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Updated February 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Could have been a great company (in 4 reviews)

  • Every person I've met is extremely knowledgeable about his/her job and is willing to help others (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is friendly and welcome ideas to improve your work environment (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "A great experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Knowledgeable, experienced staff offer a great opportunity for experience.

    Cons

    Older building and cubicles. Location is remote (may not be a bad thing if you're wishing for that)

    Sparton Response

    Sep 21, 2016 – HRD

    Thank you for taking the time to complete a review of your experience at Sparton. We are pleased you were satisfied working with us and wish you luck in your future endeavors. -Sparton Leadership ... More


  2. "Good people, poor policies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Engineering Design Technologist in Deland, FL
    Former Employee - Engineering Design Technologist in Deland, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Engineering group, reasonable benefits, decent people. The Deleon Springs location is very rural with a sub tropical climate, typical of that part of Florida

    Cons

    The basic challenge to working at Sparton is the politics. Restructuring a division, that has been profitable for decades, makes no sense.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the arrogance and pay more attention to DOD requirements, particularly accounting practices.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Run don't walk away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in De Leon Springs, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer in De Leon Springs, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sparton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting products,challenging work, very capable engineering staff

    Cons

    Management purports to use data to make decisions, however, most are made based on personality of the presenter. Backbiting, and working outside the chain of command are the rule of the day since a re-organization that has resulted in less communication and "silo-ing" of responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the subject matter experts, they are the ones that have given you the success you have achieved. Open you eyes and see your future success is being compromised by the back channel communications with those that have no real understanding of the issues before them.


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  5. "Sparton"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sparton (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, PTO, holidays, 401k interesting work related to Medical Device, one on one interactions with software developers, exposure to many medical device company projects

    Cons

    occasional unexpected weekend overtime, periods of awaiting next placement on bench, no 401k match, not much room for advancement, low pay compared to other sw testers in area

    Advice to Management

    provide 401k match, more equal treatment for testers as compared to developers, more foresight into future opportunities, more placement opportunities and advancement potential

    Sparton Response

    Jan 11, 2017 – HRD

    Thank you for taking time to record your experience at Sparton. We are pleased that you enjoyed the many fringe benefits we offer. We do offer competitive health benefits, Paid Time Off, Paid ... More


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Too Bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in De Land, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in De Land, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great middle level management. Could have been a great company.

    Cons

    Do not have cancer, do not smoke, do not be female, do not be overweight, do not be old... .and the list goes on. One high-level senior manager acted inappropriately with a female customer, foul. Another senior executive regularly publicly berated female co-workers; zero respect for female staffers.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and get rid of the good 'ole boys. Hire experienced senior staff from LMCO, NG, BAE, etc. Break-up the company. The synergies are non-existent.

    Sparton Response

    Dec 13, 2016 – HRD

    Thank you for taking the time to write your thoughts about Sparton. We are pleased to see you enjoyed working with the leadership team. We agree they are pretty great. In terms of “cleaning house ... More


  7. "IT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Network Systems Analyst in Macungie, PA
    Current Employee - Network Systems Analyst in Macungie, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company values its employees and seeks to accommodate without sacrificing the needs of the company (they do not always succeed).

    Cons

    The company is publicly traded and is currently entertaining offers to buy it. This has resulted in indecision regarding corporate strategy at the highest levels of the company. This indecision leads to uncertainty about long term planning.

    Sparton Response

    Sep 21, 2016 – HRD

    Thank you for writing your review. We appreciate hearing from our current employees. We are happy to hear that you are feeling valued as a member of our team. This is very valuable feedback ... More


  8. "Not to Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Worker in Daytona Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Worker in Daytona Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sparton full-time

    Pros

    Pretty good teamwork and the pay is good depending on your department and skill level.

    Cons

    The turnover is high in some areas due to pay and skill levels.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in the proper people and everything should work out.


  9. "It could have been so good, if only..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Plymouth, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved the work (most of the time) due to the variety and fast pace. It led to a lot of experience in a short amount of time (4.5 years). I would consider working here again if changes were made to management in the Plymouth office as well as company benefits/policies.

    Cons

    Low level management has created a very bad culture of lying, unethical behavior (stealing, a.k.a. siphoning contract work off to a personal LLC), shady hiring/firing practices for female contractors, poor communication, no opportunities for training, no opportunities for advancement, no willingness to listen to employees, no willingness to provide clean drinking water, and no willingness to talk to HR about employee concerns (see comment about listening to employees), no willingness to outfit the lab with equipment needed for multiple projects at the same time.
    What's just as bad is that low level leadership Is completely out of touch with the culture that has been created and how it affects employee morale, and how it affects the ability to recruit and retain top engineering talent in a market like this (Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area). Every initiative I took to improve employee morale was squashed, followed up with a comment such as "just keep your head down." I suppose that's like an ostrich sticking it's head in the sand when a predator is nearby. Just ignore the problems facing the team and focus on your immediate task of billing the customer.

    I could only put up with this culture for so long and ultimately I found something better. As the saying goes: people don't leave companies, they leave managers. It couldn't be more true in this case.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to UPPER management: talk with everyone under you to be fully aware of the culture and morale. Don't let one bad manager ruin the company's chances at having a successful design services office. As I mentioned in my exit interview: Remove/reassign low level management. As long as current management has any authority moving forward, the culture will remain the same and morale will be low. Look for a leader this time, and let them lead. Let a leader be the voice of their employees. Let a leader get the employees what they need to do their job and then get out of their way so they can succeed. Only then will you succeed at recruiting and retaining top engineering talent.

    Sparton Response

    Apr 25, 2016 – Sr. VP HR

    First, let me thank you for taking the time to share your opinion. Sparton does encourage our employees to share their thoughts, innovations and ways to work smarter. It is unrealistic to think that ... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Motor-head micro management - motovates many to manage in medical group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development in De Leon Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Business Development in De Leon Springs, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sparton full-time

    Pros

    Exciting green field markets include unmanned air, land, and sea applications. Commercial applications include geo-physical, marine and energy applications for navigation guidance sensors.

    Cons

    Group continues to struggle with leadership issues to include but not limited to: micro-management, lack of marketing/sales acumen, and stifling creativity.

    Making the safe play has constrained some product leadership opportunities as other competitors made significant inroads.

    Advice to Management

    Add layer to run all marketing and sales / separate director from tactical marketing & sales leadership. With balance of business BTP / IP value channel needs greater nurturing.


  11. "Can be a fun place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant Accounting Manager in Brooksville, FL
    Current Employee - Plant Accounting Manager in Brooksville, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Current leadership team are very professional and believe in work-life balance.

    Cons

    Tend to cut costs at the wrong place - like employee comfort (chairs).

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees based on their performance and not on the SMART goals that unattainable.


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