Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Reviews

Updated 16 June, 2014
Updated 16 June, 2014
34 Reviews

2.9
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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions President, CEO, and Director Eric M. DeMarco
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  1.  

    Large government contracts and a lot of oversight

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

    Pros

    decent pay, flexible hours, decent onboarding, lots of like-minded colleagues, made good connections

    Cons

    because you are working on large government contracts, there's a lot of oversight, all work is tracked down to the minute, i didn't end up performing the job that I was hired to do. ended up doing data entry more than anything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do a better job bidding contracts so that it is not always feast and famine

  2.  

    Good thing I can Juggle...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

    Pros

    Lots of things to do
    Different projects to work on
    Friendly employees (for the most part)

    Cons

    Lots of things to do
    Smaller teams
    So many moving parts it can get confusing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the silos

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great for managers; not so great for workers.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and work/life balance are good, depending on what you are there for. If you are on contract as an actual worker, you will conform to the schedule of the work location, which means there is no office culture to speak of. If you are a manager or corporate employee, though, the office environment is nice.

    Cons

    Kratos has the same problems as other government contractors that rely on the government for funding, such as low-bid wars, contract issues, and sudden furloughs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Web Developer

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    Former Employee - Web Developer  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Web Developer in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with. The Owner gives nice perks for MLB tickets on 3rd base and private booths. Its continuously growing and becoming a major player in Defense contracts.

    Cons

    Sometimes recognition is misplaced. Mergers can be tough with reorganization. Typical growing pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support a great working environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Kratos acquired my company, lost contracts, underbid contracts, and layoffs followed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Kratos upper management maintained a hands off approach to acquired companies, for the most part. Talented individuals working as a cohesive team produced great products and services.

    Cons

    Not much job security here. Few contracts were won, and those were underbid, placing excessive burdens on employees to do more with less. The prospect of decreased benefits caused many employees to leave, and layoffs thinned the herd further.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A corporate reputation for quality cannot be maintained if quality employees are not retained.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stay Clear of this company

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Employees who work hard as a team and attempt to support each other.

    Cons

    Work/life balance, lack of resources, lack of ethics in higher management. Everything is about driving the stock price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hot to cold

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and/or telecommute options depending on your job title. As one of the worker bees in the production department, I was able to work primarily from home as long as work was completed/turned-in on/before deadlines. When contract is "on", its a fast work environment with opportunities to build on skills not necessarily within your job description. Good project management system.

    Cons

    When a contract is getting to its' end, you'll find yourself with nothing to do more and more and you could be sitting on "overhead" for weeks until the next project ramped up. This seems to be the norm with most DoD contracting companies, but the wait in between projects became longer (more like months) as Kratos focused more on acquisitions. Instead, there is more of a competitive, low-bid wins contract environment which has lead to heavy layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Robust work environment, detailed job tasks with good support, feedback, and explanations

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Teams are collaborative and tightly run, projects are always on time, intelligent and caring managers

    Cons

    Freedom of creative design can be difficult since they follow templated design strategies, and very tight deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give everyone a voice, somehow, so each person feels heard and appreciated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor pay, little concern and no support for the regular employee

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer  in  Herndon, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Herndon, VA (US)

    I have been working at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Really can't think of any

    Cons

    Not competitive wages. Little if any employee support from management. I worked at a remote location (not a Kratos facility) but was only a few miles from the regional Kratos headquarters. The manager responsible for the contract I was on never contacted me via email and only visited the site once or twice per year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Lack of focus on business as a whole

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallastown, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallastown, PA (US)

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Agreesive and forward thinking in some of their groups.

    Cons

    Some divisions are not innovative and have short sighted goals that affect long term growth. Some of the companies they have aquired are top heavy in the management ranks and do not operate efficiently. (Too Many Cooks Syndrome)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at leaning up your organization. Look at what talent you have at executive and management levels and cut the redundencies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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