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Comtech Telecommunications Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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  1. "Interesting and important work, great team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Comtech Telecommunications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for interesting and important work. Wonderful people and management that expects high performance but also allows room for a personal life and understands that people have children, spouses, and events that need attending to. Good flexible work from home policy and accountable staff and management. Good benefits

    Cons

    Being a relatively small company the level of corporate support and management maturity is sometimes lacking vs larger companies. The upside of that is a lack of bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the course after the acquisition of Telecommunications Systems Inc. Comtech has been a beneficial parent company.


  2. "Comtech made a huge mistake by acquiring TCS"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Comtech Telecommunications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company has no pros

    Cons

    All former TCS employees in Tampa were laid off.
    Comtech does not believe in employees telecommuting.
    No flextime. If you have a doctor appointment you have to burn PTO hours.

    Advice to Management

    No advice would help them. Some people just cant be helped.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "It's an ATM for executives"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Aliso Viejo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Comtech Telecommunications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Every year gets worse. At this point convenience is the only pro. If you've been with the company long enough, you can leverage yourself into nearly a completely remote job (work from home 3+ days per week).

    Cons

    Where to start...how about compensation and benefits?

    - Base salary below what other companies in the area offer
    - Non-existent bonuses
    - Non-existent stock awards (unless you're senior management or an executive)
    - Non-existent options (unless you're senior management or an executive)
    - You'll be lucky to get a 1% raise even with a stellar performance review
    - Rising medical / dental costs (say goodbye to that tiny raise you thought you were getting)
    - 401k match worse than what it was (tied to percentage of base salary, so only good if you're senior management or executive with fat salaries)
    - HSA match worse than what it was for individuals

    How about leadership?

    - Senior management and executives have no vision for the products we develop
    - Out of the loop technologically
    - Favor reinventing the wheel instead of using proven, existing technologies
    - Lack of expertise in the areas we pursue
    - Lack of communication about the state of the businesses and future direction
    - More willing to save a buck by "externalizing" more resources without considering the consequences to the underlying products

    How about company culture?

    - There is none. Employee morale is in the toilet (see reviews below, see HR-issued "employee morale survey's", etc) and it's only getting worse. No incentives to do well. When the company meets or exceeds expectations and starts performing better, the only beneficiaries are senior management and executives.

    Advice to Management

    Does it matter? I've pointed out the same things for years to HR (via employee morale surveys and annual reviews), management (the ones that have asked), written reviews here for TCS, and now again for Comtech. Things have gotten worse, not better, which leads me to believe they either don't pay attention or they don't care (more likely since everything looks pretty rosy if you're near the top).

    In the event that senior management and executives finally stop draining the life out of the company and retire or are replaced with new management:

    - Reward the employees that are building the products that allow you to have $1M+ in compensation every year. Telling us you can't issue stock or options to employees right now because the stock took a hit and then awarding stock and options to your buddy who is now COO is sickening.
    - Have some clue about the businesses you acquire. Just because you bought a business with higher margins and better growth prospects doesn't mean it'll magically grow without spending money to retain existing talent or attract new talent.
    - Communicate with your employees about the state of the business and a roadmap for the future. It's a red flag when the only thing we hear from you in a year is "We're going to be ringing the bell on the NASDAQ to celebrate an anniversary of the company!"...nobody cares.
    - Stop pretending we're experts in everything we do. The few people that may have been experts in certain areas have moved on, and you've failed to fill those gaps because you either refuse to hire replacements, can't attract qualified talent or think "externalizing" the resource will be good enough.
    - Innovate. The "me too" model only works if you have a large market share to begin with and are fending off competitors trying to take it.


  4. "Total Chaos"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Comtech Telecommunications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Tampa facility is filled with great people who were able to outperform their customer needs and quality

    Cons

    Company undercut it's revenue stream by letting go key revenue producers causing it to under perform on the sales and revenue side. Also, by pulling in revenue that was slated for future months, they created a gap in workflow. Company mismanaged consolidation of products due to one division trying to take only the large margin products and services and dumping other products that actually carried the company through slow times caused by the pulling in of revenue prematurely to contracts.

    Advice to Management

    I think they are actually positioning themselves for sale, so they are probably going to screw some poor company that comes in to buy them. Good luck guys.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Tough Transition"

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

    Pros

    Reasonably good perks. Free soft drinks & coffee. Business casual dress code. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Too many mother-may-I's to be able to get anything done in a reasonable amount of time. Lack of internal communication of company strategy. Too many rumors swirling means someone is leaking information.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Ever watch Office Space?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Comtech Telecommunications (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very few, and those are unintentional. It's possible to be completely invisible and unconnected from everyone you work with, especially management.

    Cons

    Quite a lot. Inept leadership that is indifferent to employees at best, antagonistic at worst. Hamstrung by bureaucracy and gratuitous processes. Getting anything done involves navigating a maze of disjointed offices and procedures. Management is utterly unconcerned with employees, and largely just going through the motions of practices they don't fully grasp.

    Since ComTech acquired TCS, there has been a very thick climate of fear and uncertainty. Several rounds of mass layoffs to cut costs while the President was having his giant office remodeled. Benefits have also been cut significantly. Compensation is mediocre.

    Advice to Management

    Lead, follow or get out of the way. Identify those committed, capable managers (and there are a couple), then empower them. Listen to employees. Acknowledge that you have bigger problems than a single panicked conference call can fix.


  7. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Comtech Telecommunications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is no micro management

    Cons

    They are totally lost when it comes to software developement

    Advice to Management

    Start following a real process

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Disengaged and arrogant senior leadership. Very secretive and adversarial with employees."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None. Would not recommend working there. Some employees are hard workers just trying to do their job.

    Cons

    No long-term plan for growth or stability. Benefits and pay are not competitive except for senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Board should clean house and get rid of founder, or sell the company.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with and very diverse workforce.
    Flexible managers
    Good benefit package
    Values hard work and provides insightful performance reviews

    Cons

    Lack of communication between departments
    It can be hard to get a parking spot
    Office can either be too hot or too cold

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, but you may want to improve the communication between departments. Reward hard work with incentives.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Comtech"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is above average. I have a great widow office with a view and have access to a state of art lab with all the test equipment that I need to do my job.

    Cons

    There is NO communication from management to the employees. I work in a satellite office so my co-workers and I are victim of the "red-headed step child" syndrome. Job security is always in question. Employees strengths are not utilized.

    Advice to Management

    Open the lines of communication with the field offices and promote a sense of "team" within the company. There are a lot of talented people in the field offices that are not being used to their full potential.