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Updated September 29, 2018
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KeyW President and Chief Executive Officer William J. Weber
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  • "CEO focused on stock price and not on employees" (in 5 reviews)

  • "There's a huge lack of communication, not just virtical in the organization, but even horizontal" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

    KeyW Response

    Feb 26, 2018 – Chief People Officer

    Thanks for your review. We like to hear about what we're doing well... and I'd like to comment on the efforts we've made in the past few months toward "mixing it up" with the newest members of the... More


  2. "Great Company, Careful of Growing too Quickly"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 company to work for. Benefits and pay are outstanding, even with some of the recent cutbacks to 401k.

    Cons

    Some recent cuts to 401k and other benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Growth is good, but be careful not to lose sight of employee retention during these periods of growth.

  3. "..I recommend elsewhere for a career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    **All opinions are based off my experience and my specific contract as an intelligence analyst.**
    Benefits package is good.
    Ability to flex hours within a pay period.
    PTO is good.
    Provided me the opportunity to get my foot in the door for my field.
    Made some long-lasting friends.
    I enjoyed the work I did for the client.

    Cons

    **All opinions are based off my experience and my specific contract as an intelligence analyst.**
    Overall negative environment. Most of the other KeyW employees in leadership positions had a clique mentality. Usually anything management or leadership employees has to speak to you about was something you were doing wrong. When I discussed with management a couple issues I had, they turned it back onto me and did not take any accountability for issues the contract and/or corporate had.
    I don't know if I would say management had favorites. But, it was made very clear if management did not like you or if you made management personnel mad. Very unprofessional.
    Promotions are all about who you talk to. If your friends with or considered "cool" by the "in-crowd" you'll get the promotion. Otherwise, they will just keep passing you over.
    VERY LOW RETENTION. People are continuously leaving. In turn, this creates a large backlog of work which leads to management putting pressure on us to get everything done.
    UNDER PAID. Unless you make a leadership position (lowest starts around 65k for my contract), expect to start at 50k regardless of education or experience.
    Security personnel at the corporate office is very incompetent. I tried submitting a referral and they continuously dropped the ball to the point where I just told the referred individual to just drop it cause he/she would be better off.
    This is just what I can think of. I was a Sotera employee and was integrated into KeyW through the acquisition. I was hoping my experience would improve but it did not.

    Advice to Management

    Everything in the cons list. Good luck.


  4. "Contracting"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Worker in Roles Inn of America, AZ
    Former Employee - Worker in Roles Inn of America, AZ
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Works close with the agency I want to work for. Good stepping stone into a potential position for the client.

    Cons

    Hasn’t paid me for my first 5 weeks. Experience is minimal. No real room for moving up. Definitely underpaid on the contract.

    Advice to Management

    Get closer with new hires. Fix your training process. Standards vary from trainer to trainer


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KeyW full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Benefits. The CEO did say that you could contact him.

    Cons

    Gob was not a good fit. Only issue was a lack of communication as to what job skills where needed for the contract.

    Advice to Management

    Be better at describing the job before offering entry level position. While some aspects of the job where as the job was described, the basic skills needed for the job where not described.


  6. "Good Company, good people"

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    • Culture & Values
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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

    Pros

    Friendly, casual yet professional environment. Very dedicated staff top to bottom. Everyone I worked with worked hard, smart and tirelessly to get the job done. Very flexible on working from home as an option. Very good HR department, good benefits and PTO, and good 401k match.

    Cons

    Lack of effective communication and active collaboration between geographically dispersed teams is generating an unhealthy "us vs. them" mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Suggest top leadership to a better job of recognizing outstanding work at both the contract level and corporate support. Incentivize exceptional team and individual performance with spot bonuses.


  7. "KeyW is good and getting better"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people from top to bottom. Good benefits, great technical work and projects. New senior leaders have cleaned up the company and have it on the right path.

    Cons

    Middle management communication isn't the best. Company is still stove-piped in certain areas as a result of growth through acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    Force middle management to communicate more to rank and file. Continue to explain changes and be transparent with employees.

  8. "Reception/Admin"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reception/Administrative in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Reception/Administrative in Hanover, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company
    Great staff
    Everyone is so helpful
    Get to multi task and do projects for different departments
    Learn something new every day
    Mobility program allows you yo grow with in company
    Definitely somewhere i would want to work long term

    Cons

    wish i lived a little closer but overall commute is not that bad
    salary is low for my position


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Significant changes not for the positive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KeyW full-time

    Pros

    There are talented hard-working individuals who care about the mission and producing a quality product

    Cons

    As someone who has been with the company for several years, it's been very disheartening to see all of the changes. The last 2 years have been a significant change from the prior culture. The focus is too heavily centered around being a publicly traded company, the stock price and being a "pure play" large contractor. Benefit changes without appropriate communication. As a Senior, I'm often sent inquiries about employment and I can tell you. We went from having an A+ package to a C+ package at best. All the functional departments have had 100% turn over, causing confusion and chaos. HR and Recruiting used to be the most responsive 2-3 years ago now it seems they lack the leadership to follow through, be knowledgeable and provide minimal customer service needed. Contracts POCs have changed on a monthly basis. Constant turnover in HR, Recruiting, Contracts, Security. There is constant talk about the attrition and unhealthy nature of the culture. Leadership is no longer accessible.

    Advice to Management

    Find a balance between being competitive and taking care of your employees. Don't just talk about it. Actions speak way louder than words. Figure out why your employees are leaving. Don't always talk about the investors b/c at the end of the day it's the workers in the field doing the work.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good and Bad"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hanover, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hanover, MD

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

    Pros

    Co-Workers are good and mostly easy to get along with. Some company events were fun and good coffee.

    Cons

    Upper management C/level get all the privileges. They take their entire family to the ravens suite, week after week and all the baseball games. They get the best lunches.

    The tickets never trickle down to anyone. So many hard working employees that go above and beyond so it would be nice to see some employees get the benefits.

    Advice to Management

    When a project is ending transfer the employee to another open spot or let them interview, don't just let go of them.

    KeyW Response

    Feb 26, 2018 – Chief People Officer

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. The more we learn about how we are doing, and what our employees think about how we do things... the better we will be.

    I'd like to respond directly to... More


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