Cubic
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www.cubic.com San Diego, CA 5000+ Employees

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Small division, big company, good oportunities among the penny-pinching.

Principal Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

ProsCTS is a small division, so you can learn about a tremendous domain. Some of the things I've touched in the past 12 months have been contactless credit cards, PCI compliance, prepaid debit cards, inventory systems, data warehousing and virtual hosting. It's thinly staffed, so if you're motivated, you can easily get assigned to do new things.

ConsThis is a small division of a large company. Some corporate edicts make sense, many do not. Employees are driven by timecards, down to 15 minute increments. When there is lots of work, these are easy to deal with-- you have a primary project, and that's what you charge to. When work is slimmer (like now) it's tougher. Lots of managers want accurate estimates... but give you no charge number. CTS does very little R&D-- everything is paid for by customers. So what you work on is limited by the customers vision, which can be shortsighted.

Advice to Senior ManagementDecide on R&D projects to work on during downturns. You're going to have to pay for your salaried employees anyway, might as well have them doing things that will make or save you money 6 months down the road. Come up with a licensing model for equipment and backend software. It shouldn't be free. Decide that support and maintenance is a priority and staff and allocate resources appropriately. Our customers know the quality of our support, and that's why they won't pay for it.

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    Good starter company.

    Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Cubic


    Pros: Everyone agrees cities need more public transit. CTS does exactly that, by providing the means to funding public transit. That means the current… Cons: For the technical person who's been there awhile, you'll get small raises, and work on LOTS of legacy systems. CTS has been putting in… Advice to Senior Management: Look for a business model that'll work in this decade, and does not assume customers fall over themselves to… More
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    Cubic, a good old fashioned San Diego company.

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Cubic


    Pros: The company is involved with a boad range of different technologies. You don't end up doing the same thing time and… Cons: It often seems that decision makers seem to get stuck on old ideas and business practices, it is hard to convince management to… Advice to Senior Management: If a project is behind schedule the worst thing you can do is decree that some development is "good enough" and force things forward. That… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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