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"Interesting opportunities outside the office."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

Most jobs for Kwajalein Range Services (KRS) are located on Kwajalein Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. It is a beautiful area in a very remote part of the world. If you like watersport activities, this is the place for you. Scuba diving, sailing, fishing, surfing, wakeboarding, kiteboarding, SUPing... if it's done in the water, most likely someone out here already does it.

If you're single, room and board are covered by the company, but you live in the Bachelor Quarters (think dorm room). If you're married (or have accompanied status) you get a house provided by the company but you're on your own for food.

As a contractor, most people are tax exempt due to it being Foreign Earned Income. There is a very small percentage that goes to the RMI government, but it is well under anything you would find in the US. An average total tax liability is around 12% but that includes US Social Security and Medicare taxes.

Cons

As the US Army budget gets cut, funding for Kwajalein gets smaller and smaller. This, understandably, has caused a lot of stress on island. Decisions on budget items seem to be announced at the very last minute which gives people who may be laid off at most 90 days to find a new job before they're shipped back to the US. With the dwindling budget, range assets are rusting in place. Lots of areas on island are in dire need of repairs and upgrades, but there is no money in the budget to actually accomplish that.

The public internet connection on island (in houses and BQ's) is still dial-up. Yes, you read that right; good old fashioned 56kbps modems. They keep saying "high speed internet is coming" and they appear to be working on it but the actual date for roll-out on island keeps getting pushed back further and further.

The social aspects on island are... interesting, to say the least. The gender disparity on island is extremely evident, being much more heavily weighted towards men. Average age on island (not including children) is probably somewhere in the late 30's early 40's if not a bit older. Alcohol consumption on island is high, and the "college mentality" persists even for people well out of their college years.

Advice to Management

I realize you're handicapped by the US Army and MIT/LL, however having no long-term goal for the company does not instill confidence in the average worker on island. Lot's of things could be improved: communication, leadership, negotiating skills, etc.

When dealing with the Army or MIT, you need to show more backbone in supporting your own employees rather than letting them dictate the future of the Range.

Other Employee Reviews for Kwajalein Range Services

  1. Helpful (1)

    "System Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Systems Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Contractor - Systems Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Kwajalein Range Services as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility and interesting work. Options to work on an island.

    Cons

    Management does not deal with the problems created by distributed operations. Hours can be long during execution of tests. Raises are small with no incentive. The Government employees do not seem to fully support distributed operations.

    Advice to Management

    Create schedules to overlap standard working hours between Huntsville& Kwajalein. Define roles between Huntsville & Kwajalein. Improve communication.


  2. "Potential is there"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Kwajalein Range Services full-time

    Pros

    Some of the employees are great.

    Cons

    Some of the employees are lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Take pride and make it a professional place. There is more to making a great company than safety.

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