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Updated May 10, 2014

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3.7 10 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

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Richard Amos

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63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Decent place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-professioinal office space
    -every other friday offf
    -coworkers are nice
    -family-focused environment, lots of recreational events that can include kids

    Cons-difficult to let go of bad employees
    -not a lot of room for upward movement
    -low pay compared to peers

    Advice to Senior Managementmake it easier to fire people who dont do their jobs well.

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    Professional Growth

    Documentations (Former Employee) Huntsville, AL

    ProsExcellent career opportunities for employees

    ConsGovernment contracting downsizing and changes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThank you for a good company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Colas network internship

    Network Intern (Current Employee) Huntsville, AL

    ProsAwesome laid back work environment

    ConsOften get overlook by busy superiors, not many meaningful tasks as a intern

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat managment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful group of people.

    Military Training Specialist (Current Employee) Colorado Springs, CO

    ProsLiked everything about working here.

    ConsCan't really think of any.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to do a great job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for

    Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee) Huntsville, AL

    ProsGreat company to work for

    Conssmall company that subs to others but when something happens to the prime the company can not adsorb you - so you are out looking for another job

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the best Government contractor to work for.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsFamily Oriented - lots of events for family thru employee organization. Like renting out Point Mallard and BBQs.
    Benefits are decent - except for Health insurance, which you'll pay a decent amount for.

    ConsLow compensation compared to peers
    Low raises - Difficult to get significant pay increase.
    Only occasional bonuses

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize and reward employees who are doing good work for your customers. Your managers will have to actually talk to your customers to find out how their employees are performing. I know that the Government contracting environment can create a disconnect between managers and employees, but, if you want to recognize your employees you'll have to check on them more than once a year.
    Compensate your employees fairly and don't wait until they are dissatisfied.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Government contracted it company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people / staff, great benefits.

    Consonly due to the contract I'm assigned

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Get your money up front

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Huntsville, AL

    ProsThe benefits are comparable to other large companies. The 401K is equivalent to 4%. The last couple of years, COLSA has added an additional 2%.

    ConsFor the last three years the raise pool has been 0, 2, and 2. This is the case even when the rates to the customer have increased 3% each year. COLSA does give out $1000 for the engineer of the year. However, it is very unlikely 99% of the engineers will receive a bonus. If you are not working at the headquarters, consider yourself just another number with low probability of advancement inside the company. If you need a job, go for it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave a luncheon and provide the meal to employees. Recognize special events in the lives of the employees -- such as birthdays, weddings, etc.

    Recognize and reward your employees for doing good work.

    Give bonuses to the direct-charge employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low pay, bad benefits, no opportunities for advancement, condescending managers.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Colorado Springs, CO

    ProsThey tend to ignore you and leave you to your work, most of the time.

    ConsNo support for employees working on customer sites. If you don't work in the company HQ, you don't exist. Asking for a raise will get you shoved out the door.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour mid-level managers are some of the most talented players of office politics I have ever seen. The backstabbing, the throwing of underlings under the bus... it was a thing of beauty, really.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice small/medium size government contractor

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Huntsville, AL

    ProsPaid overtime (comp time). 4% employer match in 401k, usually 4-5% additional discretionary contribution for a total of 8-9%.

    Work is usually pretty steady.

    ConsAlabama?

    Management learns basic skills on the job, predictable results. Not professionally trained/certified in management (some exceptions). Typical Huntsville AL company in that way.

    Projects vary, sometimes boring.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee pluses and minuses above

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