21CT Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
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  1. Challenge of mixed agendas

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Management in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Product Management in Austin, TX

    I have been working at 21CT full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Efforts on the part of HR to build a positive culture were one of the best experienced in more than 20 years of professional experience. This resulted in an impressive array of team members - many of whom I would actively seek out to be on future teams.

    Cons

    Executive management suffers from "smartest people in the room" syndrome. That sought from team members at all levels is simply execution. Any debate / discussion that may have occurred came to be understood as largely pro forma as decisions almost invariably were pre-determined.

    While this may have made for streamlined decision making it did not result in optimal outcomes. Further, the practice served to undermine the sense of being a valued team member. There was a clear delineation between those deemed trusted and therefore worthy of being listened to and those who were not.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is not simply being in charge and making decisions. It is most importantly about being able to bring together a team of people and supporting them while guiding towards a collective objective. Leaders are most effective when able to coordinate, train and mentor individuals into a tightly organized team with a sense of purpose.


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    Engineers and scientists at the company were driven and brilliant, but program and upper management has no clue.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Scientist in Austin, TX

    I worked at 21CT

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunity to set research direction, write proposals, win business, deliver systems to wonderful customers was hard for me to leave.

    Cons

    Management does not believe in delivering quality and has decidedly moved away from research and development as a focus to basic IT services, hiring people of less quality in the process. Since the goal of the company is to charge the government for every hour of your time, they make it very hard to take vacations or even holidays without making up the time sitting at a desk. The company is clearly not goals-oriented, but hours-oriented.

    Advice to Management

    To deliver quality software products, you must hire serious, technical people to lead the company and have fewer "directors" who are lawyers and non-technical administrators and reward technical excellence with bonuses and promotion.

    21CT Response

    Feb 26, 2013HR

    Thank you for the feedback. While the strategic direction of the company has changed in recent years, we strongly believe that our team members are some of the best and brightest in the industry ... More



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