Insignia Technology Services

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Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Growing Pains

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

    I worked at Insignia Technology Services full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company culture is full of really talented and brilliant individuals. Everyone is always more than willing to lend a hand if it helps out the end goal. In recent years, the company has gone through some growing pains (which is to be expected) but it has caused a turmoil work environment.

    Cons

    Upper management is poor at communication and does not support individual professional career goals. Lead by example and promote the internal hardworking employees by recongnition. Many times the ones that work behind the scenes to keep the company afloat, go unnoticed. Long hours and long work weeks are the norm for the IT folks (engineers, developers, analysts, PM's). Compensation for the dedicated employees is fair, only PM's tend to get paid what they deserve. Expect to be on call at all times and work a min. of 50 hours per work week especially if deliverables are due in a tight time frame.

    Advice to Management

    Trust those that work for you. If you had a hand in hiring your people, trust that they have the companies best interest in mind. Don't go hire someone else to pay an outsider more than your internal trusted source that is right there in front of you. The best employees are those that are mentored and groomed for leadership roles. If they tell you they have big plans for themselves, help them get there! The best leaders are those that truly support their own!


  2. Helpful (2)

    Worst place to work in 2015

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at Insignia Technology Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only pro to working for this company is the staff (non-management) located here in the Newport News office.

    Cons

    Lack of Professionalism by management and some team members: Examples - often talking badly about employees openly in hallways and conference rooms, often cussing and using inappropriate language, slamming doors or phone receivers on desks, misrepresenting resource plans and goals to customers, threats and intimidation. Employees do not trust management and should not. Infrastructure, Corporate and Program Wide barely exists. Leadership is a foreign concept and is non-existent. Top down communication is ineffective and rarely occurs. Lack of Fairness and Ethics corporate wide.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Management is pointless. Individuals who blame others for their mistakes, individuals who cannot and will not accept responsibility for their actions, individuals who treat employees with disrespect and disregard, individuals who have no issue with lying to customers --- will never heed advice from others.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Disorganized company

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

    I worked at Insignia Technology Services full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Time-off policies are typical for a small business. Flexible on negotiating additional PTO at offer stage. Tries to ensure work-life balance but primary customer is not so focused on understanding the need. Benefits are decent. Health care options are good for single person but for a family, candidates should carefully evaluate. Company does try to be cognizant of placing ending projects and locating new projects. However, since the company projects are predominantly with one customer, this impedes the flexibility.

    Cons

    Promotion opportunities are minimal if not located at company headquarters. Significant contracts are held with one customer, so financial impacts are relatively high. Business development direction does not sync with operations. Poor communication flow throughout company. Too much reliance on email and IM functions. Company is not completely open to telecommuting unless required for supporting your customer. Recent events have caused the company to reenforce a centralized organization based in Newport News, VA.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Not quite sure how to use resources

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

    I have been working at Insignia Technology Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company wins a lot of contracts and has a lot of work available. As a result, they will hire a lot of people at once when they win new work. The company is willing to invest in your education, up to $3,000 a year. The company takes its role of serving the government very seriously, almost too much so sometimes.

    Cons

    While the company hires a lot of people, they have no real plans for retaining that talent long term. They can attract a lot of good resources, but then after hiring them, don't seem to know how best utilize those resources. Communications is lacking. It's almost as if the company doesn't want any of the employees to know what is going on outside of their particular project. The office culture comes across as one of secrecy. They aren't forthcoming with new opportunities, and when inquiring about things outside your immediate project, you're told "Don't worry about that."

    Advice to Management

    Make your employees feel valued. Find out where they best fit, and place them there. Communicate more with your employees: tell us what's going on, tell us what's coming up, tell us what other opportunities might be waiting for us after this contract ends. Make me feel reassured that I'll still have a job after the next six months.


  6. Interesting but Stressful

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

    I have been working at Insignia Technology Services full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Service oriented, focused on meeting the needs of the customer and taking care of its' people for the most part

    Cons

    Not knowing if you will have a job after your current contract ends. Silo'd into one program when expertise can be shared to support other programs and improve the company as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Consider a different resource utilization plan. Use your people to support programs more evenly, support continued development, and try to balance the work-life style better. Working people 60+ hours as exempt employees on a weekly basis is not healthy for the person, and will impact the company in the long run when a good asset seeks other opportunities that offers a better balance.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Dictatorship

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

    I worked at Insignia Technology Services full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The "worker bees" get along great and work cohesively. They communicate well within the lower ranks.

    Cons

    That's just it. Employees are treated like worthless little worker bees. Mgt claims to empower employees, then overrides (previously agreed upon) decisions. Mgt also thinks it's OK to spew venom and hate toward them when upset. There's nothing constructive about it either. If you're not one of the favorites (i.e, a friend or family member), you'd better look out!!! There is ZERO respect for employees. People get fired on a whim, so document, document, document! Follow every conversation up with an email - you may need to prove you're position.

    Advice to Management

    It's never OK to berate your employees and blame them for your own misgivings and bad decisions. Recognize the great talent you have at your disposal. Enable them. They require motivation by praise, not by fear. You have the ability to make or break that company.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Good people, but kind of a mess

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

    I worked at Insignia Technology Services full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Insignia has some fantastic people working for them. They have been able to attract and retain some capable key personnel, and have been able to survive in a competitive environment for the last seven years, which is fairly impressive. Compensation and benefits are not bad. Insignia also supports and encourages professional development, including an annual training/development benefit. Company barbecues and parties are held regularly.

    Cons

    Insignia has very little in the way of process, corporate structure, or strategic vision. Middle managers come and go very often, and bring their own ways of doing things with them. Short-term gains are made at the expense of long-term gains, and as a result the company seems to be in a state of arrested development, repeating the same mistakes and not growing or learning.

    Advice to Management

    At the end of the day, it's your company. You have no one to thank or to blame but yourselves.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Could never deliver on promises.

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

    I worked at Insignia Technology Services full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Fun Projects
    - DoD Clients were awesome
    - Very flat organization where everyone worked very well together
    - Very skilled at getting new contracts and recruiting talent
    - Projects can be inspiring with a sense of mission

    Cons

    - Abusive Management
    - Major management decisions are made on whims, and then when you put in PTO requests it's seen as a betrayal.
    - Overly rigid and dogmatic on all the inconsequential stuff. Ethically trip over themselves on the big stuff.
    - Pie Crust promises all around: easily made, easily broken

    Advice to Management

    You're more transparent than you think you are. Most see you for what you are.


  10. Awesome Place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Educational Technologist/Tester in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Educational Technologist/Tester in Newport News, VA

    I worked at Insignia Technology Services full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fast pace and never boring.

    Cons

    If you lack flexibility this is not the place for you.


  11. Great Company, empowers employees

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

    I have been working at Insignia Technology Services

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Freedom to execute, tasks. Holds people accountable.

    Cons

    Challenging clients, can be demanding at times



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