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Pros
  • There are many opportunities because the company is growing so rapidly (in 8 reviews)

  • Great Work, Great People, Great Capabilities (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Cons are in line with entire defense industry (in 5 reviews)

  • No cons after many years of working here (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "All the good people have left"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in North Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in North Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with cool new technology that benefits our troops and civilians, in both medical and military applications

    Cons

    Cut almost 50 percent of their workforce with no heads up. Upper management doesn't understand time constraints and winds up promising the customer the world in unreasonable amounts of time. Although you're working with cool technology, your day to day life is boring. All the competent managers have left to manage larger groups at other companies, partially due to the environment. Need more communication between hardware and software teams

    Advice to Management

    Raises need to actually happen, promises should be run through the engineer that will have to do the work, maybe provide some incentive as a job well done, like a shirt or a cup, instead of just reassigning people after the project is over with no thanks.


  2. "Old Stodgy Company"

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    Former Employee - Director, Program Management in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Director, Program Management in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Acceptable to work in for you like hardware components and working with prime contractors in defense. Develops cutting edge technology and really smart engineers.

    Cons

    An old guys company, feels like a time warp back to the early 80s. Can't imagine any young person wanting to work there.

    1. Work Environment is nothing like those offered by companies located in Boston. I bet they still don't provide free coffee never mind any other perks. !

    2. Unsatisfying that Product(s) are components to larger systems.. Deliverable product is never branded "Mercury" so their is a lack of brand recognition.

    3. Management is full of expatriates (British and French) or guys that have been with the company forever. Success is measured by their growing waistlines. Lack of woman in leadership roles.

    4. Extreme dependency on Defense budget. If we ever smarten up as nation and reduce Defense spending this company is history.

    5. Located off I-495, the snow belt of Massachusetts. Another 80s throwback reference. Who wants to work in that area unless you live in NH?

    Advice to Management

    Get younger and diversify your product and services outside of Defense.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "This company is going nowhere fast..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many smart and dedicated employees; interesting work.

    Cons

    Everything is the number one priority; there is never time to do things 'right' but there is always time to do it again; 60 hour work weeks and no raises in almost 4 years; lay-offs every quarter; Sales people are worshipped - everyone else ignored; horrible morale!

    Advice to Management

    1. Stop obsessing about revenue and bookings and start focusing on building the Organization. You say you want a mature, quality-oriented Operation but you lack the resolve and discipline to follow through.
    2. Take your bonus checks and redistribute them to your employees. You haven't earned them - the rank and file have!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "The Good Times Are Gone"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mercury Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people in Non-Management position where team work is essential. Company flex hours are great. Benefits are good but falling behind other companies.

    Cons

    Senior Management can care less about laying off people. Job security is non-existent as one never knows when one will be let go.

    Advice to Management

    Stop acquiring companies and give raises, plus stop saying you are lucky to have a job!


  6. "Used to be decent......"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a job. Even with a possibility of using debt, it pushes to use cash resources

    Cons

    With the recent acquisitions and corresponding layoffs, Mercury has sunk from a positive company where the $'s came in easily, to breaking policy to chase $'s. The management direction is haphazard - nothing clear since the acquisitions and layoffs. The attitude is depressing at HQ. They are blaming it on the continuing resolution

    Advice to Management

    Fix the current problems. THE BOD should re-evaluate the current management. Maybe they were great with a smaller company and has bitten off more than they can chew.


  7. "Software Engineer I"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, good starting salary

    Cons

    Bad upper management, little job security

    Advice to Management

    stop buying companies


  8. "Bleeding Talented People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mercury Systems (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people I worked with were incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and interesting.

    Cons

    The upper management is terrible. In their strive to be cost-effective, they have laid off or driven away a good deal of talent. Constant pay and hiring freezes keep what talent is left overworked and underpaid. All engineers are spread far too thin.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better. Stop focusing on making the company worth more on paper and actually develop a deeper talent pool.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "10 years business development"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Mercury had a technology leadership in the embedded computer space. Their leading switch fabric architecture made anyone who needed a super computer in a shoe box come to Mercury.

    Cons

    The leadership mentality between the executive and senior staff was much like throwing meat on the floor and watching the resulting melee. The senior staff acknowledged the onslaught of commoditization, but refused to change course to adapt.

    Advice to Management

    There is a new management team in place as a result of the above comment. So far profitability is being made via personnel cuts, not innovation.


  10. "Lost sight"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty flexible hours had good insurance

    Cons

    Lost sight of where they started from

    Mercury Systems Response

    Jan 26, 2017 – Mercury Leadership Team

    We appreciate your feedback. Mercury offers a strong health care package and a complete roster of benefits to maintain a culture of health. Should you be inclined to share more or discuss further ... More


  11. Helpful (4)

    "A company filled with contradictions"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Incredibly interesting technology to work on. There's more variety here than most places for the technically-inclined... Circuit design, software, hardware/mechanical, systems, etc. They do it all.

    Cons

    From an execution point of view, Mercury Systems leverages old, antiquated engineering practices and is extremely poor at planning, resource management, maintaining a long term technical vision and executing on it. They do great things but could be so much better at it.

    The company is positively horrible at resource management, having adequate resources to maintain continuity on a program, focus, allowing time to sufficiently and accurately plan, etc. Some of these problems are due to the nature of the work but it could be much better.

    Change at Mercury is glacial.

    Advice to Management

    Management really needs to shed its old-school leadership style. Top management seems to be very preoccupied with the "acquisition or be acquired game," how the accountants and Wall Street views the company and so forth but pays little attention to meaningfully looking at and understanding how good, empowered leadership at the senior director, director and first level management level can have a huge influence on the company and its operations. It appears that leadership that conforms and preserves the status quo is what is valued. Mercury is not a company that appreciates teamwork where members trust each other and feel comfortable enough to challenge each other to find better solutions.

    Shared commitment is missing at Mercury and management doesn't seem to be able to do something about it. As an example of management not being in tune with what's needed, they've taken their antiquated performance management process and have shifted it from an annual process do doing it quarterly. Doing the same bad thing four times as often is not the solution, nor is hanging your hat on the "next best performance management tool" that you're going to buy. Next time you look at the leadership hierarchy, take a strong look at who gets people engaged in their work, fosters a spirit of mutual commitment and looks for change for the better.

    On a final note: spend more time getting to know the people that support you. If you ask, they will speak up but only do so if you really care.


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