Employee (Current Employee) – Arlington, VA – October 24, 2014
This is an 85 year old firm and it acts like one in many respects. The management is solid, not forward thinking so there is no 5 year plan, but they are good people. They keep their word and have a sense of integrity and dignity. The only big problem is that the margins are low below 7 percent and the business is inconsistent as it is mostly (not all) defense and government related. If they get over 300-400 employees and have a ton more contracts, I can see them leveling off a bit and doing more to keep people happy.
They offer a 3 percent contribution to your 401k regardless of your contribution, automatically you get it. Plus a 3 percent match on top of that.
The location is great in Arlington and the culture is stiff and lacking. Generally you work in your team Silo and those are your work friends and experience of the shop.
Only folks who love designing ships and working for the Navy should really join this company. They are passionate and amazing at that mission.
Extremely Conservative with an emphasis on government bureaucracy
Senior Principal Naval Architect (Former Employee) – Crystal City, VA – May 18, 2016
Management in this company lacks the ability to mentor or assign work. A typical day would revolve around soliciting sufficient work to maintain billable hours to project without the use of overhead cost. Senior staff was expected to mentor and provide guidance to the junior staff that was primaraly made up of college graduates with little or no experience. Most co workers were very supportive of each other to maintain a confident flow of product. As I was on the road or working from home my interaction with the company was very limited and they did not bother to keep me appraised of the developments that were occurring within the company. (An attitude of out of site out of mind which prevailed for numerous employees) The most enjoyable part of the job was the iteraction with my fellow employees and the clients I served.
Indenpence to work from home.
Lack of leadership in all aspect from the COE to my manager
Senior Structural Designer (Former Employee) – Hampton, VA – April 12, 2012
Gibbs and Cox was a friendly and productive environment. My job functions included reviewing changes to the Cad design and implementing it into the current drawings under new revisions. At times, due to the work load, I may have 3 or more projects going and all due at accelerated time frames to meet the clients deadline. I enjoyed the work and keeping busy. Gibbs and Cox is highly recommended.