TeleCommunication Systems

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TeleCommunication Systems Chairman, President, and CEO Maurice B. Tosé
Maurice B. Tosé
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    Fantastic co-workers, inept and out of touch execs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at TeleCommunication Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great technology, Interesting and challenging work; lots of opportunities to learn new business domains and grow within the company. Architects and high level technical design are top notch. Company has provided good support through health and family emergencies and (after much groundwork) allows telecommuting and flexibility to handle life.

    My answers below are based on the overall company - but I want to emphasize that there are certain teams within the company that are high functioning and great to work on/with. If/when interviewing with the company I suggest that you ask lots of questions about work-life balance, work flow, and company culture.

    Cons

    Leadership flounders at all levels. Way too many mid-level managers, reporting to a top-heavy number of VPs. C level execs have no clue about how to talk to employees about tough decisions - recently took away multiple benefits that had been long term perks with no notice or preparation or acknowledgement that it was a HUGE impact to staff. Business division struggles with strategic planning, and communicating strategic goals to teams. Big divide between sales/product management and development/technical teams - contracts and work is agreed to without truly understanding and planning for impacts to existing teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistent lack of communication about strategic plans for the various business domains hinders employee morale - all we see is more work coming with no schedule relief, and no staffing help. Takes awhile to ramp up in our domain - strategic resource planning is key.
    1. Recent decisions impacting vacation accrual and payout were tough to take at the same time - one of the other might have gotten us over the hump. Added to the decision to remove the 401K match, and it was extremely demoralizing to employes, resulting (once again) in a big turn over in highly skilled people.
    2. Poor leadership has caused a drain of fantastic co-workers - people who didn't want to leave but had finally had enough uncompensated, and unrelenting overtime with no end in sight. Work-life balance is NOT a priority when new work is committed to but no new resources are provided.
    3. Leadership needs to improve communication about goals and priorities rather than leaving it up to line staff to "figure it out". Need internal facing product management to guide technical decisions and let external product management focus on selling our fantastic tech to the industry.
    4. Stop acquiring more companies and focus on building great technical solutions with a strategic plan in mind. Too many "bosses", pick one and then let engineers to their thing.
    5. implement a charitable giving match.

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TeleCommunication Systems Interviews

Updated Nov 12, 2014
Updated Nov 12, 2014

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    Computer Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at TeleCommunication Systems.

    Interview Details

    Fortunately I worked with client manager earlier. Interview process was easy and seamless. There was not fair recruitment. Before appearing for interview, I was confident that I will get job.

    Accepted Offer

TeleCommunication Systems Awards & Accolades

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Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, When Work Works, 2010

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Website www.telecomsys.com
Headquarters Annapolis, MD
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1987
Type Company - Public (TSYS)
Industry Telecommunications
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) keeps businesses and government agencies connected. The company develops software and provides services for wireless telecommunications carriers and voice-over-IP service providers. Its hosted applications enable phone companies, mainly in the US, to deliver 9-1-1 service, text messaging, location information, and other Internet content to wireless phones. The company also provides the Defense Department and other federal agencies with communications systems integration and IT services through its government division, which accounts for... More

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