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"Great place to work, but government uncertainity causes worry"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnstown, PA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnstown, PA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Concurrent Technologies Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

-Great benefits (medical, tuition reimbursement, short-term and long-term disability, paid leave)
-Decent compensation, especially for the area
-Friendly coworkers, good managers
-Nice work environment
-Interesting work, learn something new everyday
-CEO knows the names of all employees and is very approachable

Cons

The uncertainty in the government right now, especially with sequestration, has hit CTC pretty hard. This has caused a lot of worry, and yes, layoffs, within the company. CTC continues to work on the projects already awarded to us, but new awards, and thus the retaining of employees and the hiring of new ones, has slowed immensely. This is something beyond CTC's control, but some worries might be alleviated if management would release updates to the company rather than keep some aspects of the company's financial worries and layoffs shrouded in secrecy.

Some executive leadership team members are not approachable and put off bad vibes into the company and into their lines. The majority of the leadership is decent and is actively working to better CTC and ensure that we survive this downturn, with the communications to show for it. Others keep mum.

Not much opportunity for growth in non-technical fields.

Advice to Management

Even in this uncertain climate, business development needs to do more. Not just churn out more proposals - they need to follow up on leads, meet with possible clients, do everything to ensure that CTC's name is still credible in the circles that matter and that clients understand that our work is still top notch.

Other Employee Reviews for Concurrent Technologies Corporation

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Committment to Employees"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Technical in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Concurrent Technologies Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Having started a career with CTC (Pittsburgh) 10 years ago, I can testify that this company cares deeply about nurturing employee careers. I have had two extraordinary managers that were sensitive to and interested in growing my specific talents and and interests in a way that benefited the company ---- through focused project assignments and re-imbursing my masters degree. The managers are all given thorough training about resource assignment before starting their duties and I think it really reflects in the way staff is treated and nurtured. Further, over the years, CTC has hired some of the smartest people i know, true leaders and innovators in their fields.

    Cons

    The company is headquartered in Johnstown, PA - which is a difficult, time consuming and costly place to travel to. However, this problem has been increasingly mitigated in the past two years with great strides in IT with online video meeting capabilities, corporate instant messaging, and most significantly a cultural shift and commitment to communicating with resources everywhere..

    Advice to Management

    Continue the comittment to training and workforce development demonstrated in the past. CTC has hired some extraordinary talent. Continue the policies that keep star talent stars with strategic project assignments and training opportunities.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "SMEs need not apply"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnstown, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnstown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Concurrent offers a friendly work environment, highly competitive compensation and good benefits. The company has depth of knowledge in materials science, but is also broadly involved in intelligence, energy and a whole host of defense technologies.

    Cons

    CTC bills itself as a scientific R&D house, but that is only true in materials science. The company is technically ignorant of the state of the art in most areas. Technical leadership is totally lacking. Executive leadership seem oblivious to this, and views its own COTS mash-ups as "breakthrough" technologies. Feasibility, market strategy and current art are hardly considered before internally funded projects are launched. The company is not well spoken of by its customers or by its partners for its lack of rigor and dependability. The company gets by as a support agency or subcontractor to many programs. It is in no position to win and perform prime contracts on technically advanced projects. The firm oversells its capabilities to its customers and to candidate employees. Job security is nonexistent. Managers do little to retain good people; employees fend for themselves, finding their own next assignments. Hard workers can be furloughed at any moment, even in good times. (They don't tell you this when you hire on, but it's common practice at CTC to furlough professional employees. So much for integrity.) Well folks, the good times are over. The company is in a downward spiral and may not come out of it. Without earmarks and Murtha, it's not clear how the company will survive in the long run.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your insulated offices and meet the people you ignore. Find out what your company is really about. Get rid of the board of directors, they have no qualifications at all to be on the board of a scientific R&D company. Get someone on SELT who can manage operations (like a real COO) and stop depending on the CFO to run the show. Put someone who's been an engineer in charge of engineering. And fire the CEO; he is so out of touch with his own company that he needs to go. Maybe some of the IRS raiders who shut down the firm for a day will come back to carry him off. CTC needs to rebuild from the top down, decide what it wants to become good at, and develop the capability and maturity to perform quality R&D.

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