Overwatch Systems Reviews

Updated July 3, 2014
Updated July 3, 2014
51 Reviews

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  1.  

    No clear vision for future success

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Overwatch Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good location in southwest Austin. If you're lucky, you occasionally get the opportunity to work on new things (IRAD).
    Great people to work with who become great network assets (many employees have left after being recruited by other former employees)

    Cons

    No insight into company's future past the next few weeks at a time. As a result, management direction is very reactive and not very proactive.
    Not able to do things to improve current products or processes unless you have "direct charge", but there's never enough time under the direct charge to improve existing items.
    Much of the work we've had lately has been limited to bug fixes the customer prioritizes, not too much new features or fixing internally discovered bugs.
    Many coworkers have left for other jobs, leaving the rest of us scrambling.
    Extremely hard to get a raise or promotion unless you already are in a level of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look past the next week or month when making plans and decisions. Find a better way to share knowledge and transition roles upon someone giving their two weeks notice. Think strategically about using indirect money to improve customer's opinions of us and our software quality, rather than chase the same IRAD dreams.

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

    Good technologists; poor management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Overwatch Systems

    Pros

    Senior management pay good; hours flexible; work-life balance good; excellent and patriotic employees. Company was hungry, lost its way

    Cons

    Senior management was dysfunctional; values were skewed: large technical debt in code that needed refactoring; tried program of the month for fixes: six sigma, lean, etc. Leadership was incredibly poor. Lower levels of organization pay was not so good. No way to work remotely

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reboot

  3.  

    Management lack strategy and right leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Overwatch Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great location in south Austin. Very nice building, very new. Smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Management never had a strategy to move the company beyond the vision of the founder. Management team had a very tactical perspective and lacked solid leadership skills. Spent a lot of time chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow instead of digging into market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand your market. Spend the time, money and resources to upgrade employee skills or hire skills sought by industry instead of pushing the products sitting "on the shelf." There is a reason those products are sitting on the shelf.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I worked here

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Sterling, VA

    I worked at Overwatch Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    coworkers and direct boss were good people

    Cons

    This office was prone to cowboy coding and resistant to technology change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    So many RIFs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Overwatch Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good people, relaxed dress code, nice facility

    Cons

    Air of hopelessness at all levels

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A good working envirnoment with sharp team oriented staff prior to being assimilated with Textron and losing focus

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Overwatch Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Interesting work with the DoD and the intel community. Lean agile develoment practices. Smaller business type atmosphere / environment under the larger Textron umbrella which provides decent benefits and other job opps in different locations.

    Cons

    Revolving door with the mgmt team over the past two years. No strategy to right the ship in a DoD environment facing budget cuts. Lack of innovation and forward thinking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A company that is far behind in business development and technological advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Overwatch Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    the office location is in a nice part of Austin

    Cons

    No growth. The company is in denial. After yet another round of layoffs, senior architects, management, and IT developers are gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit believing there is a market for outdated non functional or desirable products like IMPACT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship

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

    I worked at Overwatch Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Some nice people
    - Great location and environment
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - No SW business leadership
    - Can't win new business
    - Managers squeezing out as much as they can get before it all goes away

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Look around at your competitors who are winning the business and notice why
    - Get rid of the talkers who don't produce anything

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

    Mixed Bag of good and bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Developer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Overwatch Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere. Good place when winning contracts.

    Cons

    Business prospects are on the decline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Was a great place to work before the Textron buyout.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Overwatch Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Money's good if you can get a security clearance. Austin is a nice place to live. Still a few seasoned pros around you can learn from.

    Cons

    Constantly changing direction at the whim of Army program management. No job security at all (60 % of Austin employees have been laid off in the last couple of years). They want to be a software service company for the government rather than product developers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for other opportunities. You're a pretty good bunch of guys but if your bosses at Textron won't allow you to keep promises to your employees you will rapidly lose credibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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