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Metron Aviation Reviews

Updated February 1, 2015
Updated February 1, 2015
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company, just needs direction

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

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

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, great people.

    Cons

    Industry is tired and needs a shakeup. Hopefully Metron can be the one to do that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within.

  2.  

    It is a good experience working there with its ups and downs.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Metron Aviation

    Pros

    Very flexible. Telecommuting option. 5 weeks paid time off. Family friendly. Service division as well as product division.

    Cons

    Ups and downs. Projects are low. No training to help professional development of employees. Very slow promotions. Do not really bother about whether employees are happy or not doing the projects. No bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees happy. Help professional development of employees

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company Turned Bad

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

    I have been working at Metron Aviation full-time

    Pros

    * Smart and talented coworkers
    * Laid back work environment
    * Some international work opportunities

    Cons

    * Very few options for project work
    * Work is not particularly innovative, challenging, or interesting
    * Low salaries
    * Overpaid and top-heavy management. Why does such a small company need so many VPs?
    * Nearly all top management was brought in from the outside
    * No training or professional development opportunities. Every hour you work must be charged to a project and must be directly related to the project
    * Uncertain future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Metron was once a really great company and a really great place to work. Then, the company got bought and everything became about money and profits rather than about the people. Also, most of the upper management is incompetent, lazy, and doesn't care about the people at the company.

    Advice to Management:
    * Demote the VPs that are not performing at the level they are getting paid for
    * Promote from within the company.
    * Focus on finding more fun and innovative project work to bid on
    * Provide some training and professional development opportunities
    * Continue pursuing international work

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

    Innovative and progressive environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Human Resources in Dulles, VA
    Former Contractor - Human Resources in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Metron Aviation as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Macro-management style, allowed independent thinkers to flourish.

    Cons

    Hard time adjusting when the federal market changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More lines of communication to staff members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Laid off because of government shut down

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

    I worked at Metron Aviation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fun to be around some of the people

    Cons

    Upper management does not care about the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Protect your current employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Managed into the ground

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Metron Aviation

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good work-life balance, tons of vacation if you were grandfathered into the old PTO schedule, interesting and challenging work when it's available.

    Cons

    Uncertain future of the company! Major red flag for those looking to work here; they can tell you about all this work they Could get, but how much work is actually coming to fruition? Poor company morale due to mismanagement, lack of promotion opportunity (unless you've worked for Lockheed!), somewhat lackluster pay scale, constant promises for bonuses by setting unattainable corporate goals, lack of accountability from management for poor business decisions. It's really a shame because Metron used to be such a great company. Now that ownership has changed hands several times, a lot of the innovative research work is either ineligible for competition (i.e., SBIR) or the parent company has no interest in helping the company to maintain the industry reputation and knowledge that has been built up over the past decade or so (e.g, the work isn't profitable enough).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thin out the number of VPs. Stop hiring management from outside the company. You've already lost a lot of your best talent, do more to keep those you have left. Example, bonuses: certainly the bonus pool at the end of the year can be funded at SOME level. You really shouldn't give everyone something, but reward your best people. Some people might be mad they aren't getting anything, but good -- they were bad employees anyway. Get rid of the spot bonus program. It's not enough money to be effective at incentivizing employees and the rules surrounding it seem arbitrary and like it supports favoritism in an unproductive way. I know quite a few of the problems are being caused by Airbus' demands, but do more to either call them out for the actual reason why they bought Metron in the first place or explain to your employees why you think their unreasonable expectations make good business sense.

  8.  

    Lead Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Metron Aviation

    Pros

    Flex schedule, great atmosphere, great benefits

    Cons

    to many VP's and unknown future

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed opinion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Metron Aviation full-time

    Pros

    Unique line of work; smart & talented technical staff; relatively small size; exposure to interesting research with a variety of customers

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities; small company trying to operate in much bigger shoes; senior management is out of touch;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to staff morale; acknowledge and address negative perceptions before they become ingrained in the minds of those below you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent company, good benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Good work environment that doesn't contain much stress. Pay is ok with good benefits. Allowed to have a pretty flexible schedule.

    Cons

    I don't feel like I've learned a lot. Career can get stagnant here as they hire a lot of the upper positions from outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should start promoting from within. I think company morale is affected by this.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very nice place to work at

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

    I have been working at Metron Aviation

    Pros

    Good benefit (although used to be better); flexible working environment

    Cons

    Not all the work is interesting and meaningful

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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