Metron Aviation

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Metron Aviation Reviews

Updated May 8, 2014
Updated May 8, 2014
14 Reviews
2.9
14 Reviews
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Metron Aviation President & CEO James Gaughan
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  1.  

    Innovative and progressive environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Metron Aviation as a contractor for 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
  2.  

    Good Company Turned Bad

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    • 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
  3.  

    Laid off because of government shut down

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Metron Aviation full-time for 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
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  5. 2 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.

  6.  

    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

  7. 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
  8.  

    Decent company, good benefits

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    • 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 for 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
  9.  

    Very nice place to work at

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    • 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
  10.  

    More like an FAA staffing company

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

    I worked at Metron Aviation full-time

    Pros

    flexible schedule, relaxed environment and laid back people

    Cons

    no promotion, little raise, mediocre salary. a museum of Federal X's: Ex administrators, ex-officials to attract federal funding and who are not supposed to do any type of work as we know it. Other than that, Metron hires top people for cheap, creates impressive resumes for them and sells them to FAA for top money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    your business model is working. but on the side think about what products or services you can create to sell to the public too. consider giving raises and promote them regularly instead of hiring from outside. grass should not always be greener on the other side.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice company great benefits Crappy pay scale!

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

    I worked at Metron Aviation

    Pros

    The working environment was fun and friendly. I loved the people that I worked with and they really made it feel like family atmosphere.

    Cons

    The pay scale is terrible! Companies are paying 50-100% more for the same experience. Not a very good structure for promotions or abilities to climb the ladder. Senior management is never promoted from within but hired in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase what your paying people. Giving senior management large salaries and paying the real workers peanuts wont provide you anything but a high level of churn. And the more churn you have the lower your quality of work is.
    Also have a better review/promotion process. People want to feel like they are making progress not that they are not getting anywhere!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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