TASC Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Very good benefits, flexible work schedule (in 7 reviews)

  • TASC also recognizes work-life balance is important to employee retention (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • After the split from Northrop Grumman there have been some hard challenges the company is going through to reinvent it self (in 12 reviews)

  • Middle/senior management less enlightened than C Team (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Interesting work, but poor benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairmont, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairmont, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TASC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work doing IV&V for several types of space missions. Co-workers are enthusiastic. Project leads are knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Poor benefits (high cost medical insurance, no sick time), no raises for most workers, very few upward mobility opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like they matter. If you're not going to give them sick time, at least allow them to accrue comp time.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Ridiculous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at TASC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There was potentially interesting work, exposure to intellectually stimulating projects, some decent, well-meaning people, and the potential for meaningful contributions to national security. This was offsite, so I can't speak to operations in Chantilly. PTO was on-par (pretty good) with government contracting at first, though the recruiter declined to mention the program which TASC had (at least at the time) for higher PTO rates for experienced professionals; I didn't expect my PTO to be nearly as generous as a new employee having been with another outfit for many years, but still. They were great, however, about work-life balance (though you definitely couldn't work at home, so they kind of had to be). My direct report wasn't without his faults, but his heart was in the right place and he always treated me with decency.

    Cons

    I could feel myself getting dumber by the day. There was no real engineering work (a FACT that many there will vehemently deny). Granted it was offsite, and, as many here have noted, being outside of Chantilly sort of means you're at the mercy of local management, but, still, they had a lot of nerve calling my position "electrical engineer". I'm honestly shocked that I was able to get a new position where I'm expected to work hard and produce, which I do, after pure career stagnation. And none of my comments are from bitterness; these are just observations.

    Advice to Management

    You're losing contracts, or as you put it, "not winning", for several reasons: Your offsite operations are bleeding due to mismanagement, employing (many, but not all) "engineers" with made-up titles--you can't just hire people and call them "engineers"--many of whom truly have no idea what the mission really is.; quality control, at least when I was there, regarding employee interactions with the customer was nil (though the program manager did try... and has since been let go); corruption (subs!) and unethical behavior--and I mean the type that could get clearances yanked--was well known and tolerated at, as far as I could tell, every level; the ratio of cost to value added was far below unity; and you've got managers whose actual college graduation, college attendance and degrees conferred, if at all, was extremely vague; not that you need a degree to be effective, but the individuals I'm thinking of, doing the work they did, definitely would have benefited from some good, old fashioned book learnin' relevant to the mission.


  3. Helpful (1)

    TASC -- Benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairmont, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairmont, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at TASC full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are great. Unfortunately that is really the only thing good about working here.Other than the paycheck.

    Cons

    Benefits have declined such as vacation and raises. Engility has acquired TASC and it remains to be seen what the change will bring.


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  5. Customer Care

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    Former Employee - WISCONSIN in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - WISCONSIN in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at TASC full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    For whatever reason the system always breaks and the number for support tickets is ridiculous. Summer is less busy and they let people go due to downsizing but it's never mentioned during the hiring process that this happens every year.


  6. Helpful (1)

    A poor choice

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Administrator in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Contract Administrator in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TASC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    When I joined the company after the spin off from NG there was high hopes for future growth. However the company maintained the processes and culture of the NG behemoth. They were a mid-size beltway contractor and the benefits and pay were adequate. The former mgmt was nice and responsive. The cafeteria was nice.

    Cons

    By the time I left the company been through several rounds of layoffs, the executive management was completely gutted and spending on people and workplace fell through the floor. Perhaps it was necessary due to the repeated contract losses suffered. Instead of rallying the troops to press forward the company cut positions, cut pay, and slashed benefits. The remaining management was entirely unfit for duty. I was not surprised to hear they were bought out by a larger firm. I cannot speak for the new owner but as for TASC itself I would avoid like the plague until they have documented performance. Things to expect -Low pay -Abysmal benefits -Lackluster management -No vision -No drive

    Advice to Management

    To the new owners, cut all the former management and invest in the few dedicated worker bees who stuck around out of loyalty.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Post Employment

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not much. Was competitive in salary but has turned there back on that in recent months.

    Cons

    Company has made many poor senior management decisions over the last two years which resulted in lost opportunities. Does not understand DoD customer base and is too focused on Intelligence Community trying to use the same approach with DoD.

    Advice to Management

    Take a serious look at your middle management team. They are poor decision makers.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Lots of change and not sure if we have direction yet.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at TASC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very little micromanagement. Coworkers are a great team!

    Cons

    Survival of the fittest (old boys club more like it) and now that Engility acquired one of the VP tells us "Do less with less!!"


  9. ok company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great education benefits and career resources

    Cons

    low salary. very small company

    Advice to Management

    mentor younger employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    All about the bottom line

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at TASC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you work at customer site and just keep your head in the sand, you might not notice the acidic culture at the home office.

    Cons

    Ever since being bought by K&K or whomever it was, upper management only cares about the bottom line. Benefits keep spiraling downward. Annual "cost of living" raises have been canceled for two years. In the good old days, employees were the focus, but no more. This is only going to get worse when they merge with Engility this year.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people. Invest in technology. Ignore the stockholders who demand unrealistic growth.


  11. Company Oversight

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Services
    Current Employee - Advisory Services
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TASC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Huge Education assistance ($10K a year) - Benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    - Company just got bought out by Engility - Senior managers care more about bottom dollar - Good for a a career transition in your mid-twenties.



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