TASC

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TASC Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
142 Reviews
2.8
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TASC President and Chief Executive Officer John Hynes
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Ok company but needs to care more about its employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TASC full-time

    Pros

    The work is interesting and the schedule is flexible. Most of the people are friendly, easy to work with, and very intelligent so the learning opportunities are quite good.

    Cons

    The company needs to show that it cares about its employees. They have steadily been decreasing benefits every year and raises are extremely small or non-existent. Advancement opportunities are also difficult to come by. Lower-level managers are given no training or time to learn about issues that are important to their employees, and are expected to perform personnel management duties off the clock. This severely restricts their level of effectiveness and can lead to employees feeling uninformed, and ultimately, unimportant to the company as the company is not willing to invest time or money back into their workforce. The company is expecting more and more from its employees while offering them less and less in return.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show the employees that they are worth keeping around by investing in their future with the company. Provide lower level managers time and opportunities to learn valuable information that their employees will likely want to discuss. Provide more advancement opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Employees Now Seen as an Unnecessary Expense

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    • 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
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Waste of time

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Annapolis, MD

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

    Pros

    Exceptional workforce who are willing to try new ideas, methodologies and create new tools

    Cons

    Horrible, out of touch, ever changing management. In the 4 years I worked for this company I had 19! managers. The HR department doesn't know what they doing. Constantly losing large contracts (and we were the incumbents on them!). Slashed benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start selling the company to someone who can actually get the work and keep people employed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Does not pay on time

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

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

    Pros

    None, None, None and None.

    Cons

    Does not pay on time and blames client.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company until defense budget cuts started affecting the company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Paid well
    Good work
    Co-workers very helpful
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Defense budget cuts started affecting the company
    Layoffs due to cutbacks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try getting more state and local contracts

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    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. 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 (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
  9.  

    Good opportunity for new graduates

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Reading, MA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Reading, MA

    I worked at TASC full-time (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
  10. 4 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 (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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good group of people, poor atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Madison, WI

    I worked at TASC full-time (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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