Insignia Technology Services

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Insignia Technology Services Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
18 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disorganized company

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

    I worked at Insignia Technology Services full-time (more than an year)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not quite sure how to use resources

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

    I have been working at Insignia Technology Services full-time (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Interesting but Stressful

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

    I have been working at Insignia Technology Services full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dictatorship

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Insignia Technology Services full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good people, but kind of a mess

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

    I worked at Insignia Technology Services full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Could never deliver on promises.

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

    I worked at Insignia Technology Services full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome Place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Fast pace and never boring.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
  9.  

    Great Company, empowers employees

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

    I have been working at Insignia Technology Services

    Pros

    Freedom to execute, tasks. Holds people accountable.

    Cons

    Challenging clients, can be demanding at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Someone is making a lot of money but certainly it is not the employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Worked A Number of Positions In Company in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Worked A Number of Positions In Company in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at Insignia Technology Services

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow and do fantastic things are everywere. It is a small company and if you want to broaden your technical skills,.. this place will always have a couple of opportunities to do so.

    Cons

    Opportunities to grow and do fantastic things are everywere,..... just don't expect to be rewarded for accomplishing great things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Blue horseshoe loves Anacott Steel" Not everyone wants to work for Gordon Gecko. Anemic company cultures do not draw or retain smart, skilled and motivated staff.

  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Insignia? Definitely Not.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA

    I have been working at Insignia Technology Services

    Pros

    The company has a knack for finding and getting great contract opportunities within the DoD. As a result, there are technology opportunities available that you may not see in the commercial world. They also have a knack for finding great people who are very knowledgeable and easy to get along with.

    Upper management is a very talented group of individuals when it comes to being the salesmen. They can make you want to work there or do something and are very enthusiastic talkers.

    Benefits are not too bad, maybe average at best.

    Cons

    While the company has a knack for finding great people, they also have a knack for either losing them due to low morale or finding reasons to get rid of them (even if the reasons are completely misguided or flat out wrong).

    Upper management can talk the talk and lure you in with a mind-blowing sales pitch, but rarely ever follow up on their promises. This leaves you feeling like you were misled and is not a great feeling at all.

    There is also a complete lack of diversity in the company and a blatant display of favoritism. This favoritism comes to light when you follow how these employees are connected with the owners (relatives, spouses, friends of the family, old work buddies). As a result, it is very difficult to provide constructive criticism to your PM regarding upper management and even less probable to actually have the criticism received and improved upon.

    If you are in a position of "authority" on any contract, upper management has a tendency to trump the majority of the decisions and not follow protocols defined by the company. It is true you are held accountable by the company, but most of the time it is for the decisions made by upper management themselves and not you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that while you are the owners of the company, the people are the resources and people are not objects. I would recommend some training in Organizational Behavior to help you understand how people function in a professional environment. Maybe this will help you understand the impact of your decisions on them and how it affects their lives.

    A Business decision should not be all dollars and cents and profit margins and dividends. A true leader will take a bird's-eye view of every situation and see how it affects ALL stakeholders, including your employees; not just your bottom line. A mass lay-off e-mail to all of us on Valentine's Day is cruel and impersonal. We deserve better than that.

    Your style of communication needs to improve dramatically. Try taking those talking skills you use to get people to work for you and apply that level of enthusiasm and respect in every day communications with your employees. Your existing style comes across as very dictative, condescending, and belittling to your employees. We are better than that.

    YOU are better than that.

    Doesn't Recommend

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