ENSCO (VA) Reviews

Updated June 16, 2015
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  1. A fine place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Endicott, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Endicott, NY

    I have been working at ENSCO (VA) full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are many different types of projects to work on, so you can find something suited to your talents. Everyone is friendly and willing to answer questions that you have if you get stuck, which helps move things along faster.

    Cons

    The benefits are good, but can be costly depending on if you're single or have a family. There's not much communication between you and your manager unless you're both working on the same project. Salary does not match other contractors in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust your project schedules based on prior projects, and have more communication between managers and the employees they manage. Adding an additional person to the project early on could prevent having to throw five people at it later when an emergency occurs.


  2. ENSCO NSS provides opportunity to perform, grow and lead impactful technology programs among talented peers.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Springfield, VA

    I have been working at ENSCO (VA) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly, casual workplace with good company culture fueled by great employees.
    National Security Solutions (NSS) division works on important, challenging, and interesting solutions for its customers.
    Motivated employees can rapidly grow into project leadership to creatively contribute to/steer program development.

    Cons

    Lack of technical mentorship; specialized work teams do not facilitate apprenticeship and skill development.
    Corporate leadership transitions and instability over past 24 months have not clarified company's future direction.
    Minimal investment in Internal Research & Development challenges new business growth and competitiveness; new ideas need immediate customer.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to define, communicate and adhere to a realistic company identity, mission statement, and vision. Corporate leadership must embrace and support positive changes proposed by upper management.


  3. Very family oriented relaxed work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in North Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in North Springfield, VA

    I worked at ENSCO (VA) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very family oriented relaxed work environment
    Opportunities are there and if you are willing then you could really contribute to the overall mission of the division.

    Cons

    Lack of collaboration among groups and divisions
    Technology is a bit dated, not as cutting edge as bigger competitors IMO
    A little too relaxed work environment

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize training opportunities, not many employees are even aware that company offers Tuition Reimbursement. Encourage employees to join associations.


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  5. Diversified Technology-Focused Company

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

    I have been working at ENSCO (VA) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Above average benefits. Office culture generally congenial and easy going. Most of the people are good to work with. Dress code is business casual to casual. Management is generally very concerned about employee satisfaction.

    Cons

    Lacks technical capabilities and resources to be able to meet aggressive business acquisition goals. Springfield office is owned by company but generally run down.

    Advice to Management

    Get a better understanding of the technical limitations of your employees and resources/facilities. Spend more IR&D funds to improve capabilities. Close down the Springfield office and move into a more price competitive modern facility.


  6. Good work-life balance

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

    I have been working at ENSCO (VA) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a company which gives a lot of variety in a way that the employees get to wear multiple hats at the same time. It has a great work life balance for employees with families.

    Cons

    Insufficient reward and recognition
    Limited growth prospects
    Lack sense of direction
    People are reluctant to change

    Advice to Management

    Need to provide at-least some sort of recognition, if not reward to the employees to keep them motivated.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Ok place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Arlington, VA

    I worked at ENSCO (VA) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company provides very good benefits - the retirement plans are better than the industry, the salary is quite competitive. Lot of the employees have been around for a long time, so they are knowledgeable about any issues that crop up.

    Cons

    The company management lacks long term vision. The company culture is bit insular, you don't get to know much what the other divisions are doing - even though there can be some expertise overlap across divisions there is hardly any collaboration. The retirement plans have a very long vesting period.


  8. Interesting project frustrated by poor management.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at ENSCO (VA) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting, challenging long term project

    Cons

    Poor management coordination, changing priorities, lack of continuity, lack of team spirit.

    Advice to Management

    Be more realistic about major contract costs & manpower planning.


  9. Helpful (1)

    It has been a comfortable experience so far.

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

    I have been working at ENSCO (VA) full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is quite Stable. Flexibility to use your own approach towards implementing applications. There is good amount of understanding from the management for the level of expectation from an employee.

    Cons

    Very Slow growth rate, Salary and compensation are below average, management of projects below average.

    Advice to Management

    Kindly start adhering to best practices for software development. Encourage and follow proper testing techniques and motivate employees through deserving compensations.


  10. Great Support and a family away from home

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

    I worked at ENSCO (VA) full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility and autonomy. You are given tasks and parameters to work within. So long as you complete the tasks timely and efficiently. They let you do your thing.

    Cons

    Changes happen too quickly. Most of that is due to customer requirements. Contracts are supposed to prevent that, but not at this company.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. Go where the money is.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Work Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Analyst in Broussard, LA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Analyst in Broussard, LA

    I worked at ENSCO (VA) full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people that work for the company, for the most part, are great. The salary was very competitive. I gained a lot of experience working for this company that has served me well in my other roles.

    Cons

    The only thing that I can think of is some of the management had a bad habit of micromanaging and not supporting their team members. When an employee does't feel supported, they tend to start looking for a place where they will be supported.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff and support them.



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