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Great TEam

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Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA
Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA

I worked at Telos full-time (more than 8 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Solid Senior Leadership, great local northern va location off of route 7. Nice benefits, opportunity to work with exciting opportunities, for Federal, Department of Defense, Intelligence and some commercial work.

Cons

Lower than average pay
Hard to move up, lack of pay raises, management embedded in roles, outdated facility, gym is outdated

Advice to Management

keep up the solid work

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  1. Entrenched middle management, cronyism, nepotism, eccentric CEO w/personal political agenda takes Telos out of the race

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    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance and Documentation Specialist in Ashburn, VA
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance and Documentation Specialist in Ashburn, VA

    I worked at Telos as a contractor (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location in the middle of suburbia in northern Virginia; beautiful building & grounds; great vending / break room

    Cons

    CEO is eccentric (not in a good way), egocentric & distracted with his own personal political agenda which disrupts getting projects done for clients; middle management consists of husbands & wives & children of other Telos employees, making it impossible to work effectively on a team because criticism is not allowed (everyone's related to a higher-up, so unless you have a connection, you're dead in the water); conformist middle management suffers from solipsism. New & innovative ideas (not of the status quo) are met with suspicion & jealousy which, more often than not, leads to firings. Only "yes men / yes women" succeed, & often at the cost of the team, contract, & client. Telos is notorious for their fast hire / fast fire tactics. They have a negative reputation in the security community inside & outside the Beltway because of their entrenched, stale, "dead wood" middle management & inability to deliver to the big government clients. There is also a "playground" mentality on some of the more important government contract project teams which also suffer from blatant sexism & sexual harassment which is allowed to flourish with impunity.

    Advice to Management

    For a company to succeed, it must have a soul. Telos as a company is soulless. If the employee - the company's most valuable resource - is not treated with fairness & honesty, the employer will fail. Quasi-benevolent dictatorships are so last century, as are womb-to-tomb middle management jobs. Get in there & clean out the Augean stables. Follow the example of the original MCI Communications & install & adhere to a strict anti-nepotism policy. And to the CEO: You may have failed before as a CEO & you may have yourself convinced that, as Telos CEO, you're failing better. But you're still failing.

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    super guys

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    Current Employee - Senior Security Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Security Analyst

    I have been working at Telos full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great location, nice CEO, time off at holidays

    Cons

    Old furniture, rampant nepotism, pay is lower than industry average

    Advice to Management

    Share the wealth

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