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Updated Mar 28, 2014

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2.6 51 reviews

36% Approve of the CEO

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Jody J Tedesco

(36 ratings)

26% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and comparable to the market(in 4 reviews)

  • Fair compensation, great people, great environment(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor supervisory communication, poor duty descriptions and feedback, site managers don't have a clue who some of their people are(in 2 reviews)

  • The breakdown appears to be at the middle management level(in 2 reviews)

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    Worst Ethics and CEO of any company in existence. Needs a government watch dog investigation.

    Senior Management Operations (Former Employee) Vienna, VA

    ProsGreat government client, hard working individual contributors, and pay but all for a price. Your blind eye and ignorance to the dishonesty.

    ConsTreats their client like a cash cow. Its never about the non management employees or the execs get the big bucks, rewards and perks. Unfair practice in hiring and promotions. Not what you know but its who you know. Lots of unethical activities. The government watch dog would investigate them. Though they are an American Native company, no money ever makes it back to the Chenega people. HMMMM...illegal

    Its better to be unemployed and live in a tent then work for them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe CEO should be fired along with all current SVP and VPs. Too many extremely comfortable fat cows and little ambition or hunger to fix or grow the company. ITs like a dying horse..time to make glue..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not every athlete is a champion

    Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Chantilly, VA

    ProsVery nice people to work with.
    Good commute
    Nice building
    Low stress environment
    If you set your standards low enough, you will not be disappointed. Lots of nepotism, which normally would result in people doing a poor job, but in this case, since many people don't do much, the performance measurements make them look good.

    ConsHorribly expensive benefits
    Management insists we come to work most every day.
    Zero promotion possibility
    Forced to do work with no guidance
    If you are a high performer, coming here is risky, because you might get labelled as a busy-body. Another risk comes from when you try to find another job, because few companies will hire you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnjoy it while it lasts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Layoffs every year keep you on your toes.

    Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Chantilly, VA

    ProsPlenty of time to visit with friends
    Low workload
    Offsite management means very little supervision

    ConsSometimes I have too much time on my hands so I research vacation resorts, which makes me sleepy.
    People expect me to work even when I don't feel like it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere really isn't any management. They are more like administrators. Certainly not leaders. Advice: Don't change a thing! I like having free time at work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Run!!!!This company doesn't even deserve a 1 star. It is a low rate company as compared to the others

    Systems Administrator Specialist (Former Employee) Springfield, VA

    ProsIt's a job to go to. Work location is good.

    ConsWorst managers I have ever seen especially when I have come from the military and a better work environment. They use the buddy system to promote and act like they do not have any other employees who would qualify. Most of the managers or seniors have no training or education. You don't even need a bachelors and as long as you have held a job for a few years , that qualifies you for management. The managers are unprofessional and gossip and spread rumors. Most of the departments run in a clique. It's not worth it and it's too many other companies who are more professional and when the cuts they just did for 2014 your ay is going to be peanuts for the work if you want to work here. RUN!!!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop using the buddy system to promote employees and "really" look at the skillset that each employee has before you promote and offer it to more than one employee than your best freiend and then you may be able to be a real company and hold a contract.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Out of Touch

    Corporate Staff (Former Employee) Chantilly, VA

    ProsSalary and benefits are on the high end for the industry.

    ConsSenior Leadership must have a plan, right? Unfortunately, I don't think it involves growth of the company or concern for employees. How long will it take Chenega to pull the plug and replace the incompetence? It really doesn't matter because it is too late now. When they fail to win the recompetes of their sole source contracts, NJVC will slowly fade into existence just as sister company CTSC is doing now.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhy bother? They don't listen.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible company, shortest position I've ever held

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Chantilly, VA

    ProsGood salary, free coffee, not a bad location

    ConsHorrible management. They don't listen at all. They invest in technology that is going no where. They've let idiots run their business for far too long. There is no future here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire yourself. Chenega is tightening the reigns for a reason. Listen to the actual smart people and stop thinking you know everything.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sinking Ship

    Corporate Employee (Current Employee) Chantilly, VA

    ProsIf placed on primary contract, there is a very good opportunity to make a higher salary than many competitors will offer.

    ConsConsistently decreasing benefits, elitist attitude by senior management, ineptitude allowed to remain on primary cost plus contract to sustain revenue, morale low among employees as the acceptance that company will not last beyond primary contract has become commonplace.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRequire all leadership to work full-time at headquarters, work to make employees feel as though you care about someone other than your wallet.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sad to see this situation

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAt one point NJVC had some of the best talent money could buy. It was truly a WONDERFUL place to work.

