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Telos Corporation Ashburn Reviews

Updated March 25, 2017
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  1. "Satisfied"

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    Current Employee - Network Administrator in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Network Administrator in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Telos Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoy working with the people I'm surrounded by each day, flexibility with schedule, good pay

    Cons

    building needs more renovating and covered parking is not an option

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  2. "Telos is the little caboose that could..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Telos has a lot of potential to be a brilliant company and they employ great talent some of whom work very hard. The CEO, for the most part, has a vision. He can sometimes comes across as a used car salesman, but he means well.

    Cons

    Leadership needs to change. My SVP once decided to pull up a no parking sign, because he preferred to park his SUV in that area of the boarding dock area. Once replaced, he pulled it up again.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, offer better wages, improve your infrastructure, and most of all stop tolerating bad behavior.


  3. "Telos Summer Cyber Innovation Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This fantastic internship program lead by the company's CTO reinforces high school and undergraduate age students' technical skills while simultaneously developing their business acumen to invest in a new generation of market-savvy and entrepreneurial STEM engineers.

    Cons

    The employees tend to be towards the older end of the spectrum, so the overall atmosphere isn't particularly energetic or youthful.

    Advice to Management

    This could be an incredible program for undergraduate CS and Business IT students to come together and learn from each other. In addition, Telos would expose themselves to a wider pool of well-qualified recent graduates for full-time positions. However, the extremely low pay rate strictly caters to a younger population. As a current third year undergraduate student, I have found that the vast majority of internship opportunities applicable to me offer hourly salaries in the $20 to $40 range, before stipends for housing and/or travel.


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  5. "Family Oriented"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You do what you have to do, as long as you finish your job.

    Cons

    Pay could be better, cost of living adjustment etc.


  6. "Great People and a Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Technologist in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Technologist in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive environment, good benefits, interesting work- people are honest and hard working, and very good at what they do

    Cons

    Working with the Government can be challenging and folks tend to be very narrow in their skills - this is somewhat addressed by a few key innovators and the management being more well rounded

    Advice to Management

    Broaden the product and services to address more commercial sector accounts - partner with companies to maintain enough demand to justify hiring additional resources that can open up new markets and accounts


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Looks good on the outside..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Telos Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    most employees are sincere and fun to work with. Certain employees get preferential treatment and there is a display of favorites played with upper management.

    Cons

    Not all employees are treated the same or fairly for that matter. Very hard to get a raise no matter how hard you work or what positive influence you have brought to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the people that don't work and praise the ones that go the extra mile. quite saying you are team players when us former employees have seen the "real" you.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great job, great benefits. little room for moving up"

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    Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Telos Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and vacation policy. Decent work from home policy

    Cons

    Often little management structure to support analyst when needed


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great TEam"

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    Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Telos Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid Senior Leadership, great local northern va location off of route 7. Nice benefits, opportunity to work with exciting opportunities, for Federal, Department of Defense, Intelligence and some commercial work.

    Cons

    Lower than average pay
    Hard to move up, lack of pay raises, management embedded in roles, outdated facility, gym is outdated

    Advice to Management

    keep up the solid work


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Entrenched middle management, cronyism, nepotism, eccentric CEO w/personal political agenda takes Telos out of the race"

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    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance and Documentation Specialist in Ashburn, VA
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance and Documentation Specialist in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Telos Corporation as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great location in the middle of suburbia in northern Virginia; beautiful building & grounds; great vending / break room

    Cons

    CEO is eccentric (not in a good way), egocentric & distracted with his own personal political agenda which disrupts getting projects done for clients; middle management consists of husbands & wives & children of other Telos employees, making it impossible to work effectively on a team because criticism is not allowed (everyone's related to a higher-up, so unless you have a connection, you're dead in the water); conformist middle management suffers from solipsism. New & innovative ideas (not of the status quo) are met with suspicion & jealousy which, more often than not, leads to firings. Only "yes men / yes women" succeed, & often at the cost of the team, contract, & client. Telos is notorious for their fast hire / fast fire tactics. They have a negative reputation in the security community inside & outside the Beltway because of their entrenched, stale, "dead wood" middle management & inability to deliver to the big government clients. There is also a "playground" mentality on some of the more important government contract project teams which also suffer from blatant sexism & sexual harassment which is allowed to flourish with impunity.

    Advice to Management

    For a company to succeed, it must have a soul. Telos as a company is soulless. If the employee - the company's most valuable resource - is not treated with fairness & honesty, the employer will fail. Quasi-benevolent dictatorships are so last century, as are womb-to-tomb middle management jobs. Get in there & clean out the Augean stables. Follow the example of the original MCI Communications & install & adhere to a strict anti-nepotism policy. And to the CEO: You may have failed before as a CEO & you may have yourself convinced that, as Telos CEO, you're failing better. But you're still failing.


  11. "good work environment, work from home option"

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    Current Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Security Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work from home 2 days a week

    Cons

    2 years, no annual raise!!


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