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Copper River IT Chantilly Reviews

Updated February 25, 2017
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  1. "Outside account manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Copper River IT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Nice office. Friendly people. Can work remote Decent salary marketing does good job of trying to help with leads.

    Cons

    No quoting tool. No support. No data base of past sales. You must have all your own contacts to make any sales. Existing customers limited. Don't get paid commission until customer pays invoice.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good People, Solid Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Copper River employs self-starters that are looking to make a difference, satisfy customer requirements and push the company to success.

    Cons

    Lacking communication from the top down. Information often delivered on an as needed basis versus transparency, which creates an environment of inclusiveness.

    Advice to Management

    Create a dialogue with employees, communicate w/ employees more often and on a more consistent basis. Talk about where we are, where the company is going and where the company could go. Foster interdepartmental communication and interaction.


  3. "Go Elsewhere"

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    Current Employee - Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Copper River IT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    hockey stick revenue over the past 3 years but that does not translate to raises for employees. Good employees, but management leaves much to be desired. New Sales Management has talent and strong character so maybe they can change the culture

    Cons

    No direction; or just wait until next quarter and it will change.

    Advice to Management

    Find a true leader, and stick to the mission statement


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "My stay at CR was quite good...not sure why so many negative comments"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I failed to understand why there were so many negative reviews about CR. I did not stay there for long but during my stay there at CR, everyone were friendly and we also had a couple of company outings and free lunches from various vendors(Juniper, Brocade, etc), we have seminars, technical sessions with PS colleagues and vendors, everything looks great....plus engineers have had an even better environment to talk about technologies and configurations.

    Cons

    Someone was a bit pushy and a bit harder to work with in terms of sales engagement...still fall into a natural/regular range.....

    Oh, health benefits were not very very good.....just regular....


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A little baffled"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Copper River IT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I'm a little baffled by some of the negative reviews. I'm a current employee and I recognize a lot of benefits of working here, e.g., copious amounts of training, a family friendly environment, very good benefits, and interesting work. Additionally, the company also has outings several times a year...for example, the employees were treated to an afternoon outing at Top Golf which is an over the top driving range in Sterling. It was a lot of fun for even people like me who aren't golfers. About the person who is complaining about daily time reports, he or she simply doesn't understand the business. Many of the projects require daily or weekly time reports back to our customers as well as profitability reports back to management. Those daily time reports from employees are needed to ensure that project reports are accurate. Even if that weren't the case, the time reports take maybe 2-3 minutes. It's not exactly an arduous or grueling task.

    Cons

    Not many at all and none that are different from any other company out there.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "THE Worst !!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Copper River IT full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The CTO has Formula 1 swag in his office. He earns $300K with no responsibilities. The OLD guard takes care of the wagon circle and ensures the federal dollars contract remains valid.

    Cons

    New hires (even those with 20+ years experience) are treated like children and required to follow rules that should raise eyebrows, for example, even salaried employees are requited to send daily hours worked to management.

    Advice to Management

    The folks in Alaska should come to Chantilly and remove all the dead wood that pretend to be making a difference beyond siting in an office and thinking about lunch.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Copper River IT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Copper River IT full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people that make you feel as part of the family. The group are starting to use processes in a more positive way to achieve success across the business functions.

    Cons

    There are too many executives that really don't understand the whole business. They think they do and talk a good game, but are sometimes unwilling to let their people do what they have hired them to do.

    Advice to Management

    Have more faith in the people you hire to do their jobs. If you allow middle management to lead they will most always surprise you with what they can do.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Greed, Clicks, and Harassment Oh My!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Copper River IT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is easy to get a job and hard to get fired if you like to party with management. There are opportunities but they come with stipulations and strings attached to everything.

    Cons

    The culture and current President/CEO is a party animal who's culture has created a greedy and self absorbed work environment. The compensation for management must be driven not by customer satisfaction or doing a good job. It must be driven by money and money alone. There is not growth path and most employees I knew felt that as soon as all the value had been sucked out of them they would be pushed out.

    Advice to Management

    Change everything!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Run away and Run Fast"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Copper River IT full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The interview process was easy. And they will extend an offer pretty quick. Human Resource and the technical staffing firm they work with seem to have their stuff together.
    If you are in with mgmt. you will move up quickly.

    Cons

    This list is pretty long.

    They tell you a travel requirement of 25%, What they mean is 90%.
    The benefits are awful, high cost for insurance etc. - They do match your 401k which is nice.
    The raises are horrible, this year they decided you can only get a 3% raise a year (even if you exceed all expectations on your review), even though they low ball you when they hire you.
    No job security. They fire people on whim, especially if you are not "in" with HR
    Mgmt is immature. Think high school, but now they have titles.
    They have no regard for the customers at all and will sell them anything - think used car salesmen.
    If you are not in with mgmt. you will not advance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop selling everything to a customer - get off the car lot. Focus on what you are good at. Be honest - to the employees and the customers.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "You would think with the growth they could actually be a little more mature."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Copper River IT full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you like being surrounded by upper management that reminds you more of a frat house its great. YO can move up quickly if you are good at office politics and brown nosing.

    Cons

    No training, HQ is ran by a bunch of people that never finished college. They still feel like its jocks and cheer leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up, learn to actually follow some sort of model that doesn't change on a whim.


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