VSE is a hard company to work for because they do not understand how Red River Army Depot works. They try to do things differently and it doesnt work well at the depot. They do not pay their employees very well and the health care benefits are high. The imediate supervision is not a roll model for leadership at all.
You do have the chance of advancement by getting in on the Red River side.
Program Analyst (Former Employee) – Alexandria, VA – August 12, 2015
The only thing this company wants is money. They don't care what happens to their employees. Only the executive branch gets anything positive everyone else is disposable no matter how long you have worked there.
Program Analyst (Current Employee) – Alexandria, VA – April 27, 2015
Anywhere you work, you are expected to work hard and/or smart. At VSE if you are able to handle numerous of responsibilities outside of the scope of your job description, it does go a long way and strengthens your job security and value. Mostly everyone is retired military so there is a work culture similar to the views and goals instilled in people who are former military. It is a relaxed atmosphere as long as the work which is necessary to be completed is being taken care of. The bottom line is always the most important, and if you cannot show how you directly effect the bottom line, you will become an after thought. Lay-offs are never of any surprise, however if you do what you're supposed to do, you can steer clear of being let go. Managers usually keep their doors open, and have no problem seeing unscheduled visitors. Ask the questions you need answers to. Judgement is not placed on people that may or may not know something. I am not former military, so many acronyms I am unaware of. There is a leadership development program (LDP) in which one must be voted into. This serves even more an an incentive to work hard in order to be voted into the LDP which then can become a fast track to being a member of the executive team. Overall, good company to work for and great place to learn and grow.
Production Control Officer (Former Employee) – Ladysmith, VA – January 25, 2015
While I enjoyed the work, upper management left a a lot to be desired. I was always worried about if and when our site would have a lay off. We went through many site managers, mostly because VSE was incapable of hiring competent managers.
the work is fun and always changing.
upper management and inability to secure contracts.
best part of job is working with skilled employees
Auto Body Painter (Former Employee) – Gatesville, TX – October 18, 2014
a typical day at work was painting various military vehicles and equipment. I learned how to paint using carc paint. my work environment was very good. all employees were friendly and we all worked together. Most enjoyable part of job is painting.
Project Manager II / Senoir MWO Coordinator, VSE (Current Employee) – Fort Bragg, NC – July 31, 2014
I love working for VSE. The management was excellent as well as the staff they are very knowledgeable and I learnt a lot. I learnt a lot about depot maintenance. I also learnt a great deal about MWOs such as how they get applied and who is authorized to apply them. I enjoyed help all the units out that were in the Army Reserve Command. My co-works work well as a team/staff.
Clerical (Former Employee) – Alexandria, va – June 24, 2014
They claim to be offering retirement packages to those 55 or older really if you do not take it then the RIF you. Unless you are in the good ole boys club you have no security. Other ways to have security is be young and work for less than the ones being offered retirement. VSE used to be a proud company family type atmosphere then Mo arrived all downhill after that
Heavy Wheel Service Technician/Hull Repairman (Former Employee) – Kuwait – June 24, 2014
--Typical day: working on military vehicles to support the War Fighter mission -- Learned: I learned that poor management will lead to loss of contract -- Management: Not really --The hardest part: having to find a new contract because you are told this one was lost. -- The most enjoyable part of the job
Security /Maintenance Worker lead (Former Employee) – md – June 13, 2014
Security Lead for the guard contingent at the Army Reserve Depot. Establish, monitor, maintain, and publish a weekly work schedule, providing copies to IAP and each guard. Monitor and forward guard reports to client and IAP at the required frequency. Provide (or delegate) new guard personnel site orientation and SOP instruction. Notify IAP of all personnel issues.Relay client- delivered guidance relating to contract performance. Inform IAP of issues or conditions effecting mission accomplishment.Verify time cards for each guard. At the 99th Regional Support Command - Army Reserve in Baltimore MD Inspect GSA vehicle at start of shift, Walk the pier at least once per hour looking for civilian watercraft near the pier or Army watercraft, Check vessels, mooring lines, drafts, brows, battery charges, fuel oil day tanks, bilge boilers, and alarms- multiple times each day, Drive the perimeter of the depot and the Brandt USAR center at least twice daily, Take draft readings at beginning of shift and compare to prior shift Readings, Possible light supervised maintenance, Possible limited forklift use, Maintain safe working conditions at the pier during adverse weather conditions to include light snow removal in the winter Perform safety inspections to include identifying and/or reporting leaks, flooding, fires, accidents, and hazardous material spills Maintain ships' logs, documenting irregularities found Following up on all sign-in sheets to insure they are complete and there is a leave request to go along