Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

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Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary
    Reasonable hours, flexible scheduling

    Cons

    Some of the office locations very outdated
    Senior Management disconnected with other employees
    Limited interaction with co-workers


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid management, good pay, great mix of people and personalities, expanding company, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Hard to move up because of the size of company, not enough Business Development to win new contracts


  3. Helpful (1)

    Five Years of Opportunity and Exposure to Tier 1 Developers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Engineer in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Data Warehouse Engineer in Springfield, VA

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Over the five years between 2006 - 2011, as an Engineer, I worked on 3 contracts and gain a lot of experience. My business manager was aggressive, fair and provided opportunity to shine and supported training funds for personal development. While at KRATOS, upper management did a great job with benefits (pay raises were fair in the beginning and then went flat in 2010 & 2011).

    Cons

    KRATOS has gone through many growing pains and depending on your current manager and contract. Like many DOD contractors, you are only viable if you are billable. With all the acquisitions, the company has had a lot of turnover, but that happens in a growing company in DOD.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing, but do not lose sight of the value of your employees on-site with the client.


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  5. Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Database Administrator
    Current Employee - Database Administrator

    I have been working at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Low stress..ie Govt. contract and learn new technology

    Cons

    Lots of politics and the Pay fro the D.C. are is NOT competetive

    Advice to Management

    It turns over to much


  6. Sr Designer for Military training simulators. Duties include wiring design and integration

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very friendly environment and interesting work.

    Cons

    No real opportunities for advancement and salary if significantly lower than with past employers.

    Advice to Management

    Use personnel in areas that they can feel rewarded.


  7. Great work, unstable management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in All (Spain)
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in All (Spain)

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Work with great people, travel to really interesting sites.

    Cons

    Some of the people that are workers as mock managers are stuck in a military/college mentality with hazing and publicly chastising seen as a way for them to look better. Managers hid information and objectives, thus surprising the talent continuously. Most decisions were based on what they were told, and not what they observed.

    Advice to Management

    You are laying off and 'firing' people that you shouldn't, and keeping people you shouldn't. Don't promote a new methodology to use every few months, it betrays your inexperience and lack of industry expertise/wisdom as to how to tell if something will/is working.


  8. Large government contracts and a lot of oversight

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

    Pros

    decent pay, flexible hours, decent onboarding, lots of like-minded colleagues, made good connections

    Cons

    because you are working on large government contracts, there's a lot of oversight, all work is tracked down to the minute, i didn't end up performing the job that I was hired to do. ended up doing data entry more than anything

    Advice to Management

    do a better job bidding contracts so that it is not always feast and famine


  9. Helpful (4)

    Great for managers; not so great for workers.

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

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time

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

    Pros

    Benefits and work/life balance are good, depending on what you are there for. If you are on contract as an actual worker, you will conform to the schedule of the work location, which means there is no office culture to speak of. If you are a manager or corporate employee, though, the office environment is nice.

    Cons

    Kratos has the same problems as other government contractors that rely on the government for funding, such as low-bid wars, contract issues, and sudden furloughs.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Kratos acquired my company, lost contracts, underbid contracts, and layoffs followed.

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

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Kratos upper management maintained a hands off approach to acquired companies, for the most part. Talented individuals working as a cohesive team produced great products and services.

    Cons

    Not much job security here. Few contracts were won, and those were underbid, placing excessive burdens on employees to do more with less. The prospect of decreased benefits caused many employees to leave, and layoffs thinned the herd further.

    Advice to Management

    A corporate reputation for quality cannot be maintained if quality employees are not retained.


  11. Lack of focus on business as a whole

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallastown, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallastown, PA

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Agreesive and forward thinking in some of their groups.

    Cons

    Some divisions are not innovative and have short sighted goals that affect long term growth. Some of the companies they have aquired are top heavy in the management ranks and do not operate efficiently. (Too Many Cooks Syndrome)

    Advice to Management

    Look at leaning up your organization. Look at what talent you have at executive and management levels and cut the redundencies.



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