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Commercial Data Systems President Mark D Wong
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  1. "Like being in a family"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Commercial Data Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of Best Places to Work in Hawaii, great office environment

    Cons

    While having offices across country, it could be difficult to connect with counterparts when needed for national opportunities.


  2. "Good intentions - Poor delivery"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Try to treat employees well. Pay is decent. Company condo.

    Cons

    Little communication about goals. Planning is non-existent.

    Many small regular crises that require employee pay cuts. No profits to share.

    Advice to Management

    State your expectations and goals - don't make people guess.

  3. "Good while it lasted"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering
    Former Employee - Engineering
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Commercial Data Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Trust, ability to change and adapt, exciting being on the leading edge

    Cons

    Company owners paid more attention to social matters rather than the balance sheet

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention!


  4. "When you graduated 8(a), have contracts in place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Federal Sales
    Former Employee - Federal Sales
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hawaii based company, national sales meeting held in Kona
    Good commission based compensation (10% of profit)
    Work from home/office combination
    Great engineering support down south, southwest, and west coast, but below average on east coast, north
    excellent reputation within Sun Microsystems, NetApp, TCS (all account specific)

    Cons

    No government contracts other than GSA
    Fiscal year ends March 31, after the slowest months of government buying
    Graduated 8(a) with no plan in place, and is no longer HUB Zone eligible
    Very weak on east coast- areas of concentration are the pacific and southwest
    Confusing management style- combining laid back Hawaii mentality with fairly high energy, extremely emotional sales leader. Great during the busy government sales cycle, irrational during the slow periods

    Advice to Management

    Go after contracts so you can sell into agencies/programs directly as opposed to the current model of finding a parter holding such contracts.
    Don't wear your emotions on your sleeve. Everyone knows how laid back the executive team is through October, and how uptight the team becomes December through March. Same issue every year. If you had government contracts, you might be able to balance out the revenue swings.


  5. "CDS Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay with lowered expectations/pressure.
    A number of sharp people trying to do a good job.
    All the technical training you can handle.

    Cons

    Senior management is too focused on their own quality-of-life.
    No long-term planning, little emphasis on company improvement or problem identification.

    Advice to Management

    Redo company management structure.
    Increase two-way communication.
    Develop plans, objectives, goals.
    Startup profit sharing again.
    Stop investing in high priced real-estate.