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Smart people, prepare to work your butt off

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bowie, MD (US)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bowie, MD (US)

I have been working at Exelis

Pros

Rapid growth. Work alongside a diverse group of very bright people. Free information sharing and collaboration. Plenty of scientific disciplines to gain exposure to. Somewhat uncompetitive pay but very solid benefits package. They will hold all-hands meetings to recognize your hard work.

Cons

Senior leadership overconfident in their expertise, thus making massive routine technical blunders. You will work stretches of overtime for months (perhaps indefinitely) compensating for their gaffes. You will live there and rarely see your family, but hey, free dinner!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you don't truly know how something works, get off your Ph.D. and leverage other talent that does.

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    ITT

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    Current Employee - Recruiter  in  Colorado Springs, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Colorado Springs, CO (US)

    I have been working at Exelis

    Pros

    relaxed atmosphere and resonable work requirements

    Cons

    communication is often lacking from management, turn over is very high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more full-time employees to decrease turn over

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Beware the Van Nuys, California location!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Van Nuys, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Van Nuys, CA (US)

    I have been working at Exelis

    Pros

    The job location at VAN NUYS, CA was close to home. HR told me and many other incoming employees that people have worked here for over 30 years.

    Cons

    Unethical management throughout the organization. Salary is typically 20% lower than similar positions at other aerospace companies in the Los Angeles area. Employees have received 'zero percent' raises recently. Massive layoffs in 2011 and rumor of additional layoffs for 2012. In general, most people at this location are very frustrated by unethical and unfair management. Expectation of excessive unpaid overtime for most salaried employees. Benefits are not exactly at par with similar aerospace companies in the region. Internal communications and work processes suffer greatly. Largely autocratic organizational structure. Exelis is going to great lengths to keep costs low for rumored buyout of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate openly with your employees. Don't expect employees to work excessive overtime without paying them. Employees need a quality work/life balance. Consider replacing the old-school, mostly autocratic managers. Embrace positive change.

    Doesn't Recommend
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