Blackbird Technologies

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Good place for those interested in the small business workplace.

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Former Employee - Information Technology in Herndon, VA
Former Employee - Information Technology in Herndon, VA

I worked at Blackbird Technologies

Pros

Small business with some large business activity. Decent benefits package. Most employees are friendly and easy to work with. The company is less than 400, so there are some personalities to navigate. Not as much red tape or micromanagement as a very large organization.

Cons

Some employees still are holding on to the small business mentality, even though the company is growing. Occasionally different sets of rules for the employees with seniority.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Willingness to take a risk or to spend a little money in order to be proactive would go a long way towards efficiency and prevent problems in the long run.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good money but lacking in management experience at the operational level

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    Former Employee - Field Service Representative in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Former Employee - Field Service Representative in Kabul (Afghanistan)

    I worked at Blackbird Technologies as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good money but no benefits for personnel rotating into Afghanistan on 90-day rotations.
    401k offered, but no matching contributions.

    Cons

    Operational level management consisted predominately of retired senior NCO's who lacked the management experience to successfully navigate the intricacies of dealing at both the strategic levels of the Afghan government and the operational level of the U.S. military and the Afghan military/police.
    They accepted a DoD contract that required personnel to be armed without having the necessary Federal Firearms License (FFL) or an export license to ship weapons to a war zone, which resulted in personnel deploying without weapons.
    In-country managers remoted themselves to a small base away from the main logistics/communications/transportation hub and the bulk of their operators which caused tremendous communication/logistical challenges that could have been avoided.
    No in-country healthcare, other than life or limb emergency care by the military.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the most qualified individuals for each position, especially your operational managers, rather than relying on the good ol' boy network. While the good ol' boy network works to a point, it fails miserably when you put otherwise qualified operators into management positions for which they lack experience and it breeds an atmosphere of "don't ask questions, just shut up and enjoy your paycheck!" I saw this firsthand with in-country managers who rotated through during my deployment.

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    Tolle Firma, tolle Vergütungen Great Company, Great Benefits

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    Current Employee - Operations
    Current Employee - Operations

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

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Firma hat exzellente Freizeitregeln, 4 Wochen bezahlten Urlaub und 10 öffentliche Feiertage. Mehr kann man nicht verlangen. Meine Frau und ich hatten so mehr Zeit für die Familie und einfach Zeit zum Entspannen, wenn es nötig war.

    Die Bezahlung bei BTI ist auch sehr gut; da sie nicht viel sonstige Kosten haben, können sie ihren Beschäftigten mehr zahlen.

    Die Personalabteilung ist klasse, sehr ansprechbar, was wichtig ist, wenn man im Ausland arbeitet und Unterstützung braucht.

    Die Firma wächst rasch, und Gewinne sind bisher jedes Jahr solide gewesen.

    Company has excellent time off, 4 weeks paid vacation and 10 federal holidays. You couldn't as for more. It has allowed my wife and I to have more family time and just general down time when you need it.

    The pay is also very good with BTI, not having a lot of over head means they can pay their employees more.

    The company HR is awesome, very responsive which is important when you are working overseas and need support.

    The company is growing rapidly and profits have been solid year after year.

    Cons

    Begrenzte Aufstiegsmöglichkeiten. Die Firma hat ein festgelegtes Modell für Kernkompetenzen und Geschäft, das sich um eine begrenzte Menge Verträge dreht, mit denen Angestellte arbeiten können. Dadurch ist die Möglichkeit begrenzt, innerhalb der Firma voranzukommen, da die meisten Vertragspositionen für Fachspezialisten und Gerätebediener, nicht aber für Manager sind. Der andere Aspekt, der mir nicht so gefällt, ist die bevorzugte Einstellung von ehemaligen Kräften aus Spezialeinheiten. Da das meiste von unserer Arbeit etwas aufregend ist, glaube ich, dass sie sich viele gute Talente entgehen lassen.

    Ich glaube, die Firma ist zu begrenzt in ihrem Umfang. Damit eine Firma expandieren und wachsen kann, muss man sich auf andere Tätigkeitsfelder ausweiten und stärker multidimensional werden.

    Limited career advancement. The company has a set core competency and business model that revolves around a limited set of contracts for employees to work on. This limits that ability of people to advance within the company as most of the contract positions are for SMEs and operators and not managers. The other aspect I am not fond about is the higher of mostly former Special Forces operators. Given most of our work is a bit exciting I believe they are missing out on a lot of great talent.

    I think the company is too limited in its scope. For a company to expand and grow you need to branch out into other areas and become more multi-dimensional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BTI hat viel Erfahrung in Sicherheitsfragen, sowohl IT- als auch Cyber-Sicherheit und auch die übrigen Bereiche, in denen die Firma tätig ist. Aber ich glaube, die Firma konzentriert sich zu sehr auf Aufträge aus dem öffentlichen Sektor. BTI könnte in Sachen Cyber-Sicherheit und anderen Sicherheitsbereichen führend werden, wenn es sich in die Wirtschaft ausweiten würde. Unternehmens-Consulting ist auch ein Bereich, in dem sich BTI umschauen sollte, um die Erfahrung ihrer jetzigen Belegschaft für neue Geschäfte zum Tragen bringen zu können. Anders als bei öffentlichen Aufträgen gib es im Unternehmens-Consulting keine Obergrenzen, was für Preise man verlangen kann.

    Ich glaube, BTI sollte auch mehr Leute von außerhalb der Spezialeinheiten einstellen. Durch den Fokus auf die Rekrutierung aus den Spezialeinheiten werden viele Talente übersehen. Um die Firma umzuwandeln und wachsen zu lassen, wird BTI mehr geschäftserfahrene Manager und Entwickler aus der Wirtschaft brauchen. Vielleicht, indem man eine kleine Gruppe aufbaut, die nur Unternehmensentwicklung macht und Gelegenheiten im Bereich Unternehmens-Consulting sucht.

    BTI has great experience in security both IT and Cyber and the other activities the company is involved in. But I believe the company is only focused on government contracts and business. BTI could become a leader in Cyber Security and other types of security if it wanted to branch out into business. Business consulting is an area I believe BTI should look to get into and leverage the experience of your current employees to gain new business in this area. Unlike government contracting, there is no price limit to what you can charge for business consulting.

    I also believe BTI should look to hire more people outside of the SOF community. There is a lot of talent that is being over looked by focusing solely on SOF recruitment. To transform the company and grow it BTI is going to need more business savvy managers and business developers. Perhaps building out a small group that does only business development and looks to go after business security consulting.

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