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Exelis Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance with lots of hard working people (in 22 reviews)

  • Good pay, good benefits, work life balance was good untIl schedule changed to 6 days a week (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Difficult to move up - upper management is aloof (in 34 reviews)

  • Unstable Work Environment, not much opportunity for advancement (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "network administrator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay was pretty good for work in a war theater.

    Cons

    The initial training when I got to Kandahar was horrible. Had to fight people with alot of ego. Made the stay in that horrid country much worse.


  2. "very good company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Class VIII Medical Supply Technician in Columbus, GA
    Former Employee - Class VIII Medical Supply Technician in Columbus, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Exelis (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Promotions,caring management,teams work very well together

    Cons

    The supervisors need to be on the floor more.

    Advice to Management

    Need to to be more involved in the training.


  3. "A company marred in Security issues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Probably some of the more enjoyable people to work with in the aerospace sphere. There is a fairly good amount of flexibility to work on other projects that interest you, but this can also be a very bad thing as it can then be counted against you if you don't have a charge number...

    Cons

    Project management is somewhat clueless in regards to how things actually work. The Security Team Management (koji) is particularly incompetent in hiring people who either lack clearances or the ability to attain certifications. Routinely passing accountability is SOP. The good engineers stay far away from the topic all together, knowing that there is a price for ruffling feathers. The system used for time keeping basically makes you guilty of Fraud, Waste and Abuse every week, but there seems to be little concern as long as you don't use company time and only the Govt's.

    Advice to Management

    You should sell the company to Harris and enjoy early retirements... Seriously though, get a hold of the projects, CSP should not be delayed because you can't manage Scope Creep!


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  5. "Separation Pains"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Exelis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well paid for defense engineering

    Cons

    Only way to land an upper management job is to be ex-military, and most of the management team in Advanced Information Systems are not leaders.

    Coming out of the recession we needed good change management skills, and no one in AIS had that skill set.

    Advice to Management

    Hire leaders, not just ex-military.


  6. "Great while it lasted..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Fort Wayne, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work, good benefits. Exelis, formerly ITT looked out for their employees and valued their experience.

    Cons

    Poor long term planning, slow reaction to changing defense environment, led to downsizing, then buyout by Harris

    Advice to Management

    Cuts were made quickly by Harris, and did not show that they researched in depth what other areas would be impacted.


  7. "IT Analyst II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good hard working co-workers, there isn't much left on the Pros list especially if you are a senior employee;

    Cons

    Poor benefits, not well compensated for time, expected to put in more time but not necessarily paid for, not much room to grow, senior personnel have no incentives;

    Advice to Management

    Your senior personnel got you here and how do you repay them?


  8. "pissed Ex Employee because the whole ordeal was nothing but lies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Security Investigator in Lexington, NC
    Former Employee - Security Investigator in Lexington, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Exelis (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, some good people, great vacation schedule for working overseas, great vacation pay to help with expenses while on vacation.

    Cons

    Don't trust Human Resources, they will lie to you to save themselves

    Advice to Management

    Don't trust and believe everything someone tells you conduct your on independent investigation. Do not be afraid to tell the US Military to backoff until you have completed your own unbiased investigation unless they are willing to give you a get out of jail free card and will take on financial liability ( law suits, slander, defamation of character) these kind of things And I am speaking from personal experience with this company believe in your own company Culture and Values and be prepared to stand behind them


  9. "No Vision, No Contracts, No Job Security"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Exelis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart folks to work with in my immediate facility.

    Cons

    Since the Harris takeover, there is a complete lack of vision, experience, and long term strategic planning. They are wiping out entire buildings of valuable BD assets without taking the impact into consideration. No more PTO, poor quality of life, employees are considered a liability rather than asset. It's a shame what became of ITT and now Exelis. Watch the demise of Harris if they stay on this path, USG contracts will view the company as too high risk.

    Advice to Management

    Understand who your employees are and leverage their experience and capabilities rather than layoff massive Exelis employees; keeping Harris employees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "They need to remove toxic people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PCB Designer in Clifton, NJ
    Former Employee - PCB Designer in Clifton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some great people to learn from and work with.

    Cons

    There are some people there for 30 years that will not change to modern standards. They should remove them, along with the bed bugs and asbestos.

    Advice to Management

    Let Harris really clean house once and for all.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "The downward spiral continues..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in South Whitley, IN
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in South Whitley, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you like to travel then this company is great because you must travel. (The company thinks travel is a vacation)

    Cons

    Employees are disposable carbon units. Paid vacation? Not guaranteed.

    Advice to Management

    Think longer term and remember that the experienced employees are as valuable as the new hires. The new hires may be the future of the company, but the company won't have a future if you don't keep the experience.


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