Telos Reviews in Ashburn, VA

Updated June 2, 2014
Updated June 2, 2014
29 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great job, great benefits. little room for moving up

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    Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and vacation policy. Decent work from home policy

    Cons

    Often little management structure to support analyst when needed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Corporate Culture

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    Former Employee - Project Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in Ashburn, VA

    I worked at Telos part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and the Ashburn office is very energetic and fun outside of work. Entry Level salary was great at the time.

    Cons

    Limited mobility within the division I was in. There is significant scaling back across the industry so only the best salesmen survive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great TEam

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    Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA

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

    Pros

    Solid Senior Leadership, great local northern va location off of route 7. Nice benefits, opportunity to work with exciting opportunities, for Federal, Department of Defense, Intelligence and some commercial work.

    Cons

    Lower than average pay
    Hard to move up, lack of pay raises, management embedded in roles, outdated facility, gym is outdated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the solid work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Entrenched middle management, cronyism, nepotism, eccentric CEO w/personal political agenda takes Telos out of the race

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance and Documentation Specialist in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance and Documentation Specialist in Ashburn, VA

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

    Pros

    Great location in the middle of suburbia in northern Virginia; beautiful building & grounds; great vending / break room

    Cons

    CEO is eccentric (not in a good way), egocentric & distracted with his own personal political agenda which disrupts getting projects done for clients; middle management consists of husbands & wives & children of other Telos employees, making it impossible to work effectively on a team because criticism is not allowed (everyone's related to a higher-up, so unless you have a connection, you're dead in the water); conformist middle management suffers from solipsism. New & innovative ideas (not of the status quo) are met with suspicion & jealousy which, more often than not, leads to firings. Only "yes men / yes women" succeed, & often at the cost of the team, contract, & client. Telos is notorious for their fast hire / fast fire tactics. They have a negative reputation in the security community inside & outside the Beltway because of their entrenched, stale, "dead wood" middle management & inability to deliver to the big government clients. There is also a "playground" mentality on some of the more important government contract project teams which also suffer from blatant sexism & sexual harassment which is allowed to flourish with impunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For a company to succeed, it must have a soul. Telos as a company is soulless. If the employee - the company's most valuable resource - is not treated with fairness & honesty, the employer will fail. Quasi-benevolent dictatorships are so last century, as are womb-to-tomb middle management jobs. Get in there & clean out the Augean stables. Follow the example of the original MCI Communications & install & adhere to a strict anti-nepotism policy. And to the CEO: You may have failed before as a CEO & you may have yourself convinced that, as Telos CEO, you're failing better. But you're still failing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    good work environment, work from home option

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    Current Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA

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

    Pros

    work from home 2 days a week

    Cons

    2 years, no annual raise!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A good entry level job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA

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

    Pros

    Never had a dull moment

    Cons

    To many managers not enough help

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Old boys club

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA

    I worked at Telos

    Pros

    If you live in Loudoun, its probably the closest govt IT company to your house
    Plenty of parking
    Lots of younger professionals (could also be a con)

    Cons

    Senior Management is an old school boys club. Better play golf or learn quick!
    Most of the company's focus is on hiring high ranking ex-military for their connections, not ideas
    Secondary focus is hiring fresh out of college in order to low ball and offer cheaper benefits
    Layoffs about every few years (ask to see how long the most senior HR person has been with the company. They're the last to go after they've given the bad news to others)
    Lots of lawsuits - watch your personal communications

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because it wasn't your idea, doesn't mean it isn't a good idea. Also, get rid of the catty older women who contribute nothing to the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Telos is a good boy network and you have to know the right boy

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ashburn, VA

    I have been working at Telos

    Pros

    There located in Loundoun County so you don't have to comute to long if you live in Purcellville.

    Cons

    Double Standards for all employees

    It's in "who" you work for, Ift your get Flex Time or Bonuses or a Chrismas Dept lunch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conform to a Managment Standard for all Managers as far as what benfits employees receives.

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

    Strong leader but lacks resources, people to do his job effectively.

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Ashburn, VA

    I have been working at Telos

    Pros

    Telos operates like a family run shop, so everyone eventually gets to know everyone.
    Benefits are surprisingly pleasing.
    Flex time is accepted by senior management, win-win for everyone.

    Cons

    * As a firm specializing in technical solutions, the workplace feels and looks extremely antiquated.
    * Most of the business groups are failing and are kept afloat by only one or two groups. That means money made in those groups, goes to the company to fill holes elsewhere. Not much money remains in the group. Means little self-improvement is made.
    * Management is stuck in the old-school way of doing business. They're afraid to suggest new ways of doing business to senior management, leading to the most ridiculous, convoluted solutions to be created. It's embarrassing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making technical decisions without consulting the young/smart people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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