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SPAWAR Systems Center Charleston Reviews

Updated June 7, 2017
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SPAWAR Systems Center Commander Patrick H. Brady
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance and schedule (every other Friday off) (in 12 reviews)

  • Job security as a federal employee is an attractive feature of working for SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • You can also get caught wrestling with issues produced by red-tape bureaucracy, which would not exist otherwise (in 13 reviews)

  • This is not the place for cutting edge technology and innovation (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Best employer for engineers in the Charleston area"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SPAWAR Systems Center (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Laid back culture, flexible hours, teleworking encouraged

    Cons

    Not a lot of upward mobility once you get to a certain level (maxed out ND4)


  2. "Great benefits, not so many opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Systems Manager in Goose Creek, SC
    Current Employee - IT Systems Manager in Goose Creek, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SPAWAR Systems Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great health benefits, 401k, vacation

    Cons

    management has no idea how to utilize employee skills, supervisors are managing too many employees and don't seem interested in mentoring employees


  3. "Technical Intern, VTC"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Intern in Moncks Corner, SC
    Former Employee - Technical Intern in Moncks Corner, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SPAWAR Systems Center (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Multiple projects to take part in
    Flexible daily hours
    Good pay

    Cons

    Large company, can be slow to process paperwork


  4. "Should be better"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at SPAWAR Systems Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Excellent fringe benefits.

    Cons

    Ridiculous workload, nepotism, favoritism, claim to value employees, but pay raises do not reflect this.

    Advice to Management

    Go backnowledge to the GS pay schedule. Hire fresh instead of family members and promote people of color and diverse back grounds to management.


  5. "Good pay, and experiences-great peers.Poor management, no support form management. Management clueless."

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    Current Employee - Electronic Technician in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Electronic Technician in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SPAWAR Systems Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunity for technical experience. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Poor advancement. Poor Management support. Too many rapidly changing processes.

    Advice to Management

    Stop giving into bureaucracy. Support your employees.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Very good working environment"

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    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very autonomous working environment, tasks are provided and are expected to meet them. Some of the travel can be arduous

    Cons

    There can be nepotism, and if you are a former enlisted member without a degree, you should pursue an engineering degree if you seek promotion.

    Advice to Management

    The culture at SPAWAR is good, the only thing I would recommend is to try to prevent nepotism, and try to build an avenue for promotion for individuals who are hard workers and provide real value instead of the ones that provide political value.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Was a great place to start my career and work through early mid-career"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SPAWAR Systems Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - cool and challenging work
    - decent benefits
    - dedicated to their customer
    - lots of growth opportunity at entry and mid level

    Cons

    - senior levels are hard to promote through (not a lot of mobility)
    - eventually salary caps catch up with you mid career
    - gov. in general pays small bonuses.
    - higher level customers tend to be more interested in their agenda rather than what is achievable


  8. Helpful (2)

    "too much bureaucracy with too many procedures for the same thing."

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    Current Employee - Systems Architect in North Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Systems Architect in North Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SPAWAR Systems Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Sick leave, teleworking, health insurance, life insurance, matching contributions, overall a very good work-life balance... but these benefits can be had at any federal agency.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and procedures that are often not followed. First line supervisors are not interested in employees, I have yet to see or meet in person my new first-line supervisor even if he's been my first line supervisor for almost six months.
    It can sometimes be a very politicizes work-environment and border-line discriminatory if you don't hold the same religious and political views of your co-workers.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant Finance in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant Finance in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SPAWAR Systems Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    SPAWAR offers a flexible work schedule. You get to choose your own hours for the most part. Pay and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Government uncertainty can be stressful. Working for the government involes a lot of red tape that can be frustrating. Work load is reasonable.


  10. "Mixed bag but good overall."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security once probation completed, work stability over private/commercial contractors, adequate salary, some ability to progress and grow

    Cons

    Little recognition or even acknowledgment of outstanding performers, few training opportunities, Navy mindset (heavy on tradition regardless of value) even among civilians

    Advice to Management

    Resist temptation to inflate performance ratings and practice favoritism


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