Tecolote
3.0 of 5 15 reviews
www.tecolote.com Santa Barbara, CA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated May 22, 2014

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James Y. Takayesu

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Excellent Corporate Culture, Great Benefits!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI love working at Tecolote. The benefits are great (no health care premiums, 0% matching for ~25% retirement), and the staff camaraderie makes for an enjoyable office atmosphere. Corporate culture feels tight-knit with good access to management personnel. Work/life balance is a plus here, 25 days PTO, somewhat flexible work schedule. Advancement opportunities have been excellent here (several promotions). With opportunities and great benefits, I've never seen a reason to leave. :)

    ConsOffice space is getting tight; staff is expanding faster than the real estate.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Long time employee here.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsRetirement plan. Benefits. There are still some very smart people floating around here who know their stuff. Supporting the nation's defense through good analysis is rewarding.

    ConsI've been around for years but this company is definitely on the decline. Pay is not commensurate with performance. Many directors who have done nothing for years will continue to do nothing for years to come. Very cliquish. More and more effort being exerted to improve image rather than quality of work. Enormous amounts of time being spent to ensure compliance with corporate rules and zero time being spent ensuring quality products. Division management has their hands tied since all decision making seems to come directly from the top of corporate management with no exceptions. This is the great little company that starting acting like a bureaucratic big company and forgot what made it great to begin with. Went from hiring the cream of the crop to the bottom of the barrel because they were cheap.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShave off the excess overhead management with no discernible product or service being provided. Empower and invest in the people that are actually bringing in revenue for the company. Learn to be flexible and adapt to the changing industry.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Do Not Work Here

    Cost Analyst (Current Employee)
    Manhattan Beach, CA

    Pros- Able to quickly get experience from an entry level position as a cost or earned value analyst
    - Good benefits, admittedly tough to beat the medical and retirement.
    - Don't really have to work that hard

    Cons- Work is extremely boring
    - Lack of transparency from management to workers
    - Extremely flat organization, little room to progress
    - Low pay in comparison to competition. Management uses the great benefits to justify the low pay.
    - Employees aren't exactly the cream of the crop. Government influenced culture, mediocrity is not only tolerated, but accepted and celebrated.
    - Don't actually make/produce or DO anything. Essentially a glorified staffing company.

    Advice to Senior Management- Raise pay, provide a clear path for promotions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good starting point. Your mileage may vary on whether you stay

    Cost Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsRidiculous amount of knowledge you'll pick up here. You'll learn lifecycle cost management from nearly every perspective, and the team you'll work with is very liberal with allowing you to take on advanced responsibilities.

    ConsThe pay is abysmal. I don't think Tecolote even has a cost of living adjustment for the DC metro area. The pay I received there was comparable to a similar position in the midwest. You can't pay the rent on that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen the coffers to pay your people what they're worth. I know the pension plan is fantastic, but people need to be able to live NOW, not five years from now.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company, Great benefits

    Senior Analyst (Former Employee)
    Manhattan Beach, CA

    ProsThe medical and retirement benefits at Tecolote are among the best I have seen in my career work experience. Employer contributed retirement is very rare these days.

    ConsThe nature of the business model of Tecolote is to acquire government contracts. In this contracting environment that is extremely challenging with the changing rules for government contracting this will continue to be an issue.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDiversify into other areas, there are a lot of talented people at Tecolote and their skills can be used in areas besides government contracts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Rocky Start

    Principal Cost Analyst (Current Employee)
    Bedford, MA

    ProsCompany paid health insurance! Well respected in the industry.

    ConsManagers were overly critical of new hire's work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great little company

    Cost Analyst (Former Employee)
    Bedford, MA

    ProsWonderful training program which includes OTJ training with a more senior analyst, as well as classroom training before you head to the support office and subsequent classroom training once you get your feet wet. They have a great back office support group and really stress continued learning and professional certifications

    ConsThey operate almost exclusively in the defense sector which is seeing, and will probably continue to see a few tough years, and their contracts are typically recompeted every so many years. While they have more or less cornered the market on defense cost analysis and do a phenomenal job they are subject to government source selections where contract selections could be based on poltical decisions instead of fundamental analysis

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Boring

    Principal Analyst (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    Proscompany paid pension plan and employee stock options, plus medical and dental benefit premiums for employee and immediate family are covered by the company

    ConsNo training is paid. They tell us we must get certified, but they will not pay for training materials. They will only pay for the fees if you pass. The works is a lot of hurry up and wait. No knowledge sharing, and people end up re-creating stuff someone else in another project might have done.
    They make us use our own lunch hour to do the annual mandatory timesheet and security training sessions.

    Advice to Senior Managementlet people chat in the office, and allow offer more training.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pleasant

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsCompany pays all medical/dental/vision premiums
    4 weeks annual leave + 1 week sick leave
    Flexible Hours
    Best retirement benefits (15% gross salary per year + 10% gross salary per year in company stock)

    ConsSmall raises
    Management misleads you as to why you get certain raises
    Promotions aren't correlated to raises
    Must take annual leave for mandatory company meetings
    Must take annual leave if the base closes

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work, low stress, not alot of room for upward mobility

    Advanced Cost Analyst (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsBenefits package, full medical/dental paid for
    Low stress job, coworkers are nice

    ConsNot alot of room for career growth, Management can be distant, dealing with government customers can be challenging

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to what employees say on their reviews as far as direction of where they want to go in their careers

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