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Concurrent Technologies Corporation Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  • Good benefits and retirement plans (in 17 reviews)

  • Great salary and benefits (previously), nice people (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "Sinking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnstown, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnstown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Concurrent Technologies Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice benefits and pay is good.

    Cons

    Lack of money for the people who actually do the work but upper management still get their vehicles, drink Starbucks and get their extras while the grunts drink the bitter stuff and no extras.

    Advice to Management

    Go away please and take your "yes men" with you.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Passionate, Talented and Driven Workforce"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnstown, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnstown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    CTC's workforce is top-notch and driven for success. The company has invested more dollars into innovative solutions and training for the staff in recent years. CTC is on the bleeding edge of technology and is providing a great deal of rigor to develop and deploy solutions to improve our clients mission! I am pleased to work for such a company that has purpose and willingness to continue to value the importance of investing in R&D and staff training to keep our folks on their toes in core technology areas! The collaboration between departments is essential and continues to show value in winning new opportunities and building efficiencies across the business units to make smart decisions.

    Cons

    Continue to build opportunities by merging capabilities across the entire organization (Engineering and Technology).

    Advice to Management

    Hiring additional staff will be key to our future


  3. Helpful (14)

    "Struggling to survive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Concurrent Technologies Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    For the technical staff, project variety keeps the work interesting and challenging. Travel opportunities to unique locations can arise because most of the projects are for defense clients. Based on exposure to the productivity and quality work of clients, partners, and subcontractors, the CTC staff is a good team of folks who deliver quality products. Overall they are hard working, efficient, and very practical.

    Cons

    Although it can make the work more interesting, expect to juggle several projects at once. These projects may or may not be related. Generally, it’s each technical employee's responsibility to find work and associated “project charge numbers.” The constant pressure to maintain full work coverage plus often balancing competing project needs can be very stressful. Most technical staff personnel also have business development goals in addition to their technical projects. Expect to contribute or lead white paper and proposal development as it's primarily the technical staff that does the writing and cost estimates.

    CTC has been losing business and correspondingly actively cutting staff (and therefore capabilities). Consequently, nearly everyone is worried about their jobs and the stress shows. It's hard to hear much laughter in the halls nowadays due to job security concerns. Plus, as people leave either voluntarily or non-voluntarily, the workload shifts to those who remain, causing many to become more overloaded and burned out. Career opportunities are limited to what project you can get on; don't expect to be asked what your 5-year goals are. No one cares.

    Advice to Management

    As the old way was clearly not working, the fact that CTC has hired an outsider as a VP who is willing to shake things up is a good thing. However, CTC's pattern of laying people off without apparent regard to at least short-term project ramifications is hurting the company. You have unhappy clients and employees, yet leadership seems oblivious to the pressures the technical staff faces daily. Employees are told to deal with it and stop whining. Given the current dismal situation, upper management should be held more accountable.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    "CTC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Pay, Benefits, Training opportunities and extras. Interesting work varied Applied Research and Development. Great Team environment when working with peers.

    Cons

    The company relies heavily on short term government contracts, win or lose that have to make significant staffing adjustments. Company is very top heavy, with excessive rate charged to compensate for overhead.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce non-value added positions and align rates to be competitive.


  6. "More than Just a Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Concurrent Technologies Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many employees have worked at CTC for a long time. We care about each other, our clients, and the work that we do. It's more than just a job for many of us. We helped build this company are we're passionate about it.

    Cons

    The past few years have been tough for government contractors due to budget cuts. However, there is still important work to be done.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Look in the Mirror and Grow Up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Johnstown, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Johnstown, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Concurrent Technologies Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. "Family" feel. Most people are helpful and dedicated. A core foundation of people really dedicated to pushing the company forward (despite the entrenched culture). Although I decided to leave for other opportunities, I really enjoyed my time here and would go back if a few things changed.

