Technica Reviews

Updated May 13, 2015
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  1. great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Technica

    Pros

    government, drive, close to home

    Cons

    wages, leave, driving, uniforms, benefits


  2. Mixed Bag

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Technica full-time

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

    Pros

    I worked with a lot of good and talented people on interesting projects. My immediate manager and coworkers understood my role and what value I added to the company.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and communication from management. For some reason, the engineering and business development sides of the company don't talk to each other, so there's little sense of common purpose and goals. Some of the management seems to be doing very little but occupying space.

    Advice to Management

    Decide where you want the company to go and how you're going to do it, and then get everyone on the same page.


  3. Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The company offered great Benefits.

    Cons

    The company didn't offer differential pay for military members.

    Advice to Management

    Address employees concerns in a timely manner.


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  5. Helpful (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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    difficult to succeed and receive promotions.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Empowered as an onsite subject matter expert (SME) with excellent corporate support.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Group Manager in Fort Meade, MD
    Former Employee - Engineering Group Manager in Fort Meade, MD

    I worked at Technica full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technica is a small company that gives employees great opportunities to contribute and excel. The culture at HQ provides a relaxed, professional environment. There is initially some micro-managing, but that is really done to ensure new employees are on tract and are not experiencing any roadblocks. The firm likes to promote from within and regularly has challenging projects, both internal and client billable.

    Cons

    Fulltime onsite consultants receive excellent support services from HQ (program management, graphics, HR, etc), although it is more difficult to feel part of the bigger Techncia team when on client site 40+ hours/week. Matrixed management is difficult if staff and manager are not at the same location on a regular basis and/or are not working on similar projects.

    Advice to Management

    Focus some internal resources on a few near term tactical client projects rather than longer term strategic efforts. Consider assigning junior HQ non-billable programming resources to directly support an onsite EGM. Resource can then be learning about the client, their needs and be contributing to the overall team. After some time they should then be able to immediately add value to the client in a billable position supporting the EGM.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Inexperienced company in Federal Contracting

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Enterprise Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Enterprise Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Technica full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to get in and fairly well paid but they'll try to take back money they've promised. Three times I've heard of them agreeing to one salary only to back pedal later and say "oh we promised more than we can afford." With the profit margins in Federal Contracting it's highly unlikely they're hurting.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, odd holiday-PTO schedules that don't match client calendars very well. Extremely inefficient communication and management.

    Advice to Management

    If an employee works on the Federal holiday schedule, give them the same holidays and emergency cancellations. Don't force employees to drive to Dulles in the snow or other inclement weather. Also stop promising higher salaries then attempting to renegotiate after arriving on the client site.


  9. Helpful (2)

    A good employer on the decline

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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).


  10. Technica was a great place to work with a relaxed atmosphere. Great career broadening opportunities.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Enterprise Systems Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Enterprise Systems Engineer in Columbia, MD

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    fun people, culture, salary, relaxed atmosphere. a good company with solid management in place. A great place to work. Most managers look out for their workers.

    Cons

    travel to off sites were ok. However is business was required at HQs had to deal with a lot of traffic


  11. Helpful (2)

    cheapo compo

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    free breakfast weekly and free pizza monthly

    Cons

    Very cheap company to work for. Below average salary and the management only cares about cutting cost. Compared with other government contractors, very high health insurance cost which also goes up every year. No education and certification assistance. 1-2% raise max. Zero bonus. Poor work environment, the cubicles are tiny and about chest high so no privacy at all. Mid level managers like to micromanage not only projects but daily assignments which is consistent with the CEO's management style. No communication from the top. Turnover rate is high, just find the next guy willing to come on board. No career path at all.



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