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Updated Jul 16, 2014

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2.4 25 reviews

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Nicole Geller

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35% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    I've enjoyed working for GCS!

    Senior Acquisition Analyst (Current Employee) Reston, VA

    ProsI joined GCS upon my retirement from military service and am now going on 5 years supporting an off-site government customer. While working off-site, GCS has given me free reign to do my job and support the customer which has allowed me to better integrate with my government team.
    GCS has been very generous with their salary compensation however, their benefit package falls short of what I was accustomed to in my previous career. Senior company leadership has been very supportive with any issues that arise, both professional and personal.

    ConsI wish there were more training opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour employees are your most important resource!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I'm going on my seventh year with the company. I believe that says volumes about my feelings for the company.

    Acquisition Specialist (Current Employee) Reston, VA

    ProsGCS hired me when I retired from the Government and I have been with them ever since. They have been more than generous in their salary and benefit package as well as providing a great atmosphere in which to work.
    They have been very supportive in allowing me to attend NCMA conferences and partake of training opportunities like Greenbelt training.
    The company's focus is on supporting the customer, which in my case is the Government. The company's track record is excellent because the customer knows that it will go the extra mile for them.
    This culture starts at the top. Senior company leadership has particularly been supportive being there when we needed them and allowing us free reign at other times to support the mission.
    The company and the customer work very well together. So well that the company's presence on-site has grown exponentially in the years that I worked there. I think that that augurs well for the company's future.

    ConsNone come to mind for me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Kudos to GCS!

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) Springfield, VA

    ProsI want to express my gratitude and publicly give thanks to GCS for creating a culture where hard work and dedication is not only appreciated but rewarded. GCS took he time to shower me with accolades in light of my job performance supporting a certain Government client in the Intelligence Community, and also provided an unexpected bonus and pay increase. Thanks GCS!

    Hard work and dedication to the mission is of upmost importance in this environment and I feel as if GCS instills the commitment to support these vital U.S. government missions. Providing service to my country is rewarding, an added bonus is that I’m surrounded by talented colleagues. My Program Manager and Team Lead are men of integrity with high values and standards both on the job, in their family and in the community. I feel that it’s an honor to work for GCS and hope that they continue to hire responsible co-workers who share these internal values that help make all of us a success.

     Leadership also take the time to recognize that family is first if/when the need calls upon our personal resources, and they are wiling to provide extended support.

    ConsI can't think of one thing that I don't like about working for GCS, except perhaps the commute! I'm very satisfied working for GCS :)

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would like to see GCS promote more extracurricular activities that provide added cohesiveness throughout the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Treated very well for my time there

    Office Manager (Current Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsWas there as a temp for about 6 months. Fast paced environment, lots of challenging projects to work on.
    employees and management were fun and very nice. Some people had been there 15 years so always a good sign.
    The day I left they had a cake for me that the Owner/CEO picked up herself. Never had that happen in all my years temping.

    ConsSometimes pace was too quick for me

    Advice to Senior ManagementThanks for the learning experience

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pleasant, Recruiter Samantha Elms, was a real go getter.

    Project Manager Contract Closeout (Former Employee)

    ProsEmployee driven, good company to work for.

    ConsNA. have none at this time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    CEO and CFO need to really take a good look at the company, its not all about the dollars.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsTruly can't think of one nice thing to say

    ConsEmployment at GCS is like a revolving door, no one stays as there is no training for your position and the CEO loves to make you look like a fool in front of everyone at meetings. She doesn't care who is the meting.She actually enjoys your embarrassment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you can't treat people the way you want to be treated than quit wasting everyones time and shut the doors. Just count how many employees and temps you have gone through in 2013, the numbers may surprise you..but than again maybe not!Hired with false pretense, was told they gave bonuses every year, (employees haven't had bonuses in 3 yrs)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No paycheck is worth this nightmare

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsDecent Benefits, competitive pay, great co-workers

    ConsGCS is a small company, so it has some of the typical negatives of a small company, only these will be amplified x50 because of the poor leadership of the CEO and her lack of respect for her employees.

    -Your offer letter will most likely list a competitive salary: it is not worth it. I can not emphasize this enough. As with most small companies, you will be required to "wear multiple hats". This was exactly what I was looking for, as I wanted to expand my skills into a few areas and get great exposure. Instead, the office was understaffed and you quickly realize you are actually being underpaid for the work you are doing. For example, the CEO goes through EA's like normal people go through socks, most don't make it 6 months, let alone a year. Eventually, the CEO cut the EA out of the budget and forced another to take one the EA position in addition to hers without increasing her compensation. She quit a month later for her new job as a Contract Administrator for another company...

    -If you do not work in the HQ, you might actually like your job. However, in a small HQ office (of less than 20 employees) you are very much at the whims of the CEO, in this case, this is horrible. You will need to duck and cover whenever the CEO is in the office. There is a palpable stress whenever she is marching through the office looking for the next target of her rage. Her micro-management and lack of appreciation for her employees will kill your ambition and makes it impossible for other managers to help you grow as an employee.

    Every employee at this company is stressed and overworked. The level of stress you will feel from working here (not good I have a lot of responsibility stress, but stress from walking on eggshells and trying to complete your work knowing that nothing you do will be recognized by executive management and you will only be berated for your "failure") is something no one should endure. Some managers would be fine and likely try to help you, if they weren't so busy trying to survive as well.

    In your interview, ask about the retention rate of HQ employees, this place isn't known as a revolving door for nothing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your employees and let the "chain of command" work. Fill positions when employees quit, rather than continuously stretching your employees too thin and then reprimanding them for their failure.

    Change your attitude of management. As the manager, no matter on what level, it is your responsibility to ensure your team has what it needs to succeed and to share your vision for the company, project, etc with them. If your team fails it is because you failed to meet your expectations as a manager and lead them effectively.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dysfunctional Company in Turmoil

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) McLean, VA

    ProsNone. No matter how desperate you are for a job, I would not recommend working here! The company is totally dysfunctional and will leave you shaking your head as to what persuaded you to come aboard.

    ConsIt is quite obvious that the positive reviews that were posted on 8/14 and 9/23 are due to a tongue lashing by the CEO. 2-3 positive reviews are no match for all the negative ones.

    Advice to Senior Management1.Stop painting a glossy picture of the direction of the company, career advancement, promotions, raises, etc. 2. Mention the CEO...tell them to run and hide when they see her coming, because they will soon become unemployed...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Government Contract Solutions Director responded to this review

    Nov 6, 2013

    If you are looking for an opportunity to be part of a solution provided to the US government you will recognize opportunities at GCS. Investments in infrastructure are always being assessed and the ... More
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    Great opportunity!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGCS has positioned itself to be a viable prime and subcontractor on many vehicles here in DC and throughout the US. Good work is done by the CEO and Business Unit leaders to ensure client needs are met. The executive and management teams approach is proactive.

    ConsFind ways to engage with client site employees, proximity is an issue but small gestures will go a long way.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you are considering working at GCS, read these reviews carefully and look before you leap!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOffice space is appealing and plentiful.

    ConsCEO's narcissism and dictatorship will cause you to either quit or be fired within 6 months.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    Government Contract Solutions Director responded to this review

    Nov 6, 2013

    GCS is committed to bringing quality solutions and engaged experts to provide value to their government clients. This requires a leadership team who places the correct emphasis on the customer ... More

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