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"The people make the difference"

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

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

Pros

I've worked at CALIBRE for several years. The people are exceptional, and opportunities are available if you want them. If you're the kind of person who wants to get things accomplished and learn all aspects of the business, it's a great place to work. Ethical focus is not just lip service. The leave is generous, benefits are good, and the employee stock options are great. Internal training is widely available and frequently conducted by executive management. External training and most benefits are at least on par with the market. It is a steadily growing company; management at the executive level is careful, accessible, and thoroughly involved. It's a place where, despite 750 employees, you will likely be known to the C-level team.

Cons

This is not the best place if you want a predictable, 9-5 type job, and the culture is heavily driven by the fact that the majority of people are former military (can be a pro and a con). The pay is not the top of the market. You have to have an entrepreneurial mindset and reach for opportunities, and even with that attitude, advancing can be difficult.

Advice to Management

Communication effectively through all levels of the organization has improved, but is still a challenge. Effectively integrating those employees who are at offsite locations is another continual challenge. Finally, recommend developing/standardizing metrics for advancement.

Other Employee Reviews for CALIBRE Systems

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Outstanding employee owned company - much better than the "big" defense contractors"

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

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

    Pros

    1. Open and engaged leadership
    2. Friendly employee environment
    3. Flexibility of a small firm (ie less than 100 employees) but with the resources of a larger firm (ie greater than 5000)
    4. They pay overtime!!!!!!

    Cons

    Still developing more clients in the commercial space, mostly federal government work so you have to recognize that up front.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course and do NOT sell the company - keep it employee owned. It makes all the difference in the world.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "CALIBRE is succeeding in tough budget environment because of the quality of its employee-owners"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CALIBRE Systems full-time

    Pros

    - Great employee-owners. It feels like a true team. People want to help each other succeed.
    - Great benefits: 401K matching, life and disability insurance provided, employee stock ownership plan, generous leave (provided in full on first day, not earned each pay period)
    - Committment to employee development. Good training programs to include an in house university
    - Very easy/convenient distributed operating environment. Most employees are not at the corporate office. The IT dept is great at providing a home office technology package (and supporting it!)
    - Great leadership at the Operational VP level and below.

    Cons

    - Rapid growth has been difficult because the company is still too centralized in its decision making. Corporate leaders need to delegate more to the VPs
    - Contracting and sub contracting staff is too small
    - No centralized proposal management shop makes every proposal more painful than it needs to be
    - Even though it is an Employee Owned company it still feels like a public or privately held company when it comes to profits, fees, sales, and revenue. It sometimes takes away from the satisfaction of just doing great work for the customer.

    Advice to Management

    - Delegate more operational authority to VPs and Directors. Let them sign out requests for information and be the quality control on proposals for contracts at certain thresholds.
    - Increase the size of the contracting/sub contracting staff to speed the ability to respond.
    - Reduce the focus on growth and emphasize the focus on quality. Growth will be a natural by product.

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