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Updated May 30, 2017
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  1. "I couldn't see myself working anywhere else..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exostar is a great place to work that is growing/improving daily. The company makes you feel appreciated and welcomed no matter the title. Management/Executive team is great and CEO is a very nice, down to earth guy. My team works very well together as we all help one another and have built a great relationship.There is not a day where I dread coming in to work-- I couldn't see myself working anywhere else! :)

    Cons

    Be ready for a lot of changes as we are growing/improving. Employees could be a little more involved in events/volunteering.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Proud to be part of the Team"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator/Office Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator/Office Manager in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I am very happy that Exostar gave me the opportunity to join the Team. I am working amongst happy and positive employees with the right attitude. I experience a Team that is working on change to the better constantly!

    Cons

    For a person that does not appreciate change, it could be challenging.

  3. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Exostar (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fast growing company that provides good learning opportunity

    Cons

    micro-management by senior management and no comp time for all weekends that you are expected to work

    Advice to Management

    do not micro manage


  4. "Sr Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Greate company to work for. Very technology oriiented company. Implementing Security , Collaboration and Supply chain management Services.

    Cons

    Very stressful environment. Lacks Work and Life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit talented Technical staff to reduce the work load and let the team develop software with quality. Dont put pepole into constantly falling situations.


  5. "No Work-Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One week off from Christmas Day to New Year's Day. You can dress down in jeans all year round and WFH one day a week.

    Cons

    Overworked! Granted most ppl leave by 6 but still work at night/weekends. The CEO doesn't really care much for WFH days, so I won't be surprised if that is taken away completely one day.

    Advice to Management

    Get off your high horse and care about the people under you!


  6. "Shared Services"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Exostar (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company shuts down for a 1 week during Christmas holiday and this is a paid holiday for employees

    The day after Thanksgiving is a paid holiday for all employees

    There are a lot of people that have been with the company for a very long time who can be knowledgeable and helpful to newbies.

    1 telecommute day

    Cons

    Exostar is not the place to work for anyone looking for industry standard pay; they do not pay according to the cost of living even though it is based in Fairfax County, VA. Anyone coming from a larger organization will be disappointed because there is no adequate structure and the benefits are mediocre as well as expensive especially for a family.

    As a technology company they only offer 1 telecommute day per week and are now taking away Mondays and Fridays. There is no work life balance to make up for this. In fact if you are overwhelmed by your workload, upper management will imply that you should complete your work regardless of how many hours your logging within that work day; overtime is non existent and not offered and there are particular managers who do not allow their employees to use those overtime hours to come in early or leave late.

    The issues with the company start with upper management at the executive and HR level. All execs are paying attention to the monetary bottom line and the next deal without putting effort into the actual business. The people who are actually doing the work are suffering with greater workloads, low pay, and long hours. HR obviously does not offer competitive compensation packages because the health benefits are too expensive and salaries do not make up for that.

    The company is going through a re organization, and they brought in a new external VP. Be mindful of this practice because this means that costs are getting cut as well as jobs. Company morale is low.

    Don't expect to grow within the company if you are not looked upon as a "team player." This is the term that upper management uses when their actions aren't praised. Be prepared to receive the workload indicative of your new desired position, but never receive the title nor the additional compensation, as well as still performing under your original workload.

    There is no disciplinary action taken if a complaint is made to HR about ANYTHING. In fact the standard answer is, "It is up to the manager's discretion." In most cases the complaint is about management.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees and pay them what they deserve. Take a closer look at management and how they are treating your employees - how management practices is reflected upon your organization; word of mouth can also hurt your bottom line - remember that people on the outside and inside talk.

    Your employees are very intelligent people and have gained a lot of knowledge about the company, so know that they can find what you're not giving somewhere else.


  7. "Dynamic Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exostar is a very dynamic company on the path to continued accelerated growth. The company enables and promotes those who bring an entrepreneurial DNA and a self- starter approach. The company operates in a unique space of having institutional knowledge in Aerospace / Defense and Life Sciences yet is not constrained to those verticals. The company enables a robust set of solutions around, and differentiates itself by, delivering solutions built around risk management, collaboration, and supply chain / business partner security enablement. These solutions are delivering real time value to an “A” list of global customers in the Fortune 100.

    The company has talented and hard-working employees across the enterprise from executive management to customer service and I would suggest this is one of its best and most valued assets. I found working with these team members to be one of the most rewarding aspects of working at Exostar.

    PRO’s
     Board Pedigree
     Bright and dynamic leadership
     Key contributors across the organization
     Employee Benefits
     Customer base
     Technology in IDaaS / Risk based solutions
     Life Sciences and Aerospace and Defense subject matter expertise

    Having spent close to nine years with Exostar I have seen the company mature from uncertainty when I joined to a company to one that is solid financially (no start-up uncertainty), has hot solutions in cyber, and is on the path for continued future success.

    Cons

    Exostar is a technology company however it is not an Amazon style workplace for those who are looking to work in that type of culture. The environment will challenge you and team members will be asked (many times expected) to wear several hats versus a more defined role and responsibilities. It will place large demands on your time as well your ability to prioritize activities however it rewards those who are capable in balancing both. Likewise, it can be difficult to stick and be overwhelming for those who don't bring this skill set from the outset.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest building out infrastructure and resources as it can be challenging for new employees who come from more structured environments.

    Continue to invest in on-going solution training so that everyone speaks in one voice and is equipped to put on a sales hat when opportunity presents itself.

    Continue down the path of enabling middle management to be further empowered to make and own more decisions.

    Continue to seek and secure IP and talent organically and inorganically.

    Continue to find ways to acknowledge reward employees where and when as much as possible. The company has a lot of talented hard working people and they are the lifeblood at Exostar and of all successful enterprises.

  8. "Promising but entrenched silos"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Exostar (More than a year)

    Pros

    Talented Development Staff and great technology solutions that solve important information protection issues. Growing company with opportunities depending on your area of expertise

    Cons

    The company experience depends greatly on what you do and who you work with internally. Roles in the organization sometimes unclear and directional changes happen quickly.

    Advice to Management

    You hire experienced talented people. Trust them with the autonomy and authority to be successful instead of allowing non-related management to hijack their hard work and results.


  9. "Easy."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easyyy work. There isn't much to stress about -- as long as you can do basic support.

    Cons

    Schedule can suck sometimes. That, and obvious favoritism can be a downer, but for the work, it's not too bad.

    Advice to Management

    Have a better back-up approach to when employees leave/get fired. There needs to be a better fall-back for when things happen.


  10. "Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Exostar (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, and the company is growing each year.

    Cons

    To beholden to the major clients.


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