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TeleCommunication Systems Annapolis Reviews

Updated December 19, 2016
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Annapolis, MD

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TeleCommunication Systems Chairman, President, and CEO Maurice B. Tosé
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  1. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Simple management layers in general. People are mostly professional to work with. Couple of managers were very good managing the projects. Not much of bureaucracy in general.

    Cons

    Not enough good projects to work on. No performance reviews were held for 2 years. Management was changing often. The project managers were just getting paid and did not contribute much. The software development life cycle process was a mess. Code was given to QA before the features were coded. Software was delivered to customer with many many bugs. Another group I worked was very professional because of the Director who managed it so well having technical knowledge of the project he was able to manage and deliver quality software to customers.

    Advice to Management

    Have a good development life cycle process. Evaluate the employees formally once in 6 months and set expectations for their career paths. Reward good productivity and punish employees who do not produce any useful output. Set their goals and revise them periodically. Communicate the vision of the company and where it is headed periodically to the employees.


  2. "Marketing Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    There was some flexibility in work schedule and duties. Smaller companies, like this, allow employees an opportunity to get some experience in other areas of the business if truly interested.

    Cons

    Lacked Diversity in the workplace. Very male dominated, old-boys-club kind of culture. No investment in employees from a career planning perspective.


  3. "Technical Director - Major Capture"

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    Former Employee - Capture Manager and Technical Director in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Capture Manager and Technical Director in Annapolis, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TeleCommunication Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Allowed to operate independently and enjoyed working relationship with the people.

    Cons

    I view most cons as opportunities to operate independently.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Too much for too little"

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

    I worked at TeleCommunication Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting and satisfying company mission and work; cutting edge of technology. Bought out by larger company in 11/15, so maybe there's change a'comin...

    Cons

    Company does not believe in open-door policy. As an employee, I felt that it was beneath those in Director level positions or above to "lower themselves" to speak to those below their rank. When on salary, you were expected to eat lunch at your desk (if you got lunch at all) and to work longer hours. Leaving before 7 p.m. (with a start time before 8:30-9:00) was frowned upon. Not much appreciation given for working these hours and/or meeting deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that even though you are now management, YOU started somewhere. Speak to your employees and keep your finger on the pulse of what's going on. Try exploring "work / life balance" processes.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at TeleCommunication Systems (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    None The company is looking for a buyer,

    Cons

    Limited direction
    Political
    self serving co workers


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work, nice people, but lacks effective management"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a variety of interesting work. Staff is very friendly. Work-life balance is good.

    Cons

    Lack of clear career paths available. Little management support for advancement. Eroding benefits. Executive compensation/bonus payout does not appear to be based on company/job performance.

    Advice to Management

    Link executive compensation to performance. Managers should provide leadership opportunities and clear career paths.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid It Like the Black Death"

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    Former Employee - Business Development/Capture Manager in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Business Development/Capture Manager in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TeleCommunication Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Its relatively easy to get hired. The interviews are easy. But this can hurt you because the management is not discerning as to whether you can succeed in this culture. At least they tell you up front that you may be fired, but don't tell you that It may before they have given you the three month probationary period to assimilate into the company.

    Cons

    Employees are abused by management who have an extreme micro management mentality. Business development and even Capture Management are treated like Sales and expected to participate in daily sales conference calls. Senior management has no comprehension of the partnering and opportunity management required for long term non-transactional revenue generation. Horrible culture - existing employees place bets new employees not lasting and treat you like they are hazing you - which they are.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be in the federal market - be in the federal market place - open a sales off in the Washington, D.C. area. You won't be successful from your headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland. Stop micro-managing and change your culture to value your human resources.


  9. "Good company with growing pains"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Management cares. Flexible telecommuting.

    Cons

    Benefits lacking. Forced vacation use.

    Advice to Management

    Add benefits that employees care about.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Disgusting place to work stay away"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TeleCommunication Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Health insurance is fairly decent, the co workers are genuine down the earth people who work hard everyday.

    Cons

    Poor management especially Zarina and Tiante they lie to impress upper management with unrealistic ticket quotas and obsolete technology.

    Advice to Management

    Start listing to your employees read the bad reviews. We're trying to relay insight to improve the company.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Had been and could be a wonderful place to work..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Most of the staff are wonderful people to work with. The products and services are interesting and important so you can feel good about the company.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, vision and stability. Too much infighting and competition among the departments and when combined with the lack of leadership the result is the 'tail wagging the dog.' Also, many decisions made and new policies created over the past couple of years show a complete lack of concern for the lower level employees who actually do 80% of the work yet protect and boost the executives.

    Advice to Management

    Start holding the executives (and VP's) accountable, do not continue to reward lack of performance and take better care of the workers who keep the execs in their positions.



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