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  1. "Medium size company with Big benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DRT full-time

    Pros

    Medium size company with Large company benefits due to being a subsidiary of Boeing. Excellent benefits and competitive salaries here. Open-door policy here, everyone is free to address any concerns with any manager, or even the president of the company.

    Cons

    Must be comfortable changing hats. This is a dynamic environment and everyone works as a team to get the job donel That means you may be testing multiple things on the same day, doing some mechanical assembly, and keeping track of where you are on each phase of the job so you can plan ahead to avoid bottlenecks. This is not for you if you only want to work on one thing. Things can get hectic at the end of the month/quarter/year. There is no career "guidance" here, no one is going to tell you what you need to do to get to the next level, you must make your own path--or it will be decided for you, and that may not be what you want.


  2. "Good Benefits"

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

    I have been working at DRT full-time

    Pros

    Boeing Benefits, Products save lives.

    Cons

    Unmotivated and overworked staff. Do more with less is the motto.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in innovation and people.

  3. "Going downhill"

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    Current Employee - Digital Hardware Engineer
    Current Employee - Digital Hardware Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DRT full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good through Boeing, good work life balance, high quality engineers

    Cons

    Micromanagement, engineers need management blessing for trivial tasks, people afraid of being accountable for delays, unrealistic expectations. Engineers and management afraid of taking risks, company is not innovative anymore, low investment in employees' development, negative environment due to constant layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Let engineers do their work, stop debating for months/years before taking a step forward with developments, invest on employees' development


  4. "Empowered Innovative Engineers, Weak Business"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    DRT prioritizes the technical solution above everything else. They are willing to push back on schedule and cost to customers to make sure things are done right. DRT innovates to offer complete solutions to a large customer set and avoids the trap of doing one-offs, which is a rare find in the defense industry.

    Most of the line manager have a genuine concern for their employees. They will work long hours to get people placed elsewhere in Boeing when there are layoffs. They are genuinely interested in making sure you balance the company's needs with your own career objectives. Even though some of them lack interpersonal skills (they are engineers after all), having managers who understand what their employees are working on and genuinely interested in their success makes up for a variety of other faults.

    The ability to advance quickly is really encouraging. Anyone who is willing to work long hours and demonstrates deep understanding of the product is allowed to lead a project, and frequently under thirty types get to have the full technical authority on their projects. There are no opportunities to move into management, and the political power structure is a little daunting to some, but in the design and implementation of projects, engineers are very empowered.

    Cons

    Boeing imposes a fair bit of bureaucratic hassle to all business and IT functions. The larger company is full of "research" groups that try to push inferior technologies and waste 10's of millions of dollars on useless prototypes. The higher ups recognize this, but then impose processes to fix a larger broken organization that doesn't fit into the higher performing subsidiaries like DRT.

    People are passionate about their jobs and due to frequent layoffs can be cantankerous. This leads to the occasional yelling and unprofessionalism in meetings.

    Overall, the business support is a little weak. While there are good salesmen, the ability to provide a stable strategy has been missing, and we react to the market on crisis projects while allowing known technical issues to mature into significant problems.

    In many cases, decisions are made from senior management's intuition, not from data. In one case, a product line was invested in for years with a negative ROI, and the other product line was robbed of IR&D investment in emerging technologies. These are often seen in retrospect, but it seems that only engineering management actually pulls the numbers, and BD and PM functions get stuck in customer anecdotes.

    Advice to Management

    Rebuild the maintenance team to fix issues quickly and make sure we maintain our position as an out of box solution. Make decisions based on real data, and constantly develop that data. Make people accountable to deadlines, and set a high, but achievable bar.

    Most of all, maintain the high performing culture you have already developed, and never let us lose our drive to deliver highly differentiate products at the highest technical quality.


  5. "Entry level review"

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, vacation/sick leave. Interesting work and top competitor in that market.

    Cons

    Corporate environment passed down by Boeing.


  6. "Interesting work, company in slow decline"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The culture is Engineering focused. The Boeing benefits are good as wholly owned subsidiary. The company seems to work hard to minimize the impact of layoffs. Productive employees can strike an attractive work-life balance.

    Cons

    Engineering culture is under attack due to post-recession financial pressures. Leadership is not (or not able) investing in IR&D as before recession.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the staff informed to build trust. Listen respectfully to engineering staff to rebuild positive culture. Find a way to guarantee no layoffs for a number of years.


  7. "IT"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DRT full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work, good management, decent pay

    Cons

    there are not really any cons for this company

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Was a great small company..."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    DRT was a great small company when I first started. The employees were very friendly and it was easy to make friends with coworkers. Very smart and laid back environment when I was there. They also pushed you to better yourself, whether it was learning and applying a new language or going for additional schooling. They were also big in lateral moves to different departments and groups if you wanted to try something new.
    Please keep in mind that all of these pros were before Boeing...

    Cons

    Now a subsidiary of Boeing...
    You are just another workhorse working on the same bugs and tickets for every software release. It became very hard to move up the ladder, because now you had to move up according to Boeing's scales.
    It just became very boring and monotonous, where I felt like I was not improving or bettering myself.

    Advice to Management

    Help in getting and providing professional growth to employees. Allow for them to take more responsibility on tasks and development.


  9. "Great little place"

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    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great little company in its day

    Cons

    Lost its charm after being bought by Boeing, but still a great little place


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Really great...until Boeing took over"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Germantown, MD

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, flat organization, short communication paths, nimble decision making.
    While I was there, there were great bonuses and salaries were above market rate.
    Friendly atmosphere, smart people.

    Cons

    Managers were too involved in technical and design decisions. They were always former engineers but still, too much micromanaging at times.
    When Boeing bought DRT the level of bureaucracy went through the roof. Before Boeing there had never been a layoff at DRT. After Boeing there have been 2. It's not a special place to work any more. Just another grind.


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