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Updated January 17, 2018
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KeyW President and Chief Executive Officer William J. Weber
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  • Look at the stock price and earnings statements (in 4 reviews)

  • I wish the company would stop spending so much money on its morale programs, and would use that money for bonuses or salary increases instead (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, big enough to provide lots of opportunities, but small enough that you know most of the people you work with on a daily basis. It still feels fun even though the company is bigger. There have been big changes in upper management but the new top team seems to be unified and they communicate with employees frequently, there's lots of information about what's going on. Also, managers in the company seem to get regular management training which doesn't happen in most companies.

    Cons

    There's not much mixing with the new company we acquired, Sotera. I would like to learn more about them

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, and keep up the communication. People like me like to know what's going on.


  2. "Project Control"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Falls Church, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KeyW full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Public company with stock options. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Stock price never goes up

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Publicly Traded Company"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Keyw enabled me to work on a gov't contract that provided substantive long-term work.

    Cons

    Keyw has changed significantly in my 5+ years, I believe for financial reasons. This is the risk of working for a company that is working for the shareholders. Stock is currently very low. Retirement benefits have been cut back with no regard for tenure. Raises are minimal. Bonuses come once or twice a year, and effective 2% raise.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees as liabilities. Fix recruiting. Stop trying to sugar coat difficult decisions, it only alienates your employees.


  4. "Bad company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at KeyW full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are not horrible but not good either

    Cons

    Not a highly ethical company. Corporate does not care about employees who are on site or in the office. No clue on how to win business.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of management who are only looking to line their pockets.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "It was okay..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KeyW full-time

    Pros

    employee engagement, awesome location and facilities

    Cons

    weird structure and minimal training- no communication of expectations

    Advice to Management

    really dig into exec level background prior to hiring


  6. Helpful (1)

    "KEYW is a great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Research Analyst in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Security Research Analyst in Hanover, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Culture, benefits, mission, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Work life balance, disorganization, hiring difficulties for niche positions


  7. "PM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KeyW full-time

    Pros

    If you are one of the acquired companies they will keep you together

    Cons

    No upward mobility unless you are a SWE

    Advice to Management

    Break up the good ole boy network! They are costing you money and employees.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "great company original going through transition pains and loosing original atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Security Software Engineer in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Former Employee - Security Software Engineer in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Keyw has solid opportunites on contract.

    Cons

    Keyw has been going through some transitions with the dumping of Hexis (short sale), purchase of Sotera (which only helped Sotera - and devalued Keyw stock) and modification of 401k. It feels less and less like the company Len created and it's obvious with the removal of the original management staff, it's not going to be anymore.
    Keyw was doing some top research work but has just pushed so much money into business development (i.e writing proposals all day with no technical knowledge gain) they are loosing their technical edge and research projects.
    Keyw also implemented a restrictive 401k, i.e matching at 10% but they keep your money in a fund that is only distributed at year end so they keep all interest. In current market that is like 14% loss on interest. It would be better if they offered say 8% with normal distribution options, or give employees the option.

    The contracting market for software developers, especially cleared developers, is getting tight, if they keep up the benefits nerfing not sure why you would want to stay their vs a small company when they already eliminated overhead programs + government has guaranteed small business contracts.

    Since I started at keyw out of 10 people I worked directly with, only 2 have remained.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to be and give employees more options. I don't want tickets, I don't want to wait till january to get my 401k matching.


  9. "Nice place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Engineer V
    Current Employee - Network Engineer V
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Corporate culture gets shook up often

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees informed


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great so far."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gov contracting is a known quantity. What you see is what you get. KeyW has been very upfront about hurdles and challenges to the overall contract roadmap.

    Cons

    Newly acquired from Sotera, no word on changes to individual contracts or salaries until next year. Part of that is legacy and changeover so it’s not like someone is at fault.

    Advice to Management

    Oversharing of golf days and all is fine. Sharing the roadmap for careers with new acquires is sorely wanted. What can be done about contract changes, what positions are available to move to, etc. Otherwise everything is great so far.


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