GS5, LLC Reviews

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  1.  

    The best DoD contractor to work for in NVA-MD-DC.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IA Engineer  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - IA Engineer in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at GS5, LLC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really good people. Good management. Good benefits.

    Cons

    None. Like all defense contractors from the biggest to the smallest, once a contract ends, they may not have another on which to place you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Integrity from the top, down!!

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

    I have been working at GS5, LLC

    Pros

    Leadership within the company has integrity. Strong hiring practices and careful on-boarding practices make for a very high quality workforce, Good people having fun, working hard, and being successful.

    Cons

    Small business that is focused on supporting Gov't/DoD programs and therefore subject to the whims of sequestration and program de/funding as a result of unpredictable politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have integrity and passion which you demonstrate without fail. Keep it up!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Small Company Feel - Big Company Benefits

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

    I have been working at GS5, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Phenomenal benefits package (particularly base salary and medical insurance); hard-working staff; customer-focused across the board; owners put the Associates first.

    Cons

    limited resources as compared to larger companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue focus toward Associates; diversify business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Company senior level management inconsistent and immature in policy and employee management.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Program Analyst

    I worked at GS5, LLC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I experienced opportunities for professional growth, but little to no opportunity for advancement within the company. My performance was rated outstanding by the government customer, and by the company owners and senior level management.

    Cons

    No opportunity to rise within the company. The management structure is small, with employee management decisions implemented inconsistently and in some cases with bias (favoritism) by the select few. If employees are liked by management, and worked hard, they received praise. If employees were no longer considered valuable (end of contract), they were demoted or let go, or in some cases (observed) pressured to resign.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend to management to consistently implement employee hiring and performance management policies across the company. Additionally, develop a managerial team that has more depth of employee managerial experience, so that employees and senior management have an equal buffer zone from which to more effectively operate without bias or favoritism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  6.  

    A++++ Employer

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

    I have been working at GS5, LLC full-time

    Pros

    Love the small company atmosphere! Management is always accessible and approachable. GS5 frequently recognizes associates for their hard work and contributions, I feel very valued as an associate. Benefits package is fantastic. Positive culture and high standards keep this company growing.

    Cons

    Associates are so spread out (worldwide) that it's impossible to ever all meet in one place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing, great job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good company to work for. No (major) complaints.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA

    I have been working at GS5, LLC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good perks for athletes (gym membership) and sports fans (tickets to games).
    Management stays out of your hair when they're not needed.
    Cash bonuses are handed out more frequently than I've seen with other contracting firms.
    Management will bend over backwards for an employee if they value him/her.
    Bonus for referring new business (1% of new contract).

    Cons

    More paperwork required for annual reviews than I've seen with other contracting firms (but not considerably more).
    Cash bonuses, while issued more frequently, are smaller than I've seen with other contracting firms.
    No opportunity to invest in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to grow the business.
    Consider some form of Employee Stock Purchase and/or Profit Sharing program, to give employees a bigger stake in the company's success.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Lots of potential, both good and bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Analyst  in  Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Falls Church, VA

    I have been working at GS5, LLC

    Pros

    Small company atmosphere -- the president and directors know everyone by name. Management practices open-door policy. Nice perks like sports tickets and monthly lunches out. Good salary, friendly coworkers and decent benefits. Involved in several charities. The company is looking to grow quickly.

    Cons

    Small company atmosphere -- the company is looking for aggressive growth, and senior management seems very focused on "the next big thing" rather than the present. Ill-defined career progression. Questionable employee hiring and promotion -- the company may be growing too quickly to fill new positions with the most qualified personnel. Young owners still learning the subtleties of running a company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more selective in hiring. Being able to staff contracts immediately may be good in the short term, but the company reputation and growth will suffer in the future if the best people aren't brought on board from the start.

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