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CyberData Technologies Reviews

Updated October 5, 2017
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  1. "Contracting with NOAA Fisheries thru Cyberdata Technologies"

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    Former Employee - Data Technician in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Data Technician in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at CyberData Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cyberdata provided excellent employee support and communication from the opposite end of the nation, and ensured client and employee satisfaction

    Cons

    The time difference between Seattle (the client's location) and Cyberdata in Northern Virginia required some forethought when questions arose, but management ensured that remote support was up to any challenges.


  2. "Wouldn't recommend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CyberData Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Company is good at winning new contracts
    - Co-workers are usually good people to work with

    Cons

    - Lots of distrust within the company. Unless you're on a contract, work from home is not allowed even if you're sick but don't want to spread it around the office. They also have been known to closely monitor employee's computers. Managers aren't trusted to make decisions about their own projects, often upper management will step in and make all the decisions.
    - Sub-par benefits. They don't let you go into the negative with PTO and don't offer paid sick leave, so if you don't have any PTO left and are sick you either have to come in to the office or take an unpaid day.
    - Management isn't on the same page. The two owners don't seem to communicate very often and will tell people two different things.
    - They're good at winning contracts, but keeping them isn't their strong suit.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more considerate of your employees, including the ones on contract. Adopting a standard work from home policy will help build employee loyalty and make people feel valued. Try adding either a few paid sick days or additional PTO for newer employees so they aren't worrying that they don't have any time to spend with their families taking a vacation. Checking in with your employees and being genuinely interested in how they're doing would also be a great asset to the company and to building employee loyalty.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Company"

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

    I have been working at CyberData Technologies full-time

    Pros

    -Unique and varied work environment
    -Usually unsupervised work
    -Easy interview
    -Great coworkers & work culture

    Cons

    Oh boy where to begin...

    Compensation:
    -Salary is well below the average for this area
    -Raises are usually below the cost of living increase
    -"bonuses" are a joke, but the company likes to pretend they're doing you a massive favor

    Work roles:
    -They skew the compensation statistic by assigning you a title but in reality you will be doing other, what should be higher paying, jobs. Example: A front end developer may be tasked with doing back end dev or database development.
    -Expect your work responsibilities to change, even if you enjoy what you're doing.
    -Expect to have to fight for your role on a daily basis in order to not have to do the "grunt work" no one wants to do. Mid level managers will back off people with aggressive personalities (TERRIBLE management style).
    -Expect the mid level managers to not fight for employees, they only serve to make upper level management & customer happy.
    -Managers refuse to give out concrete roles and responsibilities.

    Policies:
    - Things like PTO policies and pay dates will change without formal notice. Very disrespectful to employees with families. They will do things like notify employees they will pay 5 days late a week before payday or notify you of a PTO change while you are on vacation.

    Advice to Management

    -Treat your employees like your well-being depends on them (because it actually does)
    -Learn BASIC industry policy standards.
    -Give notification to employees well in advance about policy changes
    -Start giving formal management training to mid level managers
    -Start figuring out your turnover problem.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Just a temporary stop to something better"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    decent benefits. Your experience depends on your manager. I worked for one that micro-manage and plays favorites. If he likes a person, bonus and decent pay raises. If not, 2% is given. I worked there for 3 years and found something better.

    Cons

    Your career depends on your manager. There is not much job growth.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Profit above all."

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    Former Employee - Contractor in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Contractor in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CyberData Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The various government missions they support are generally worthwhile and interesting. Many of the contractors are great people trying to do their best.

    Cons

    Management is a nightmare. Shifting policies, illegal practices, and they will do anything to make that extra dollar. Unpaid overtime? Expected. (But don't tell the Federal employees, since it isn't legal..) Hostile work environments? Par for the course.

