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DRS Technologies Reviews

Updated September 11, 2018
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  • "Upper management in turmoil and constant re-organizations" (in 21 reviews)

  • "No room for advancement and lack of communication from management" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DRS Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    9/80 schedule. No uncompensated over time

    Cons

    Many co-works are out of country and out of state

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work finding new business


  2. "Sr. Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DRS Technologies full-time

    Pros

    For a defense firm, they do their best to keep their people on through contract changes. It doesn't always work out, of course, but if you are a valuable employee, they try.

    Cons

    Heavily fortified silos in a matrix environment with shared resources and competing priorities; nature of the industry if you want to stay in business. Also very risk adverse; if you do not check all the customers' boxes for labor category requirements, years of experience unlikely encourage management to ask customers' consideration.

  3. "Manager at Ft Walton Beach, FL."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    None to speak of. Not a bad location.

    Cons

    Extreme turnover including most senior management. No one I know still works there. They've all quit or fallen victim to the numerous RIFs. Fairly toxic work environment.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Some locations are way better than others"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DRS Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Melbourne has come a long way and the future looks bright. Overall I think people are happy. It seems like the company, at least in my area, actually cares about career development and helping people further themselves instead of locking them into one job.

    Cons

    Add more PTO time. Splitting up PTO into vacation and sick time really sucked, now only 2 weeks of actual vacation time a year. Certainly not a selling point when trying to attract new talent.

    There are still a couple departments that are headed by people who think it's them vs the world. On the up side I think this mentality has been on the decline.

    I think there's a super high level of competitiveness at the C-level which can be good, however I see it really hurt other locations. Some locations are so focused on winning and end up creating a really toxic work environment that creates a cyclical pattern, and then they're left wondering how they got into their current mess.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "If you dont mind losing business, this is the place for you."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DRS Technologies full-time

    Pros

    The company benefits package was good

    Cons

    This company couldn't win new business if their life depended on it! As a matter of fact, they haven't won any new business in a long time! You wonder why the parent company keeps a division that is under-performing. It's more important to management to have their Salesforce updated rather than to sell something. My advice would be to look for a company that knows how to be much more competitive and knows how to win new business!

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics.


  6. "Great Opertunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome culture, and talented teams

    Cons

    Industry can be too competetive

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Engineering Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Florence, KY
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Florence, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DRS Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great mission. Great opportunities with enough autonomy to get things done

    Cons

    More work than people and difficult to find experienced workers

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DRS Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cannot think of too many.....once they had profit sharing...once they had a pension.....once it was a good place to work with upward potential.

    Cons

    Cut throat, uncaring and clueless management, no upward potential, layoffs, years of service and dedication do not matter. Just wait for axe to fall on next group and hope you are not in that group

    Advice to Management

    When you have rules and ethical codes of conduct, they apply to everybody not just the ones you do not like. There have been multiple examples of blatant ethical code violations overlooked by management. On the other hand good hard-working employees have been victims of a core of unscoupulous management personnel. One favorite tactic is putting people on a PIP. (Performance improvement Plan) I know of two instances where unwarranted PIP's were given to hard working, loyal employees. Events were fabricated to try to demote or eliminate employees without any facts or supporting evidence. As a matter of fact, both employees fought the PIP by calling the ethics hotline......both employees won their cases and the PIP's were dissolved.....like they never existed. Moreover. One employee went from a demotion and loss of wages to a stellar review and a raise. This is the kind of company you have to deal with if you work here. Just being honest honest.


  9. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DRS Technologies full-time

    Pros

    9/8o work week is great. Love having every other Friday off. Benefits and very competitive

    Cons

    401k match every 6 months is a bit of a downer. Pay isn't as high as expected


  10. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DRS Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great staff, PM was very involved with personal development and advancement

    Cons

    poor communication between contract customer and management

    Advice to Management

    better feedback and repore with contract customer. made it difficult to coordinate training, upgrades, movement of equipment.


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