TeleCommunication Systems

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TeleCommunication Systems Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated February 11, 2015
Updated February 11, 2015
35 Reviews
2.3
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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.  

    Great people to work with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at TeleCommunication Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great team to work with. Strong technical skills and team focused environment.

    Cons

    Very top down decision making and control by upper level management. More collaboration with front line and mid level employees would make the company stronger.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Taking a dive

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

    I have been working at TeleCommunication Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are an executive this it the place. These guys are truly the 1%
    CEO $638.8K
    CFO $355.3K
    COO $408.5K
    CTO $349.3K
    CMO $313.9K

    The stock hovers ate $3 and inspire of its low value these guys never miss a chance to give themselves free options.

    Cons

    They are always cutting corners. The 911 software is smoke and mirrors limping along on outdated hardware. It is frustrating working here because management always wants to to the minimum and lie to the customer. The real junk is the PSAP software they bought from microData. Written in VB running on windows; how stable is that?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How rich do you need to be?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Started good, ended terrible.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at TeleCommunication Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Started around 2006 (in the Public Safety division) and I liked the feel of the smaller company (I came from larger companies). The people were run to work with, the technology was interesting, and I got to have my hands on lots of aspects (server, application, storage...). It was a great learning environment.

    Cons

    The politics started coming out soon after starting. Re-orgs based on fiefdoms, lots of infighting. Very disorganized, no top down goal setting. On-call rotation became awful due to technical issues. Very disconnected from corporate, which is in Annapolis, MD.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out your core business, have executives from corporate spend more time in Seattle. Stop infighting and empire building. Centralize IT functions, improve SDLC!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 a 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic co-workers, inept and out of touch execs

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

    I have been working at TeleCommunication Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great technology, Interesting and challenging work; lots of opportunities to learn new business domains and grow within the company. Architects and high level technical design are top notch. Company has provided good support through health and family emergencies and (after much groundwork) allows telecommuting and flexibility to handle life.

    My answers below are based on the overall company - but I want to emphasize that there are certain teams within the company that are high functioning and great to work on/with. If/when interviewing with the company I suggest that you ask lots of questions about work-life balance, work flow, and company culture.

    Cons

    Leadership flounders at all levels. Way too many mid-level managers, reporting to a top-heavy number of VPs. C level execs have no clue about how to talk to employees about tough decisions - recently took away multiple benefits that had been long term perks with no notice or preparation or acknowledgement that it was a HUGE impact to staff. Business division struggles with strategic planning, and communicating strategic goals to teams. Big divide between sales/product management and development/technical teams - contracts and work is agreed to without truly understanding and planning for impacts to existing teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistent lack of communication about strategic plans for the various business domains hinders employee morale - all we see is more work coming with no schedule relief, and no staffing help. Takes awhile to ramp up in our domain - strategic resource planning is key.
    1. Recent decisions impacting vacation accrual and payout were tough to take at the same time - one of the other might have gotten us over the hump. Added to the decision to remove the 401K match, and it was extremely demoralizing to employes, resulting (once again) in a big turn over in highly skilled people.
    2. Poor leadership has caused a drain of fantastic co-workers - people who didn't want to leave but had finally had enough uncompensated, and unrelenting overtime with no end in sight. Work-life balance is NOT a priority when new work is committed to but no new resources are provided.
    3. Leadership needs to improve communication about goals and priorities rather than leaving it up to line staff to "figure it out". Need internal facing product management to guide technical decisions and let external product management focus on selling our fantastic tech to the industry.
    4. Stop acquiring more companies and focus on building great technical solutions with a strategic plan in mind. Too many "bosses", pick one and then let engineers to their thing.
    5. implement a charitable giving match.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    If there is an option for zero star, that would be the rating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - N/A in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - N/A in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Absolutely no good reason to work here unless you are unemployed and need a job. If you are marketable, I would look for other place to work.

    Cons

    Challenges of working here? 1) management, they are far cry being promoted to one 2) human resources, might as well have non, they are absolutely no help 3) salary and benefits - you've got to be kidding, they are non-existent considering the headaches you go through every day & night & weekend!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the whole company culture. Will I recommend someone to work here? Yes! only my worst, worst enemies, so that they all stay away from where I prefer to be working and actually have a meaningful career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Useless, debilitating and sad. Not going down the drain, already down and gurgling!

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

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

    Pros

    The workers are pleasant. (NOTE: NOT including management in this category.)
    Downtown Seattle location is great. (Location of the building, not the office itself.)
    Cleaning staff is efficient and pleasant.
    You don't work here yet.

    Cons

    Let's start from the ground on up:
    * office is dated and dirty - duct tape on the carpet.
    * trying to work with the computer they give you is hard; dated equipment and just went to MS7, have to use a slow network connection even when in the office.
    * No clear objectives given to employees, you'll never know if you are doing a good job.
    * Many layoffs, hardly any new hires. Everyone is doing the work of 2-3 people.
    * Management doesn't know what it is doing, everything is focused on what is causing the biggest problem at the moment OR what is the newest thing.
    * The rats are leaving the ship!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a strategy, share it with your employees, actually HIRE some employees and keep them by paying them what they are worth and giving them competitive benefits. There is a reason why you can get people to come in for interviews but, when you try to make them an offer they laugh and go elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    TCS Seattle Office

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive Salaries, Office Location, Medical Benefits

    Cons

    MicroData
    MicroData Employees
    TCS VP Level Execs.
    The "Good 'Ol Boy" system is not gone .....it's here!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell MicroData.
    Clean house at the VP and Director level.
    Would advise that the CEO of TCS come and visit.

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

    Seattle location is a chaotic environment

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

    I worked at TeleCommunication Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    wonderful employees make it a good environment

    Cons

    after employees arrive they feel like they may be replaced at any moment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    unsettling environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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