Kwajalein Range Services

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Kwajalein Range Services Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
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  1.  

    Interesting work serving your country's national defense

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at Kwajalein Range Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Laid back operating environment
    Good variety of assignments

    Cons

    Little upward mobility as management positions are filled only by the partner companies
    Cost of living raises are the norm
    Limited budgets due to government constraints / dysfunctionality

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    almost Paradise

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Kwajalein Range Services full-time

    Pros

    Endless Scuba divng activities, great for family life....not too sure about single life

    Cons

    Very challenging work environment and culture to deal with if you are used to dealing with a higher level of work performance on the civilian side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop advancing people with the promotion thru attrition mentality. hire qualified people, dont promote folks who dont have the experience to perform managerial duties.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Unique opportunities in a great place.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kwajalein Range Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are tons of opportunities to grow, and most management reward hard work. Projects are rewarding, and the benefits are good. While the base pay not seem that great, factoring in the tax free pay, free housing, and if unaccompanied the free meals makes saving money very easy.

    Cons

    Facilities are starting to deteriorate on the island. Departments are having to do more with less. The medical services are limited in what they can provide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees' concerns, and think about the long-term future of the company. Upper management has the perception to a lot of employees of being more focused on themselves and their parent companies (Bechtel and Lockheed Martin) than KRS and it's employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    KRS is a good employer with good benefits.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL

    I have been working at Kwajalein Range Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great 401k plan and abundant vacation time. Easy-going attitudes and helpful co-workers.

    Cons

    There is obvious preferential treatment for some employees who have been with KRS longer than others. Working in a distributed environment between Huntsville and Kwajalein has decreased productivity and communication and increased the financial burden to the company, the government, and the range customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to review the contributions of all employees, especially those who have held their positions for a very long time, and either make adjustments to their salary or insist on showing positive performance results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kwajalein Range Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good work/life balance and good first line managers

    Cons

    upper level management needs to take a greater interest in end-user products

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Almost Paradise

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    Former Employee - Communications Technician III
    Former Employee - Communications Technician III

    I worked at Kwajalein Range Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -It's a great place to save money as your housing and food (if unaccompanied) is provided for you. You are also eligible for tax-fee income.
    -It's on a tropical island.
    -Three weeks paid vacation.
    -It's a great place for SCUBA diving, sailing, deep-sea fishing or just soaking up the sun.
    -It has a "laid back" work environment. Even management wear tie-dye T-shirts on Friday.
    -Hey, did I mention it's out on a tropical island?

    Cons

    -Since I had mentioned that it's on a tropical island, it is very remote- about 2100miles SW of Honolulu. Traveling on and off the Island is rather difficult (and expensive), unless you go on your annual leave.
    -Infrastructure is minimal: There is no cable service (only six over the air channels), no high speed internet in your residence, filtered internet and land line phone service.
    -The people there can be very clique-ish and shallow, which I haven't witnessed since high school.
    -You are working on a military installation; even though there are more civilians than uniformed personnel, you still have to play by the Army rules.
    -"Kwaj Kids"- the current employees who grew up on the Island as children- have a sense of entitlement. They tend to treat non "Kwaj Kids" like crap.
    -Certain employees who have worked there for "eons" have a developed a "Kingdom Mentallity"- which impedes with getting things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times. Limit personnel to how long that they can work on the island at one time. Provide more inclusion to personnel who don't do cliques. Need better management- clean house.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Overall nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Marketing in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at Kwajalein Range Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Small company atmosphere, people are nice

    Cons

    Yearly budget cuts and changes to contracts so layoffs every year, you must be on their health insurance as your primary insurance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Get the money going in

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    Former Employee - IT Systems Security Specialist
    Former Employee - IT Systems Security Specialist

    I worked at Kwajalein Range Services

    Pros

    Wonderful lifestyle. The Marshall islands are a great place to live if you scuba dive or like to fish
    It reminded me of living in a college campus...except everyone has money! Food & board are provided
    There are lots of activities to partake in, free movie theatre, arts & crafts like pottery & batik instruction. Many people scuba dive 200 times a year in 82 degree water with 100 foot visability. Diving on WWII wrecks like the Prinz Euegen (Sister ship to the Bismark), wrecked Japaneese zeros, it's simply amazing.

    Cons

    If you're promoted they limit your growth to 10% per year including COLA. They were hiring people in making more money than I was.
    Married people with famlies on the island are treated way better than the singles
    Food is marginal in quality and variation.
    The defense budget has been cut several times, often ending up with cuts in the lifestyle. Pools are closing, fourth of July fireworks cancelled, food budget cut. Talk of reduced work hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair. Stop penny pinching on the workers while lavishing on senior management. Stop changing policies without notice, causing people heartache and money. Treat the singles better. The way the Marshallese are treated should be criminal, but you see to it that it's fine in the compact with the royalty...shame on you.

    Recommends
  10.  

    lower compensation than other places but provide great flexibility to pursue your goals outside of work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kwajalein Range Services

    Pros

    flexiblity. A great company to work for if you are interested in pursuing an advanced degree and obtain work experience.

    Cons

    compensation is not great and work is not necessarily very challenging. It can be a challenge to look for interesting work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the senior managers are not employed by the same company but they should be. It sends a wrong message when the senior managers refuse to accept the compensation that KRS provides.

  11.  

    Good employees are treated well, so long as you play their game.

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    Former Employee - Locations IS Kwajalein, Marshall Islands ArmyBase in Ennylabegan local village (Marshall Islands)
    Former Employee - Locations IS Kwajalein, Marshall Islands ArmyBase in Ennylabegan local village (Marshall Islands)

    I worked at Kwajalein Range Services full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay, low cost of living on Kwajalein, good benifits, 401K

    Cons

    medical if you are not healthy, added responsibilities with lowering of work force, Politics...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less politics, rules apply to everyone and should not depend on your status, housing equality

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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