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Great company that cares for their employee and makes a difference with what they do

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Current Employee - Software Engineer IV  in  Colorado Springs, CO
Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Colorado Springs, CO

I have been working at Intelligent Software Solutions full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

The company makes a great series of product which unlike most in the defense industry actually get used. Their products make a difference and save lives.
The company is privately owned, but the owners each gave up a portion of their ownership to create an Employee Stock Program. Despite the rising costs of healthcare the company had kept their focus and provide top quality insurance with zero out of pocket expenses for the employees.
They are a large company who still feels like a small company and who still cares about their employees

Cons

The transition from small company to large company is not without its growing pains, but they care which is much more then I can say for my previous employers.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Intelligent Software Solutions

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Career Advancement or Respect for Knowledge

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Intelligent Software Solutions full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The employees are nice, and the benefits are excellent. The work environment is comfortable and classy, and the IT and Facilities personnel try really hard to cater to every employee's request.

    Cons

    The company seems to be very mismanaged and completely unwilling to learn from any experienced, knowledgable employees that they hire. Because the upper management has been promoted from within and many would not even be qualified to get their same job at a different company, they are very colloquial in their thinking. The Executive management team actually can't manage change, which is a huge problem, and because they don't listen to the employees who have great ideas about how to grow the company, it makes it worse. There is a lot of infighting in the Operations departments and unprofessional practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Release your "control freak" tendencies and empower the employees who have worldly experience and knowledge to help make the company better for everyone. Start paying attention to quality standards, processes, and training because it's highly noticeable that there's no one qualified to be at the helm of the steam train.

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

    Find somewhere else to go if you can

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Intelligent Software Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Possible travel opportunities, even as a software engineer
    2. As of Feb 2013, salaries were ok for software engineers.
    3. Great at exploiting the weaknesses in DoD contracting, like the "Good ol' boy" network. It's the only way they've been able to keep getting contracts.

    Cons

    1. Long hours. Overtime is expected with no compensation. The unmaintainable code base necessitates the long hours.
    2. Management is ridiculous and clueless. You might think this is typical, but in this company, it ends up being a problem. Directors, managers, leads - all were promoted based on their abilities to please their bosses in ways that are probably not appropriate to describe here. If you are a skilled engineer, your skills will be wasted in this company. If you have no skills and no self-respect, I'd recommend hiring and vying for a directorship.
    3. None of their products could compete in the private sector, and DoD is catching on to the lack of quality in their products.
    4. Nepotism and EO issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Produce products that benefit the DoD.
    - Learn about software engineering to facilitate making better decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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