American Technology Services Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. Fun Company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Network Consultant in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at American Technology Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fun company to work for. Danesh and several others are great mentors who taught me many different things from management to IT skills. Company encourages education and will pay for it. Lots of very talented people to learn from.

    Cons

    Pager duty was the worst. Having a set of clients to monitor would be better. Having too many clients is not fun however you learn quite a bit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Work on that pager system as it is outdated. Encourage better documentation.


  2. Poor place to grow career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Consultant
    Former Employee - Network Consultant

    I worked at American Technology Services (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to multiple technologies, systems, and enviornments.

    Cons

    Poor support from management in supporting clients. The company does not appreciate its employees - lack of 401k match, and fair compensation. The company supports the model of hiring the least qualified engineers, in order to maximize the margin on their billables. Company is growin, but has failed to implement proesses to scale the business appropriately.

    Advice to Management

    Company should consider supporting its workforce, and showing more appreciation. Strategic goal and vision should be communicated to all employees. Create a less adversarial enviornment.


  3. A good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at American Technology Services

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a fun place to work, co-workers and managers are all wonderful. We get to work on important projects for large clients and really have an input on the end result. There are several internal committees you have a chance to participate in and really have a say in what the company should be focusing on.

    Cons

    As with any small employer, it's difficult to move up in your career, but if you're a hard worker, they seem to find a way to make something work.


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  5. Not a good option if you want growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer (Web Applications)
    Former Employee - Software Developer (Web Applications)

    I worked at American Technology Services full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are nice and flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Managers will not back you up in tough situations and they try to get as many billable hours as possible. They will not give the director/ Vp the complete scenario and they will make you a scapegoat.

    Advice to Management

    listen to the employees


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great employer, lots of opportunity and a fun place to work!

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

    I have been working at American Technology Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone gets two reviews each year. You are able to set career goals and work on certifications to keep current in your field. Managers always encourage growth and training opportunities. Managers are understanding, flexible, communicate and are there when you need guidance. Excellent benefits! ( 401k with a match and a generous time-of policy) Great perks: -free coffee, soda and juice -outings and fun activiities, we recently went to a Nationals game -pet insurance -discounted movie tickets -many more!

    Cons

    It's hard to list a con when a company always has your best interested in mind. ATS is considered to be a small company (a little over 60 employees). While at times you may feel like you don't have anywhere to go in your career due to limited growth availability, ATS is constantly adding new titles and creating new career paths.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Inconsistent management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer (Web Applications) in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer (Web Applications) in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at American Technology Services full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The pay is ok, benefits are good. Work life balance is usually ok. Workspace is nice for some, really bad for some.

    Cons

    Management plays favorites and they're not consistent in enforcing basic policies. This makes the work more difficult for the rest of the team. Employees never know where they stand. There is no positive feedback, it's all negative.

    Advice to Management

    Tell your people you appreciate them sometimes, even in the departments that you don't think are cool. Think about something other than the bottom line once in a while.


  8. Helpful (2)

    No ethics and they treat you as slaves!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Network Consultant in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at American Technology Services full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is located at the heart of Virginia and Close to metro. Small company with high visibility. Some manager are good, but not all. Free Soda and Coffee.

    Cons

    Management is not very understanding. Very rude managers and staff. They want you to be billable, or else you are fired the next day. They are stingy in most of the payment they make you. They don't pay mileage if you work at a client place more than certain no of days. They hire workers who are highly skilled with less salary. (not sure how they manage to do this)

    Advice to Management

    Please treat your employees with some emotions. Don't treat them as slaves.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Informational

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

    I have been working at American Technology Services full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are fair. They are competitive not exceeding the market. Empowerment - you really do have the flexibility and support to make decisions without a bunch of red tape. Just watch out if you make a wrong decision. The people at ATS are great!

    Cons

    Top management - great as long as you're doing well and billable. Any little snags along the way will be held against you indefinitely. There is no true forgiveness, grudges are held and it will reflect in your opportunities and reviews. Leadership communication from the top executives to managers is not clear or consistent. There seems to be no specific mission or path to follow. Sometimes it's about making money and other times it's just do whatever to keep the customers happy. Work / Life balance is tough. There is flexibility to work remotely and take time when needed, but you're still working very long hours. It's very hard to maintain this level long term. The company grows at a very slow pace so not much room for advancement. Vacation and Sick hours do not seem competitive to others IT companies in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Let managers actually manage and not be micromanaged from the top.


  10. Entrepreneurial, professional and personal growth oriented environment

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

    I worked at American Technology Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The training opportunities are endless. You can advance at your own pace and in the technical or management arena of your choice. It's a very collaborative environment and the staff friendly and good to work with. It seems like there are about 20 people who have been there more than 5 years so you have a great knowledge base of folks when you need help. The culture is good. There are quarterly events, regular communication from management, recognition, advancement/promotions, etc. The benefits are good and the company pays for most.

    Cons

    As with any IT position, sometimes it feels like a 24 X 7 job. The good news is that they are very good about giving time off to help out especially when there's big projects that keep you after hours and on weekends. No 401k match.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the communication and open door philosophy.


  11. This is a great technology services company to work at.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at American Technology Services full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    . Fast paced - if you are motivated, you can really accelerate your skills and grow. . Responsibility - you get responsibility if you are willing, to impact the project outcomes. . Direct client communication - if you are capable, you can directly communicate with clients. If you like customer interaction and come from a mid-sized or large corp, you'll know that this is a rare thing. It can be motivating to see your contributions are directly visible to clients. . Flexibility - management is flexible about need-based remote working and time off. . Environment - if you take time to get to know your co-workers, most are genuinely good people. Many employees have been with the company for years. If you have multiple technical skills to stay billable then you will like this place.

    Cons

    All of the above are also cons if you come from a slow paced, large corporation or if you're expecting to just sit around, particularly in any of the consulting positions.



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