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  1. "Great Company, Great Job"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very family-oriented and flexible. Lots of food, catered lunches, parties. Tons of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    At times, chaotic and intense projects, but great leadership shines and coordinates needs to get jobs delivered.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Great people, rudderless leadership"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Springfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ENSCO full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Springfield office culture was excellent. Nice people who are good at their jobs. Employees generally care about their work and are technically successful. Family friendly workplace.

    Pay and benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Recent high level management changes have been a bad experience. NSS has had 2 new division VPs in the past few years, each a downgrade on the previous leader. Current leadership lacks understanding of the business and has run off many of the best project managers and top technical performers.

    Each group is expected to do it's own business development with minimal support at a division level. All of NSS shares one business developer, leading to many missed opportunities. BD resources are focused on not losing existing work in stagnant areas instead of growing the business.

    Office culture is changing for the worse. Much of the new work is offsite so the main campus is a ghost town. Senior people are leaving rapidly.

    Senior corporate management is well meaning but indecisive.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus on the company's strengths (strong technical performance, culture) and get some competent middle and senior managers. Provide business development resources to grow the business instead of treading water focusing on work without any growth potential.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting work but the company lacks direction"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Springfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ENSCO full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The work is interesting and their is lots of opportunity to work on different projects.

    Cons

    The only way to move up in the company is by working very long hours. The company has lost all site of work/life balance.
    The Springfield office is a moldy old warehouse turned into offices.
    The company is about the same size it was 10 years ago. No growth = no opportunity for advancement.
    The benefits were pretty good 10 years ago but since then they have made substantial changes to make them worse. The paid time off benefit was substantially reduced so all new employees get a lot less time off then the old employees. The health insurance was pretty good back then too but now it's very expensive and mediocre at best.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to the highest bidder. It is clear that the current ownership/leadership is incapable of growing and leading the company.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "ENSCO NSS provides opportunity to perform, grow and lead impactful technology programs among talented peers."

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Springfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at ENSCO full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, casual workplace with good company culture fueled by great employees.
    National Security Solutions (NSS) division works on important, challenging, and interesting solutions for its customers.
    Motivated employees can rapidly grow into project leadership to creatively contribute to/steer program development.

    Cons

    Lack of technical mentorship; specialized work teams do not facilitate apprenticeship and skill development.
    Corporate leadership transitions and instability over past 24 months have not clarified company's future direction.
    Minimal investment in Internal Research & Development challenges new business growth and competitiveness; new ideas need immediate customer.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to define, communicate and adhere to a realistic company identity, mission statement, and vision. Corporate leadership must embrace and support positive changes proposed by upper management.


  5. "Diversified Technology-Focused Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ENSCO full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Above average benefits. Office culture generally congenial and easy going. Most of the people are good to work with. Dress code is business casual to casual. Management is generally very concerned about employee satisfaction.

    Cons

    Lacks technical capabilities and resources to be able to meet aggressive business acquisition goals. Springfield office is owned by company but generally run down.

    Advice to Management

    Get a better understanding of the technical limitations of your employees and resources/facilities. Spend more IR&D funds to improve capabilities. Close down the Springfield office and move into a more price competitive modern facility.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Disorganized, unfocused, not learning from previous mistakes."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Springfield, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ENSCO full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Can-do attitude. Smart coworkers. Great variety of tasks. Very professional team. Good ultimate purpose.

    Cons

    Technology and techniques used are often outdated. Long overtime hours, unpaid, because projects are consistently under-budgeted. Employees are stressed out and tired, and it shows in their lack of keeping up-to-date with new tools and engineering fields, lack of initiative, and poor documentation. Hard work and performance are seldom rewarded, but seniority is. Little opportunities to grow/ expand career-wise. To get ahead, you have to show "visibility", nevermind the hard work you put in that was not noticed by upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Few demands fall on management, while much is expected from the engineers. Treating employees fairly and instead of only accounting for seniority, hierarchy and previous exposure to systems will go a long way. Choose you battles better and prioritize: Ensco is just surviving right now, it will need true long-term vision to reach the next level.


  7. "Good place to work but had to choose my career development over the company."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Springfield, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work life balance can't be beat and Springfield office is a great location to work. The hours and dress code are both very flexible.

    There are a lot of company sponsored events to treat the employees.

    The people are generally friendly and pleasant to work with. The managers don't micro-manage and treat all employees as professionals.

    The work they do can generally be categorized as "Government R&D" so it's important and interesting.

    The 401K matching is above average.

    Cons

    There's a definite lack of career growth potential. In the time I was there (greater than 1 year) my division didn't grow at all so the only way to move up the chain is if the person above you quits. In the end I had to leave in order to advance my career.

    Software engineering best practices are non-existent. Management leaves the development up to the engineers and as a general rule coders just want to code, not research, document and test so that's what they do. Things that should be documented aren't, processes that should be automated are done manually and code that should have repeatable tests is poked with a stick and shoved out the door.

    The health benefits are crazy expensive. For the past few years 100% of the premium increases have been passed on to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the current bonus policy and replace it with something that actually incentivizes hard work. Don't penalize groups that have spectacular years with nothing because the company had a down year.

    Learn a structured way to develop software; just because you do R&D doesn't absolve you from having good practices and standards.

    Find cheaper health insurance.

  8. "Smaller gov't contractor with some interesting things going for them."

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Springfield, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Interesting projects, flexible culture. Decent benefits and flexible with schedules.

    Cons

    Some times overworked. Feels like a lack of leadership from the top. Different divisions feel like completely separate companies.

    Advice to Management

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