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Telecommunication Systems is a Good Company

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Former Employee - Software Tester  in  Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Software Tester in Seattle, WA

I worked at TeleCommunication Systems as a contractor for less than a year

Pros

Telecommunication Systems is a Good Company

Cons

Telecommunication Systems has no cons.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Telecommunication Systems is a Good Company

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    senior team members Bossing attitude

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at TeleCommunication Systems as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    still few good team players exists

    Cons

    The workforce is frozen in old technology and legacy processes traceable to lack of decision making capabilities anywhere above line-level managers.

    If you are a senior in the team, speaks a lot, blame ex team mates for every single issue, you have no work ethic, and do not have actual management skills, you have a very high chance of getting promoted.

    Too much work and not enough people. Never any play. Management rarely promotes fun activities.
    Office space is gloomy.

    Everyone is focused on meeting unrealistic expectations of upper management, so there is not time for knowledge sharing or skills transfer. Your cubicle is your island, and it's not uncommon to go a whole day without personal interaction, even desk neighbors will IM each other.

    Company has started losing talented people, this trend will continue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    talk to people understand people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Might look good on paper, but coming apart at the seams.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at TeleCommunication Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pro's are getting increasingly difficult to find.
    Flexibility with work schedule.
    Lots of work in the pipeline and there are *some* heroic people doing heroic work but unfortunately for them...

    Cons

    #1) This place is Process & Standards heavy (like a Fortune500), progress and product priorities are not focussed on what's right for TCS (the business) but rather what's right for TCS (standards compliance) and the two are shockingly out of alignment.
    #2) This place is dollars light - budgets and the workplace environment is managed like a startup with no revenue. Duct tape on the carpets, cubes half built, machines that are slowed down by overzealous encryption (see #1),
    #3) *zero* recognition about operations, how it runs, and how it could be run better. Operations is seen as a cost center rather than a contributor to the bottom line (less cost = higher bottom line) That simple Econ 101 measure doesn't appear to be understood.
    #4) speaking of which, measurements - there aren't any. It appears that everything between strategy and line-level-processing is decided on "gut" - the hero's tend to get it done (amazingly) but they tend to be thanked with an impersonal one-phrase, toss-off email.
    #5) Did I mention that the pipeline is good? Yeah - and it all runs into a huge bottleneck in Dev and Ops, without any support from Sales (they promise the world) or most Executives and Directors (they say work longer hours - I do) with no end in sight. This is a marathon not a sprint. Support your staff and the hero's will seriously help you out.

    These "cons" may sound cliché but there is a reason for cliché and stereotypes - and this place is a case study for all of them in one tidy package.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * You have to spend money to make money.
    * Stop focusing on appearances (standards compliance) and start relying on real improvements that directly affect your bottom line.
    * Trust your staff, your experts, and your hero's - they are what has gotten TCS to this place.
    * Flip the org-chart over and start supporting your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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