COLSA Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Awesome company, growing fast!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at COLSA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Managers are very laid back and approachable, even with the busy schedules they keep. So many opportunities for advancement and/or movement and is supported throughout. Upper echelon management is very involved and knows even the employees NOT located at HQ. Benefits, especially 401k, are very nice! Hours are great, very flexible must of the time. Very family and community oriented. Many great volunteer opportunities in local area and supportive if you want to volunteer outside the area. Colsa tries really hard to keep employees IF there is a loss of contact. Absolutely loved working for this company/family and look forward to going back someday soon.

    Cons

    Retaining employees is great.... Until it becomes costly. Colsa seems to have a hard time during people that simply do not perform. I suppose every tree must have one bad apple and every family one black sheep.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! Continue to recognize your people for the great things they do each day.


  2. OK COMPANY

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

    Pros

    Good medium/large company to work for overall.

    Cons

    If you don't work primarily in the same state as the home office things get a little lonely on small contracts.


  3. Decent place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous 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 Management

    make it easier to fire people who dont do their jobs well.


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  5. Professional Growth

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Documentations in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Documentations in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at COLSA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent career opportunities for employees

    Cons

    Government contracting downsizing and changes.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for a good company.


  6. Wonderful group of people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Military Training Specialist in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Military Training Specialist in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at COLSA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Liked everything about working here.

    Cons

    Can't really think of any.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do a great job.


  7. Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at COLSA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    small 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


  8. Not the best Government contractor to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at COLSA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Recognize 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.


  9. Government contracted it company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at COLSA full-time

    Pros

    Great people / staff, great benefits.

    Cons

    only due to the contract I'm assigned


  10. Get your money up front

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at COLSA full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    For 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 Management

    Have 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.


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at COLSA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 Management

    Your 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.



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