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Concurrent Technologies Corporation Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
86 Reviews
2.8
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Concurrent Technologies Corporation President and CEO Ed Sheehan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, positive work environment (in 8 reviews)

  • There are many different types of projects to work on ranging from welding and metalworking to C4ISR (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Business development is done on a shoestring budget, but with senior management expecting homeruns (in 7 reviews)

  • The old-boy network is alive and well at CTC; expect to be treated accordingly (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Awesome!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Concurrent Technologies Corporation

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and people who like to get things done!

    Cons

    Systems can be poor or unreliable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make ideas happen, quicker!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Functional Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Concurrent Technologies Corporation

    Pros

    Great People. Great company. Outstanding benefits.

    Cons

    Poor training, lack of structure for processes, older team members expect newer Concurians to know aspects of the job that are not clearly documented and it stifles open learning and sharing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training and processes need to be reviewed. Burnout is a serious possibly with this company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Wonderful opportunity and great employees

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    Former Employee - Director in Johnstown, PA
    Former Employee - Director in Johnstown, PA

    I worked at Concurrent Technologies Corporation

    Pros

    Employees are top-notch; dedicated, innovative, team centric! Generous leave policy and benefits including pension contribution.

    Cons

    none, was a great experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To improve understanding at the staff level engage with PM's , its their teams that are putting forth the products to the clients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company!

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    Current Employee - Industrial Hygienist
    Current Employee - Industrial Hygienist

    I have been working at Concurrent Technologies Corporation

    Pros

    Great benefits and the work is rewarding.

    Cons

    Contract work can be precarious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider reviewing employees work more often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Collectively this company doesn't know a thing about software engineering.

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Johnstown, PA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Johnstown, PA

    I worked at Concurrent Technologies Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Better than average retirement benefits (were better in the past, though).
    Very good vacation time.
    Average on other benefits.
    Good pay for the area.

    Cons

    No training whatsoever; left to fend for yourself. No culture of learning or sharing of knowledge between peers.
    Management is beyond inept. Read daily Dilbert to understand management.
    You have to fend for yourself. The paycheck might have CTC printed on it, but that's where your support from the company will end. It's every dog for himself; feels like independent consulting most of the time.
    Management preaches great things, but nothing changes.
    Morale is pretty bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They won't read this or change if they did. My advice to you, the reader, is only go to this company if you plan to stay one to three years and use it as a stepping stone. Whatever you do, don't move back to the home of the mother ship and think this company will provide you a long-term, stable, happy career. Not if you are in software development, anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    legacy codes , out dated coding and software architecture

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Jupiter, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Jupiter, FL

    I have been working at Concurrent Technologies Corporation full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    good for having new idea and execute it

    Cons

    hard to make any changes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people, (once) good work environment, incompetent leadership

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Concurrent Technologies Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Compared to the places I've worked at before and after CTC, it seemed like my CTC coworkers and immediate managers were very competent about company systems. I've worked at R&D firms and aerospace firms before and after CTC, so I've always worked with smart, educated people. But, wow, at my current employer if I ask how to file a purchase request, I get shrugs from 10-year veterans (and ambivalent answers from people in purchasing). At CTC, I'd be pointed to the correct people, correct form, and on-line how-to manuals in minutes (alright, maybe hours). It was a place that worked smoothly (until the executive leadership got involved - see Cons). Pardon the silly comparison, but I often read Dilbert comics and thought, "Well, I know that bumbling happens elsewhere, but not here - at least not at my level."

    Pay and benefits were great. Raises were good (and seem much better compared to my new employer). The work environment was mostly laid back. Flex time and understanding management gave good work-life balance. I got to work on interesting research projects and occasionally travel the width and breadth of the US to customers or research sites.

    Cons

    Executive leadership is running the company into the ground. CTC grew rapidly for about 20 years because it had the lobbied backing of Congressmen like Murtha and Young. With directed funding cut off, CTC made a stumbling, painful transition to a mostly-competitive bid environment - but it made it. It didn't hit its growth targets in the mid- to late-2000s, but it didn't shrink too much. Some non-Johnstown offices suffered layoffs, but the company as a whole seemed stable. Then there was that tipping moment when the many reorganizations and new plans started getting rid of the vital people, the people that customers signed contracts to obtain good work from.

    When your big contract depends on the customer knowing and liking the engineers on it, you don't lay off those engineers and hold an expensive company-wide event about "rebranding" CTC to be the company that forms strong bonds with customers. But CTC did just that.

    CTC also didn't seem to understand business development. "It takes money to make money," but CTC had nigh-ludicrous business development requirements. You were expected to capture contracts on a smaller budget than most companies would award as finders' fees. At the time I was laid off (2012), the personnel hired as highly-paid business development managers were usually "highly connected" former government personnel who, because they had a lot of drinking buddies in government, were expected to draw in big contracts. However, former military officers lacking familiarity with CTC's capabilities were not the right people to sell us. I lost count of how often my managers had to brief and re-brief the BD "capture experts" on my office's capabilities. I can count how often we got contracts from those experts: zero.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Please, find new executives and CEOs.
    2) Once #1 is completed, leave without pricey golden parachutes. CTC can't afford those and to keep so many good people employed.
    3) Stop with the obvious padded posts on Glassdoor. Recent posts have praised "continuous growth," but I've seen your latest company overviews slipped into engineering presentations. CTC has shrunk painfully in terms of personnel and gross profits since I left, and that's compared to even the layoffs that happened throughout most of my employment there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Information Management Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Information Management Specialist in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Concurrent Technologies Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    continuous growth. enormous opportunities to expand within. receiving weekly and quarterly messages from the higher ups really instills great company culture.

    Cons

    review procedures are a bit off putting. Even if given the same job title as someone on your team, you may get different responsibilities; which isn't great when management gauges you on metrics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Update

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical in Johnstown, PA
    Current Employee - Technical in Johnstown, PA

    I have been working at Concurrent Technologies Corporation

    Pros

    Management has dedicated a large sum (large for this company anyway) to investigate additive manufacturing in an effort to become leading edge. At least they are trying something sensible.

    Cons

    Comments of a year ago entitled Technical Person Viewpoint are still valid. The company continues to decline, including many layoffs and a great shortage of work for most people. I suspect that those providing a rosy review here seem to be either oblivious to their surroundings or are padding the ratings due to some relationship with upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At this point, hire a turnaround consultant if you can still afford one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Lucky Employee

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    Current Employee - Client Support Representative in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Client Support Representative in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at Concurrent Technologies Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome co-workers, interesting job, and great opportunities to "climb the corporate ladder." The benefits (health, etc...) are phenomenal as well. Definitely a great company to work for!

    Cons

    Large business, and growing. It can be hard to keep up with all the product information, and latest system releases, but a challenge is always met with gratitude here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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