COMTek

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COMTek Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at COMTek full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good Transition Job - Rewarding - Salary sub-standard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor of Military Science in Jonesboro, AR
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor of Military Science in Jonesboro, AR

    I worked at COMTek full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule as far as task priorities - Very rewarding position with regard to seeing Cadets develop after implementing what you've taught them.

    Cons

    Long hours - A lot of working weekends doing extracurricular events - Compared to what an active duty officer makes to do the same job and meet the same requirements you can count on cutting your salary in half. If you dedicate yourself to this company you are setting yourself up for failure. Make sure you work your masters degree while you are at the university instead of focusing all of your time on the company and program. Everyone else will if you don't. Take care of yourself because when push comes to shove and budget cuts are required, you may find yourself unemployed no matter how loyal you were to the company and Cadet Command.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some loyalty to tenured employees who have been with you for awhile instead of just tossing them to the side when government budget cuts force your hand. Offer pay raises...Going backwards on the pay scale after being with a company for 10 years doesn't say a lot for the company's management policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    I have worked for this company for 8+ years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SMSI in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - SMSI in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at COMTek full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working in the ROTC environment is very rewarding when you consider that you are molding the future leaders of the U.S. Army. Imparting your knowledge and experience on future Lieutenants is very satisfying, and brings a lot of satisfation. The company does a good job supporting drill/Annual Training requirements.

    Cons

    The pay is substandard for the hours required. The company expects you to work to the same standards expected of an Army Officer/NCO, but pays less then half the salary of your active duty counterparts. We are held to a higher physical fitness standard than our Active Duty counterparts. Medical benefits are also substandard if you an National Guardsman/Reservist not enrolled in Tricare. The company does not do a good job keeping employees informed during contract renewal, and you can lose your job with only a few days notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay what we are worth. Keep us informed. Give at least 90 day notice if our position is not going to be continued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Boring, stressful, and confusing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Military Science Instructor in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Military Science Instructor in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at COMTek as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Bn 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 ManagementAdvice

    Find a solution to the OT issue or raise salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Good experience, but be aware of fine print

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Military Science Instructor in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Senior Military Science Instructor in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at COMTek as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Outreach 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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Increase presence on LinkedIn and other places to help former employees

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Contractor, ROTC Instructor

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

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

    Pros

    still 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

    Cons

    no 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Solid company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Military Science Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Military Science Instructor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at COMTek full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    COMTek 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.

    Cons

    Working 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    SMSI

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at COMTek

    Pros

    Job duties are enjoyable and rewarding.

    Cons

    No upward mobility and poor pay for experience level required.

  10.  

    Working as an Army ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiting Operations Officer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Recruiting Operations Officer in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    o 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

    Cons

    o 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep your Battalions informed. Ensure the communication is consistent and accurate.

    Recommends
  11.  

    NOC Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NOC Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - NOC Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at COMTek full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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