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DSCI Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
48 Reviews

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Steven De Chiaro
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  1.  

    Good company hit by hard times.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Eatontown, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eatontown, NJ

    Pros

    Good coworkers and management for the most part. The benefits and the 401k are great, and the pay is higher to comparable jobs at other companies. Great opportunities for advancing up the food chain, I have seen numerous people get promoted very shortly after coming into the company, which helps the employees strive for excellence in their positions.

    Cons

    Many former government workers brought into high positions based on past merit who seem to be looking for a no show job that they can just coast by with. This has come back to bite the company in major ways leading to lost contracts. The company has been unfairly targeted by a disgruntled DCAA employee which in turn has caused a chain reaction of events that played negatively on the company, but the management has made the necessary cuts to get by.

    I also see a lot of people complaining about time sheets. This is due to the DCAA problem in which they are conducting audits of the time sheets and any inconsistencies they find are automatically being labeled fraud. So if you are a college graduate and cannot complete a time sheet accurately which could possibly damage the company in the long run, you shouldn't be working in this field. Do your time sheets and quit complaining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I read all of these comments saying that the company will not last, I have only been here a year but the company has been around for nearly two decades, and is the largest private defense contractor in New Jersey so these people clearly dont know what they are talking about. The company has been hit by hard times due to sequestration and their problem with DCAA and had to downsize, but the outlook of the company is still optimistic. My advice to the CEO and upper management is to look at the under performing mid-level managers who came in based on past merit and promises when conducting lay offs instead of the little people. Mr. DeChiaro is a great leader, knowing almost everyone in the building by name, but is too trusting of his appointed leadership.

    Moral of the story, I think it is quite clear that these disparaging reviews are coming from bitter employees. If the company was as terrible they make it out to be, why didn't they just walk out the front door?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    up & down rollercoaster

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Eatontown, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Eatontown, NJ

    Pros

    pay- vacation- all benefits- getting laid off

    Cons

    the stock program is a joke- CEO is totally in a dream world- the company is more of a personal piggy bank for him & his family. doesn't realize he has lost some of the best employees in the business. They are capable of working 8 hours a day and staying on top of the game and challenges. Open door policy- a joke -unless you are in the "in group" You even need a badge to go to the bathroom-so BIG brother knows where you are at all times - but then again the armed guard will also report.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake Up- no promotions-the Government & DCMA is there for a reason. Hmmmm- finally ! Everything people are writing is TRUE- the people writing positive things must be with the IN GROUP- but it won't last long- watch out. the best thing that could happen- is to close this company down- what a disgrace & so many excellent people in the area looking for a safe- reliable company- so sad

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bad Company in Total Collaspse

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    Current Employee - Management  in  Eatontown, NJ
    Current Employee - Management in Eatontown, NJ

    Pros

    I will be laid off soon and get out of this terrible company.

    Cons

    Everything, Horrible company. See Pros above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We all know who wrote that 31 July review and it wasn't a first year employee. This company has been around for 20 years but was a mom and pop garage operation for the first 15 years until a really sharp COO came on board. He totally changed the company direction. Lehman came in and fired the incompetent CEO and the company prospered even more. Unfortunately, after two years of lawsuits the CEO was back, to the detriment of everyone. The company is now in complete collapse. The CEO fired 220 people five day before Christmas, nice guy, and there have been hundreds more since. The company is about 1/3 of the size it was 18 months ago. . DCAA is conducting a huge audit going back for ten years and has already directed that DSCI tpay back over $10 million dollars in inproper billings. Everyone hates this company from the Government Contracting Office in Aberdeen to any Company that has ever dealt with DSCI. Horrible place and I will be gone as soon as I can. Nepotism. The CEO and family are looting this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    No micromanagers in the company which is both good and bad. They didn't foresee the lousy contracting situation and lost the contract. If they were more hands on they would have had more insight into the issues.

    Cons

    Hire way to many retired government leaders thinking they can bring new work to the company. In 7 years that has yet to happen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire professional marketing team

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

    They crack me up . . .

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay was ok, vacation time was good, management stunk! Thank God I am no longer there.

    Cons

    There is NO OPEN DOOR policy at this place. No No No, closed and locked! Management does not trust anyone. They make some of their corporate people work 9 hour days and get 8 hours pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the huge picture of yourself off the walls!! What an ego, huh?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disaster in The Making

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    Some good people but they are all gone!

    Cons

    The leadership just doesn't get it. That's because there is no leadership. It's a bunch of family members and rejects from other companies. They let their brightest workers go because the CEO has no idea where the true issues are. Maybe he should pay a visit to his locations outside of New Jersey. Better yet make it a surprise visit and he will see that his leadership is absent. Some reviews say the pay is good. It is until you factor in that you are expected to work 130 hour pay periods and yes all the comments about rants and threats are true. As far as new contracts are concerned there aren't any. This company can't compete in this environment and they refuse to pay their subcontractors so their reputation in the industry is crap. If you really need a job take it but you better be looking for another one in the process. Employee owned, that's the only way they can get capital by artificially inflating the share value. You would have to be a complete idiot to invest in this company. This corporation is made up of a bunch of companies in name only. There is a reason why you can't find any core capabilities on their website, they have none.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some real leaders if you can find them and convince them to work at DSCI. Get out and engage and you will see where the real problems are. Your leadership runs away from responsibility. Then again you can't expect them to win contracts if you have no capability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Last days of solvency!

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    Current Employee - IT Tech  in  Aberdeen, MD
    Current Employee - IT Tech in Aberdeen, MD

    Pros

    The pay is decent, there are quite a few talented individuals, good processes in place on paper.

    Cons

    Working at DSCI is a roller coaster ride and Corporate leadership are not able to properly direct the company due to the CEO.The cultural climate has been dismal over the past 3 years due to the poor decisions at the Executive level which have financially strangled the company's credit and credibility. DCAA audit of Task order 27 will never end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They know what needs to be done, but have know means to implement required changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Place to Work Except for Unnecessary Stresses

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    Former Employee - Senior Technologist  in  Eatontown, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Technologist in Eatontown, NJ

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, professional and talented co-workers, nice facility.

    Cons

    Given the declining defense budget, company needs to adapt and change in order to survive. Company management have no idea how to react to this reality, so CEO just does things that seem irrational or counterproductive. During my short tenure with the company, saw one of two things happening on a daily basis: ignore the business realities and keep doing what has been done before or do knee jerk reactions that cause the death spiral to be deeper and
    faster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company could survive and prosper if the CEO had a plan and then executed on that plan. My advice is for the company to hire an outside consultant to come up with a survival plan and then the CEO agrees to execute on it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    You have to laugh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Paid well, Level "B" employees on down were good to go

    Cons

    The axe is always swinging, you would call corporate and talk to someone before lunch and after lunch you would try to talk to them and they would be gone. Their process' are well there aren't any. Subs are paid late, you are paid late on expense reports. Truly just a horribly run company. Not sure if the CEO has any idea what his senior management does but sometimes you would laugh at how bad things were at this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    START OVER. I guess this is what you are doing, could not compete as a large company so you are laying off your workforce to compete as a small business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not the place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay higher then most contractors

    Cons

    Higher management lies to include the CEO Steve DeChiaro. If your promised something by this company you better make sure its in writing or your screwed!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the CEO of the company don't make offers you know you don't plan to keep.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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