Proteus Technologies

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Proteus Technologies Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great people, great benefits with fair compensation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager/Technical Expert in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Former Employee - Program Manager/Technical Expert in Annapolis Junction, MD

    I worked at Proteus Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I worked with Proteus for a little over a year and had a great experience. The company staff is full of smart people who do everything they can to take care of their employees. Proteus offers benefits that are some of the best in any industry and they compensate with very reasonable salaries. I was a little shocked by the negative comments on this site. I got to see the company from multiple angles, both on contract, and from the program management/leadership side. Some of the criticisms are way overstated. I was afforded a tremendous amount of opportunities to further my professional education, learn new things, and help influence change. As long as you work hard, are proactive and have a good attitude, Proteus is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Proteus is a small business breaking out of its shell. With that comes some growing pains and organizational challenges. They are managing it well, and improving as they go. Things are headed in a positive direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Systemize every repeatable process possible. Definable systems allow you to make expectations clear to everyone both up and down the chain of command.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Body shop, No Leadership, No Ethics/Integrity, No Culture, Failing Business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Proteus Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    It is truly disheartening to say this but there really are no positive things to say about Proteus. It deceives some great engineers, who are passionate about their work and country, but quickly realize their passion and vision do not align with the company.

    While I agree that they contribute a lot towards their health benefits and 401(k), it is only a means to get bodies in the door not because they actually care. If possible, they would do less to put more money in their pockets.

    Cons

    Currently, the biggest red flag is that this government contract in the intel space has lost both its security officers....

    The CEO is a bit of a farce. Teresa is CEO in name only so the company can compete as a minority run/own business. In reality, Teresa's husband runs the business and is rather bullish. As a typical Ph.D., Dr. Taylor is great a philosophy but struggles to implement practical reason/logic.

    There is a complete lack of integrity... Everyone from the President down to line managers will tell candidates what they want to hear to get them to sign an offer letter. Unfortunately, when new employees start they realize they opportunity the applied for may not exist and they'll be sitting on the bench.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time looking yourself in the mirror in the morning and learn/practice to lead from your heart. Genuine interest and concern for employees is not demonstrated in dollars (whether it be salary and benefits), but in actions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Company with a lot of potential, but won't ever experience the results

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

    I worked at Proteus Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The recruiting team is extremely professional, taking care of employees at every step through the process. The security team and HR team are both very helpful. The company has really smart engineers and a middle leadership team that sincerely cares about them. The company has a good portfolio of contracts, including 2 prime contracts, so for engineers there are generally no worries about stability. Pay and benefits are pretty good as well. There are also fun events that staff can participate in if they want (those have been cut back over the past few years due to government budget cuts, but have started to occur again). At the base of the company, everything is in place to be successful. One of the owners, the CEO, is really nice and has good values, but she has no control over what the other owner of the company decides to do.

    Cons

    As long as you are billing full-time (plus more, contract permitting) and realize that is what the ownership of the company cares most about, you should be okay. Most engineers want more than that, though, and there is a constant battle between middle management and senior leadership to invest in things that improve employee morale. The company also has a really bad reputation within the local community because one of the owners of the company believes that the company is a "controlled dictatorship". This might be an okay approach if the leaders and engineers believe in the same underlying values, but they do not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ownership has to change it's management approach (or step out of the way) because the engineering staff is smart enough to see through the buffers that have been put in place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Jessup, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Jessup, MD

    I have been working at Proteus Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Proteus is a mid size company with a lot to offer. They are continually getting new business and always working on new ideas. If you are willing to put in the hard work you will get the benefits that go with it. Management and above are aware of what work you do and make an effort to show you their appreciation.
    I would recommend this company to any one who is willing to put in 110%. If you are just looking for a paycheck, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a place to grow and help improve, then this is your next company.
    I've worked at many companies in the last 10+ years and can honestly say this is the best company I've worked for.

    Cons

    They have some of the common problems associated with small businesses in this field. If our customer is closed, usually we are closed. If there is no work to provide then you may need to look for another job. I wouldn't really mark these as cons however, it is expected int his line of work and they are working on solutions to help with these problems in the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Life is so much better!

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

    I worked at Proteus Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Looking back now -- no pros to working there compared to the company I work for now!

    Cons

    CEO - Female -- just in place to get woman owned government contracts
    President -- still a horse's behind
    CFO - will do whatever CEO and/or President say regardless if it's ethical or not
    Salaries for upper management (from Controller up to CEO) are over inflated and are the great majority of the top heaviness of the companies financials

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company to someone who really gives a crap about their employees!

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

    Selfish/demanding owner pushing his company down hill fast!

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff

    I have been working at Proteus Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent health, dental, vision, and vacation benefits.

