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Subsystem Technologies Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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  1. "Jr. Contract Acquistion Support"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Contract Acquisition Support (Buyer) in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Junior Contract Acquisition Support (Buyer) in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very nice company to work for.

    Cons

    None to really mention about company

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really to add


  2. "Find a different company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wharton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wharton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility, minimal involvement. Offer comprehensive benefits (although they could be better).

    Cons

    Zero communication between management and staff. If you ask a question you get multiple answers, so you have to ask over and over and over. They don't care about individual employees, just the money and expanding their business. Rude. Processes change often without workforce being alerted. Benefits are ok... insurance coverage is mediocre at best and very expensive.


  3. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Exceptional leadership, culture, and core values-driven organization
    - Stands by their personnel; takes care of their people, customers, and business

    Cons

    - More time should be spent on advancing company technologies and simplifying employee needs

    Advice to Management

    - Allocate resources to support all aspects of company development and improvement


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Scientists Need Not Apply."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Crystal City, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Crystal City, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Subsystem Technologies part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    SUBSYSTEMs Technologies Inc. is a privately owned corporation with the owners family members occupying the top positions on the board of directors. Although the corporate name has the word ‘technologies’ in it, SUBSYSTEMs is not a technology-based corporation. SUBSYSTEMs is a services-based corporation with off-site offices located in Columbia, MD., Wharton, N.J., San Diego, Ca., and Palmdale, Ca. The corporation services the defense and intelligence sectors, providing intelligence analysis, financial analysis, documentation (technical writing), and some software engineering.

    Summation:
    Central location (albeit difficult to access)
    Reasonably good pay
    Amiable co-workers
    Good work-life balance
    Reasonable pay increases

    Cons

    I was hired in Crystal City, Virginia on a full-time basis with benefits to provide GPS guidance and navigation subject matter expertise to the US Army. Two-weeks later, my employment status was changed to ‘part-time-on-call’, and I was stripped of benefits.

    I'm a scientist and normally work in a DoD R&D environment with similarly qualified co-workers. Upon hiring in, I was told that SUBSYSTEMs wants to add science and technology to their corporate capabilities. Unfortunately I've become a fish out-of-water at SUBSYSTEMs. The CEO and corporate president asked me to develop a solution to UAV intrusions in our national airspace. When I presented my conceptual design for a passive UAV detection system, the CEO presented his vision of a “security-wrapper” to protect prohibited and restricted airspaces. I couldn’t understand his vision, since it didn’t include the technological infrastructure to support the security-wrapper. (A classic case of placing the cart before the horse.)

    Summation:
    Unfriendly clients
    Upper management operates in a bubble
    Non-technical middle management
    Uncommunicative support staff.
    Beware of the bait and switch employment tactic

    Advice to Management

    Update the corporation's five-year plan to include a requirement for all managers and directors to attend courses in emerging technologies (George Washington University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, James Mason University). Stop the bait and switch hiring tactics.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "HR Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager/Generalist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager/Generalist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and very good location

    Cons

    Lose of to many contracts

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to your employees


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good Changes may be coming soon."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Wharton, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Wharton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Introduction to Army work force. Liberal time off policy (depending on your supervisor). Salary comparative to industry benchmark.

    Cons

    Confusing administrative procedures. Little to no professional development opportunities offered. The company is contract based so if an employee is on a contract that will not pay for classes, etc. you are out of luck. A career path is non existent. Benefits are expensive.
    The company finally realized they needed to have an experienced and competent HR manager and one was hired. She is serious about making Subsystem a better place for people to work. We shall see if management empowers her to make all the changes that would make the company a better place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are your greatest asset, treat them that way!


  8. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Subsystem Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great PTO, benefits are average.

    Cons

    No real designated career growth path.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Don't ask questions"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistics Specialist
    Former Employee - Logistics Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Subsystem Technologies (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible hours, decent pay, good work environment if you keep to yourself. Benefits are middle-of-the-road. Never take your work home with you.

    Cons

    No raises, reduced PTO because of Government contract, can't define employee goal metrics. Top management, which includes the CEO, do not like any questions regarding the details of their contract with the US Government. Employer pushes, "at-will" employment, meaning, they can let you go for any reason. You don't have to break a company policy or a Law and they can still fire you.

    Advice to Management

    Understand your employees metrics before letting them go.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Real Estate Support Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazing flexible schedules. Being able to make up time off without using leave or being able to have working hours that you choose are the only benefits that make the job worth while. They also have a very high Veteran's preference. Great amount of holidays/leave given.

    Cons

    Poor management. Poor treatment of contractors from Government employees. Negative working environment. Government employees constantly look for ways to complain, write-up or negatively impact contractors. Low pay, even smaller raises (if you even get one), and no potential for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    The customer is not always right. Keep your employees happy first and foremost so they are willing to do whatever necessary to keep the customer happy. Don't make up excuses as to why you cannot give employees their annual raises.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Rough Patch?"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great work/life balance & opportunity to build lasting relationships

    Cons

    The environment became very cliquey very quickly. A place that was built on respect, authentic communications, integrity, lasting relationships, and sustained excellence, SUBSYSTEMs was great place to work. Unfortunately, once the owner took a leave of absence, that all seemed to go out of the window.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key! It's important for your people to know what's going on; especially when it directly affects them. Also, work with them to develop solid career paths and nurture their want/need to grow.


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