TASC

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TASC Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
134 Reviews
2.8
134 Reviews
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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)

  • Middle/senior management less enlightened than C Team (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2.  

    Great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Micromanagement!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Excellent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Telecomm OSP Engineer in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Telecomm OSP Engineer in Frederick, MD

    I worked at TASC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    TASC is a large company dealing with government contracts.
    Excellent values and treats employees as family
    Wages are applicable and standard to employee type of work and experience

    Cons

    Government contracts are only for a certain timeline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TASC should be able to understand a little more about the type of work employees do and what is required of them when bidding on contracts that are new to their companies expertise. This could help win the contract and keep more coming in the future

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9.  

    Great when you have the right team working for one goal

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

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

    Pros

    Great working with local team on the mission.

    Cons

    Too many people come into the job, don't know the processes and are not wanting to hear it. It is their way or no way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a team mentality and not a bull and care about your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good company...faulty centralization

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

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

    Pros

    One of the most awesome aspects of working at TASC is the annual education allowance. They beat everyone else hands down in this area. Certifications are also paid for over and above the educational allowance.

    Cons

    TASC has attempted to centralize management to Chantilly. External offices are treated like outsiders, and there is a perception that favoritism is regular occurrence for anyone living in Chantilly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Biggest piece of business sense that TASC needs, is that although regular communication of vision from the top man is great, not offering or communicating how this will be precisely completed...all the way down to local office management is an outright failing. Change management WORKS, but only when there is a buy-in from the people changing. Upper management leaves local offices feeling like red-headed step-children at times. And, frankly, playing favorites with the folk that live in the management office proper...is nothing more than playing favorites. Benefit of the doubt firmly in place...it is still difficult not to see it as anything else. Other than that, top notch people...the company has a LOT of potential!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very bad management - let people go with no reason - that is their policy

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

    I worked at TASC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They used to be better when Northrop Grumman but as TASC they are lacking!

    Cons

    Bad management. They feel that if an employee can leave for no significant reason then they can fire for no reason and get away with it . They don't promote people for their work skills but more on how well you comply to management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better educated in managing a company. I respect the CEO but he doesn't see all that goes on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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