TASC Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
122 Reviews
2.8
122 Reviews
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TASC President and Chief Executive Officer John Hynes
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Review Highlights

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
  • Since the divestment from Northrop Grumman TASC has lost its identity (in 11 reviews)

  • Senior management was usually promoted from within or at least came with a government background (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Good Company in a tough industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at TASC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Easy to transfer internally, overall nice people, Education Assistance is much more than most other companies

    Cons

    Not a lot of young hires, no consistency to managers, poor growth structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    solidify growth/training structure, make sure managers have the same training, more transparency

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just OK

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Assurance Engineer  in  Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Information Assurance Engineer in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at TASC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good variety of jobs and customers, great education benefits, some nice people and flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Benefits have been slashed, used to be great but are now just average and may get worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cutting vacation time when all the other benefits were reduced was very difficult on employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    2 years as a systems engineer

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer IV  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Washington, DC

    I worked at TASC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team spirit! Good benefits. Interesting work. Leadership there at middle levels, but team mostly working independently. Pay comparable to similar type and level at other companies in area.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy at upper levels, causing errors in benefits management to be ignored if "only a few" employees affected. Ambiguity about "extra" hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to multiple complaints and help to motivate middle management to make needed changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good opportunity for new graduates

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Reading, MA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Reading, MA

    I worked at TASC full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good opportunity for someone just out of college. Good exposure to government contracts.

    Cons

    I worked at TASC for 10 years. I was there during the transition from TASC to Primark and then to Northrop Grumman. The best years were when it was still TASC. After the Primark acquisition, it was downhill. No upward mobility, stagnant technology, low wages, no raises. Old boy network prevailed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like most of the reviewers, I admonish you to look within for promotable people if you want the good ones to stay. Try and make it back into the company Art and Harry created. Vibrant, necessary, respected.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Micromanagement!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PC/Network Tech IV/Server Administrator  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - PC/Network Tech IV/Server Administrator in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at TASC as a contractor

    Pros

    If you're a self-driven individual, who doesn't need someone breathing down your neck, and can complete assignments without guidance, you will do well. The position is flexible enough to allow you to finish your job in the best way possible, with efficiency and pride. There are limitations and guidance documents that will prevent you from going too far outside of your job, or inadvertently violating a regulation or labor law, for both your protection and theirs.

    Cons

    If you are a lazy slacker that can show up to work, each donuts or breakfast tacos all day while surfing the internet or watching TV, and not feel guilty that you're getting paid to do absolutely nothing productive, then this place is perfect for you. No one check up on you, and if you can make up some excuse as to why you busted a timeline, no one cares. Heck.... take a 4 hour lunch and your boss probably won't notice! Just as long as they see you before 9am, and you're still there around 3pm, you can effectively skate through and know that it doesn't matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make people more accountable. Have the balls to fire people that aren't pulling their portion of the workload.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at TASC full-time

    Pros

    Having recently chopped several layers of management, I think John Hynes is on his way to up-righting the ship. Benefits that were cut are no different than other companies. Salaries and increases no different than other companies.

    Cons

    With all the cutting, still have employees who continue to have multiple breaks throughout the day. Add up all that time and it equals well over 5 or 6 FTEs.

    In areas where cubicles are used instead of walls, the socializing prevents people who want to work, from working. Management is often right in the middle of the talking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can still cut more dead weight in some areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company...faulty centralization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TASC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    One of the most awesome aspects of working at TASC is the annual education allowance. They beat everyone else hands down in this area. Certifications are also paid for over and above the educational allowance.

    Cons

    TASC has attempted to centralize management to Chantilly. External offices are treated like outsiders, and there is a perception that favoritism is regular occurrence for anyone living in Chantilly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Biggest piece of business sense that TASC needs, is that although regular communication of vision from the top man is great, not offering or communicating how this will be precisely completed...all the way down to local office management is an outright failing. Change management WORKS, but only when there is a buy-in from the people changing. Upper management leaves local offices feeling like red-headed step-children at times. And, frankly, playing favorites with the folk that live in the management office proper...is nothing more than playing favorites. Benefit of the doubt firmly in place...it is still difficult not to see it as anything else. Other than that, top notch people...the company has a LOT of potential!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work. Challenging times.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TASC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people across the company. Work life balance is decent. Company recognizes contributions that over and above the job requirements and compensate accordingly.

    Cons

    Still some growing pains with immature processes and a challenging federal contracting market. Some organizational chaos as management slims down to meet future needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the organization settle down before making anymore significant changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    overall positive, but jury still out on the new executive leadership, which is almost exclusively from SAIC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TASC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    generally good salary and benefits. deep culture of big brains. tends to take a long-term view.

    Cons

    culture of the company has changed significantly in the last 4 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to improve internal communications and create an inclusive environment that leverages the strengths and insights of both former and new TASC employees.

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

    A great place to work...plays conservative ball.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer III  in  Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer III in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at TASC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Well positioned, well placed and knowledgeable personnel and management. I enjoyed working for them and appreciated the professional approach to my work. They appreciated my input and insights, making me feel like a part of a team.

    Cons

    Difficulty accepting 'out of the box' solutions but pretend they do. It is hard to understand what management is thinking when they don't always share back with you. While hindsight might be 20/20 it often appears as if based on that key understanding that some of those "lessons learned" are indoctrinated back into the mix.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep close to what made the original company great, good people a sound business plan and being able to adjust fire on the fly. Embrace new ideas...downsizing hurt everyone but senior staff less so.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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