Mercury Systems Employee Reviews about "leadership"
51% would recommend to a friend
(81 total reviews)
61% approve of CEO
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Updated Nov 29, 2023
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- "Great people to work with and learn from!" (in 66 reviews)
- "The executive management team seems to really believe in the culture and values statements that are posted all over the building." (in 37 reviews)
- "Benefits are good but falling behind other companies." (in 31 reviews)
- "Management has dog a ponny shows about how they care about employees and their families." (in 19 reviews)
- "Pay is decent for me" (in 15 reviews)
- "Employees are also overworked and management just continues to waste their time instead of helping out their subordinates." (in 19 reviews)
- "Bad upper management, little job security" (in 16 reviews)
- "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." (in 10 reviews)
- "My only con (not even a con in my book) is that we continue the constant communication, regardless of what is going on, to keep employees and leaders properly informed." (in 9 reviews)
- "management person what they think of each project manager and functional manager." (in 8 reviews)
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- 2.0Jun 24, 2018Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
Peer to peer collaboration is supportive and fosters the best part of Mercury being a fine place to work
Two tier society: there's those that are supporting the products and programs and poor communication between senior leadership and the rest of the company. With few exceptions, there's very little communication from the top on general health of business unit pursuits, program importance, etc. The managing up culture should be broken down if Mercury is going to be a truly great company.8
- 4.0Oct 17, 2012Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
There is opportunity to take on various roles and learn a broad range of skills. Everyone is close-knit and friendly. The culture is quite laid back and relaxed (sometimes too much so). We were recently acquired by Mercury Computer Systems and are currently undergoing re-structuring. Hopefully we will take advantage of the benefits and resources of a large corporation while still maintaining the feel of a small company. Also a new first-class facility is in the plans within the next year or so.
A lot of times the vision and leadership of upper management is vague and counterproductive. Aside from annual reviews there isn't much structured career development or training, so what you get out of the company is truly dependent on what you put in (this can be good and bad). The facility isn't that impressive.
- 4.0Oct 5, 2016Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
Great people, lots of opportunity to grow and develop. Leadership is working really hard to stay ahead of the competition in both technology and as an employer.
Leadership is completely out of touch with the regular rank and file. They have no concept of our realities and it shows in what and the way they choose to communicate.Mercury Systems Response7y
We appreciate your feedback. Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We strive to be on the cutting edge of technology and innovation so we are pleased to see that is listed as one of your pros! Mercury is working on developing different ways of communicating including implementing new systems such as Skype for Business, You Earned It and Confluence, so that we are using all means to be as collaborative and connected as possible throughout all level of the business.
- 2.0Mar 14, 2011DirectorCurrent EmployeeChelmsford, MA
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.
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.1
- 4.0Sep 29, 2020EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsPhoenix, AZ
MSS has a fantastic Engineering Team. Dynamic, creative, driven. Additionally the factory and logistics departments have great people that work very hard at their jobs. There are very few goofballs here, and it's a great place to be if you love to work hard and get things done. The best part of working at Mercury are the great people that work here. It's a good culture of people who don’t like to sit around. Work life balance has gotten much better at MSS after a 2019 culture survey, which was great to see - we were actually listened to and there was swift action, which was awesome. It’s been good to have a little more balance with work, home, and health in my life.
The normal wage is fair, but the bonus is atrocious. For all the hard work you do and the projects you successfully complete, it's underwhelming. The employee stock program is good and I use that as much as possible. With the culture of MSS and the hard workers there, would make more sense to have more equity or performance-based compensation. Seems like the majority of people would welcome more risk/reward. The tools for daily tasks are pretty bad. Seems like they are getting better, but Mercury needs to continue to improve its toolsets for internal processes - ERP, manufacturing info systems, development systems, rev control, doc control, etc. Lots of human glue and non-intuitive processes. Exec leadership seems to continue to be very illogical in their approach to managing product development. They continue to try to shove a square peg in a round hole. They seem to push push push without understanding what the problems are: inefficient tools, insufficient manpower, & mismanagement of priorities. Additionally there is too much fingerpointing going on, a symptom of not understanding these problems. The Global Engineering Group seems to flow down what appears to be really less effective tools, reporting requirements, and poor policies. Need to keep in mind that the engineering needs are very different for different businesses. This group needs to understand more intimately the various engineering groups and what is truly needed to improve things.
