COMTek
3.4 of 5 14 reviews
comtechnologies.com Chantilly, VA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jan 15, 2014

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Good Company

IT Manager (Current Employee)
Chantilly, VA

I have been working at COMTek full-time for more than a year

ProsThis is a good company to work for. They have good people, average salaries, and benefits. I would encourage anyone to at least check them out.

ConsThis is a good company to work for. They have good people, average salaries, and benefits. I would encourage anyone to at least check them out.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

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

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Good experience, but be aware of fine print

Senior Military Science Instructor (Current Employee)
Columbia, SC

I have been working at COMTek as a contractor for more than a year

ProsOutreach to military veterans and reservists
Numerous locations based on ROTC availability
Fun training experience for former active-duty personnel
Decent medical benefits for those forgoing Tricare

ConsNo USERRA protection for temporary employees
Lower salary compared to active-duty pay
Positions dependent on college ROTC unit vacancies
Dwindling opportunities due to military cutbacks

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease presence on LinkedIn and other places to help former employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Boring, stressful, and confusing.

Senior Military Science Instructor (Current Employee)
Tempe, AZ

I have been working at COMTek as a contractor for more than a year

ProsContractors are pretty good guys; it's a good job to hold you over til you find something better.

ConsBn Cdrs expect SMSI's to put in 60 hour weeks like you were on active duty, w/o recognizing the fact you don't get overtime or comp-time.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind a solution to the OT issue or raise salaries.

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

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Contractor, ROTC Instructor

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at COMTek full-time for more than 5 years

Prosstill working in a military environment, good hours at a university, ability to continue your education, ability to wear business casual on a daily basis, job best suited for those who have retired from active duty, very responsive upper management

Consno promotion or advancement, low pay for your military experience, no overtime, good luck if you are still serving in a reserve component as they would rather have you spend your weekends and summer with them because that is part of the contract

Advice to Senior ManagementHow about sharing some of that $8K pay cut we all took across the board back with us and not wait until the contract ends...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Solid company

Senior Military Science Instructor (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at COMTek full-time for more than a year

ProsCOMTek affords an Army officer or NCO the opportunity to continue to provide military service as a civilian. Working in a college environment is amazing! The kids are generally solid, and the staff you work with is generally pretty professional.

ConsWorking with this military contract, you will be under-compensated compared your AD counterparts...significantly under-compensated. It is really a good job if you are going to be mobilizing often or you need to be on campus completing a graduate degree. There is no upward mobility, and really no opportunity for pay increases.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at COMTek

ProsJob duties are enjoyable and rewarding.

ConsNo upward mobility and poor pay for experience level required.

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Working as an Army ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer

Recruiting Operations Officer (Current Employee)
Portland, OR

I have been working at COMTek full-time for more than 5 years

Proso Working with the cadets (training, instructing, recruiting them)
o Physical Training
o Working with the college
o Networking with college and other instructors
o Once a year workshop training
o Pay is higher than average for area
o I had Bosses that cared

Conso contract renegotiations every three years, could have a new employer this often. Big changes with a new employers (lowest bidder wins)
o loss of benefits on contract changes
o You will work more hours of an Army Officer, just not paid for them
o You will work weekends, as much as once month and twice a month per quarter during school year
o LDAC every summer

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep your Battalions informed. Ensure the communication is consistent and accurate.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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NOC Engineer (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX

I have been working at COMTek full-time for more than a year

ProsPay is above average for positions, while work load was light overall.

ConsLoss of contracts and no room for growth in your career within the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Work environment at COMTek was flexible, but highly dependent on the host school's PMS.

Senior Military Science Instructor (Former Employee)
Wayne, PA

I worked at COMTek

ProsManagement was responsive and much of the work was autonomous without supervision from the actual company. Utilization was driven by the host professor of military science (for good or bad).

ConsCompensation for performing the same duties as an active duty Soldier was grossly reduced. While surely COMTek is used to cut costs, the idea of paying a contractor (who is like current or former active duty / reservist) less for the same work seems somewhat silly. If the requirement is to have a military qualified individual there, to nickle and dime them in a poor economy seems awfully cheap for DoD standards, especially given contractor pay and benefits elsewhere in the department.

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove benefits in comparison to active duty personnel. The work load is no different, if not greater, while the compensation is consistently markedly less.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Retired NCOs are treated as 2nd Class citizens!

Military Science Instructor (Current Employee)
Indianapolis, IN

I have been working at COMTek

ProsIt's a satisfying job when you see your cadets graduate and commission as an officer.

ConsRetired NCOs are paid poorly, NCOs go to work at Ft. Lewis or Ft. Knox every summer while others make excuses and don't participate.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees equally and pay based on experience.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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