New West Technologies - Colorado

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If you are unemployed and have no other job offers then this is an okay place to work.

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Current Employee - Junior Employee (Non-management)  in  Landover, MD
Current Employee - Junior Employee (Non-management) in Landover, MD

Pros

Many different projects/clients it is rare to have the same day-to-day routine for more than a year. You get to learn about new technologies and environmental issues but rarely get involved in anything that makes a difference. Very flexible hours, people come into the office between 7am and 10am (but still work 8 hours). Nice office and physical environment with snacks and beverages in the break room. Calm, friendly and low stress work environment.

Cons

New West claims to be a "consulting company" when most employees are just "warm bodies" to be placed on site at clients. We claim to be a technical and IT company but it is not reflected in the work place.

There is a very unclear direction in the company and the only thing we are good at is wining new contracts. The company is very dynamic (not in a good way) trying to figure out what the management structure or mix of clients would look like in 2 or 3 years is near impossible. There is a very high employee turnover, approximatley10% a year, this has been going on for 2 or more years. When these people leave and their "knowledge" goes with them it is not replaced and the company simply moves in a different direction.

New West is only what it's current mix of employees offer and there is no core to the company.

 I do not disagree with any of the other reviews.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Figure out what you want New West to be and make sure to tell all employees. Figure out what the company should be good at and invest in it to the point where if people leave the company the competency remains.

Hire GOOD employees, if someone is not working out DO NOT move them around to different positions to see if it will work. Also, make sure the individuals know what they will be doing and make sure it is something they want to be doing. Many new employees take weeks to figure out what their job is.

People quit the company for a reason, take a few minutes to figure out why.

Management acts like they know what they are doing because they are "management" and attempt to dictate to lower level employees. It would serve the company well to treat everyone as a professionals and discuss matters openly.

Doesn't Recommend

Other reviews for New West Technologies - Colorado

  1.  

    Not a place to stay long-term, but you can pick up some clean energy experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Getting a paycheck is better than being unemployed.
    - Working to help promote cleaner energy technologies is a worthy endeavor.
    - Forty-hour workweeks enable a decent work/life balance.
    - The pay is pretty decent, and the benefits are par for the companies working in this government support contracting space.

    Cons

    - No attention is given to personal growth. If an employee is billable at the highest rate on one particular project, they will be kept on that project as long as the contract is in place, regardless of the employee's stated interest in participating in other projects or proposal-writing activities.
    - There are very real pitfalls to being a contractor working at the client site. In my experience, New West management did not manage the relationship with the client well and enabled the client to repeatedly scapegoat the contractor.
    - A lot of experienced people who had built up the company's core areas of expertise either resigned or were let go.
    - Taking initiative did not seem to be welcomed unless you were already part of the inner circle. My repeated offers to pitch in to help with business proposals or gain experience on other projects fell on deaf ears.
    - Nepotism. It really helps to be related to the CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees can tell the difference between a company that mostly values revenue and external awards for growth versus a company that actually cares about them. When key people who have gained employees' loyalty over many years choose to leave, employees infer that maybe this company isn't a place for them, either.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Two words - stay away

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    NWT is a good place to start your career but there are no career paths available.
    Great mid-level managers are there who really care about their employees.
    The benefit package seems satisfactory.

    Cons

    Nepotism
    Poor leadership at the senior level
    Changing corporate direction frequently is confusing to employees; it seems to cause the good employees to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to hire qualified professionals outside of the family.
    Engage employees with thoughtful career planning.
    Decide what the company is and what its mission is all about rather than reinventing the company every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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