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Defense Engineering Reviews

Updated December 28, 2016
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Defense Engineering full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative environment. Great people. Mission focused.

    Cons

    Small company with rapid growth. Working hard to ensure infrastructure keeps pace with the growth.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring smart, capable people and trusting them to bring their talent to bare.


  2. "Cannon Fodder"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Defense Engineering full-time

    Pros

    $100 a month for transportation/ garage.
    Benefits health, dental and vision

    Cons

    No oversight. Company fills requirements for subcontracts and practically forgets about employees once that project begins. Company has no interest in employee welfare or conduct.
    Company is deceitful, talks about how Employees are "Associates" and the key to overall success but leaves them for the wolves. Contractors are expendable, not very likely for anyone to gain stable employment.

    Advice to Management

    Show interest in employees, be brutally honest about contract shortage and keep to your word.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Difficulty in Transition"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Defense Engineering full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - There's a small cadre of competent engineers and managers on staff
    - Front office staff does appear to be helpful when called upon
    - Appears to be a sincere effort to deliver a quality product

    Cons

    - Extremely anemic attitude towards communication across entire company
    - Planning to move forward is only known to a few people vice the entire employee base
    - Unfortunate company classification transition occurring at the same time as a sponsor's transition

    Advice to Management

    I get that the past few months have been nothing short of tumultuous, from trying to rectify personnel issues to the change in the company's status from a SDVOB to a large scale contractor to even having issues with obtaining new work. Believe me, I get it. The problem is that there needs to be honesty between the front office and the employees. Much of the stuff I've been seeing recently has been more placating in nature than giving us a clear path to where we want to go and what we want to be.

    Look, we get things are bad. That's the nature of this business. If you truly want to be considered as one of the big firms, then you need to act like it. Playing things close to the vest when there is so much uncertainty is going to affect not only your bottom line, but also the morale of the people who work for you.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Moving Backwards"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Procurement Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Procurement Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Defense Engineering full-time

    Pros

    DEI is growing. Moving from a SDVOSB to a large business. Telework opportunities as permitted. Technologically advanced. Good benefits that are affordable, despite changing yearly. Program on-site employees highly regarded and treated very well. Constantly seeking and going after new opportunities to grow the business.

    Cons

    Huge discrepancy with internal equity and no clear path of sight concerning corporate initiatives besides getting new business and the bottom line. Left in dark concerning direction of the company and future growth. Experiencing extreme growing pains as the company moves from small to large. Corporate staff is more focused on the bureaucratic ways of the olden times instead of setting DEI apart and developing talent. Micromanagement runs rampant. Was once run as a family oriented business but now the organizational culture is choking, there is little left. There is no advocate for the employee. Work-life balance non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the huge a volume of turnover. There is a reason why people are leaving and that reason is due to DEI losing the humanity in their corporate structure. Set your self apart from the industry so that DEI may be a great place to work, not just somewhere to work. Treat people as valuable and allow them to express themselves and make decisions without fear of recourse. Grow your talent.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Overworked and underpaid"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Defense Engineering full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, nature of the work

    Cons

    As the company started to grow, DEI would tact on more and more responsibilities and not compensate for those new roles. Severely overworked and underpaid. Horrible work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved in employee one on one interaction and give credit when credit is due.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Defense Engineering full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Family oriented culture
    - Humble leadership team that freely takes inputs from employees and acts upon the decisions - they keep their word
    - You are given a lot of responsibility and allowed to learn from your mistakes
    - Fast growing company
    - Leadership is loyal to employees and employee reciprocate that loyalty
    - Competitive compensation and benefits
    - The owners are not out to get rich off the backs of their employees
    - Ownership continuously invests in the future to ensure a sustainable business model

    Cons

    - Still putting infrastructure and procedures in place to act like a large company
    - Normal growing pains of a fast growing company

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the roots of what made you successful to date - client delivery, integrity and putting your employees first.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Fast Paced, Growing, and Professional SDVOSB"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Defense Engineering full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Open Lines of Communication
    Clear Strategic Plan
    Family Atmosphere
    High Associate Morale
    Very High Associate Loyalty

    Cons

    Needs to get better at corporate intelligence.