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Beginning to look like other beltway bandits

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

I have been working at Vencore

Pros

Strong Mission and Analysis competencies and leaders
Dedicated workforce
Customer focus

Cons

Treating workforce more and more like replaceable commodities
Losing discriminators inherent in the workforce
Extraordinary focus on revenue and bottom line
Weak human capital team and execution

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Remember corporate success in services business is dependent on workforce
Focus on growth and new markets, but don't sacrifice the core
Preserve analytic strengths

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Divested from Lockheed Martin in 2010 bringing over the LMC culture for excellence and respect for people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Staff in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Staff in Washington, DC

    I worked at Vencore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relatively small, leaving an individual contributor with the distinct feeling that they can have some influence. Internally there are opportunities to excel though the current economy is a constraint on working internally.

    Cons

    the SI was bought by an equity firm. The ownership plan is that the SI will eventually be sold again. This creates a sense of uncertainty but no greater than what government budgets present the entire contracting world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay close attention to "message received" and address uncertainty with good, solid information about the AS IS and TO BE.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Small company acting like a big company... slow to the punch... policy before people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Springfield, VA

    I have been working at Vencore full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people... many with great experiences to share... stable company with mostly secure jobs depending on which department you end up in. Salaries can be very competitive depending on the contract. They've won some good contracts recently. The new CEO installed by the equity company that bought the SI is really working hard on creating a culture apart from Lockheed. 3 weeks of vacation to start. 3% 401k match. Good company for training new engineers.

    Cons

    Having worked for Lockheed for 15 years in the 90's and now this company for 2 years, I see their policies are reminiscent of behemoth Lockheed. This little company is still having trouble getting its footing, creating it's own culture apart from Lockheed, and making itself a good company to work for. This company is very focused on cutting any overhead (however small). It's now owned by a private equity firm, and the focus is on making money for the investors. If you're an older employee, especially near retirement... look out... you're ripe for the chopping block. The company deserves a 2.5 rating (slightly below average), but you can only give 2 stars or 3 stars. Since the overall rating was 2.8, then my 2 should bring it down a little.

    Culture & Workplace Issues:
     - You go to the supply closet and it's completely empty except for some old binders, previously used pads of paper, a pen from Holiday Inn Express, and a #2 pencil (but no pencil sharpener).
     - There is no sick leave. If you are sick for even an hour, you are expected to make it up.
     - Any overtime hours worked must be charged to the contract, but you only get paid after working 5 hours (i.e.. you work 6 hours and get paid 1... the rest goes to the company... old Lockheed policy)
     - You're basic cube farm of employees... entire floors w/cube furniture... no offices except for Senior Staff Engineers (Level 6) or managers.
     - A Christmas Party... hahaha... yes if you plan it yourself at the office and everyone brings a plate of cookies.
     - Lose your charge #... you've got 2 weeks or less before you're booted out the door (your basic body shop company).
     - A guy I know who lost his charge # on the NGA contract... he was laid off the next day... not even 2 weeks on overhead to find another job (which i heard was their policy... obviously unwritten).
     - The old CEO was and was a former Lockheed manager w/all the slow trappings of Lockheed. He used to have an employee all-hands over video even though he was sitting one floor upstairs (presumably to keep anyone from asking a tough question). I never saw him even once in my workspace. Thank goodness he got "retired".
     - 3 weeks of vacation to start, but you have to work 15 years before you'll be eligible to get 1 more day of vacation each year after 15 (the old Lockheed policy). Max is 4 weeks.
     - No comp time.
     - Flex time over 2 weeks in some departments and not others (mine had no flex as the manager wouldn't allow it).
     - They have internet access, but every email site (yahoo, gmail, aol, etc.) is blocked out, so you have to go to your car to check your email. If you have an important email coming in (lawyer, real estate sale), then you can have them send it to your work email, but then you won't get it if you leave the building. This was left over from the Lockheed paranoid days of getting a virus.
     - We get a 100% award fee on the contract, and get nothing for it... a pat on the back (like Lockheed). I've noted other SETA companies at least have a pasta lunch to celebrate... some like Scitor go out to Ruth's Chris.

    HR Silly Policies
    HR in every company (even the government) always seems challenged... this company is no exception.
    Want to plug in your LED Christmas Tree on your desk... forget it... no outside electrical devices of any kind.
    This ones interesting... a dress code for women... no open toed shoes... Really? I guess skirts 8-12 inches above the knee are ok (not in my book, but who cares about what shoes a woman wears).
    No exercise balls... I saw this on the policy brochure... is that the best you can come up with is deciding what kind of a ball an employee can sit on?
    Poorly run new employee in processing. I'm sure they're better now, but 2 years ago... pathetic... maybe because it was around a holiday and 90% of HR is off (they're not really vital jobs anyways... it's not like someone is going to die or something)
    No raise 2 years in a row.

    SI can pay competitive salaries to attract new employees, but after that, don't expect anything else from this company. It will be a steady paycheck as long as you have a charge #, but there's nothing much else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at what other SETA companies are doing... Scitor, TASC, IAI, Stellar, Booz.. They've created a culture that makes employees proud to work there. I don't see this culture at the SI. Some of my complaints may seem trivial or silly, but it really doesn't take much to make a good work place environment. It wouldn't hurt to subsidize a Christmas party (even Lockheed use to do that) or set aside some budget to take a new employee out to lunch. Perhaps share some of that 100% award fee with lunch for the employees (like the other SETA companies)... after all, they are the ones actually helping you to get it. Stop acting so cheap... you're not Lockheed anymore!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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