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DSFederal Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  1. "The third year of a great learning experience at this company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Technician in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - IT Technician in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Being a relatively small company, it's easy to get in touch with someone who can help with any issues that may pop up. The CEO and management really care about the employees, and it shows with generous benefits, opportunities for growth, and support for gaining new skills.

    Cons

    There are some growing pains as the company expands, and internal communication could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Improve internal communications


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Is there still potential?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice small Federal Contracting business, Good diverse culture, some Corporate values, informal office environment, good intentions, altruistic CEO.

    Cons

    Poor management and cryptic leadership, no clear vision for business development. Salaries and benefits are just average, no career paths or plans for promotion of valued, loyal employees. Bad organizational development, just adequate administration, and HR. Unprofessional conduct of HQ is not addressed. All this leads to talented employees becoming frustrated, unheard, unappreciated and finally leaving

    Advice to Management

    Reward your loyal and valued employees with leadership positions with power to lead, pay better salaries, increase/not decrease the amount company contributes to health benefits. Develop some standard of hiring and hiring process, many unqualified people are hired and become a burden to projects and drain on resources. Hire a VP, Office Manager, and full-time dedicated HR Manager and Recruiter and let them lead the organization with the guidance and vision of CEO.


  3. "Still a small business, but they care about their people."

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Programmer in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The CEO is like a mother to most of us. She really cares about her employees and takes an interest in how we're doing and really promotes the company's core values.
    The benefits package is more generous than it was at my last job.
    Profit sharing at end of the year.
    Still a small company, so the org is pretty flat and easy to get the attention that we need.
    Flexible working hours and ability to telecommute.

    Cons

    Small company is going through growing pains. Small management team means that communications could be improved, especially internal communications. Small management team also means that they're trying to do everything at once, and things may fall through cracks.

    Advice to Management

    Communications from HQ to projects could improve.


  4. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    Nice place to work. Great staff and coworkers. Nice working environment. Lunch provided most times.

    Cons

    Location of head office is inconvenient by public transportation. Most contract staff work in the metro area and when summoned for meetings at the HQ, it can be inconvenient via public transportation.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Don't. Continue your job search."

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, health benefits, and co-workers

    The work can be very interesting but management does not put any thought into properly matching employees to assignments. They just want the work off of their desks and you out of their face. With that said employees have a sense of humor and great attitudes. There are lots of opportunities to try new things.

    Cons

    Management, salary, work environment, extremely high turnover, and poor work-life balance

    The managers here are biased, non-communicative, cynical, condescending, and selfish. They offer up talent like human sacrifices with very little benefit to the employee and do not care about retaining skilled workers. You can expect to be overworked and grossly underpaid as the company profits handsomely off of you at over 100% like a bargain basement 6 for $1 deal.

    If this is your first real job, go for it. Hey it is more than your hourly wage at McDonald's. They will love you because you are desperate with no experience so you will do anything for the company and they will pat you on the head like a good dog and profit! However if you have any kind of real work experience or sense of worth, it will not be worth your time. You will lose confidence and momentum in your field as management plays mind games to justify their shabby treatment and literally throw you a few breadcrumbs as a pigeons reward for good measure to keep you grateful that you have a job and hard at work until they are through using you.

    Advice to Management

    Get training and a conscious


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not likely to last"

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

    I worked at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    The biggest pro is the CEO Sophia is very sweet, caring, and compassionate.

    Cons

    Absolutely no organization at HQ, and ever-changing executive level staff with no clear focus or direction. No clear guidance or rules on how to run projects, leads to sloppy, disorganized work for the client, and then a big scramble to try and fix it. Sloppy project hand-offs. The company recently DOWNSIZED their benefits! Health care costs went up dramatically and they totally cut tuition remission! CEO is too involved in day-to-day activities and does not provide so much as an organizational chart for management, so it's hard to know who reports to who for what. It's sad, because there is so much potential there. Company recently moved HQ and it was the sloppiest move in history, didn't even tell employees the date of move until 3 days beforehand, which is hard for people with children and families to re-route their schedules!

    Advice to Management

    Get a plan! Focus less on proposals and more on getting organized. Some major contracts show signs of instability because no one at HQ has plans for growth or strategy on resource management. Work on being able to make an organizational chart and sustainable executive team. Executives should not be managing projects, coding, or doing reporting in projects! Everyone was too overwhelmed, and there is no focus or clear direction. I hope things change, Sophia is very sweet! But without organization, structure, and control for overtaxing key resources, the company will not last or outgrow 8A successfully.


  8. "Company Fizzled"

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

    Pros

    I worked at a client site. The project managers I reported to were always excellent. Cared a lot about their employees

    Cons

    Poor communication between HQ and staff. Constantly got mixed information. HQ not well organized (misplaced sensitive information). No career growth within the company.

    Advice to Management

    CEO too involved in hiring processes and day to day activities. Company needs more helps at HQ.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Web developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    Flat management
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Projects are kinda boring.
    Don't have many self-development opportunities


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at DSFederal full-time

    Pros

    Very culturally diverse environment. CEO treats staff like part of her family for HQ staff.

    Cons

    Lack of focused leadership and understanding of what it takes to deliver high quality work. Staff on projects are not mentored by senior managers; bids are done to win but not for delivery.

    Advice to Management

    Hire staff with the right credentials and certifications. Spend more time training staff. Need to bring in subject matter experts who can talk to customers and relate to them. Don't just throw more inexperienced resources at projects - focus on quality personnel.


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