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KeyW Reviews

Updated February 18, 2019
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KeyW President and Chief Executive Officer William J. Weber
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Pros
  • "Great benefits though they have gone down a bit in recent times after some merging of companies" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, great technical work and projects" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "CEO focused on stock price and not on employees" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Only issue was a lack of communication as to what job skills where needed for the contract" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Awesome Company with a Bright Present and Future"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Hanover, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, mission critical work, outstanding leadership

    Cons

    Bringing together companies is tough and some lingering effects persist, but the way forward is clear

    Advice to Management

    Continue clear and open communication to employees. Continue to offer excellent benefits and work.


  2. "Growing company"

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    Current Employee - Technical Manager
    Current Employee - Technical Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KeyW full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very laid back company that is still trying to feel like a small close nit company.

    Cons

    As the company is growing it's getting more corporate and bottom line focused.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is very important

  3. "Great team"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in North Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in North Andover, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great friendly small team
    Lots of opportunities to learn
    Get to work on multiple projects and aspects of the business
    Able to get your hands dirty
    Cameras and airplanes

    Cons

    Sometimes things can get a little messy


  4. "Great company."

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    KeyW is a pure play in the intelligence space. They do awesome work and make awesome products. The culture is great--very social. The feel is of a smaller company. And, the benefits--401k, PTO, and medical are best in class for their industry. For these three reasons, it's a great place to work. KeyW has made both the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun's top places to the work the past few years. Management is strong and cares about the employees. I'm in talent acquisition and the company is an easy sell to candidates.

    Cons

    I've been here about 2 years and the only con I could provide is KeyW is publicly traded. Not really a con, but some folks are so keen on public companies. That being said, the management is excellent in this regard. They balance commitment to the board and employees very well.

    Advice to Management

    NA.


  5. "Exciting Company With Bright Future"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Director in Hanover, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    KeyW is an innovative and growing mid-sized company. The mission is meaningful, and the people are authentic. Unlike larger government contractors, KeyW maintains a smaller team feel while delivering products and services like bigger competitors. The minimal bureaucracy enables employee access to executives who show interest in individuals and customers alike. Leadership is supportive of career growth and development and new ideas are not just welcome but also encouraged.

    Cons

    Recent acquisitions and integrations created cultural and process disruptions the leadership is working to address. Not strictly a con, but an area for continuous improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate the vision and remind employees every day why it's great to be a member of the KeyW family!


  6. "Outstanding first impression"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Project Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family centered, professional, leading edge, focused, and honest.

    Cons

    Only downside is not working for KeyW sooner.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. I've felt like a member and not a number since day one.


  7. "Company is Growing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Severn, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Severn, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We are leading innovation in a lot of really cool areas. Company is always talking about employees as the best and brightest and that's always good to hear. Lots of employee engagement and opportunities to hear from top leadership about what's going on in the company.

    Cons

    It's a big company with a lot of different divisions and locations, so it can be easy to feel invisible in the big picture.

  8. "Excellent Benefits, Great Environment, Extremely Interesting Work!"

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    Current Employee - Deputy Director, Innovative Air and Space Division in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Deputy Director, Innovative Air and Space Division in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, Great Environment, Extremely Interesting Work!

    A great place to learn and grow! The work is amazing and on the forefront of research into areas like Wide Area SAR, Autonomy, Cyber, Airborne and Space ISR, national security related R&D, et al.

    Cons

    Not a small company and not a very Large company which sometime limits options, but we are continuing to grow!


  9. "Great People, Great Mission,"

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

    I have been working at KeyW full-time

    Pros

    Great bunch of people. Professional and like to have fun. Local managers are all respectable and great to work for.

    Cons

    Corporate office Sr management is out of touch with what we do and makes decisions that make no sense... often contradict what they say to your face.

    Advice to Management

    Think before you leap.


  10. "Not bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KeyW full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits though they have gone down a bit in recent times after some merging of companies

    Cons

    Doesn't seem like there is great room for advancement.