The CENTECH GROUP

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Family Oriented Company

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter & Business Development Manager  in  Arlington, VA
Former Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter & Business Development Manager in Arlington, VA

Pros

You can carve your own path with the company. Autonomy for upward mobility exists and has family values. Competitive salaries and great benefits.
Bagels and Doughnuts on Fridays are a great perk.

Cons

Recently lost many government contracts. The strategy is undefined of how to grow this small to mid-sized company to one that is well known throughout the DoD community.
The interview process is laborious and can take several weeks.
Lacks a leadership and advisory board that takes employees input.
Located in an industry that is slowly dying.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Clarify goals to employees. Create a Leadership Board that includes a VP of Business Development.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1.  

    It's about filling the slot...

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

    Pros

    Always left the office on time.

    Cons

    Culture where some of the PMs crave attention and adoration from corporate like children wanting attention and adoration from an absentee parent. It led to some real bad behavior during the course of the contract.

    Onsite management feared the customer. It was hard to believe at first. Then became amusing. Then it just became sad.

    Lots of time being asked basic questions about the project and domain knowledge from PMs while the same PMs soaked up the spotlight from the client and corporate.

    Our one professional manager gave way to others that lacked fundamental yet critical client management and selling skills that short changed the company, team, projects, and most importantly the customer.

    Outside of lip service, they aren’t a very customer focused company.

    Communications actually got worse as federalization and attrition shrunk the team.

    While a company may “graduate” from the 8a program, they never really leave the program and Centech still carries a lot of the old 8a entitlement and baggage compounded with some managers who lack key strategic skills such as proposal writing and client management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit the role of PM and why they act like children craving attention and adoration from corporate.

    Learn to distinguish between schmoozing and real skills when choosing Project Managers.

    Those who don’t learn from their PM hiring mistakes are doomed to repeat them.

    If you insist on choosing PMs the same way, at least, establish a mentoring program in basic domain knowledge and skills for them.

    Stress the importance of communications to your managers especially when those managers lack technical and business experience which the staff already has.

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

    Solid company with leadership that cares

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Unlike other companies I have worked for, this company genuinely cares about its people. For the size, I think the benefits and pay are quite good and there is always someone available to talk to about HR issues. Also, the company offers a lot of different bonus programs and holds special award dinners to reward employees, which is not exactly the norm in this industry. The last one was very nice with tons of client recognition awards. It felt good to know that (most) of our customers appreciate the hard work we put in.

    Cons

    The changes in the industry relating to government cutbacks are felt at CENTECH, too. The company does try its best to pay people's salaries at previous levels but that's simply not always possible when winning new business takes a lower and lower price. As a small company, I feel there is not much to do and I see the bigger companies dole out more aggressive pay cuts than smaller companies like CENTECH. Going to be a rough ride for a while!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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