    ConsThe biggest factor in the failure of this company is the CEO and decisions made without and against senior staff recommendations. I have seen repeated efforts to challenge some clearly uninformed and unintelligent decisions made at the top. Not once or twice (I mean who hasn't screwed up before?)...but many, many of them. Unfortunately, the cocky and self congratulatory manner in which these decisions have been and continue being made is not only jeopardizing the corporation, but the lives of really faithful employees and their families. The hiring of people who have little or no experience, or are moved into roles that they are completely unprepared for because they have friendly relationships will doom this company. Hemorrhaging of money in the direction of the same type of consultants who over promise and under deliver will doom this company. Fear and bending to the will of a terrible leader because you are afraid to lose your job will doom this company. Building a huge palace of an office that will house few soldiers will doom this company. Not listening to smart senior leaders will doom this company. Constant re-orgs and shifting of roles and managers will doom this company. You will continue to lose the talent, you will continue to spin your wheels, and you will continue to kill the spirit of the people you have left.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe BEST thing that can happen, and the only glimmer of hope is the parent company puts a grown up in charge. I'm sorry I had to say this, but it became increasingly evident that is the real problem.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Do Not work for NJVC

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Springfield, VA

    ProsGood benefits and comparable to the market.

    ConsYou do not matter to NJVC. Lay-offs occur approximately every 6 months. For NJVC lay-offs are just business and not personal. The laid-off personnel may get a severance check for half of a pay period.
    Forget about certifications training if your manager does not believe and approve your request.
    If you submit a fair complaint about a manager get ready to be fired.
    HR lacks experience.
    The CEO is oblivious to the reality of the corporate demise.
    I am hanging by a thread and quiet until another opportunity comes up somewhere else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet to work, wise up, and perform like the very few with high productivity that could ensure profitability and motivated teams.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A study in contrasts, NJVC has some of the best and some of the worst staff I've ever encountered.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIncredible program staff. Some of the finest technologists I've ever had the pleasure of working with on their prime contract. Senior leadership on the prime contract is outstanding. Opportunities for growth on the prime contract are equally strong.

    ConsOh man, where to begin. Let's first examine the prime contract. NJVC exists due to the non-competed award of a multi-billion dollar exclusive contract from the Federal gov. Others have gone into this in detail so I will not, but suffice to say that this set the culture right up front. NJVC's corp management is clueless as to how to win new business. Be careful to separate program management form corporate management. The prime contract is managed by outstanding folks who work their fingers to the bone. The corporate management is just a gaggle of clueless sycophants who are slowly killing the golden goose. Many of them know exactly what they're doing and are simply riding the prime contract until the money dries up. Many talented managers and staff from the program side have crossed over to the corporate side thinking that they can make a change and win new business. Sadly, they have gotten chewed up by the machine that is corporate culture and either left, become assimilated or are dying a slow and painful death. As is often the case with companies in this situation, senior corporate management wastes tens of millions of dollars on new initiatives, re-orgs, platform roll-outs and such that are claimed to re-invent the company only to have them predictably zero positive outcome. NJVC was originally intended to be a shell company that was to live only as long as the exclusive contract they won. Ultimately I believe that is precisely what they will be. They've only a couple of years left on their contract. If you're looking at working for NJVC on their prime contract, I recommend them. Again, the folks you'll work with on program are great and you'll learn a lot. Even when the contract ends, you'll be able to jump to another contract at the same customer. If you're looking at joining NJVC to work at corp, I cannot recommend strongly enough against it. One final note no the program side of the business. As is the case with most companies, there are a lot of really smart and talented technical staff. A natural result of this concentration of talent is the breeding of prima-donna mentality. One of the only down-sides on the program is that this culture is not dealt with and in fact this negative cultural element is in fact fostered. While it is inadvertent and could be fixed, program management does nothing about it for fear of losing talented individuals. As a result this problem is becoming really severe. New staff tend to learn the hard way when they have a run-in with one of these difficult folks. It's certainly not a deal breaker, but it can make things very inefficient when you constantly have to coddle a senior engineer in order to get him/her to do their job or get you the information you need. In addition, as corporate becomes more desperate for new revenue sources they are tapping the best talent on the program for assistance. As a result, these folks are getting a real view of just how messed up things are and they're leaving. This exodus has really begun to pick up steam in the last 8 months and as a result the program is hemorrhaging talent. Predictably, the less talented folks will ride things out to the end as the best and brightest will jump ship early. As strong as the program is, you could find yourself surrounded by under-performers before long and having to pick up the slack.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFailed business units should be shut down. Investments should undergo much greater scrutiny. Ultimately the parent company needs to step in and take the reins before things fall apart ahead of the end of the prime contract.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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