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ECS Reviews

Updated January 14, 2019
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Pros
  • "Good benefits and some nice employees that make it worth while" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Promotions come from within, good people are rewarded with growth opportunities" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Inner departments cater to employees who don't perform well however knows to stroke the upper management ego" (in 4 reviews)

  • "No one knows how to communicate" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "You will learn a lot about soils."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Manassas, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a lot to learn, even as a laboratory technician. This is especially true at the Manassas office because it is smaller.

    Cons

    A lot of manual labor. But that should be expected for a company that works with contractors and construction sites

    Advice to Management

    Not really


  2. "ECS Review"

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

    I worked at ECS full-time

    Pros

    Employees are allowed to telework.

    Cons

    Employees are just numbers and management does not care about their employees.
    Preference is given to employees with personal relationships.
    Outdated company where every process uses a paper form that gets hand signed by corporate in Virginia.
    Employees are promoted to positions with no training provided.
    Salaries are low .

  3. "Great foot in the door if you can get a security clearance from them."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Help Desk Support Specialist in Lexington Park, MD
    Current Employee - Help Desk Support Specialist in Lexington Park, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great foot in the door.

    Cons

    Doesn’t pay very well for entry positions.

    Advice to Management

    Give more raises with promotions.


  4. "ECS"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ECS full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and work life balance

    Cons

    Limited opportunities and room to grow


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, responsive HR, some effort to improve retention, such as a Cybersecurity certification bonus program, some good co-workers and managers, fair merit increases.

    Cons

    - Company is struggling to find itself and becoming more chaotic and like a “body-shop” since acquired by public staffing firm ASGN in April 2018. For example, it is losing contracts, shedding high-performing employees, while protecting low performers, and grabbing at low-hanging fruit, such as cybersecurity contracts.
    - Not much room for growth unless you are already a well-connected “expert” who is highly paid.
    - Most employees are treated like expendable back-office seat warmers, who are low paid, while a few highly paid experts are treated like consultants who do all the team’s thinking and interfacing with the client.
    - Contrary to ECS policy, nepotism appearing to cause conflict of interest is tolerated.
    - Broken processes due to poor communication from the top down. Contrary to ECS policy, if your contract ends, don’t expect a two-week layoff notice, or any outreach from hiring managers, even if you have excellent performance reviews. Also, forget severance, as there isn’t any, so being laid off is tantamount to resigning.
    - Low morale due to the above.

    Advice to Management

    Run the company like a business rather than a charitable nonprofit. Follow ECS policy to ensure fairness, avoid conflict of interest, and improve processes through clear and timely communication from the top down that will ultimately improve morale and, by retaining and attracting strong performers at all levels, the company’s bottom line.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good environment, poor upper management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ELearning Specialist in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - ELearning Specialist in Norman, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Usually the people you work with form a close bond - even my direct manager is on friendly terms with everyone. No one seems to have a complaint at the local level.

    Cons

    Upper management seems to focus on the majority of the employees (exempt pay grade), leaving us (non-exempt) workers out to dry. We have no raises, pretty garbage healthcare for what it costs, and are generally ignored in favor of appealing to louder mass of exempt workers. ELearning developers at my specific location are even paid about $10k less than the regional average for our job.

    Advice to Management

    Implement raises. There's no reason for a company this day and age to just decide to not implement raises, aside from it adding to the profits you make. This is why we've lost around 5 members of our small team within 3 months - they've found something much better paying with better benefits.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Upper Management Disaster"

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

    I worked at ECS full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers as you form a strong bond since we all commiserate with one another in a terrible, hostile, and abusive work environment.

    Cons

    Upper management are all in the "old school small business" mindset, refusing to change and adapt to the 21st century. IT providing service company however equipment and systems provided to employees are an embarrassment.
    Inner departments cater to employees who don't perform well however knows to stroke the upper management ego. Upper management I was under refused to promote inner growth, encourage racism, abuse and discrimination.
    HR Department are full of staffs with very little knowledge of laws and regulations. They are not responsive not to mention unethical practices all around. They allow employees to be abused, discriminated and much more. Turnover rate speaks for itself.
    Communication does not exist in the company. You will only see upper management only when you are the being blamed. This company does not believe in internal growth therefore staffs at their current jobs for 5+ years never grew because they do not promote internal staffs. Performance reviews and annual raises are based upon how much your upper management favors you. Many practices are inconsistent as it is based upon how much you are favored. Exceptions are made for the favored employees while others are snubbed for simple benefits such as flex schedules, remote working etc.
    Initial interviews and offer negotiation states you are granted certain benefits but slowly they are taken away from you.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to all employees and be consistent with internal practices. Change and update the current pay raise system as it is a system in which no one can understand how it works!
    Investigate abuse and discrimination as it is everywhere at headquarters. Update current processes so ECS can come into 21st century not 1800's practices.
    Improve benefits for employees and find real, qualified, ETHICAL HR staffs!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mediocre, but consistent schedule"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work on stable government contracts that don't generally require high performance and have a consistent schedule

    Cons

    Work for messy government agencies that don't generally allow/support innovation and growth. Contracts are stagnant and dumbed down and employer/employee negotiations are almost nonexistent. They just coast along and change slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to use data to manage both operations and changes in the organizations, as well as update policy and processes to allow professionals to implement more current business and technology best practices and see cost savings which can be shared by employees at various levels.


  9. "Anonymous Employee"

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

    I worked at ECS full-time

    Pros

    Very good learning experience if you are looking to build a resume

    Cons

    too much manual labor and not too many hours depending on the season


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Zero Support for Contract Employees"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quick employment if you are desperate. May provide a foot in the door if you want to work for one of their customers. Treat them like a temp-to-perm and you may do well.

    Cons

    The only support you will receive will be from your customer site. Even pleas for assistance will be largely ignored. Most managers are working 55 hour weeks on direct charge tasks; they are given no time at all for management duties.

    I worked there three years and never even met my boss despite numerous promises.

    Advice to Management

    Long-term contract workers will be your best business developers. Well supported employees can tip you off to huge opportunities. You have missed high eight figure contracts by ignoring me.