TeleCommunication Systems

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TeleCommunication Systems Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
102 Reviews
2.3
102 Reviews
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TeleCommunication Systems Chairman, President, and CEO Maurice B. Tosé
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The good people get promoted and the poor people get gone (in 10 reviews)

  • Good people, decent pay, good benefits (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has no organizational skills, and no clue how to obtain them (in 10 reviews)

  • Office in Georgia played favorites, and there was not a good atmosphere between management and employees (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    fast paced, never bored

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Super smart people, great team events

    Cons

    Executives chipping away at benefits package

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restore benefits and chip away at executive compensation instead

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Dispoint for China office( may close)

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

    I have been working at TeleCommunication Systems

    Pros

    poor sales lead to poor performance

    Cons

    no chanllage yet, expect more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    High-turnover. Great until management got greedy. GSG is a very poor environment to work in due to the current mgmt.

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

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

    Pros

    First few years were great - good co-workers, good pay, commissions, fast promotions, then it all changed for the worse. The best thing that TCS still has going is the GSG BD/proposal team.

    Cons

    Two years into my tenure, management got greedy, fired the VP of Sales, capped commissions, cut benefits, and started layoffs. Management does not care about employees or even the investors, just about maximizing their own bonuses at all costs. One year, the CEO gave himself a 55% raise the very day after he fired 100 people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your business depends on your employees. Take care of them and they'll take care of you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    People can do better here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at TeleCommunication Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Bad news is TCS is facing a lot of problems today and just has a head of its bad time. Good news is that it is a good place to practice achieving your goal within an unfavorable environment, digging resources when resource is very scarce!

    Cons

    Benefits are going down.
    Weak leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be more efficient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good old boy network

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

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Pay not bad.

    Cons

    Company run by good old boys. Executive team took care of themselves all the while watching stock price sink.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times. Your culture is archaic. Listen to your employees and be more flexible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall negative vibe

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, diversified portfolio provides some revenue stability in overall shrinking markets, overall culture is slower paced than most technology companies so you get good balance of life. Few work more than 30 to 40 hours per week.

    Cons

    Products are commoditized so revenue shrinks every year which means layoffs and annual re-orgs are the norm. Exec team rarely promotes from within so "rain makers" are brought in from other industries to run business. They are fired 2 years later when they don't deliver. Most strong employees left or have been laid off so zombies have taken over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't genuinely seek advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Co-workers

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

    I have been working at TeleCommunication Systems

    Pros

    Management does not micro manage

    Cons

    Contract with little chance of promotion

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Employees, Poor Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Annapolis, MD

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

    Pros

    My co-workers were brilliant. Absolutely amazingly knowledgable people. I couldn't be happier with how I advanced learning from my co-workers, and even they are getting out fast.

    Cons

    Upper management has no organizational skills, and no clue how to obtain them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your employees happy, and they will want to work harder for you. The managerial system you have in place doesn't work. At all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD

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

    Pros

    some of the co-workers are very nice

    Cons

    Company is struggling financially with no real path to success Management is unreasonable. Many of the co-workers are sub-par in part because anybody that can would leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Massive Micromanagement

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

    I worked at TeleCommunication Systems full-time

    Pros

    It is a diversified group of business units, so it is possible not all of the company is as bad as the Government Solutions Group (GSG)

    Cons

    The GSG is micromanaged to a point that you don't feel trusted. You have to project and report on your activities to an unreasonable level of detail. Even experienced senior managers get swept up in this requirement and the trickle effect down the corporate chain really impacts the entire business unit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your people. Produce a strategy and operating plan and empower your team to go execute it without having to document and report every minute of their time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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