick

    unruly owner

    will fire everyone when the work is gone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work at another business that is actually successful. learn that your employees keep the company running and are not objects to be worked to death for the lowest dollar amount and fired when not needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Stepping stone for your career (software test/V&V)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Software Test Engineer Intern
    Former Intern - Software Test Engineer Intern

    I worked at Innovative Solutions & Support as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Friendly people, approachable managers and CEO
    -easy to land job as V&V (people come and go all the time)
    -good place to start if you need experience

    Cons

    -Heavy work hours. QA full timers work average 9-10 hrs when they are on tight schedule which is most of the time. Sometimes work on weekends is necessary
    -Tedious and repetitive work nature (ex: debug and run test procedures over and over, etc)
    -High turnover rate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Ample opportunity, but longevity is not available here

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Innovative Solutions & Support full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Medical/Dental
    -401(k) match
    -Competitive Pay
    -Ample opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in a fast paced environment.
    -Company is competitive in its industry and produces sought-after products in the retrofit market

    Cons

    -Pace can be daunting at times
    -Priorities change more frequently than they should. Project schedules end up behaving more flexibly than designed
    -Delivery schedule is often challenged by design timeline, so there is usually a heavy 'push' at the end
    -Company workforce level is never stable, irregular turnover & layoffs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good coworkers, ok managers, disconnect with sr management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - V&V in Exton, PA
    Current Contractor - V&V in Exton, PA

    I have been working at Innovative Solutions & Support as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The coworkers are awesome, great bunch of guys. The company welcomes us to take all the OT we can handle

    Cons

    Mandatory OT is a common thing, the pay sucks, the hours tend to get long (+10hr days, Monday thru Sunday)there is a lot of turn over. People dont exactly stick around long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees better pay and more benefits. Reconnect senior management with the regular employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay. Away. These other positive reviews HAVE to be fake.

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

    I worked at Innovative Solutions & Support

    Pros

    -Will give opportunities to kids straight out of college.
    -Gain rare Avionics experience.
    -Great core of co-workers to surround yourself with

    Cons

    -Average of 60-80 hours a week.
    -Will work 7 days a week
    -Will work late nights/overnights at times
    -Bad pay, especially considering the field
    -Upper Management is utterly incompetent and over-the-top. It's LITERALLY like Dilbert/Office Space. Its laughable at times, but most times, its just extraordinarily depressing
    -Poor decisions leading to mismanagement of projects meaning NOTHING gets done ever. Only a matter of time before the company crumbles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees. They work so extremely hard to pay for your Mercedes/Porsche's. At least pay them well before you decide to dissolve the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - QA Engineer in Exton, PA
    Current Contractor - QA Engineer in Exton, PA

    I have been working at Innovative Solutions & Support as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    There was always over time and hand on training was available. I loved working with Electronics so this greatly skews my opinion. There was also close to unlimited overtime. when your a young kid out of college. Its fun to learn play and gather knowledge. The Staff was great while I worked there like a disgruntled family always looking for a laugh while always pursuing perfection.

    Cons

    If you want to work normal 9-5 Hours, it wouldn't work for you. It can be grueling working 20 hour shifts. Some of the dev staff are really on a high horse and don't take well to the simplest issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Manager while I was there was Joe Tracy. He was one of the best Manager I had ever met. Great guy hard nosed no BS. Good leader who told it like it was. Fun guy to work for. Having people that kept the place interesting and fun are always needed in an environment like that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Keep your head down.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Exton, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Exton, PA

    I worked at Innovative Solutions & Support full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work, fast paced, very capable colleagues.

    Cons

    Do not cross the founder! Agree or risk termination. There is a small group in management who will be there forever. Everyone else's job is at risk. Constant chaos, always working in recovery mode. Company has a history of putting all its resources into the current project and not keeping the pipeline filled with new work. Result - when the big project is over, big layoffs follow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the founder and his ego out of the picture and things will run much more smoothly. But it won't happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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