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"Good people, laid back, but the parent company tries hard to spoil everything."

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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

Pros

This company had a very relaxed atmosphere- flexible working hours, almost no deadline pressure, no micromanagement. The software project managers are developers and work on the product right along with you. They also have the flexibility to say 'that sounds like an interesting idea- go try it out'. Most developers get shared offices, though they had started spilling over into cubicles. They make an honest effort to keep meetings and other distractions down to a reasonable minimum.

Cons

The company is very stingy when it comes to spending money. That means few promotions, minimal raises even in record sales years, and it's a battle to convince them to buy hardware or software even when you can make a very clear case for its productivity value.
The parent company is a defense contractor, the company does do some government work, and a sister company once got in major trouble for ITAR violations. Because of that, they require frequent ITAR and security training (whether it applies to you or not), and have some baffling and strict IT policies.
I got the sense that just about every bad thing about the company was pushed onto them by their parent company, and that the company was basically good and making an honest effort at insulating their employees from it.

Other Employee Reviews for Exelis

  1. "Slow and behind the times"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Most people are stuck up
    Low pay
    No organization
    out dated equipment

    Advice to Management

    Act like you care about your employees. All upper-level management is concerned with is making money and getting contracts. I know this is the business, but show some care for the ones who are making this happen- your employees. We are the ones getting low pay and working long hours, so you can make loads of money.


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    "Demoralizing Workplace"

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

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

    Pros

    Get to utilize great technology and learn from great engineers.

    Cons

    - Log-jam: Very little room for advancement and Sr. Engineers will use/fight younger engineers for job security.

    Great place to learn... but, will need to advance career outside of company.

    - Instability: Layoffs seem to occur constantly. Even to younger engineers. Poor contract procurement.

    - Demoralizing: Management out of touch with the complexity of tasks and slew of proprietary systems and practices force engineers into comfort zones.

    - Cliquish Work Environment: Office/cubical-politics untamed. Very gossipy work environment.

    - HR: Policies getting worse and changing every 3 months, to the employee's dismay. Reduction in PTO time and overall benefits. Compensation stagnates immediately. Payroll is completely incompetent.

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