TASC

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TASC Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
135 Reviews
2.8
135 Reviews
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TASC President and Chief Executive Officer John Hynes
John Hynes
35 Ratings

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 12 reviews)

  • The actions of the owners and senior management speak louder than their words (in 8 reviews)

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38 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    A Contractor - OK, But Nothing Special

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Fairmont, WV
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Fairmont, WV

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

    Pros

    Some high quality co-workers that were as dedicated as I to the customer mission. Very generous tuition assistance program.

    Cons

    Inflexible work schedules, benefits so-so (although they describe it as "comparable"), poor interviewing and hiring decisions lead to some substandard personnel, PTO accrual and carry-over is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhead cuts have lead to push-down of overhead functions to lowest level of personnel management who are often inexperienced in the legal and mechanisms of dealing with difficult persons.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of work, lots of travel, flexibility is key.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Test Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Field Test Engineer in Chantilly, VA

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

    Pros

    Great travel opportunity. Making a difference in the lives of millions of people. Fun working environment with the opportunity to get higher degrees.

    Cons

    Work life balance isn't that great. Must be very flexible because the customer's needs always come first; before yours. It's hard to manage both.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people so you don't burn your core crew out

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    My Group Is Great To Work In But Medical Benefits Are Very Poor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at TASC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Company is focused on training and development and communicates this to employees by providing training. Managers are involved with employees in my group. People are the reason I took a job with TASC.

    Cons

    Since TASC was bought by the investment bankers, Medical Benefits are EXTREMELY expensive. Onboarding for new employees verges on unethical behavior due to inability to get enrolled on the TASC website. As in most companies, annual reviews are waste of time for the employee but provide legal coverage for the company in the event of an employee issue. Pay raises are small to non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop saying do more with less. That line was passed 2 years ago. If you want something done, provide the resources to do it. The internal TASC website is among the Worst I have ever seen for any website (difficult to find anything useful, need 20 different passwords to navigate on those rare occasions when you might find what you are looking for).

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    TASC is a good place to work but the environment has changed drastically over the last 10 years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at TASC full-time

    Pros

    Great mid and low level interactions between employees. Highest caliber direct charge employees.

    Cons

    High Stress levels. Minimal corporate support for morale building events. Continually changing expecttions from the senior leadership perspectives producing confusion and stress. Corporate reorganizations are frequent. No apparent strategic vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out and informally walk around a bit - get back in touch with the employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    A Good Company in a tough industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at TASC full-time (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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    2 years as a systems engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Washington, DC

    I worked at TASC full-time (more than an 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
  9.  

    Good opportunity for new graduates

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Reading, MA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Reading, MA

    I worked at TASC full-time (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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Micromanagement!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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