SPAWAR Systems Center

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Updated Jul 9, 2014

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3.1 48 reviews

75% Approve of the CEO

SPAWAR Systems Center Commander Patrick H. Brady

Patrick H. Brady

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53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    21st Century DoD Procurement

    Contract Specialist (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe Department of the Navy is focused on Enterprise wide information systems to keep the warfighter ever prepared with the best tools and SPAWAR is bringing it to them.

    ConsOlder legacy systems and multiple procurement platforms within the DoD need updated and those who sit on the requirements side need better software analysis tools so that the vendor produces a product that can be upgraded on a consistent basis.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProgram Managers need to be able to participate on the functional side of contracting. Lack of knowledge about the platforms is inecusable.

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

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    DoD agencies outside of DC have no autonomy, predictable budgeting or real freedom to operate.

    Scientist (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsPay and benefits are good. There are some really good people there. Historically, there have been a lot of good things done by the organization.

    ConsManagement works for management, not employees, taxpayers or the warfighter. Very disheartening place to work.
    Good people and projects are routinely poached by DC area agencies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost in management are not actually qualified for the job. BIG problem. If you cant go to DC and create your own space and budget to operate in, move aside and find someone who can.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Family friendly job good for self-starter type.

    Electrical Engineer (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    Pros- Family friendly 40 hour per week job.
    - Good benefits: pension, 401k, lots of leave.
    - Lots of flexibility for an engineer to find his niche field and options to create new projects if desired.
    - Great for self-starters: people that want to do their own thing or start their own projects will thrive here.
    - Job security

    Cons- so many menial tasks are expected of the Engineer that could easily be done by overhead staff or assistants.
    - Training and experience much slower than industry.
    - Sometimes it's tough to find projects to work on.

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

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    Was a great place to start my career and work through early mid-career

    Engineer (Current Employee) Charleston, SC

    Pros- cool and challenging work
    - decent benefits
    - dedicated to their customer
    - lots of growth opportunity at entry and mid level

    Cons- senior levels are hard to promote through (not a lot of mobility)
    - eventually salary caps catch up with you mid career
    - gov. in general pays small bonuses.
    - higher level customers tend to be more interested in their agenda rather than what is achievable

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    too much bureaucracy with too many procedures for the same thing.

    Systems Architect (Current Employee) North Charleston, SC

    ProsSick leave, teleworking, health insurance, life insurance, matching contributions, overall a very good work-life balance... but these benefits can be had at any federal agency.

    ConsBureaucracy and procedures that are often not followed. First line supervisors are not interested in employees, I have yet to see or meet in person my new first-line supervisor even if he's been my first line supervisor for almost six months.
    It can sometimes be a very politicizes work-environment and border-line discriminatory if you don't hold the same religious and political views of your co-workers.

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

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    Good work/life balance but lots of red tape

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood hours, usually not stressful. The people vary in skill level but there are some very smart people there if you can find them.

    ConsLots of federal garbage to deal with - rules, forms, redundant approvals. Very little support - you are often left to fend for yourself.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people and location

    Engineer (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsCan be highly technical and challenging.

    ConsCan be tight with compensation and promotions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    SPAWAR

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people and place to work

    ConsToo much red tap to navigate

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    Sifting sand.

    Intern (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsMy coworkers were pretty friendly.

    ConsYou might be stuck with something you don't want to do. However, I applied in a very unusual way, as a high schooler, and with no interview. It wasn't even part of a program; I just "lucked out." I definitely did not enjoy what I did there, but I can only speak for that much.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake it a bit easier to lift sandbags.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good work enviornment.

    Electronics Technician (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsGreat benefits and work hours.

    ConsContract work can get slow at times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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