    Cons

    Working with "family" sometimes sucks! Culture of Murtha and congressionally directed entitlement is very difficult to overcome. Slow to take action to clean house of those people who are overpaid and under qualified in today's competitive marketplace - mainly in the program/technical arena. Coupled with desire to keep those who've been her forever employed here forever...no wonder they are having problems being competitive. Way too much finger pointing about how all the problems are someone else's making. The SELT isn't a Harvard-trained crack team.....at least they seem to admit it and try to improve things. The hubris of the technical/program leadership is a MAJOR problem - with few exceptions they don't seem to be able to determine who they actually work for and impress their clients while being good stewards of the business as well; most have no desire or ability to actually grow the business (and worse blame somebody else because it isn't growing). Technical leadership seems to drive bright, capable engineers out with an attitude that only tech leadership knows how to do things. In short, the market place isn't buying their UPJ expertise....no amount of blaming Board, SELT, BD, leadership or management will change that. Recent loss of a long term contract should be all the proof needed that a culture of competitiveness is lacking, a culture of entitlement is endemic, and maybe a culture of accountability is lacking as well as I haven't read where that program leadership has been removed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pressing accountability across the Board - real culture change takes a long time. Rally around those people who actually get things done and are trying to make real change.....not around those who complain and point fingers. The recent downsizing probably should have been done a few years ago - as much to right size the business as to get rid of those who can't escape the Murtha culture and be competitive in today's market place.
    BOARD - keep getting more involved and asking hard questions. Demand change (including of yourselves!).
    SELT - recent additions seem to be a plus. Taking advice from experienced EDs is a good move. Focus on the future and build around those who can get you there. A CTO with more DoD experience would be a plus. If any of you are beat down from having been here too long...move aside and make room for others!!!

    EDs/Senior Directors: take control of this thing and run with it!!!

    All: keep going with the downsizing I've read about in the local papers - it is unfortunately necessary to get to a solid foundation and rebuild a truly competitive company. Some of the senior technical people need to GO ASAP....it is the quickest way to change the culture of the company. These were my compatriots a few months ago...but I realize now we were all part of the problem. Those that won't agree to be part of the solution should be let go. Period. The rest need to quit blaming leadership or budget cuts or whatever and LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND GROW UP!!!! Start by fixing yourself. If you think life isn't this way at other companies, you deserve to be miserable (because you'll be miserable elsewhere too!). You can tell by the tone of some of the comments here that the entitled are absolutely incredulous that their teat has run dry. Reminds me of some Bernie Sanders supporters crying because no one will give them free stuff!!!

    In short, nothing at this company that is new as compared to similarly cultured companies. Nothing that can't be fixed with good old leadership and accountability across the board. Firing the coaching staff isn't always the answer....this team needs some new players too!!

    Opportunities abound at places like this.....I'll look to go back after the dust clears......


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The employees that work at CTC are wonderful. There are a lot of skilled, smart people there. Great company benefits/retirement. Room for advancement.

    Cons

    Recent downsizing has occurred at CTC but they have made some key hires to ensure that the company is moving in the correct path going forward.


  9. Helpful (13)

    ""I tried to port round her sir, but she hit...Note the time in the log""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Staff in Johnstown, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Staff in Johnstown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Concurrent Technologies Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great flexibility, Great Pay, most of the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Absolutely no opportunity for advancement. Company is shrinking and sinking rapidly. Management is completely incompetent, the higher up you go, it becomes exponentially worse. Absolutely no business development capabilities. Heavily relies on government contracts. No ability to bring in any work other than what is handed to them. Use as a stepping stone if you must, but get out before they steal your soul.

    Advice to Management

    Step aside and let someone else try to save her while there is something left to save.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Senior Staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Johnstown, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff in Johnstown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Concurrent Technologies Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Easy place to work. Management expects very little from the employees. The most difficult aspect of working there is that you have to find your own work to do. When there is work, there is usually a diverse array of projects to work on. It's a flexible work environment.

    Cons

    CTC's upper level managers don't have a clue about running a professional services company. Over the past few years, the company has laid off more than 2/3 of the staff and they continually lose contracts which result in more layoffs

    Advice to Management

    The company is in a death spiral. The only hope for the company is to replace the senior management team with competent professionals.


  11. Helpful (19)

    "HUGE Disappointment"

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

    I have been working at Concurrent Technologies Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent wage, great friends, type of work is engaging.

    Cons

    You are lied to your face repeatedly. No longer is there such a thing as loyalty to this company. They tell you "hang in there"... and literally the next day you witness layoffs. This is NOT a good company to work for. Run in the opposite direction !!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Maybe instead of "trying" to find cost saving measures by laying off GREAT employees, Upper Management should focus on eliminating the plethora of company cars for SELT members, gas allotments, sunnehanna memberships and sunnehanna monthly food allotments. You are not entitled to bonuses when the company is sinking and fast (bonuses are meant for GREAT performance... Something that is not happening currently). The entire SELT is a disappointment and an embarrassment. You ALL should be fired. Morale is at the all time low. Wake up.



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