- 4.0Jul 26, 2017Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsCypress, CA
-Growing Company -Cooperation & coordination good at site levels -Company is good helping people develop in their careers.
-HR leadership & group has been chaos an mess for years but tarting to see progress -D level managements across the board is either weak or not effective -Focus and investment on eng. and tech positions mostly. cheap on pay most other place. -Communication with sites and corp isn't very good, not near what it should be.Mercury Systems Response7y
Thank you for your input. As you mentioned, we are a growing company and we strive to scale with our growth. This is a work in progress and we are on a journey. Earlier this year we rolled out job architecture and we will continue to evolve it. This will act as a guide for not only existing employee’s career growth but to also help us gauge our resource needs. We have many job opportunities that once filled, will alleviate some of the workload that has been brought on our teams through our growth and acquisitions. Thanks for bringing these important topics to the table. We will continue to improve our communications and make sure they are reaching everyone.
- 5.0Apr 13, 2020Senior Principal Program ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsAndover, MA
Mercury is more like a large extended family then a job. They have always provided plenty of growth opportunities through training, coaching, mentoring and projects to help employees reach their career goals. The leadership team is very approachable and listens to employees for feedback on continuous improvement. They also do a great job transparently communicating to the organization. I have worked at Mercury for over 20 years. Great place to work!!!
I really don't have any cons to list
- 5.0Apr 20, 2020MarketingCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsAndover, MA
• Talented and visionary leadership that drives a deep sense of purpose • Upbeat, diversified and energized culture that creates meaningful results through collaboration • Celebration of contributions that help the team, extended teams and enterprise’s success • Committed teams that continually seek to improve innovative processing solutions that matter • Accomplishment of knowing our technologies protect our service men and women
There are very few cons and none that I would rate as significant to anyone seeking an exciting and worthwhile career move.
- 1.0Sep 1, 2022ManagerFormer Employee, more than 5 yearsChantilly, VA
- Receipt of a paycheck - Ability to work with a handful of genuinely good people
- Leadership encourages (almost guilts) team members into going online and leaving good reviews about the company in social media platforms - The ELT is totally detached from the pulse and true culture that is present at the site level - even after many employee engagement surveys, nothing gets done - Vision and strategic direction of the company is off base and subjective; actions taken as part of '1MPACT' are not data driven and truly value added nor sustainable - Communication of goals and performance of plan to actual is horrendous from the top down and from the bottom back up. This is because of poor management at the site and senior BU leadership level as the management style is executed by micromanagement and/or someone that has reached their point of incompetence (Peter Principle) - The organization as a whole does not follow its own Core Values, Ethics or examples of Morale with the biggest being a lack of accountability and integrity - Compensation for the true value add folks, those hourly direct laborers that work on site, kitting, assembling, testing, inspecting and shipping the products (and have through COVID) are simply not treated the same as their salaried counterparts. They are just another number in a head count and capacity plan12
- 5.0Jan 5, 2019Head of Human Resources OperationsCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearAndover, MA
Everyone hired in the last 3 years that I have encountered has been incredibly dynamic and fits the profile of someone who can scale in a hyper-growth atmosphere. Working in HR I have the opportunity to see the initiatives in place to make Mercury a great place to work. We are constantly surveying the organization to find blind spots where improvement can be made. The executive team is very impressive and isn’t the typical profile you sometimes find where they are too far removed from daily operations. Everyone has a good idea of what is going on in there group enough that if you go to them with any type of problem they are able to come up with a solution with you. I’m a recent addition to the HR Leadership team and have no complaints so far. My role is one that I feel passionate about and I look forward to coming to work everyday.
-No official maternity leave, instead employees use STD -Official Women in Leadership programs to help develop our female leadership pipeline2