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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Reviews

Updated 4 March 2015
Updated 4 March 2015
48 Reviews
2.6
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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions President, CEO, and Director Eric M. DeMarco
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  1.  

    Company does not compensate it's employees equally and places value of certain positions over others.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

    Pros

    The company is mostly relaxed. There are never really any crisis moments that you are expected to put in an insane amount of extra time. Most of the people working there are good people.

    Cons

    Many of the challenges involve the dangling carrot philosophy. Management hangs the idea of upward movement and promises of bigger and better things in the future just out of reach. When you reach the supposed goal required to move you forward, the carrot is dangled just a little further out. Also, management values certain job titles/positions over others and shows clear favoritism for people in those positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My basic advice to management would be that at some point, the carrot had to be reachable. If the carrot is always dangled out of reach, people are going to start looking for other companies that actually give their employees the chance to ascend the ladder. Also, showing blatant favoritism for a particular position in your workforce is guaranteed to divide your team and make employees look elsewhere for a better work environment. All employees should be treated fairly and equally. Employees should be compensated based on their value to the company, not just because they are in a position management already shows favoritism to.

  2.  

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Kratos

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

    Pros

    I enjoyed the people I worked with. I also enjoyed being challenges and allowed to pursue personal growth.

    Cons

    Sometimes communication from corporate was reactive vs. proactive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Review 2015

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

    Pros

    It is in business still.

    Cons

    Company does not have experience with big projects and their operational budget is way too reduced. Thus, an insignificant variation in the schedule is taken as a catastrophe. Schedule is "the work philosophy."
    However, when you are on the third or fourth tier and the project demands to control the tiers bellow you, which by the way have much more experience and have a lot of time in rodeos as this; then a crisis door is permanently open. It is now a battle in two fronts (upper and lower tiers). Perhaps the schedule is crushed (intentionally or unintentionally), then Kratos cannot stand the pressure. Even worst, when the operational budget depends on the success or not of another project... If as it happened, that project fails, then the whole organization suffers.

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

    Toxic environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and challenging. So many problems which need to be repaired. this keeps you busy and hopping all the time

    Cons

    Management is weak. Great employees who want to excel at their jobs but know their hands are tied. they follow rules and processes without ever questioning right from wrong. Corporate believes employees are idiots and have previously stated that. Not much respect for lower-level employees. They are considered dispensable. Watch your back all the time and learn how to play the game. schmoozing is what it is all about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kratos looks bad with all of the hiring and firing to improve the appearance of SG & A. Hire the right people to get the job done properly and on time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Worst Ever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good locations to get to work from freeway. Hard to write any other Pros to be factual and accurate.

    Cons

    Toxic, back stabbing work environment that allows inappropriate sexual misconduct to go on in the work place at PSS. Allowing employees to "sext" and send weird photos. Other women bragging about it at work and showing around the text messages on company phones. A joke of an interim regional VP who misbehaves with women via company cell phone and a president that knows. Complete chaos all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the toxicity and lies. President is a joke of leadership. The constant turn over at PSS should tell you something about the work environment. Almost everyone is gone. Complete chaos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Administrator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

    Pros

    Great entry into the field

    Cons

    Poor managment, untrustworthy personell practices, lots of promises made none carriered through

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Security

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Large Corporation, decent benefits, Provides training.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership. in transition of management. Loss of key workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire proper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    TERRIBLE CEO...LACK OF CUSTOMER FOCUS...POOR AREA REPUTATION

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

    Pros

    Good colleagues
    Good work environment
    Good facilities
    Competitive employee benefits
    Good customers
    Competitive salaries

    Cons

    Poor contract base
    Inadequate backlog
    Weak marketing team
    Weak proposal team
    Lack of corporate guidance and focus
    Non-technical CEO
    Poor local reputation
    Poor local management...rarely sees or talks to customers...does not support local employees...has little control over operations
    Poor job security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide credible, local, senior management that interfaces daily with customers

  10.  

    Sr Designer for Military training simulators. Duties include wiring design and integration

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Orlando, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Orlando, FL (US)

    I have been working at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly environment and interesting work.

    Cons

    No real opportunities for advancement and salary if significantly lower than with past employers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use personnel in areas that they can feel rewarded.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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