Technica Reviews in Dulles, VA

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
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  1.  

    Okay company tow ork for.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Laid back environment, get the job done and you are good.

    Cons

    lack of focus, jumping from product to product

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more focused.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A few great people working here, but overall a negative working environment propagated by upper management.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    A few very talented engineers who care a lot about the customer and their mission. Most of the headquarters staff are good at their jobs and care about the company. End of year bingo. You can win an iPad instead of a bonus!

    Cons

    The office culture is pretty toxic. There's a lack of communication between the Engineering, Program Management, Business Development and Executives. The two owners of the company are not what you would call "Dynamic Leaders." They mostly stay sheltered in their separate, locked (YES, LOCKED.) executive suite, and the CEO only comes out to strut around the cubicles, only stopping to berate you if he feels like it. It often felt like there was no plan or direction and we were just scrambling from one project to the next. When the finance people keep jumping ship, you know something is amiss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a strategic plan and share it with the employees. Let them know what your goals are for Technica, how you plan to achieve them, and what the employees can do to help. Make them feel like they are part of Technica's success. Right now everyone is in the dark; come out of your executive cave and LEAD. Or, step aside and let somebody else do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    difficult to succeed and receive promotions.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    some people are nice to work with.

    Cons

    no salary increases ever except for those who are directly related to the closed exec management circle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The 2 owners of this private company need to diversify their technologies and expand their services to the civilian side of the government. The executive management need to learn to be more inclusive and educate themselves on how to really run a company and broaden their horizons rather tightly focus on a certain business field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A good employer on the decline

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Great HR and Business Development departments. Solid benefits. While they pay about 50-75% market rate, it is a good way to get your foot in the door. Very friendly and welcoming in a Jonestown sort of way. Don't drink the Kool-aid.

    Cons

    The Engineering department has no active contracts despite what they tell prospective employees. The front-line managers are a merry band of eunuchs, long-ago neutered from any decision making. Fortunately upper-management is there to lay their clothes out for them each morning.
    Training opportunities would be a joke if anyone were laughing. Industry preferred certifications (like CCNA) are met with furrowed brows because they would rather their employees pursue Juniper certifications.
    Recently, classroom training provided by vendors has been supplanted by Skillsoft. This would be fine if the course selection weren't limited to those irrelevant to engineers (ex. "How to answer a phone" and a 4-year old version of Security+).
    Transparency is non-existent. You'll be tasked to perform the senseless by the clueless for the purposes known to nobody. Any questions on tasking will be met by ridicule and reprimand in the most childish ways.
    The CEO himself will parade around the building publicly bestowing a dollar-store crown on those not performing to his expectations, like he's the Queen Elizabeth of humiliation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Win some contracts. Until that happens, the front-line managers have nothing better to do than read a stop-watch and listen to jams in their office (the days they are actually in or not pretending to be at the satellite office).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware of working here if on contract

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Technica as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people are nice, and if you can get a full time job, I am sure that it would be nice.

    Cons

    Beware of starting if you are on "contract-to-hire" as the company really has not intention of actually taking you on full time. They will try to lure you in with a-lot of promises, but then cut you off your contract as soon as you have your basic job done. Warning to all "contract-to-hire". Techinca really makes a mockery of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more loyal to your workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Very good overall but lots of turnover and little loyalty

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Technica as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    New building, friendly staff, pretty good managers, bagel Monday and free lunch once a month.

    Cons

    Senior IT management can be fickle and not genuine, and doesn't plan well, being reactive instead of proactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't judge the value of staff by whether their projects need them but by capabilities.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Senior IA Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior IA Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Technica

    Pros

    Very technical people and interesting projects. You learn alot on the job because of the projects and people. Management cares and watches out for staff. Benefits are average. Executives are unusually technical and walk around to talk about technologies with staff. Well liked by customers.

    Cons

    Benefits are average. That's all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep talking to staff-that is much appreciated. Pizza lunches are good-brings staff and management together. Keep that small company, family feel.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Really Bad

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    Former Employee - Senior IA Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior IA Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Technica

    Pros

    Interesting Project, liked my government customer. We were embedded with the government. Government was upset that Technica could not keep good people.

    Cons

    Pay was low, once a month, benefits bad - bottom wrung. Company had months notice of project end but didn't tell us....we were called Sunday night and told not to go in Monday and they mailed our pink slips. Indicative of the company. Would not pay for training or certs. Gave me one salary when I interview and another on the offer letter. I told them nothing doing and they were upset because I didn't let them take advantage of me. I should have walked away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You won't be able to keep contracts until you pay employees enough to keep them. Won't keep employees until you treat them as a valued resource instead of chattel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Technica

    Pros

    GOOD MANAGEMENT TEAM, HIGHLY QUALIFIED EMPLOYEES

    Cons

    BENEFITS ARE NOT AS COMPETITIVE AS THE MARKET.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pay once a month - low ball on salaries - bad health insurance
    Interesting work

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Technica

    Pros

    Interesting work, good project. No micromanagement

    Cons

    Their HR and payroll policies stink. They PAY ONCE A MONTH - first full paycheck can be 7 weeks from when you start.

    They have multiple rounds of interviews - get a prospect committed (turn down other job offers) then low ball the salary.

    The first 3 months can't take sick leave or vacation. If time off is needed, have to take 8 hours of leave without pay.....I ended up having to work for free.
    The health insurance is the bottom of the barrel. Lowest rung of BCBS.

    No education benefits. No training. Don't even pay for certs.
    They were not clear about this when I interviewed. Led me to believe they had education and training, but they don't.

    I have met my direct supervisor once at a group lunch. They hired me to work at the customer site. I had one day orientation and then was marooned at the customer site. The only time I hear from anyone is when I'm late with my time card.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of spending money on "pizza days" and group lunches, spend it on good benefits and decent pay.
    Payroll and hiring practices are really bad.
    Management have too many people in many different sites and are expected to produce income on top of it. Cannot be done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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