KEYW
3.7 of 5 17 reviews
www.keywcorp.com Hanover, MD 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Mar 27, 2014

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83% Approve of the CEO

KEYW Chairman, President, and CEO Leonard E. Moodispaw

Leonard E. Moodispaw

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great work culture, a little bit disorganized

Software Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at KEYW full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat work environment -- everyone is very talented but also friendly and laid back. Fantastic benefits and perks! The Christmas party is always really fun and has awesome food + open bar!

ConsBased on my experience and others', sometimes they'll hire someone and not have a placement for them right away; it seems like the hiring process is a bit disorganized.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Top workplace in 2013

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at KEYW

ProsBenefits, corporate culture, and support of work life balance

ConsMore career options for people with a polygraph

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent Culture

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at KEYW

ProsEveryone at the company was very professional.

ConsI have no cons at this time.

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Best place to work in the Baltimore Washington corridor

Project Manager Technical III (Current Employee)

I have been working at KEYW full-time for more than 3 years

ProsVery professional and skilled employees.

ConsI really have nothing to say in this area. It was a good ride. I look forward to coming back.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Worked there for one year after buyout. Left for better pay/working conditions at a competing company.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at KEYW full-time for more than a year

ProsGood salary and industry standard benefits.

ConsDisconnected senior management focused on stock price.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Meh...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Hanover, MD

I worked at KEYW full-time for more than a year

ProsThe coworkers- I genuinely enjoyed my work associates

ConsTerrible communications
Company sends out too many promo items... I'd rather have a conversation or paid training luncheon instead of the 'stuff'

Advice to Senior ManagementTrim the fat. Don't wait for the good, talented people to get fed up and leave you.

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

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Overhyped and under deliver to their employees

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Hanover, MD

I have been working at KEYW full-time

ProsBenefits- Great 401K match, healthcare, company events

ConsVery unprofessional, misleading, questionable ethics, abundance of obscenities and attacks on individuals, no real structure to anything (just wing it mentality), lack of communication

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate to your employees, setup some real processes and procedures, treat individuals with respect, and use more professional language in business meetings

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

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Model Company

Senior Project Manager (Current Employee)
Fort Meade, MD

I have been working at KEYW full-time for more than a year

ProsAmazing benefits to include inexpensive health care, unparalleled 401K, generous PTO and tons of Morale boosting perks. Strong reputation for excellence in performance. Large company with agile response to clients needs. Willing to take risks based in common sense that would take companies of similar size months of policy review and change to execute.

ConsMost of the company's strengths revolve extremely specialized needs and complex customer problems - in short, not always the cheapest of missions to execute successfully. This sometimes puts KEYw at a disadvantage in competitive markets where the customer is willing to sacrifice quality for a best value solution. In my opinion, KEYW is not a good company for capturing competitive contracts when the Government is in financial turmoil. Not exactly a weakness, but it's business revolves around timing capture efforts with extreme strategy. Also, there is no centralized business development group, which means as a manager, you will need to be creative and versed in business development to progress in your career.

Advice to Senior ManagementA lot of emphasis is placed on maintaining low overhead costs by working in a flat environment. This sometimes puts pressure on managers to bite off more than they can handle in order to prove their worth. Remember to delegate, divide and conquer.

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

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KEYW is my first employer out of college, and has set the bar VERY HIGH for other companies to match the experience.

Electrical Hardware Design Engineer I (Current Employee)
Hanover, MD

I have been working at KEYW full-time for less than a year

ProsFantastic benefits package, competitive compensation, availability of upward mobility.

Great employee perks such as weekly sporting events tickets giveaways, gifts sent to your home for no charge to you, gift card giveaways.

Great communication from Len and the other high level executives on the overall movement and operation of the company at an enterprise level.

Friendly, efficient, and talented people for inside-operations such as Human Resources, Payroll, and Timekeeping operations. Always quick to respond to problems.

ConsKEYW is a Maryland based company, so the professional sporting events are for Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens tickets. As a Washington DC resident, where is the love for the Redskins and Nationals?

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue the communication with All Hands meetings and emails with regards to the enterprise-level actions of the company. It promotes a unified feeling among co-workers, at all levels of their careers.

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

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Good Company, Good Benefits

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at KEYW

Pros- Great Benefits, Hard to find another Company that is comparable.
- Good Salaries.
- Work environment depends on your contract

Cons- Seems hard to move to different contracts

Advice to Senior ManagementNone. Keep doing what you are doing.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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