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Chugach Alaska Reviews

Updated September 28, 2017
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  1. "Great Company, Great People, Great Culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chugach Alaska full-time

    Pros

    Very caring organization. Good salary and benefits. Good opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Their Headquarters is in Anchorage, AK, which makes Corporate upward mobility difficult unless you are willing to move up there.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight of what made you such a wonderful company. Your employees are your greatest asset. Provide them with the support they need to serve the company and customers.


  2. "anon"

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    Former Employee - Academics in Palmer, AK
    Former Employee - Academics in Palmer, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Chugach Alaska full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Students, worthy cause to educate students that have been failed by the regular public education system and prepare them for successful entry into the work force.

    Cons

    Extremely stressful, management strategy is to pressure staff to constantly do more than is possible faster than is feasible with students that need more than the program has resources to support their many issues and learning problems.

    Advice to Management

    Let your staff enjoy being successful and breath once in awhile. Even long distance runners take breaks. The lack of communications and the "no talk" no transparency policy between management and lower staff is stressful and unnecessary. When staff and management personnel ask for assistance and accommodation treat them equally as seriously as you would the employees they supervise.

  3. "Boys Club"

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    Former Employee - Technicin in Fort Meade, MD
    Former Employee - Technicin in Fort Meade, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, stability in contract

    Cons

    No room for advancement, unless you are in the boys club

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting Job, Good Pay, Toxic Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Harbor, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Harbor, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chugach Alaska full-time

    Pros

    - Very Interesting Department of Defense Work
    - Union pay can be good
    - Sometimes there are opportunities to build your skill set

    Cons

    - Extremely toxic work environment with little help from corporate and mid-level managers
    - Very little oversight from corporate
    - Human resources with no teeth due to management
    - Very little incentive to make the company or your team function more efficiently/better - can be very demoralizing if you are driven for success
    - Little care for innovation from corporate or within the branch

    Advice to Management

    Go after the people that are bringing the whole company down, this needs to come from corporate to each branch. I have worked for many large and mid-sized companies in the past, but have never seen such a disaster of a work environment, you will continue to lose contracts and your most valuable employees by your inaction.


  5. "Network Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Engineer/Imaging Specialist
    Current Employee - Network Engineer/Imaging Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chugach Alaska full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Its a Very family oriented company

    Cons

    They are great but wont promote to different field

    Advice to Management

    Promote room for growth


  6. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Information Specialist in Dahlgren, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Information Specialist in Dahlgren, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent pay
    - Mission focused
    - Employee loyalty and good efforts recognized with a variety of awards like certificates, bonuses.

    Cons

    - Customer significant distance from Chugach "headquarters" makes the commute difficult and impossible with public transportation.

    - Few promotion opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Stay employee-centric while maintaining loyalty to the Customer.


  7. "The best company in the world"

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    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Kirtland AFB, NM
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Kirtland AFB, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chugach Alaska (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best company to work for

    Cons

    No cons whatsoever during my tender

  8. "CGS, LLC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Outstanding professionals, high ethics, great leadership.

    Cons

    Massive amount of data integration underway.

    Advice to Management

    Leverage existing available data to allow better cross referencing.


  9. Helpful (2)

    ""E" for effort"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pros depend on the the project site you work at and much depend on your direct management. If you like your co-workers, that's a pro. In recent years, I can think of few others.

    Cons

    The competitive nature of the business means poor benefits in comparison to 10 years ago. If you get any at all. The packages vary depending on SCA, union or exempt.
    There is a culture of promoting former military, retired, buddy-system type males. Its obvious on several levels if you aren't one of the favored few, you will only go so far.
    Communication between departments within the corporate office is very lacking. Personnel hears and participates in improvement plans and surveys yet, nothing gets passed along and no apparent changes are made, leaving people to wonder what the point in participating is. Confidentiality isn't maintained, several sensitive personnel situations were spread around the rumor mill making the office environment very uncomfortable to work in. Especially if you aren't one of the golden children. Money is thrown after personnel at the corporate level, while personnel at the project level suffer pay cuts, shrinking benefit packages and vanishing holidays and vacation time. This really makes it hard to defend the company. Especially because it's a recurring theme. Morale is severely damaged.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people that messed it up to begin with. Follow through with promises.
    Reply/acknowledge emails.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A no-frills company"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Supervisor in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The paid time off was the only benefit I really thought was up to par

    Cons

    No benefits whatsoever for management, supervisors, etc. They do not contribute whatsoever. If you want insurance, you pay 100%. If you want a retirement, you pay 100%.

    Employees could not get proper tools to work with. Company did not want to spend money on tools. Therefore, employees had to work with old broken tools.

    Raises are non-existent. Whatever rate you are hired at is what you will still be making 10 years later. If they can, they will hire you for half of what the competition is paying. They often hire retired military and rely on the fact that the veterans already have insurance, and also that the veterans are receiving retirement money from the gov't; that way they can pay you less and you'll take it. It is not uncommon for supervisors to be making less than the people that they supervise and are responsible for.

    Upper management at site locations are often ex-military with no business experience. They are underpaid, bitter, and have no clue how to run a business. Explaining simple business principles to them is like explaining rocket science to a 1st grader. They are clearly threatened by people who know more about the work and about business than they do.

    Corporate is never seen at the site locations. They are totally non-existent. Therefore, career advancement is impossible. They have absolutely NO clue who even works for them.

    Last but not least, the management at our location always sought out reasons to make employees work on holidays, even if it was just to change light bulbs. They would come up with some ridiculous reason why it was of dire need to do it over the holidays.

    Advice to Management

    There's no advice in the world that could benefit these people, because they are out of touch and won't listen.


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