TASC Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
120 Reviews
2.8
120 Reviews
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TASC President and Chief Executive Officer John Hynes
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Review Highlights

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

  • TASC still has a lot of good people and plenty of interesting work (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Since the divestment from Northrop Grumman TASC has lost its identity (in 9 reviews)

  • Senior management was usually promoted from within or at least came with a government background (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Employees Now Seen as an Unnecessary Expense

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer V  in  Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer V in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at TASC full-time for 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Does not pay on time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TASC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    None, None, None and None.

    Cons

    Does not pay on time and blames client.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good group of people, poor atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Madison, WI

    I worked at TASC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I really enjoyed a lot of the people i worked with. Lower level management was great and I really enjoyed my direct coworkers.

    Cons

    The higher up the management chain, the more painful they were to work with. In the end it came down to company regulations and rules before people. Due to being self-taught, i was doing the same level work of my peers but i was being paid 1/4 to 1/3 that they were. This was due to company guidelines that were non-negotiable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    2 years as a systems engineer

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer IV  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Washington, DC

    I worked at TASC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team spirit! Good benefits. Interesting work. Leadership there at middle levels, but team mostly working independently. Pay comparable to similar type and level at other companies in area.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy at upper levels, causing errors in benefits management to be ignored if "only a few" employees affected. Ambiguity about "extra" hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to multiple complaints and help to motivate middle management to make needed changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good opportunity for new graduates

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Reading, MA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Reading, MA

    I worked at TASC full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good opportunity for someone just out of college. Good exposure to government contracts.

    Cons

    I worked at TASC for 10 years. I was there during the transition from TASC to Primark and then to Northrop Grumman. The best years were when it was still TASC. After the Primark acquisition, it was downhill. No upward mobility, stagnant technology, low wages, no raises. Old boy network prevailed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like most of the reviewers, I admonish you to look within for promotable people if you want the good ones to stay. Try and make it back into the company Art and Harry created. Vibrant, necessary, respected.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Your career at TASC is what you decide to make of it.....networking matters.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer V  in  Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer V in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    The biggest overall pro is the openness of top-level management to share information on the state of the company and how it impacts the employee. Management has gone out of its way to be open and transparent with the company's business. TASC also recognizes work-life balance is important to employee retention. TASC still enjoys a reputation for providing high quality engineering services. Overall, it is a good place to work during this low point in Government contracting.

    Cons

    Benefits are taking it on the chin. The company has gone two years without contributing to the profit-sharing benefit (standard is 3% of one's pay put into the 401K). The company has also reduced 401k matching benefits and vacation accrual. Health care costs doubled over the last year but, in fairness, one has to attribute that to Obamacare and its gruesome regulations. Given that Government is now looking at minimum cost as opposed to best value, companies have been under pressure to reduce their rates. The company has not issued raises in two years, but is providing retention bonuses to its higher performing personnel. In defense of the company however, this is happening all over, and one can probably expect this to be the case until 2017.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider taking the money that might go for pay raises and profit-matching and putting that into a bonus pool, so that bonuses can be awarded to even your average contributor. In this challenging time, a retention bonus would probably help reduce employee anxiety about not having a pay raise over multiple years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    TASC used to be a great place to work because of the strength of its top calibur employees needed to fill the contracts

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at TASC full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Although benefits, especially for long-timers (>10 years), have been cut substantially, they do appear to be somewhat on par with competitors. But it doesn't allow TASC to be a standout for benefits any longer.

    Cons

    TASC obviously has to change in accordance with the changing environment around it in the defense and intel world, however it is very disappointing the direction in which it has been heading. All of the SME's that have made TASC so great and sought after on contract awards have either left or have been let go. It's sad to see the company now focused more on the bottom line than on the employees who are CRITICAL to success. It gets tiring to hear town hall briefings that tell employees to "get off the bench and get in the game" instead of "thank you for the hard work and riding out these difficult times with us".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be good to find some sort of balance in this changing environment where TASC could get back to the old model again where focus is on employees. TASC used to be great and employees loved working there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral 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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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at TASC full-time for 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Micromanagement!!

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    Former Employee - PC/Network Tech IV/Server Administrator  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - PC/Network Tech IV/Server Administrator in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at TASC as a contractor

    Pros

    If you're a self-driven individual, who doesn't need someone breathing down your neck, and can complete assignments without guidance, you will do well. The position is flexible enough to allow you to finish your job in the best way possible, with efficiency and pride. There are limitations and guidance documents that will prevent you from going too far outside of your job, or inadvertently violating a regulation or labor law, for both your protection and theirs.

    Cons

    If you are a lazy slacker that can show up to work, each donuts or breakfast tacos all day while surfing the internet or watching TV, and not feel guilty that you're getting paid to do absolutely nothing productive, then this place is perfect for you. No one check up on you, and if you can make up some excuse as to why you busted a timeline, no one cares. Heck.... take a 4 hour lunch and your boss probably won't notice! Just as long as they see you before 9am, and you're still there around 3pm, you can effectively skate through and know that it doesn't matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make people more accountable. Have the balls to fire people that aren't pulling their portion of the workload.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at TASC full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work Dependent on government contracts.

    Cons

    Dependent on vagaries of government contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not any.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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