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Versar Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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  1. "Versar Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Versar used to be a great place to work, I loved the people that I worked with and gained variety of experiences through the different positions I held.

    Cons

    The company is in trouble waters these days and most of the employees feel very unsecured. The company did not take care of its employees.

    Advice to Management

    The management should take care of its employees first before distributing bonuses to the management. This was not the case at Versar.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "temporary archaeologist"

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    Current Employee - Archaeologist in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Archaeologist in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Versar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    excellent pay, competent co-workers, opportunities for skill development, involvement in business development even for low level employees

    Cons

    cube farm environment, office temperature cold


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Think twice or you will regret."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are decent
    Coworkers are professional

    Cons

    Really cut throat management. The CFO doesn't have any friends and wont think twice about firing with no notice. There are several managers who talk to subordinates very unprofessionally and downright insulting. Financial auditors are there every few weeks so that cant be good.

    Advice to Management

    RESPECT your employees. Your stock price is never going above $4 per share for more than a few days so I would suggest to hold on to what you have. Your employees are your biggest asset


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Stock over Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Versar (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are OK, not great. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    No leadership. No clear direction.

    They don't care about creating a consistent product or service for their clients No staff training to perform a consistent work product.

    They only care about the next small company they will buy with a pipeline of work to turn over a profit, at the expense of jobs!

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your staff and staff's product to the clients.


  5. "Cool company; environmental pedigree"

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    Former Employee - Geologist in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Geologist in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Lots of opportunities to work independently.

    Cons

    Lack of strategic vision.

    Advice to Management

    Remember your roots: Environmental


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Unappreciative company."

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    Current Employee - UXO Tech in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - UXO Tech in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not really production-focused, so low stress. Almost completely outdoors, if you like that. Summer work can be unpleasant. Also, winter work.

    Cons

    Have to work away from home, at least half the year. No interest from corporate in the worksite, personnel or safety, until something goes wrong, and even then, its minimal. No choice but to commute an hour each way, off the clock. Not sure how uncommon this is, but most jobs of this nature, the commute is on the clock, at least from the office to the field site.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe show some interest in the 'field-hands'. Stop sending out emails to everyone that discuss your safety bonuses and annual bonuses, office parties and perks etc, to people that aren't able to partake, or invited at all.


  7. "Good place to start a career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn and travel a lot

    Cons

    Versar tends to consider employees disposable.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "A refreshing change from larger companies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In a company this size (about 500 employees), I feel like my contributions really matter. The CEO is very personable, and although I'm relatively new it's obvious to me that he and his leadership team are working to effect positive change throughout the organization. Some of these results are already in place, and others are still yet to be seen. The work life balance is good, and stress levels are very manageable compared to other companies where I've worked. Overall, I feel I made a good choice in coming to Versar.

    Cons

    Versar is working to build up their overhead functions (finance, HR, IT, etc.) and making efforts to improve customer service in these areas. Progress has been made, but continued focus in this area is needed.

    Advice to Management

    I see evidence that you're working to improve communication. Please continue these efforts, as communication is critically important.


  9. "Making a difference"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Before joining Versar, my entire work experience was with very large companies. I was excited to join Versar because of the size and ability to make a difference. In my short tenure, I have accomplished a great deal that is helping to move the organization forward. I enjoy the people I work with as well. In the last three years, the CEO has done a great deal to improve the organization.

    Cons

    As with any organization, there is some resistance to change amongst the ranks. This will hopefully be lessened with time. Communications don't always filter down to all employees, though we have a quarterly All Hands which is positively received.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus externally on growing the business and moving it forward. Keep the focus on communications at all levels and hold leaders accountable.


  10. "Good and Bad"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with in the company.

    Cons

    Company is going through a lot a changes the last 2 years making it an unstable place.


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