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TerpSys is a good place to learn, but experience marred by office politics and unrealistic expectations

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at TerpSys full-time

Pros

- Unlimited certification reimbursement
- Great teams to work on, exposure to several different aspects of enterprise environments
- Experienced and fun coworkers make the work day bearable
- Flexible work schedule hard to match at other companies (one extra day off every pay period)
- Telework days for certain positions
- One fully paid training session per year
- Semi-annual raises, along with a once a year bonus

Cons

- A monthly staff meeting that gives information better summarized in an e-mail/on a website. For those who don't work near the staff meeting location, driving to downtown Bethesda during rush hour is a real hassle. Also, the staff meeting is generally dominated by activities/speeches/etc that contribute nothing to the overall experience.
- Senior management is ambiguous about expectations in regards to 'community service.' In the past, the company offered a bonus that would be paid out depending on your level of participation in the community service activities. Since this has gone away, you don't technically have to participate, but you're still rated on your level of participation at the end of the year. Senior management will look down on anyone who doesn't attend _every single event_ and your rating at the end of the year will change accordingly. The rumor is that this rating will affect how much you're paid out "when the company is sold," but this could simply be a way to keep people participating in events when they'd rather spend their weekends with family/friends/etc.
- Inter-office politics more closely resemble high school cliques than a professional organization. Favoritism runs rampant, and this especially reflects in the relationship escalation point teams have with lower level technicians. While some technicians are treated with respect and given a certain level of trust regardless of their actions, others are constantly and openly disparged and made to feel inferior, even though they're simply trying to learn and get the job done.
- Management promotions are made based on who is next in line. Never once during my time at TerpSys did a management position get posted and have interviews. New managers were simply announced and the promotions took place without even the fascade of a competitive process. This led to people who were management material being overlooked, while leading to the promotion of the less qualified simply because of tenure or reputation among existing managers.
- Secrets are very big at TerpSys. When someone leaves, when someone is promoted, or when anything substantial happens, only the selected inner circle are told. Regardless of how miniscule something is, people are expected to keep secrets until management deems it fit for release to the outer circle plebians. Inevitably, the information will be spread before the official annoucement, but why the secrecy?

Advice to ManagementAdvice

placing so much pressure on employees. Yes, they say that this is part of the culture of the company, but if someone does their job well, how does participation in some event have any bearing on that?

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I wish I would have looked here before working at this company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TerpSys full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People seem to be friendly when you meet them, ok benefits, decent location.

    Cons

    Feels like going to high school all over again, inner circle of "popular" employees and if your not in the inner circle your time here is limited. Also, there is a huge amount of pressure to join after work activities. Makes it hard when you have a family and the "inner cicle" (which consists of singles or married employees with no children) really dont understand when you can "hangout" with them after work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing I can say is going to change what is going on here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for starting out but don't stay for too long.

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TerpSys

    Pros

    1. Free Training and Swag.
    2. Reimbursement for obtaining certifications.
    3. Just about everyone is cool and you'll work with some great people.

    Cons

    You are expected to participate in corporate functions; as this is mandatory for your review. So, if you live far, tough luck. I knew some people constantly participated in company activities; only for them to get a low score on their review some "certain people" didn't take notice. Starting salary isn't that great but it's something. Although the turnover is amongst the lowest in the industry, it's disturbing that many quite a few people quit or leave on a weekly/bi-weekly basis. Feedback isn't very helpful to see how you're doing in the company. Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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