DCS Corp

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DCS Corp Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
18 Reviews
3.2
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Great company culture from management down to individual employees.

    Cons

    Opportunities for growth of experience and variety of work can be improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose focus on the value of organic growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lack of personnel accountability and rewards

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Technician in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Technician in Warren, MI

    I worked at DCS Corp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1.) The TA benefits are excellent. Will pay 100% of your tuition up to $5,000 for an undergrad or $7,500 for a grad degree. Best that I have seen so far.
    2.) Good work/life balance. The best I have seen thus far.
    3.) Well entrenched with government customer, steady work, can be a long term thing if you keep head low and don't speak up when things are wrong, but just sit back and bite your tongue until it goes numb along with the rest of your senses and you'll be ok:)
    4.) ESOP is a nice thing to have on top of a 401k. But it does little for you unless you are looking at retiring in the next 6 years. If you are a an entry level or mid-career guy you are not going to get much out of it.
    5.) 401k: Their plan is excellent, well managed. The company fronts 2% of your salary a month to it, without actually taking anything out of your pay. And on top of that you can contribute more, matching up to 6%.

    Cons

    1.) Management is typically very hands-off, to a point that it is actually a bad thing, allows delinquent behavior and gossip to fester amongst the employees. Doesn't address personnel issues directly, but defers that effort to the delinquent person's coworkers. The engineering management there focuses more on business management than personnel or project management.
    2.) Same thing all the time.The work tended to become tedious and get old very fast, not very challenging. There was little interest from management or senior engineers in doing anything different or innovative, or chase more interesting work not a very dynamic setting. Everyone there seemed perfectly content with doing the same thing day-in and day-out for the rest of their lives. A lot of people there seemed to shy away from fresh technical challenges or learning more than they already knew. No Bell Labs there, nothing really innovative.
    3.) Culture and Values. One of those values is People.....but with the way employee concerns about legitimate personnel behavior issues, such as safety and workplace drunkenness, are brushed off and how hard working employees are seldom rewarded with the Bonus Incentive Program, they should probably drop that from their core values.
    4.) BIP: Bonus Incentive Program: Is awarded to employees based more on their political achievements more than their technical achievements. It is reward is based more on grandstanding in front of the customer than actually producing tangible results
    5.) Corporate stinginess: The company made a record breaking profit one year, from $100 million a year to $180 million a year. All of us that were involved on the contract that helped secure such a large profit margin for the company thought that we were going to be rewarded for our hard work that year with decent sized salary raises. However, when salary increase time came we were given the lowest increase in a five year period!
    6.) Salary increases: Ok, more on this one. The salary increases are across the board. Even though a performance evaluation is done every year, that does little to factor into the final outcome of a given employee's salary increase. So that even if one were to excel, go above and beyond, or had a very satisfied customer, that one would receive the same rate increase as the person in the same role that did the bare minimum every day. Even between different job roles: Technicians, Engineers, or Administrative personnel, the same rate is given, regardless of position or function. Basically doing a good job doesn't pay off in the end. Also, there is no room for negotiation. It is take it or go find a different, higher paying job.
    7.) Screening of new hires: I worked with a few people whose resume made it sound like they knew more than what their actual job performance indicated. New hires were not properly screened, so many under-qualified candidates were hired for the sake of racking up a head-count to bill the government customer for. The main driving philosophy being,"If I have more people on payroll then I can bill the government more..." not,"If I hire the right quality people to do quality work, then the government customer will be pleased and ask for more of my service."
    8.) Health insurance: Is way too expensive. The company covers 75% of the premium cost, while the employee is responsible for 25% a month. But that 25% is almost $500 a month! That's more than my house payment! I currently have a Blue Cross/ Blue Shield PPO that is only $180 a month and covers more services and has a wider physician network.
    9.) The CEO: Has worked at the same company for almost the last 40 years.....little to no experience working at other companies or industries. (It kind of speaks to the nature of the good 'ole boys club there.)
    10.) General comments: Over all it is a good place to get a start out in your career, or to retire at if you are at the end of your career. But it is a terrible place to be at if you are a mid-career person. There is little opportunity to learn anything new unless you go to school for it. And plenty of room to allow tangible, hard engineering skills to deteriorate, given the nature of the work. I've seen a lot of the engineers there being utilized as glorified technicians, their skills were highly underemployed. It doesn't really pay to work there unless you are a manger, all the gravy flows to the top and stays there. Advancement and bonuses are rewarded more on a political basis then on a competency basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get involved! Know what your people are actually doing. Care what your customer actually thinks and if they are truly satisfied with your service and people instead of assuming everything is ok. Don't let your chief concern be all about putting more money on contract, it should really be about your employee and customer satisfaction, doing a good job not just the next promotion. And don't just chase the almighty dollar every waking moment of your existence at work, there is more to your work than just chasing down dollars all the time, there is real work to be done there. Listen to your senior engineers and technicians; if SOMEONE IN YOUR ORGANIZATION IS A DETERMENT, ADDRESS IT AND FIX IT IMMEDIATELY!!! Don't just let that person's coworkers be left holding the bag of that person's belligerent behavior. Also, don't take all the gravy for yourself, let some of that trickle down to your individual contributors as well. Remember, they are the ones that are actually doing all the work that is securing your record breaking profit margin for you. Treat your good people better, reward them more tangibly, and they will stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Family Oriented Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Lexington Park, MD
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Lexington Park, MD

