NCI Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
76 Reviews
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NCI Chairman and CEO Charles K. Narang
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Pros
  • Decent hours, good benefits, convenient location and restaurants nearby (in 9 reviews)

  • i have met some really good people working here over the years (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management must be good since they keep winning contracts and making money (in 3 reviews)

  • You may not work for NCI if your contract gets moved to a different company (in 2 reviews)

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    System Engineer

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at NCI as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great client and location to work.
    The pay if fair to good.

    Cons

    This is not a people company, a body for a seat, they take away holidays that were neigoiated, cut salaries, and lay offs all the time. Very poor middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about people and not your bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Frustrating experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NCI

    Pros

    Some good people working to make a difference for our government and DoD

    Cons

    Senior leadership keeps changing strategies to show the street they are making positive changes without much actual effect. Much of their talent has left and the company leaders who have made a difference were let go. Many of the new hires are from CSC reflecting the COO's past role at CSC. It is a very destabilizing environment contributing to poor morale.

    Also, the amount of leave time awarded per year is low for the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The number of new hires who formerly worked for CSC is making the current, non-CSC employees uncomfortable. The morale is poor in the workforce. NCI needs to stabilize the existing work and then establish a roadmap to grow instead of the current declining numbers.

    Charles Narang is a decent, honest man who is a pleasure to work for; however, he hasn't taken charge to move his company where he knows it should go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    currently employed by nci

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    Current Employee - Operator in Rome, NY
    Current Employee - Operator in Rome, NY

    I have been working at NCI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    the people i work with. i have met some really good people working here over the years.

    Cons

    the management in this plant do not know care about there employees. and the raises are very pathetic. $.010 to $.25 is what i have seen in almost 8 years of working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    raises of $.10 or $.25 not even worth giving it out just making your employees mad. also treat your employees as if they make a difference and the will in turn actually make a difference. dont treat your employees as if they are just another person. also if you have a family they expect you to stay as late as it takes to make there money and you will loose out on your time with your family. and come time for reviews it makes no difference to them the sacrafices you made for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great potential, but limited opportunities and cronyism were rampant while I was there.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NCI

    Pros

    Those who do perform are very good and take up the slack for those who don't perform. The performers are great teammates.

    Cons

    Too many non performers were protected by their "patrons" which made work difficult for team members who actually DO perform. It can sap morale from the team who have to step in where others fail repeatedly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold managers accountable for the non performers in their groups.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Be aware what you will be

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at NCI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Is an established player in the industry with standard benfits

    Cons

    flat in growth, so are you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should the firm goal is beyond daily survival.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Focused on Greed-No Employee loyality

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    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at NCI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Local Teams are great to work with and committed to excellent results and satisfied customers. Terrific local management

    Cons

    Company will screw employees every chance they get. NO loyalty to staff Too many rules, No support when the chips are down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about your workers who are making your the money to win contracts Stop grabbing back on benefits No loyalty to anyone when humans and cash compwtw

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK, but heading in wrong direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Analyst in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Current Employee - Logistics Analyst in Fort Belvoir, VA

    I have been working at NCI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    NCI makes an effort to recruit top level talent, just make sure that you get what you are looking for compensation wise from the start. Don't fall for the "this is what we can bring you on at and then we'll bump you up down the road." I've seen that happen to a bunch of people at NCI.

    Cons

    NCI tries to sell themselves as being bigger than they actually are. They'd like to think that they are one of the big dogs in the defense industry, but actually are struggling to stay afloat. About a year ago they brought in a big shot who was suppose to turn the company around. Instead when NCI started losing contracts because of poor proposal writing they took it out on their employees by cutting benefits. They took away everyone's sick leave that had already been accrued and instituted a new PTO program. The new program went into effect 1 Jan 2012. The employees were notified 31 Dec 2011. Some employees lost hundreds of hours of sick leave that they had accrued over years. And employees who had called out all the time and burned through all their sick leave were unaffected. They also cut 2 federal holidays which is retarded because the government is off so most of the installations are closed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward hard work and success. Hold your managers to task when evaluating performance. Don't let them hand out blanke reviews and raises. If an entire installation on a contract gets the same percentage increase in a performance period then someone is not doing their job. Also, an employee stock purchase plan would be great. The sick leave to PTO thing was a huge morale killer. You punished people who came to work everyday and rewarded call outs. Even if you had paid out a percentage of the accrued leave or transferred a percentage to PTO it would have at least shown that you appreciated the employees that had good attendance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not employee focused at all

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sierra Vista, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sierra Vista, AZ

    I have been working at NCI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good at getting contracts to increase company profits

    Cons

    Employees take cuts so company looks better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You actions do not foster loyalty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A paycheck. Lots to play with and learn, but little actual work to be done; no focus or direction.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Fort Huachuca, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Fort Huachuca, AZ

    I worked at NCI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, smooth onboarding process. Upper management seemed friendly and sincere.

    Cons

    Team lead was not very knowledgeable or friendly. Was little to no focus as to what exactly we were supposed to be doing. Had to create my own work to do since very little was handed down. Lines of responsibility were blurred. Lots of bureaucratic roadblocks and politics. Contract stability was dubious, double standards for some employees who apparently did not have to meet minimum requirements for their position. Most there seemed to do just the minimum to keep their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than simply hiring to fill a seat, verify the person is competent in their skill set and has some motivation and initiative to work. Have some interaction with your employees and see how they are fitting in to their role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ineffectual Management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Security Analyst in Woodlawn, MD
    Former Employee - Information Security Analyst in Woodlawn, MD

    I worked at NCI full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    NCI values it's employees and places a lot of emphasis on communication and ethics. The company as a whole is a good place to work and the staff is friendly.

    Cons

    Working for a subsidiary, I found the corporate friendliness and views to be driven out by the subsidiary’s views and business practices. There was very little room for growth or promotion. The company keeps saying they are making money but benefits are continuously getting cut and there were no annual raises in 2012 due to financial strain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your ducks in a row with your subsidiaries. Train management how to effectively do their job. Deadlines, schedules, budgets and even doling out punishments and terminations are part of an everyday management role. If a manager cannot fulfill these tasks then they shouldn't be management. Promotion to management should come with some actual management knowledge not just a number of years a person has put in with the company. Not everyone is cut out to be management, and if you make a mistake and make someone a manager and it isn't working out, then remove them from that position to one more suited to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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