Overwatch Systems
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www.overwatch.com Austin, TX 150 to 499 Employees

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Overwatch Systems President & CEO Kirk Brown

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    Jumping on the Band Wagon in post 911

    Technical Writer III (Former Employee)
    Sterling, VA

    ProsPrivate - it was the greatest place to work. We were truely co-workers. Great benefits!

    ConsPost-acquisition - everything, profit-sharing inequality, change in health plan, employee morale, you name it, it happened... eventual layoffs across the board.

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

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    Downward spiral

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsMost of the people are great. Relaxed atmosphere and work schedule are the top pros.

    ConsPoor management. Bad people are kept for reasons that are not know. There are many senior level people that should have been gone a long time ago but are still there. The best people that care and make a difference are gone by either layoffs or thier own choice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of all mid to senior leaders and replace with new ones that are mission oriented but care about their product, customers and employees. Do what you have to too keep good people. Give a raise if needed, or promote to positions of higher responsibility to challenge them.

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

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    disappointing

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    Proslower level staff are great folks, resilient

    Conslacks leadership qualities among managers. health benefits

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead

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

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    Slowest Sinking Ship

    Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsOnce upon a time the complexity and pace of the work was wonderful. It challenged you to be the best while serving your country. "ADC" (Additonal Compensation) was very rewarding.

    ConsI'd complain about the horrible HDHP medical plan, long hours (death marches), lack of remote work (classified labs makes that hard) and so on but the real problem is this company is simply dead. Innovation is dead, new business prospects have died up and there has been a drain in talent ( by choice and by not ) for the last several years. This company isn't going anywhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere's nothing else left to say. Those that are still left, I wish you the best and plan your exit now while you still can.

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

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    Software Product Specialist

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGreat people but they are now a rare breed. Few left to make it worth being there. I would avoid this company if possible. You could be jobless soon after arriving!

    ConsDown size, down size, down size. Story of the company. 500+ employees two years ago. Now under 200 in Austin and shrinking. Yet another layoff! How many can it survive? It will not survive long. Current employees hold on for compensation upon lay-off. Management employees let go get great compensation and advanced notice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell the company and avoid further loss!

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

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    Originally, fast moving, creative and energetic, but now, stagnant, risk averse, lacking in vision, rapidly losing busin

    Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsFlexible hours, good pay and decent benefits. Reasonably current in Microsoft .NET and C# technologies, but lagging behind in other areas.

    ConsComplete lack of strategic vision, dwindling contract base, no credible business development plans to replace work being lost, over cronyism in the management ranks, and very poor and sanitized communications between executive and work force.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a strategic vision. Develop a realistic, long term business development plan that acknowledge the DoD acquisition cycles is 18-24 months; not 3-6 months. Bring in qualified, fully prepared executive team to lead company through current difficulties.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Milking a Government Contract.....

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    Pros* Great pay
    * Great people to work with
    * Location was close to home
    * Business trips to California

    Cons* Work was never challenging.
    * Poor senior management
    * Developers were hired without work being identified as long as they could be billed.
    * No room for Career growth.
    * The tasks always centered around the charge number, never around doing the correct thing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to manage in a competitive environment, you will never have the luxury of resting on a large contract again. Winning and keeping new business has to be your primary focus.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Slow downward spiral has rapidly turned into deep tail-spin

    Principal Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    Pros- Used to hire really smart developers. Many are still there.
    - Some good test practices, have a good test group.
    - Deliveries are consistently more stable, better tested than other contractors.
    - The Software Product Line approach has finally failed (only scaled-down version exists in the form of "futures").
    - Mostly window offices rather than cubes.
    - Located in South Austin.
    - Some advance notice over the past few months about impending layoffs.

    Cons- Jim Wade retired a long time ago. After company was acquired by Textron it hasn't been the same since.
    - Ambitious, talented developers run off by old-school, out-of-touch management. Now many of these developers are competitors who are siphoning away contracts.
    - Lost good managers (domain experts) who could bring in new business.
    - 0% flexibility to work from home.
    - No more pay over 40 hours (unlike competitors).
    - No flex-time.
    - Process at the expense of common sense (too much process, and the process police are often clueless).
    - The customer is often difficult, political, unpredictable, sometimes nasty.
    - Bug fix cycles can be monotonous, mind-numbingly tedious (lots of process).
    - Series of layoffs over the last two years have taken huge toll on morale.
    - Technical lead role usually means you'll never write code again.
    - The definition of a "good developer" according to management is often someone willing travel or take on lead roles rather than someone who can actually design or write code. This has resulted in a dilution of technical competency over the years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementResign or soon the decision will be made for you. Face it: you ran this company into the ground. Your employees distrust you. Look and see where your employees are running off to: tell your replacements to be more like *those* companies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was not a pleasent experience

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsYou learn a lot yourself since its pretty fast paced. Somewhat flexible schedule

    ConsThere is no defined job descriptions and they definately do not develop their engineers.There is no set process or structure for promotions so you never know if or when you'll ever get a promotion. You can work as hard as you want all year and when raises come, you'll be dissapointed. The reviews are made so that they can never rate you above average since its on a 5 point scale. The management is mediocre at best and are "promoted" because they have been there the longest.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop and maintain your talent and hold yourself accountable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the worst job I've ever had, and isn't that scary?

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Woburn, MA

    ProsSalaries are relatively high for this area.

    ConsLittle to no collaboration. The disadvantages of a small company combined with the disadvantages of a big, beaurocratic company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI doubt there's any they'd listen to.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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