TASC

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TASC Reviews in Chantilly, VA

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
137 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good benefits, flexible work schedule (in 7 reviews)

  • TASC also recognizes work-life balance is important to employee retention (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Since the divestment from Northrop Grumman TASC has lost its identity (in 12 reviews)

  • The actions of the owners and senior management speak louder than their words (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Lots of work, lots of travel, flexibility is key.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Test Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Field Test Engineer in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at TASC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great travel opportunity. Making a difference in the lives of millions of people. Fun working environment with the opportunity to get higher degrees.

    Cons

    Work life balance isn't that great. Must be very flexible because the customer's needs always come first; before yours. It's hard to manage both.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people so you don't burn your core crew out

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A great run

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graphic Arts in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Graphic Arts in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at TASC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for growth. Does important work.

    Cons

    Been struggling for the last 5 years. Its pending sale leaves me wondering what its future holds

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    My Group Is Great To Work In But Medical Benefits Are Very Poor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at TASC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Company is focused on training and development and communicates this to employees by providing training. Managers are involved with employees in my group. People are the reason I took a job with TASC.

    Cons

    Since TASC was bought by the investment bankers, Medical Benefits are EXTREMELY expensive. Onboarding for new employees verges on unethical behavior due to inability to get enrolled on the TASC website. As in most companies, annual reviews are waste of time for the employee but provide legal coverage for the company in the event of an employee issue. Pay raises are small to non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop saying do more with less. That line was passed 2 years ago. If you want something done, provide the resources to do it. The internal TASC website is among the Worst I have ever seen for any website (difficult to find anything useful, need 20 different passwords to navigate on those rare occasions when you might find what you are looking for).

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

    No long term strategy or plan at this company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at TASC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Commensurate benefits with competitors
    Nothing else

    Cons

    Rudderless company handcuffed by their equity owners

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider buying out our owners to better control our destiny

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

    A Good Company in a tough industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at TASC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy to transfer internally, overall nice people, Education Assistance is much more than most other companies

    Cons

    Not a lot of young hires, no consistency to managers, poor growth structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    solidify growth/training structure, make sure managers have the same training, more transparency

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just OK

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Assurance Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Information Assurance Engineer in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at TASC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good variety of jobs and customers, great education benefits, some nice people and flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Benefits have been slashed, used to be great but are now just average and may get worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cutting vacation time when all the other benefits were reduced was very difficult on employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Employees Now Seen as an Unnecessary Expense

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer V in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer V in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at TASC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company Name is easy to spell

    Cons

    Company Benefits contributions from employees for health insurancea are more expensive than purchasing individual insurances.
    Since getting spun off from Northrop Grumman and sold to venture capitalist KKR, the company has been shedding experienced and skilled engineers and moved from a well-respected systems integrator to a software coding and systems administration shop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation and benefits are no longer competitive with engineering skills in the market. Employee stability is a thing of the past. Layoffs are de rigueur these days. The experience and skills level within the company are falling as is the reputation once claimed as a leader in complex engineering solutions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    TASC has been a competent employer with declining benefits, like many of its competitors.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at TASC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are a wide variety of very interesting assignments, with potential for travel if that's what you want. TASC will pay for degree- or certificate-related coursework. TASC complies with all laws regarding EEOC, overetime, etc., and generally has sane management.

    Cons

    TASC has reorganized 5 times since I started work in2002, which means a lot of turbulence in the chain of command. Benefits have been shrinking steadily since I joined TASC in 2002, due largely to the competitive landscape in a shrinking Federal budget. TASC will not pay for upgrade training that does not lead to a certificate or degree. The maximum total of vacation and sick leave is 4 weeks no matter what your years with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to reorganize for 5 years. Find some way to allow more senior employees to less than full time. Find some way to allow more than 4 weeks combined vacation and sick leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Mediocrity at its best

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SETA in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - SETA in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at TASC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can see the work having a very positive impact on the country and on the world. Although the government is in charge, you really have ownership of your program or your department because the government people get reassigned so frequently while the government wants you to stay in place.

    Cons

    The government wants you to stay in place. TASCs business plans seem to reflect that they can eventually get new people to do that same jobs as older people who are paid more. Let a highly paid old fart retire and get someone twenty years younger do the job for 20% less means that the hedge funds who own the company get 20% more profit by filling that same seat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At some point, your corporate strategy of lowball salaries to win Lowest Price Technically Acceptable source selections will hopefully bite you. At this point, you are doing nothing to inspire employee loyalty and you will have nobody to pimp out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience

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

    I worked at TASC full-time

    Pros

    Having recently chopped several layers of management, I think John Hynes is on his way to up-righting the ship. Benefits that were cut are no different than other companies. Salaries and increases no different than other companies.

    Cons

    With all the cutting, still have employees who continue to have multiple breaks throughout the day. Add up all that time and it equals well over 5 or 6 FTEs.

    In areas where cubicles are used instead of walls, the socializing prevents people who want to work, from working. Management is often right in the middle of the talking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can still cut more dead weight in some areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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