KeyW Reviews

Updated Mar 11, 2020

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3.9
73%
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81%
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KeyW President and Chief Executive Officer William J. Weber
William J. Weber
57 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits though they have gone down a bit in recent times after some merging of companies(in 10 reviews)

  • "Good Pay, Good Benefits, decent Promotion Opportunities(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lack of communication, especially with merge(in 4 reviews)

  • "Not a small company and not a very Large company which sometime limits options, but we are continuing to grow(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Mooresville, NC
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KeyW full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Awesome employees and management when the company was KeyW. Employee focused until the new company bought them, then reverted to the corporate mentality of a 55,000 employee organization.

    Cons

    Bought by a large engineering firm. Lost the personal touch. Management doesn't take advice from outside sales on market developments. Good ole boy mentality.

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  2. "Great division leads. Solid BD team."

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller in Hanover, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KeyW full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good people. Strong growth focus.

    Cons

    Lost the passion of the founder. Better contract management

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Incompetent engineers and managers"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - PCB Designer in Severn, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KeyW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Great IT department. Nice offices.

    Cons

    I'm use to working in a professional environment. This is far from one. Incompetent engineers that can't design, managers that lie. Multiple designs because they can't do it right the first time. No understanding of PCB layout and stackups for their customers. Wastes lots of money on designs by not doing their due diligence in engineering. Some engineers will not take any advise from others with more experience. Poor mechanical engineering. They don't understand basic drafting and dimensional standards. No teamwork. Some hold onto their work and don let others comment or assist even when they get stuck with later corrections that were anticipated. It's a "do as your told" not thinking environment. No one is willing to learn from others experience. Overall a very close minded and sometimes hostile environment.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Just Fine"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Intel Analyst 

    I worked at KeyW full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people and great benefits.

    Cons

    Was promised raises and training that never came. Once I was given a raise (8 months later), billing messed up my paycheck and I got less than normal. Instead of overnighting me a check, they told me I had to wait a whole pay period to get my full paycheck. Lack of communication, especially with merge.

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    "Downhill and Fast"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Administrative Role in Hanover, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KeyW full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good medical benefits, wellness program, flexible work schedule, company donations to non-profits and employee nominated causes.

    Cons

    Not willing to cut dead weight in staff, HR reporting not taken seriously, cut benefits/morale after Bill Weber took over.

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place, but not as good as it was, trending down"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Multimedia Specialist in Hanover, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KeyW full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay. Nice people.

    Cons

    Since the founder/owner died, it has become MUCH more corporate with benefits going by the wayside. Now we were just bought by a giant company Jacobs....lets see what happens.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "good place to work lot of flexibility"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst 

    I have been working at KeyW full-time

    Pros

    Schedule Flexibility, Good benefit, Decedent pto

    Cons

    low wages company going through lot of changes

  8. "Good Company"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KeyW full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Benefits, decent Promotion Opportunities

    Cons

    None at this time I can think of

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  9. Helpful (6)

    "If you want to work here, interview at other places"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KeyW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Like any sub, working at KeyW will vary greatly depending on the project that you end up on. If you just want to work on a project and be left alone by your company's management, this is a fair choice - but there are better options out there. Management wants you to bring in the billable hours, but they won't have your back if you need them. Benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    KeyW has a poor reputation among other companies in the industry. When I tell people that I used to work at KeyW, I frequently get questions like "oh, but you seem like a good one?" Leadership was always bent on building up the company over building strong relationships with customers. It paid off for them with the acquisition by Jacobs, but being acquired was the end-game for them. Not their employees or their customers. KeyW was just one of many companies that are trying to sop up some of the small labor pool in the area. There's no particular reason to work at KeyW over any other subcontractor. If you interview with KeyW, even if you end up choosing to work at KeyW, you should *absolutely* interview with other subs or primes. Chances are you will be working on the same or similar projects. There are plenty of other small and medium sized companies with more competent support staff and management. Having worked at KeyW and several other subs and primes, I wouldn't recommend KeyW. If you do find yourself wanting to work there, just interview elsewhere first before you make a final decision.

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Hanover, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KeyW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    KeyW had some smart people who worked there and were dedicated to making sure their employees were happy.

    Cons

    The contract I worked on required long days and weekend work which got old after 2 years. Management did make sure I was compensated for my work when possible though so it wasn't too bad.

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