    I have been working at DCS Corp full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great to include ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) at no cost to employees, 401K matching 3%, health and welfare benefits are standard, continuing education benefits and 529 College saving plan are also good. Career planning and employee resources are great, to include corporate subscriptions to EBSCO, Safari Books Online, Lynda.com and many professional associations. Family oriented company in which they try keep their employees through "tough times".

    Cons

    Too many managers for the amount of employees. Top management is unable to make decision without the consent of all management which creates a bottleneck. Leadership has a tough time in dealing with problems areas, such as cutting their losses while they can, instead they "hope" situation might improve or problem may go away. Leadership forgives easily and doesn't hold most employees accountable for their mistakes including their own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold people accountable for their actions. It is a disservice to them and to the company. It only makes the situation worse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good and Bad

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

    I have been working at DCS Corp

    Pros

    Talented, skilled workforce. Decent benefits (though recently have been cut and insurance rates are high).

    Cons

    Top heavy. Wayyyyyy too many vice presidents (+).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on Company Culture /morale.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible place to work, particularly in the accounting department. Very poor leadership, unethical practices and racism

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

    I have been working at DCS Corp

    Pros

    I could not find any good reasons other than decent benefits though could be better

    Cons

    Poor communication and leadership, disorganization, good ol' boyz mentality!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention and do not overlook your own ethical policies to save face because ultimately all hands will at some point be EXPOSED!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    13 years at a great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Lexington Park, MD
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Lexington Park, MD

    I worked at DCS Corp full-time

    Pros

    Superior support staff. It was very professional.

    Cons

    My supervisor was not a great personnal manager. Others in the company were very good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhead costs are out of line with other companies.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    a nice place to work

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

    I worked at DCS Corp as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    friendly individuals, interesting work, good pay.

    Cons

    repetitive work became boring after a while

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    This company is not a great place to work; The accounting dept is not managed professionally.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AP Specialist in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - AP Specialist in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at DCS Corp as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    All employees have private offices.

    Cons

    There is lack of communication with mgmt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    IBM Cognos Senior Developer/Admin

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior BI Developer in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior BI Developer in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at DCS Corp full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    An excellent company to work, Best treatment for employee

    Cons

    distribution of bounces doesn't consider equality of work and its based on management only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink and re-evaluate the method of distribution of bounces.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tried to grow too fast - stumbled

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Lexington Park, MD
    Former Employee - Analyst in Lexington Park, MD

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

    Pros

    ESOP is superb - , interesting work, 99% great coworkers.Once upon a time was the premier contractor in the NAVAIR arena.

    Cons

    Management is too busy trying to become the billion dollar company and has abandoned their core values which originally made the company grow. Filled out a career plan many years ago - never got any feedback. Career growth to a management position is based upon bringing in money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HINT - your overhead problem is the result of to many VP's. Mid Level & Senior management are incapable of making TIMELY decisions. When in doubt - declare meeting....NOT!

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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