If you work on your romulan rep and get the elite scorp hanger pets, you can boost your damage considerably with those right there.
Yuo can build this ship like a regular sci ship, however I'd recommend a balanced build with alot of self surv/sustainability and CC . Its not meant to turn on a time, although you can powerslide with it with practice.
With decent equipment, I managed to use this in a Elite khitomer accord stf. I ended up PARK tanking 2. Yes, 2 elite cubes while burning down probes that gate spawned.
For a carrier, it isn't bad. Technically recluse and jemmy dread are better carriers, but they're a pain in the rear end to get. I flew the Atrox since forever as an engineer captain. I honestly loved this ship.