Intelligent Software Solutions Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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Pros
  • Pay is pretty good, but they have great benefits (in 7 reviews)

  • Middle management keeps this company afloat, TONS of great people work here (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Management is clueless, arrogant, vindictive and misguided (in 3 reviews)

  • Upper management "good old boys club" has virtually no experience running a large business (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great place to be

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Support Representative in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Field Support Representative in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intelligent Software Solutions (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, challenging dynamics between the software and customer needs. Easy to get along with everyone

    Cons

    Staying plugged into the technology while deployed is difficult. Constant restructuring of roles and responsibilities makes it difficult to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Cultivate the skills and reward the people. Sometimes the best ideas are held at the lowest echelons.


  2. Good COmpany

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    Pros

    great people, great work, great opportunity

    Cons

    managers learning to be managers.


  3. Trainer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Intelligent Software Solutions as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission, with honest and competent employees who understand their jobs and are willing to work harder to produce something better. Good pay, great benefits, and support.

    Cons

    It was not clear that the company was willing to make big investments in products that were doing the job well-enough, but just so, and highly vulnerable to any emergent competitor. Management was good, and often excellent, but not universally so. It was only one time, but I was surprised to see the company playing out two enormous strategic blunders that could never have happened if all the hands were talking to one another.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that the "little guys" in the field know the most intimately what works, what doesn't work, what is needed, and why. Be prepared to listen seriously. (At field levels of management, this was not a problem.) Understand that you can't just plug in an unprepared engineer for field jobs that only trainers and requirements guys are ready to do. You can't throw some poor guy who writes code all day in CO into a position where he has to explain to tactical and operational leaders how an ISS system fits into the array of systems in front of them, or what's working and not working in theater, or the problems they can expect/solutions they can prepare, or to help them sort out the confusion of truth & falsehoods descending upon them through the endless stream of disparate contractors. (This was not usually a problem. I saw this happen only in one location--but, a very important location, unfortunately.)


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  5. Great place with the right team

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intelligent Software Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Still one of the best benefit packages in Colorado Springs. Many good engineers and team leads.

    Cons

    Management can be haphazard and inexperienced, but they are well intentioned and when on the right team, you can get traction on good projects.

    Advice to Management

    Actually, management has their work cut out for them due to the customer. Promoting team building activities aside from the Hackathon would be nice to encourage morale.


  6. Senior Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intelligent Software Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and work environment

    Cons

    Dependent on Federal DoD work.


  7. Great Company in 2005, Lousy one now

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Intelligent Software Solutions full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, 100% paid benefits, Good salaries. Christmas parties used to be nice

    Cons

    I worked for this firm for 6+ years and generally received excellent performance reviews as well as a number of promotions. As military funding drew down, the company initiated a series of layoffs. At most similar employers, in defense sector, it is common to receive 90 days notice of a layoff and have plenty of time to say goodbye and get your affairs in order. At ISS, we received one week of notice and, rather than a personal goodbye, the layoff was a "gang bang" where they put the whole group in a room and had security escort them out immediately. Extremely demeaning and not much of a thank you for 8 years of service. I can say in the strongest terms NEVER WORK HERE or count on these guys to provide any long term career path. Buddy system company that will jettison its better people callously at the first sign of a funding issue.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company


  8. Helpful (2)

    Best company I've ever worked for until recently.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Intelligent Software Solutions full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    High pay, paid time off up to 6 weeks, free medical/dental/vision for entire family, free stock option plan, .... Very smart people, everyone was friendly, open, and always willing to help.

    Cons

    Due to government cutbacks, company as gone from 1000 employees to about 500 from about 2010 to 2014. Christmas parties used to be at the Antler's Adamsmark hotel with door prices that included laptops, ipods, guitars, .... Last year (2014), the Christmas party was a potluck in the lobby of the office. Job stability used to be very high. When I joined in 2004, ISS touted 0 attrition. No one got fired, laid off or quit. Whenever a contract was terminated, they always found a slot for you because there were a lot more contracts than people able to work on them. Now, ISS is losing more contracts than winning them, so layoffs have been common. Current stress may have contributed to people becoming more political/bureaucratic/back stabbing.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company.


  9. Good place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Intelligent Software Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Grew to fast, which led to multiple lay offs due to lack of funding for government contracts.

    Advice to Management

    Hire other ethnic groups to have more diversity within the company.


  10. Worked at Intelligent Software Solutions

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intelligent Software Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere with cross collaboration between sections and disciplines.

    Cons

    Grew to fast, causing multiple layoffs as funding drew down.


  11. Perfect company with unlimited potential

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Representative/Intelligence Analyst in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Field Service Representative/Intelligence Analyst in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intelligent Software Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful company with excellent support.

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to state.



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