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American Systems Chantilly Reviews

Updated February 1, 2017
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Chantilly, VA

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Pros
  • AMERICAN SYSTEMS is an employee-owned company, with a great ESOP benefit (in 9 reviews)

  • Great Company with great benefits (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • government contracting is just tough right now for everyone (in 7 reviews)

  • Contract work is a difficult life with no guarantees for the future (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Sr Techican"

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    Former Employee - Senior Tech in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Tech in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The whole company was great to work for.They take care of there employees great benefiting

    Cons

    Great pay and benefits


  2. "Just OK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The ESOP. Folks at the mid level are passionate about growing. The basis of the firm, cabling, is very strong.

    Cons

    All male senior leadership. Most execs have been there for over 20 years and do not want to change. Women are scrutinized in a manner that is both strange and early 80's. Seem to want to grow but adamantly throw up barriers to doing so.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to other points of view and act! Stop the male hierarchy and closed club attitude. You have people that are very smart and good at what they what they do. Trust them and let them help.


  3. "Really good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Excellent benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Being a contractor your work isnt stable.


  4. "Telecommunications"

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    Current Employee - Technician 1-2 in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Technician 1-2 in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at American Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I can learn a lot while I'm working.

    Cons

    Work is not consistent or balanced.

    Advice to Management

    In this field of work (Telecommunications) where you are bidding on contracts, try to keep the work consistent to keep your techs working. There should never be a two month down time with no work when other companies in this field keep their techs working.


  5. "Excellent experience!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and culture.

    Cons

    employees are spread all over the world; hard to get to know people beyond immediate work group.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good pay, easy work, great recruiting director

    Cons

    Expensive benefits, terrible HR team, complacent senior leadership team, inability to win prime contracts, non existent communication

    Advice to Management

    I had no idea how awful this place was until I left and started working at a real company. Completely dysfunctional atmosphere that rewards the complacent and pushes out those wanting to effect change. When problems are brought up, instead of dealing with them in a collaborative way, you are instead encouraged to either shut up and ignore them or somehow make them go away.

    Corporate leadership never wants to take ownership of new projects for fear it would create more work. Therefore the company is left stagnant and dog paddling.

    The former CEO was approachable and kind and truly cared about developing employees. The current CEO was a great COO, super intelligent but lacks the warmth and people skills to lead a very needed culture change to that of collaboration, respect and communication.

    Advice: clean house. Get some true leaders on the senior staff. Ones that haven't been there 20-30 years and are only staying to cash in their stock when the company is sold.


  7. "Great employee owned company"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at American Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mid-size company so it provides for good level of involvement from senior management and corporate support staff is never too far away. Employee-owner mindset makes for a great work environment. Company personnel adhere to high ethical standards.

    Cons

    Very difficult to take vacation during each year. Company will pay you for unused vacation days, but an extra pay check is not as good for your mental and physical health as being able to take your earned vacations days throughout the year.

    Advice to Management

    Need to learn how to effectively develop long-range plans in order to better manage resources (personnel). Financial management systems provide for accuracy, but are not user friendly and are time consuming.


  8. "Help Desk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company that will open new opportunities within and outside of the company. Managers are very good at getting to know their employees and are easily approachable.

    Cons

    Government contractor. Just like any government contract, job security will always be a concern. For the most part they will work with you and assist in placing you with other contracting positions available.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on employee's futures within the company as you always have in the past


  9. "Project controller"

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    Former Employee - Project Controller in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Project Controller in Chantilly, VA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedule. Compensation was National average. Great culture. Strong accounting team.

    Cons

    lack skills that are pertaining to key management skills. Lack of training and lack of career growth. Communication is a big issue. If you want a career that is stagnant and complacent this is the perfect place. Overall the company has a great culture and nice people. However, they need to invest in a new management structure or team, if they want to be able to retain talent and stay competitive for the future. My advise, look for a better opportunity somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Send all your new managers to career development training. Understand with the lower-level individual are doing. Before assuming that they have no clue or understanding with they are doing.


  10. "Enjoy the environment and a company culture where my voice is heard and trusted."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large enough to be stable, small enough to give individuals the ability to shape the future.

    Cons

    government contracting is just tough right now for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    ensure that bid strategies are solid, planned and communicated clearly


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