NCI Reviews

Updated August 16, 2015
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NCI President Brian J. Clark
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Pros
  • Good benefits, friendly place to work (in 10 reviews)

  • i have met some really good people working here over the years (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management must be good since they keep winning contracts and making money (in 3 reviews)

  • Between them and NETCOM's lack of leadership or management this is a terrible place to work (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    NCI had potential but..

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Warren, MI
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -exposure to enterprise level systems -interaction with Federal government -great initial team spirit

    Cons

    -glass ceiling in promotions and salary -no defined career path at local site -tons of internal and governmental politics -limited training budget -high management turnover. One manager stayed only 2 weeks; average term is 18 months.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage you customer. Local management lost millions of dollars because of inability to manage the customers expectations. NCI should offer the customer a list of solutions to implement, not the other way around. Also, document when a solution is rejected;many times NCI takes the blame for not implementing the solution that was presented in the past but had no proof to show the government that the plan was submitted.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great talent, management not so much

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    Former Employee - Worked At Corporate in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Worked At Corporate in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The hours are flexible and the atmosphere is laid-back. You meet some genuine people, and some I still consider friends.

    Cons

    Favoritism is out of control especially at the corporate level. Monetary compensation is based on who you know, not on the quality of your work. There is no formal mentorship and there is a huge lack of communication amongst employees and their supervisors. There is no "team" environment nor team building. Lack of motivation/incentives from managers. Benefits are over-priced.

    Advice to Management

    Charles should try to listen to the true workers of the company. He relies too much on his managers to keep the company running, but he doesn't realize that some of his "managers" cover-up the ugly truths about their departments. A happy employee = a good worker = a succesful company.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Burn and Churn company

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sierra Vista, AZ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sierra Vista, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NCI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed Environment, Decent Salaries, Flexible, Good Benefits

    Cons

    Horrible Directors and Managers, Can't seem to hold onto any contracts, churn and burn through employess, this is a stepping stone company

    Advice to Management

    Sell to a normal company


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Ineffectual Management

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    Former Employee - Information Security Analyst in Woodlawn, MD
    Former Employee - Information Security Analyst in Woodlawn, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NCI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    NCI values it's employees and places a lot of emphasis on communication and ethics. The company as a whole is a good place to work and the staff is friendly.

    Cons

    Working for a subsidiary, I found the corporate friendliness and views to be driven out by the subsidiary’s views and business practices. There was very little room for growth or promotion. The company keeps saying they are making money but benefits are continuously getting cut and there were no annual raises in 2012 due to financial strain.

    Advice to Management

    Get your ducks in a row with your subsidiaries. Train management how to effectively do their job. Deadlines, schedules, budgets and even doling out punishments and terminations are part of an everyday management role. If a manager cannot fulfill these tasks then they shouldn't be management. Promotion to management should come with some actual management knowledge not just a number of years a person has put in with the company. Not everyone is cut out to be management, and if you make a mistake and make someone a manager and it isn't working out, then remove them from that position to one more suited to them.


  6. Helpful (1)

    A paycheck. Lots to play with and learn, but little actual work to be done; no focus or direction.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Fort Huachuca, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Fort Huachuca, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NCI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, smooth onboarding process. Upper management seemed friendly and sincere.

    Cons

    Team lead was not very knowledgeable or friendly. Was little to no focus as to what exactly we were supposed to be doing. Had to create my own work to do since very little was handed down. Lines of responsibility were blurred. Lots of bureaucratic roadblocks and politics. Contract stability was dubious, double standards for some employees who apparently did not have to meet minimum requirements for their position. Most there seemed to do just the minimum to keep their job.

    Advice to Management

    Rather than simply hiring to fill a seat, verify the person is competent in their skill set and has some motivation and initiative to work. Have some interaction with your employees and see how they are fitting in to their role.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Not employee focused at all

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sierra Vista, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sierra Vista, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NCI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good at getting contracts to increase company profits

    Cons

    Employees take cuts so company looks better

    Advice to Management

    You actions do not foster loyalty


  8. Helpful (3)

    OK, but heading in wrong direction

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    Current Employee - Logistics Analyst in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Current Employee - Logistics Analyst in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NCI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    NCI makes an effort to recruit top level talent, just make sure that you get what you are looking for compensation wise from the start. Don't fall for the "this is what we can bring you on at and then we'll bump you up down the road." I've seen that happen to a bunch of people at NCI.

    Cons

    NCI tries to sell themselves as being bigger than they actually are. They'd like to think that they are one of the big dogs in the defense industry, but actually are struggling to stay afloat. About a year ago they brought in a big shot who was suppose to turn the company around. Instead when NCI started losing contracts because of poor proposal writing they took it out on their employees by cutting benefits. They took away everyone's sick leave that had already been accrued and instituted a new PTO program. The new program went into effect 1 Jan 2012. The employees were notified 31 Dec 2011. Some employees lost hundreds of hours of sick leave that they had accrued over years. And employees who had called out all the time and burned through all their sick leave were unaffected. They also cut 2 federal holidays which is retarded because the government is off so most of the installations are closed.

    Advice to Management

    Reward hard work and success. Hold your managers to task when evaluating performance. Don't let them hand out blanke reviews and raises. If an entire installation on a contract gets the same percentage increase in a performance period then someone is not doing their job. Also, an employee stock purchase plan would be great. The sick leave to PTO thing was a huge morale killer. You punished people who came to work everyday and rewarded call outs. Even if you had paid out a percentage of the accrued leave or transferred a percentage to PTO it would have at least shown that you appreciated the employees that had good attendance.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Focused on Greed-No Employee loyality

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    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NCI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Local Teams are great to work with and committed to excellent results and satisfied customers. Terrific local management

    Cons

    Company will screw employees every chance they get. NO loyalty to staff Too many rules, No support when the chips are down.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your workers who are making your the money to win contracts Stop grabbing back on benefits No loyalty to anyone when humans and cash compwtw


  10. Helpful (2)

    Be aware what you will be

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NCI full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Is an established player in the industry with standard benfits

    Cons

    flat in growth, so are you.

    Advice to Management

    should the firm goal is beyond daily survival.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great potential, but limited opportunities and cronyism were rampant while I was there.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Those who do perform are very good and take up the slack for those who don't perform. The performers are great teammates.

    Cons

    Too many non performers were protected by their "patrons" which made work difficult for team members who actually DO perform. It can sap morale from the team who have to step in where others fail repeatedly.

    Advice to Management

    Hold managers accountable for the non performers in their groups.



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