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GSE Systems Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "I like the work here"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sykesville, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sykesville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at GSE Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salaries are competitive (outlying Baltimore suburb).
    The projects are interesting and do provide good engineering/programming experience.
    Many talented programmers and engineers who are enthusiastic about quality simulations; they are key to finishing projects and keeping our long-time customers.
    Flexible work schedule and relaxed core hours.

    Cons

    Low employee morale. From recent comments on this site, it unfortunately appears that some people have just stopped caring.
    Customers are demanding; they are surprisingly knowledgeable about simulators and a few can be exceedingly fastidious (almost obnoxiously) regarding design specifications, even when we give some generous concessions.
    Some engineers take advantage of the loose supervision, relaxed work schedules, sick leave, and “work”-from-home policies.

    Advice to Management

    After consistently losing money in recent years, we have to think very differently to be a sustainable business.
    I was surprised by how many off-the-cuff, temperamental comments were here. However, I hope that an astute reader would be skeptical of a cynical review where the only positive comment is about Oscar’s which, incidentally, has been out-of-business and renamed three times since we’ve been in Eldersburg; a reminder, perhaps, of the importance of adapting? It may be worth remembering that layoffs, attrition, and health care increases were also happening before the current management.
    Still, you don’t have to love management. If you are looking for greener grass, know that things might not always be so green (company fortunes can change like the weather). Most companies face cuts at some point (e.g. oil prices affecting the engineers who went to Telvent).


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Overlooked evidence"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at GSE Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Sustainable company. Huge projects coming in, with good staffing available.
    Software development group growing. New engineers coming on board. New, experienced PM bringing in outside skills, replacing dug-in PM set in old ways.
    I'm a systems engineer, and I've been here almost 8 years. There are a lot of reviews that have come out recently that are rather negative, but I would like to counter that. None of the other reviews state that we would be out of business in 1 year if Kyle and Chris had not come in. We were losing money. We had enough cash on hand to last us 18 - 24 months, and that's all. The negative comments talk about new management wrecking the company, but it was actually the old management that was wrecking the company. I love working for the new management. Finally, some accountability. Processes are being measured. Opinions are counted. Management is attentive. One of our senior managers was caught with the book "HBR's 10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence." They're reading it. They got the tech skills, and now they're getting the soft skills. I can really see that the top management is big into making this place great for us. I can only be patient and wait for some of my colleagues come around and see what they've really done. I think they might change their mind when the bonus pool rolls out at the end of the year - we haven't had anything like that in the past 4 years, perhaps because the old management couldn't keep us profitable with all the waste and lack of direction.

    Cons

    Still cleaning up after the old management. It takes years to build up our our best resource - people!

    Advice to Management

    I think we should have another all-hands meeting to discuss where we are now and where we will be in 6 months. Maybe we should also bring up our recovery, memories of those we have parted with, and perhaps a gentle reminder of where we would be if we hadn't made those hard choices. Those were our friends.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "I used to like GSE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sykesville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sykesville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GSE Systems (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of the employees are great.
    The pay is competitive in the Sykesville office.
    Challenging work that will keep employees engaged

    Cons

    New management works in a vacuum.
    New management thinks that talented employees with 10+ years of experience can be easily replaced.
    The COO's lack of people skills is driving all good employees out the door.

    Advice to Management

    Do not extend the COO contract when it expires
    Allow your team to provide input on processes
    Stop taking bonuses at an executive level if they are not offered at the worker level


  4. Helpful (4)

    "I've worked here several years and employee moral is at an all time low."

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    Current Employee - Administration in Sykesville, MD
    Current Employee - Administration in Sykesville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The engineers and all employees are helpful, kind, and appreciative of each individual. Have always had a team approach and promoting of communicating, and nurturing.

    Cons

    Executive manager is driving good employees away by demeaning those who have worked in the business for years. Many have more work than can be completed in even a 50 hour week and it is getting worse by the week.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great employees, inept executives"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sykesville, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sykesville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at GSE Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The work is interesting and varied. There are opportunities for travel to interesting power plants all over the world, but travel is generally limited so that it doesn't take over your life. As an engineer, you will gain exposure to a lot of power generation control system vendors, including their software and hardware. The rank and file engineers and non-executive supervisors and project managers are intelligent, wonderful teammates that really care about each other.

    Cons

    The skills needed for simulation are not directly transferable and the new executives (CEO and COO) tried to institute a non-compete agreement that prohibits former employees from working for any of the companies that would be most interested in hiring an engineer with the skills learned at GSES. Consequently, GSES continues to lack competitive pay or benefits and the executives erroneously believe they can take employees for granted. As a result of this approach, and despite the misguided attempt to trap engineers with the new non-compete, key employees are leaving at an alarming rate.

    Advice to Management

    Revert the egregious policy changes. When introducing new changes in the future, call a meeting and explain why they are financially necessary and provide proof to support those assertions. Stop squeezing the employees to artificially make the company appear profitable.


  6. "Great people to work with"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sykesville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sykesville, MD
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good employees, work is interesting

    Cons

    Will take time to turn the company around


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer I in Hanover, PA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer I in Hanover, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Small teams, flexible schedule, friendly environment.

    Cons

    Poor management, R & D department is lacking leadership, products 20+ years old

    Advice to Management

    Recognize those who word hard. Give people their proper job title after working the appropriate length of time

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great People"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Falls Church, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at GSE Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, opportunities to grow and develop as a professional.

    Cons

    Technology is dated, new ceo is letting people go in an effort to squeeze as much money out of the company as possible.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Systems Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineerer in Potomac, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineerer in Potomac, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GSE Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to enhance professional skills;

    Cons

    Variety skills involved
    Reconstruction and opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Make it profitable


  10. "Great place for starting engineers."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer I in Eldersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer I in Eldersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible work structure.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Increase consulting work -- there is money to be made there.


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