    Cons

    Very poor management, Senior Leadership team has their hands tied because the owner will not allow them to do their jobs. He runs the company on his crazy whims and every changing demands with no consistency or concern for the negative impact he is causing. Benefits are being cut...they advertise $14k in tuition reimbursement but VERY rarely ever approve reimbursement requests, supplies are always out of stock, and IT goes around 'stealing' from one office or another because they are not allowed to purchase what is needed. Employees are treated as expendable and easily replaced. If you are a team lead or program manager, expect to work 70+ hours a week. The owner pro-ports that his company is work/life balance friendly, but if he wants something on a weekend, your vacation day, or 10pm....you better provide it ASAP. You always feel like you have to look behind your back because nothing is transparent and there is always an undercurrent of problems behind the scenes. I was 'asked' to switch from a successful project that I loved to one I had no interested in or desire to be on.....the request was not really a 'request' but an informational meeting telling me of the change. No viable reason was given for the change. Their two prime contracts were won at such a low rate, they are having trouble staffing them with qualified people. They used to hire the best and brightest, now it's the most affordable. Totally negative atmosphere. It is very difficult to watch competent and caring team leads and program managers pushed to the point of breaking and shunned when they attempt to stand up for their staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only appropriate advice to improve this company is for the owner to back out and let his excellent Sr. Leadership Team run the company for him.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    OK, if you have no interaction with the owner.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Proteus Technologies

    Pros

    Overall, the employees and senior leadership team are great people to work with. Benefits are great. Contracts have interesting mission work. I enjoyed the contract I was on!

    Cons

    The owner is a micro manager who doesn't know what he wants and changes his mind on a dime. He creates an atmosphere of fear and thinks he's just pushing people to do better. You never know what you are going to get with him from day to day. If you don't do exactly what he wants, he'll find a way to get back at you. His wife is the co-owner, but she has no real say in the company. The positive reviews you see are from people who do not need to have interaction with the owner. Anyone on the project he leads, a PM, or corporate staff...beware!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pray that the company gets sold. It would have so much potential if the owner were out of the picture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good pay, highly talented employees, but very cost conscious

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Annapolis Junction, MD

    I have been working at Proteus Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company employs some of the smartest people in the industry.
    The pay and benefits are generally very good.
    Most of the work is very interesting and important.
    The senior executives are generally very approachable and do what they can to look out for employees.
    Hours worked per week are generally restricted by contract, so excessive hours are extraordinary rare.
    Hours are flexible.

    Cons

    It is a relatively small company that is almost exclusively involved in government contracting, so billable hours are paramount. If the government closes (due to weather, the ineptitude of Congress, etc.), expect to have it counted against your vacation time (or, if you've run out of that, leave without pay).
    Although the company touts its professional development benefits, it is sometimes difficult/impossible to get approval to go to conferences, especially in times of government uncertainty.
    Be ready to get yanked around between contracts on the whims of the business development staff, with little say other than the general type of work you'll be doing.
    Most work takes place at government facilities or facilities owned by other contractors, so you may have only limited contract with fellow employees.
    Many contracts involve maintaining obsolete and poorly designed software unopened by other contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A more serious effort toward promoting development of skills (rather than just pursuing things that look good on a resume attached to a contract proposal) should be made. This could be coupled with an effort to promote new technologies among customer.
    Offloading all risk associated with work site closures onto employees may keep overhead costs down, but it severely impacts morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Proteus Technologies

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology and working in very important assignments vital to defense and the Nation.

    Cons

    Very few negatives, other than their contracts and rates are dependent on the Government and associated cutbacks.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people but at the end their bottom line is paramount.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Annapolis Junction, MD

    I worked at Proteus Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Proteus hired some of the top talent in the industry. You could be pretty confident that others in the company are smart and bright. They offer a very handsome compensation and benefits package. The onsite gym and cafe is a plus as well.

    Cons

    At the end of the day their bottom line is paramount. If you are on the bench or cannot find a project in a short amount of time you can pretty much say bye bye. This is typical of most smallish consulting firms. They really don't have a bench policy so to say. Maybe they would have a bench policy had they not had three full time recruiters for such a small company in addition to the high overhead of the office space they currently occupy.

    Also, transparency is totally non-existent. If someone is fired, terminated, or leaves there is not a word about it. This is particularly disappointing considering the fact that it is such a small company. I think its worse to hear that someone was let go or left through the grapevine than to have an announcement about it.

    Lastly, since it is a small company you will not really get to work with your bright co-workers because most likely you'll be placed on a project where you are the only Proteus employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be more transparent. Institute some type of bench policy. Get rid of sick leave and lump it into regular leave.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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