    Job duties are always far beyond qualifications, as they hire cheap for specific, contract-defined jobs and then tell the government that anything is possible. Employees are punished for not performing far beyond their skill levels, with no support from the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get your heads together and look at how your contracts are working. Put money into employee growth. Clean up your HR policies, investigate your timekeeping (before someone else does) and ensure everyone has a clear, measurable, achievable set of goals and tasks.

    Stop saying whatever it takes to get the contract and start fulfilling them better.


  6. "Life within a silent company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice Christmas parties.

    Cons

    Hands off style of management.

    Advice to Management

    Say "Hi" once and a while!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not Bad, Not Great"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at CyberData Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent PTO, They seem to want to go in the right direction, Getting better the longer I have worked for them.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low end of the scale generally, very profit motivated often to the detriment of employee happiness, very short turnaround time on anything for HR (less than a week for open enrollment for example)

    Advice to Management

    Don't be quite so greedy, no one begrudges a profit, but invest in your employees and they will serve to keep your customers happier and drive more business long term.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Many oppotunities"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CyberData Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy to work work. PMs I have worked with are very responsive and actually give a darn about your personal growth. Benefits are excellent, although obviously you are going to pay for it. Also the company is pretty good about communicating about new positions they are hiring for.

    Cons

    The main "con" I have is that there is not a lot of communication coming from HQ about what contracts are being worked on, knowledge-sharing between staff on different programs, etc. Also the benefits are a bit expensive, but on the other hand they at least have good packages available. Last item to me is the education/training benefit is not really sufficient; the level they will pay can easily be wiped out in one advanced MS class for example.

    Advice to Management

    Management has to do more to communicate to staff about what is going on in the company -- even an e-mail every quarter would be a great idea! Also need to re-examine training benefits, and create some new policies about going to major conference like MS TechEd/Ignite and the like.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "If I were you, I wouldn't work here for all the tea in China."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CyberData Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most people don't roll in to the office until after 10 a.m., so if you are a late riser, or just want to avoid some traffic, this is the place for you. The holiday party is quite nice.

    Cons

    This place is a cross between Groundhog's Day and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. It is run by incompetent people with zero leadership skills. The success they've seen was all in the early days of the company and the best I can figure was due to the Government needing to check that 8(a) box. They lost their 8(a) status and now that they are going "full and open" with real competition, they are going to be slaughtered. They cycle through Business Development people like grains of spilled rice. They have no process to speak off, no technical infrastructure to help you accomplish your job, and no desire to provide tools such as computers from this century. Using a broken laptop from 1999 is a lot like using an abacus from the Ming dynasty. The so-called "management” has no business acumen or ability to add anything even remotely coherent for helping solve problems. Someone in an older review mentioned the place being dirty and that certainly has not changed. Also, someone else mentioned having their internet usage monitored—treat all of your communications as if they are being monitored by the Communist Party's Internet Affairs Bureau of the State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China. In fact, they actively read your emails. The turnover rate is very high and morale is very low. Lots of good folks have been fired for mostly imagined "wrongs." My advice to job seekers would be to keep looking. Stay away from this mess unless you are desperate or a masochist with a tolerance for Chinese water torture or because you couldn't get a job at some place like Ace Info.

    Advice to Management

    People should not be treated like discarded bits of greasy egg foo young stuck to the bottom of a take-out box. Be more like a lovable panda and less like a wicked dragon. The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live. A fresh start will put you on your way. Advice, when most needed, is least heeded. Love truth, but pardon error. Do not let ambitions overshadow small success. Don't be discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. Don't confuse recklessness with confidence. From now on your kindness will lead you to success. He who expects no gratitude shall never be disappointed. It is worth reviewing some old lessons. It takes courage to admit fault. The first man gets the oyster; the second man gets the shell. Your loyalty is a virtue, but not when it’s wedded with blind stubbornness.


  10. "Provide desktop and remote support for Department of Commerce employees."

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    Current Employee - Tier II Technician in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Tier II Technician in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CyberData Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everything has been good with this company

    Cons

    There are no cons with this company


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