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LinQuest Reviews

Updated June 4, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be better"

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    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good, smart people in a medium sized company of about 400. About 75% have a Masters degree or above so you can get into some pretty good technical discussions.

    Cons

    The company has become more political and bureaucratic over the past 5 or so years as the have grown. Employees were given pay cuts or freezes while the CEO gave himself a $100K raise. Not cool!

    There also aren't too many different projects to work on. Most of the work is paperwork without getting to see the product you are working on.

    Advice to Management

    Use all of this brain talent you have and come up with some new ideas and products instead of generating all revenue by just using the employees as billable hours. Develop some products!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Systems Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great to work with

    Cons

    very little advancement and promotion opportunities. Upper management/leadership seem to be unconcerned and removed from employees, very far removed especially from a small business environment. CEO in position too long, ideas and business model is out of date. Not grooming younger engineers into management/leadership positions.

    Advice to Management

    Dont just say people come first then conduct a business environment which shows just the opposite.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "A good work environment but too dependent on government's dwindling funding"

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Colorado Springs, CO
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    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by professionals who really want to provide the best customer service to the government. Great tracking tools make it easy to show the customer what they get for their money.

    Cons

    Due to the sequestration and the current government Administration defense spending cuts, the company just eliminated 47% of employees (on one contract effort) and then asked the remaining employees to take on more work at 20% less pay. Also, there are no opportunities for upward professional growth. If you're hired as an analyst, you've peaked on day 1.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify! The company must expand into ventures other than defense contracting if they want to survive. Look to provide management consulting services to growning industries like health care.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "They have lost their way"

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    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good, smart people and the pay is very good. LinQuest is like a Ferrari when it comes to the brain power there. No other company has such a high concentration of advanced degrees and leaders in their field.

    Cons

    LinQuest does not use the talent they have. They are too reliant on government contracts (all eggs in one basket) during this time of defense spending cuts. In the early days they used to be go-getters and risk takers. They tried to reach out for challenges since they were growing. Now, it's more of the hunker down and protect the billable hours.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to your roots. You have 25 PhDs and almost 200 Masters employees. Use that brain power and come up with some R&D to give LinQuest an actual product on the commercial side. Don't just use your people as Powerpoint desk jockeys.


  5. "Good small company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Professional atmosphere. Quality Technical People. Good Salary.

    Cons

    Thin on Benifits. Poor communication.


  6. "Mission operator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LinQuest full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to satellite engineering and what it takes to keep them in orbit

    Cons

    Politically based acceptance for contractors, but maybe this is just a norm in the LinQuest contracting environment. They'll say you can stop by and talk with them about anything, even training, but they'll never be there or available for preventing any issues. Have a past life in the Air Force or know someone they know in the Air Force to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Be leaders for your people. Be proactive instead of reactive through process planning for new and current operations that have issues, even if it is just training.


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