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DSFederal Reviews

Updated July 13, 2018
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  1. "Family"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I really enjoy working at DSFederal. It is a place, where your opinion is matter. They have a wonderful management team, that willing to teach you and help you with your career growth. The CEO is very kind and is like a mother to her employees. She cooks delicious food and brings it to the office. I definitely would recommend this company for employment.

    Cons

    This is a young and developing company and might face some challenges as it grows.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Managers and HR are nonresponsive"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CEO is nice and seems to make an effort to get to bring together employees.

    Cons

    Manager was non-existentent and never tried to adddress my concerns.
    Had to repeatedly email HR for a response

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and try to address their concerns rather than ignoring the problem

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Medical Logistics"

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    Former Employee - Medical Logistics in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Medical Logistics in Frederick, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked offsite not at cdorporate office

    Cons

    Lots of growing pains. Treated me as if I was a new employee after 16 years in the same contract position.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with time in the position fairly.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Needs to get serious"

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

    I worked at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    Small, burgeoning company that is free from a lot of the bureaucratic mess and legacy processes. Sophia tries to be down-to-earth and warm-hearted.

    Cons

    Virtually no efforts to promote company culture for employees at client sites. Efforts that do take place are not billable and scheduled during work hours at inconvenient times. Poor location choices for events given the various locations for client sites. General uptightness when it comes to sponsoring events in the first place. Immature management at all levels trying to run the company like it’s a Fortune 500. No real differentiated business strategy. No real plans for employee career progression (and not a large enough contract portfolio to provide new opportunities). Constant upheaval of core business processes with no real communication when changed. Has an apathetic approach to being competitive or innovative only seeking to maintain par with other companies in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Develop an adult business strategy that puts the client-site employees and customers first and foremost. Stop catering almost exclusively to overhead HQ staff. Get rid of dead weight HQ staff which seems to me to be a drain on payroll resources. The company is supported by the employees and managers performing at client sites. Overhead management needs to stop practicing a one-size-fits all management style when client sites are incredibly differentiated in their needs. Let the client site managers manage their employees and priorities to keep contracts and make customers happy. Provide meaningful career progression paths (with compensation) and training to motivated employees to improve retention.

    Most importantly, stop expecting employees to go out and develop your business for you when you have no desire to develop your employees. If there is a business strategy here, it is reactive and not proactive.


  5. "Terrible HR"

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

    I have been working at DSFederal part-time

    Pros

    DSFederal is diverse in both its employees and projects. It focuses on projects and contracts that make a difference in people's lives, which is a very fulfilling way to make a living.

    Cons

    The HR is terrible. The 'support' is practically non-existent. There seems to be a definite divide between what the CEO preaches and the experience of those who are working under those who report to her.

    Advice to Management

    Re-examine how the policies and procedures are being implemented and how they are impacting your employees, especially around the holidays.


  6. "Growing company to watch"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    DSFederal is growing at a fast pace. The CEO has an infectious enthusiasm for the company. They give back to the community, and they support employees' work/family balance.

    Cons

    There is room for improvement regarding benefits, but I expect this to be addressed as they continue to grow.


  7. "Nurturing Company for both personal and business growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been with DSFederal over a year and have found that the CEO is very positive. The company offers you an entrepreneurial awareness to contribute to the growth of you and the company. You are challenged at work to consistently contribute.

    Cons

    This is not a company whereby you can sit and wait for your next task. You must be willing to understand that you are responsible for the growth. This is a small company with a great potential and each employees must become a salesperson to continue to find opportunities.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Don't expect them to be around"

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

    I worked at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    The CEO, Sophia, is engaged, hard-working , and philanthropic. She cooks for the staff on a monthly basis and tries to promote a more "family" atmosphere, with mixed success.

    Cons

    DSFederal "graduated" from their Small Business Section 8a certification, and the future looks tenuous. A couple of work contracts expired, with nothing to replace them with. This resulted in (you guessed it) layoffs. This seems to be a pattern for them, but competing without the SB8a, establishing a solid consulting business is a lot more challenging. Financial oversight seems to be lacking. Business development weak. Business model does not seem sustainable. The picture for this company looks pretty bleak.


  9. "Great small company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    CEO is genuine, caring person

    Cons

    inefficient business processes but improving


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    Fed us a lot. Very culturally diverse.

    Cons

    Too many to list. CEO has some serious management issues. There was really great HR support but anyone who was good was let go. Senior management has been like a revolving door. Only the CEOs "family" seems to survive and be taken care of and a lot of money and effort goes toward H1 visas and worthless consultants instead of keeping solid leaders and professionals who can bring valuable experience and understand how to work with customers.

    Advice to Management

    You are driving what could have been a good SB down a very bad road that may be beyond the point of no return. You need to hire some strong leaders again and not be threatened by them. You have a lot to do to save what is left of your reputation and your company.


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