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TCOM Reviews

Updated July 8, 2014
Updated July 8, 2014
6 Reviews
3.7
6 Reviews
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    Aerostats

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

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

    Pros

    Great people, interesting product, patriotic company with a get-r-done attitude. Family type, close and friendly, operation in that the people enjoy working together.

    Cons

    Tough customer, high quality product with low turn over rate. Limited customer base meaning that the money dries up till new products are required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to expand the customer base, through different sizes and variety of services offered.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great working environment and staff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Technician/Source Inspection Engineer in Elizabeth City, NC
    Current Employee - Lab Technician/Source Inspection Engineer in Elizabeth City, NC

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

    Pros

    Great experience and laid back experience

    Cons

    Decent pay but with no room to grow in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New ideas for increasing pay along with duties and responsibilities for all, even contractors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A roller coaster ride of a job with a lot of ups and downs.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TCOM

    Pros

    Good money if you are willing to travel, great people, a lot of freedom as far as your work process goes, not a stiff and formal place.

    Cons

    A lot of hiring then laying off depending on contracts it can make a steady career hard to achieve.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    This has been one of my most fulfilling work experiences.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TCOM as a contractor

    Pros

    Top quality people who believe in their product.

    Cons

    Long commute adds three hours to the day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Tcom overview

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

    I have been working at TCOM as a contractor

    Pros

    Interesting, family atmosphere, historic setting, caring and engaged co-workers

    Cons

    Too vulnerable to variations of a niche market and government buying habits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving away information that could later be capitalized; expand product line; diversify; invest in R&D; improve marketing posture with more trade magazine advertising; seek more customer feedback

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    TCOM Has A Long History, But Its Longevity Has Come At A Price

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

    I worked at TCOM

    Pros

    Their product, Aerostats, is interesting and fairly unique, and engineering and manufacturing aerostats encompasses a wide range of disciplines.
    There are a lot of experienced engineers and programmers here, although more young and inexperienced employees are being hired as time passes.
    Fellow employees are friendly and congenial; except for job security, management does not treat contract employees very much differently than permanent ones.
    In the last five years, the company has upgraded its infrastructure (document storage system, xerox machines, and so on) as it has experienced a surge in new business.
    It is not uncommon for the company to rehire employees with previous experience at the company.
    The company has a work schedule that consists of eight nine hour days and one eight hour day every two weeks, with alternate Fridays off.

    Cons

    Human resources is ruthless: they have no empathy for employees.
    Fringe benefits for permanent employees have historically been substandard; for contract employees they can be almost nonexistent.
    This company is run using charge numbers and budgets: sometimes nothing else seems to matter. Because of this, product quality can suffer.
    TCOM has had to radically downsize its workforce several times during its 35 year existence because of changes in demand for its products. Because of this, over half of the workforce are contractors.
    Employees feel insecure about their jobs, which makes them reluctant to share information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TCOM needs to modernize its approach to management; the same managers have been there for decades: the company could use some fresh blood in its management ranks.
    Communication needs to be improved amongst employees and management.

    Doesn't Recommend

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