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SPAWAR Systems Center Commander Patrick H. Brady
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in North Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in North Charleston, SC
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    I have been working at SPAWAR Systems Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Pay is above average. Retirement plan is better than many in comparable civilian work force. More time off than you can use if you are dedicated to your work. Many project areas can be rewarding to work in. Depending on what area you work in or project you work on the job satisfaction can be very high. SPAWAR is a very diverse engineering command and work varies from legacy communications to advanced satellite technologies. Lots of travel if you like to do that. Most folks are very good to work with and there is a general sense that we are working in support of the Navy and the war fighters.

    Cons

    As with most comments, red tape and bureaucratic head winds slow down much innovation and drives out a lot of fresh younger talent. Topped out pay bands are also an issue as there is no clear line to promotion other than persistence and constant drive to move up. Even then its not a guarantee. Some projects are not very engaging to work in and are not well organized or managed. There is a lot of negativity from those workers and it can be somewhat contagious. SPAWAR is a CAO so there is dual chains of command that can be frustrating to deal with. Most folks are not mission funded which means we get funding from projects almost like a contractor which is called navy working capital. Constantly swinging back and fourth on having too many contractors or not enough, the pendulum swings back and fourth all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Read and heed the survey monkey inputs although I high doubt that they will.

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SPAWAR Systems Center Interviews

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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 8+ months. I interviewed at SPAWAR Systems Center (New York, NY).

    Interview

    on site interview they asked questions and i answered them
    overall the interview was easy as long as you are competent and know what you are doing
    on site interview they asked questions and i answered them
    overall the interview was easy as long as you are competent and know what you are doing

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