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Pros
  • Great work life balance with lots of hard working people (in 23 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Poor management which road blocks innovation (in 12 reviews)

  • They sold the company to Harris and closed the machine shop and other facilities (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Multitude of opportunities to grow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Plenty of low hanging fruit for process improvement and streamlining, so gives you an opportunity to contribute to change and change management. Geospatial Systems divisional culture has the feel of a "mom and pops" in a Fortune 500 corporate framework so people are kind, helpful and patient.

    Cons

    Constant organizational changes which can be tedious at times.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Maybe Harris will help?!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Administration in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administration in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some pros about working at Exelis...the office location was close to home for me and I enjoyed the work I was doing.

    Cons

    There was a lot of layoffs and not filling roles when people left. It made it hard for those who stayed on as they absorbed the work load and didn't receive any additional incentive for it.

    Advice to Management

    People matter

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Pockets of greatness, overall disjointed."

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

    Pros

    Good corporate atmosphere. Pay is decent.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up - upper management is aloof.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees instead of trying to control them.


  4. "Many Opportunities, Good Benefits, Somewhat lacking in employee support."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being a fairly large company there is a diverse set of opportunities available. The company has mainly government contract work but it crosses numerous disciplines and there is some flexibility in career path. Management is not very active in guiding employees, which is many ways makes for a more pleasant work environment.

    Cons

    The company does not do much to help employees grow. There's a great deal of self-management. While employees are left on their own to handle day to day work, which is nice, long-term career planning is difficult because immediate management does not communicate well to individual employees. It is difficult for an employee to gain insight into where a project group, or larger segment of the company, is headed beyond the immediate project.

    Advice to Management

    Management should make more of an effort to ensure employees are challenged in their position.


  5. "I had a very good experience with Exelis and would gladly recommend this company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Exelis full-time

    Pros

    Excellent management and benefits wish I could have stayed

    Cons

    None to mention at this time

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing a great job


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty good company. Not too bad compared to other companys, but I have had problems."

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

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

    Pros

    Good communications via email from top down mgmt. More and more site visits and quarterly meetings lately. They have Q&A sessions. It is nice.
    They try really hard to provide workers with good work equipment, internet, desktop, windows, lights, office, etc. While many complain, they are much much better than most companies.
    Great with management structure.. compared to other companies, they have a flatter management structure, so less chefs in the kitchen getting in the way, less micro mgmt. good strategy.
    IT support is pretty good. they try hard, not the sharpest, but they have great effort. They have good security, offer backup help, and have centralized ticket tracking for support.
    Some training offered. here and there training at Headquarters is available. In the past, they had provided a handful of Learning Tree vouchers, but cost cutting eliminated that above and beyond perk.
    If your contract is eliminated, they try hard to help you find a new position, new contract, new placement to continue employment. Maybe a little more than most companies, even though there is a lot of contract dismissal of late, with govt cutbacks.
    The office puts together little 'camaraderie' events where people chat with BBQs.... it really helps cohesiveness but leads to crying at parties where people are laid off.

    Cons

    *Human Resource team will cost you money. Every strategic change they implement to make it better results in bad outcomes and less communication. They are trying.
    *Health Insurance: they use a self insured strategy with Cigna as the management front. This is the only offered plan in 2013 and according to what I have heard on podcasts regarding insurance, this will be the strategy of most small and large companies avoiding taxes under ACA, however the end result is that I have been denied practically everything, and my doctors bills are outrageous and in only June have more than double compared to last year's Blue Cross Blue Shield out of pocket expenses.
    *Not much career potential with the flat mgmt structure. Contractor positions stay the same position until the person leaves. There is not really any proportion potential. This might be a Pro rather than a Con.

    Advice to Management

    Excellent management strategy. Flatter system with middle mgmt. Good method of communication and having semi-annual and quarterly progress meetings for the offices.


  7. "Great environment and good people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Capture Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Capture Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Agile and focused environment, good management

    Cons

    Need to take more risks in growing the business

    Advice to Management

    Need more focus on long term strategy

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Employee Morale is Very Low"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Competitive Pay Rates

    Cons

    No security - general sense is that you could lose your job at any moment
    Long term employees shafted on severance pay due to a lot of reorganization and purchasing
    Poor Benefits


  9. "ITT Exelis is an excellent work environment for engineers without the administrative overhead."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Systems Security Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Information Systems Security Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Exelis full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment and atmosphere is a definite pro of working for ITT Exelis. There is a lot of hands-on technical experience gained from being in the field. The resources available provide for an extensive knowledge base of Information Systems and operations in corporate, civil government, and military settings. My tasks are all self-managed and it is a joy working with other employees in this company.

    Cons

    Although it is a pro that there is little administrative overhead when completing tasks it would be helpful for a little feedback from upper management. This could include more depth in employee reviews.


  10. "Very Good, comfortable, depends on which project and group you are in"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The people are good, and are down to earth.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to move to other positions....their business development is lacking.


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