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  1. "Welcome to High School"

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    Former Employee - Computer Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at TerpSys full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Bonuses Tons of gear Compressed work schedule

    Cons

    Management bullies employees constantly. The lack of professionalism within the work place is appalling. A normal work day consists of hearing other techs make extremely inappropriate jokes and sit at their cubicles and talk about other co-workers. There are a select few techs who know their stuff and I mean a select FEW. If you do not participate in specific events (which requires your time off the clock) you are then deemed not a "team player" and your employment can be terminated. The rate of pay is very low. If you move up the ladder at TerpSys do not expect to get a raise. Most of the managers (not all) have a major attitude problem and have no problem pushing you around. There are clicks, and if you do not belong to one you are considered an outcast and are treated as such. Welcome to High School. Don't bother with this company.

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    Advice to Management

    The CEO needs to be made aware of what is going on within the company and should clean house.

    TerpSys2013-04-09
  2. "IT for the average joe"

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    • Senior Management
     in Rockville, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at TerpSys

    Pros

    I beleive they treated employees really well. In that they accommodate day off requests. My manager was a real person, none of the corp politics. Overall good experience if you like IT.

    Cons

    some of the people there are weird, ha actually really weird but I guess thats IT. I didn't like the undercutting that went on when job promotions were available. You have to overly involved in the company in order to look like a great employee, as in out of work activities like volunteering in high school like committees. They expect you to make the company your life.

    Advice to Management

    no comment

    TerpSys2010-09-25
  3. Helpful (4)

    "More like a high school than a professional business"

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     in Rockville, MD

    I worked at TerpSys

    Pros

    Great benefits in terms of medical, time-off, compressed work week which allows you to take 2 days off a month. Many extra-curricular activities to participate in, particularly great for those who are into sports. There are many opportunities to participate in charitable events.

    Cons

    Personally, the culture was too much like high school to me and less like a company. As manby reviewers have said it's very cultish. The company is all about living and breathing the terpsys brand. Although it's great that there are opportunities to get involved in non-work related activities, the pressure to do so is very intense. My personal feeling is that i just want to concentrate on doing great work and spend my personal time with family and friends. On several of my reviews i was chastised for not participating in company events and have been negatively reviewed in company participation. If i can not attend a company event, the guilt trip i receive from upper management astounds me.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop concentrating so much on extra-curricular activities and look at how the business is performing and how employees are feeling. Also, stop under-bidding on work and forcing employees to work to those ridiculous hours

    TerpSys2009-11-10
  4. Helpful (4)

    "TerpSys is a good place to learn, but experience marred by office politics and unrealistic expectations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at TerpSys full-time

    Pros

    - Unlimited certification reimbursement - Great teams to work on, exposure to several different aspects of enterprise environments - Experienced and fun coworkers make the work day bearable - Flexible work schedule hard to match at other companies (one extra day off every pay period) - Telework days for certain positions - One fully paid training session per year - Semi-annual raises, along with a once a year bonus

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    Cons

    - A monthly staff meeting that gives information better summarized in an e-mail/on a website. For those who don't work near the staff meeting location, driving to downtown Bethesda during rush hour is a real hassle. Also, the staff meeting is generally dominated by activities/speeches/etc that contribute nothing to the overall experience. - Senior management is ambiguous about expectations in regards to 'community service.' In the past, the company offered a bonus that would be paid out depending on your level of participation in the community service activities. Since this has gone away, you don't technically have to participate, but you're still rated on your level of participation at the end of the year. Senior management will look down on anyone who doesn't attend _every single event_ and your rating at the end of the year will change accordingly. The rumor is that this rating will affect how much you're paid out "when the company is sold," but this could simply be a way to keep people participating in events when they'd rather spend their weekends with family/friends/etc. - Inter-office politics more closely resemble high school cliques than a professional organization. Favoritism runs rampant, and this especially reflects in the relationship escalation point teams have with lower level technicians. While some technicians are treated with respect and given a certain level of trust regardless of their actions, others are constantly and openly disparged and made to feel inferior, even though they're simply trying to learn and get the job done. - Management promotions are made based on who is next in line. Never once during my time at TerpSys did a management position get posted and have interviews. New managers were simply announced and the promotions took place without even the fascade of a competitive process. This led to people who were management material being overlooked, while leading to the promotion of the less qualified simply because of tenure or reputation among existing managers. - Secrets are very big at TerpSys. When someone leaves, when someone is promoted, or when anything substantial happens, only the selected inner circle are told. Regardless of how miniscule something is, people are expected to keep secrets until management deems it fit for release to the outer circle plebians. Inevitably, the information will be spread before the official annoucement, but why the secrecy?

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    Advice to Management

    placing so much pressure on employees. Yes, they say that this is part of the culture of the company, but if someone does their job well, how does participation in some event have any bearing on that?

    TerpSys2012-09-30
  5. Helpful (1)

    "I wish I would have looked here before working at this company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at TerpSys full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People seem to be friendly when you meet them, ok benefits, decent location.

    Cons

    Feels like going to high school all over again, inner circle of "popular" employees and if your not in the inner circle your time here is limited. Also, there is a huge amount of pressure to join after work activities. Makes it hard when you have a family and the "inner cicle" (which consists of singles or married employees with no children) really dont understand when you can "hangout" with them after work.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing I can say is going to change what is going on here.

    TerpSys2012-08-30
  6. "Good place for fresh IT grads"

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    Computer Analyst 
    Recommends

    I have been working at TerpSys

    Pros

    Good Benefits and compensation. Option to work a compressed work schedule. You will learn a lot and your knowledge will definitely grow. Opportunities to participate heavily within the company's extracurricular activities. If you are the team type and will be involved, you can receive significant bonuses for your participation. Raises and bonuses for those who don't participate are slightly above average if you are a good performer. Opportunity to move upwards if openings, but be sure to be known in the company. 2 paid trainings each year and unlimited certificate reimbursement. Free company gear.

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    Cons

    You can get by without being overly involved in the company culture, but it may prevent ease of advancement and above average salary increases. As many others have said, t is a bit like high school, there are cliques and information travels fast throughout the company. Its works for some, but not all. Some work environments are smaller than others, be prepared to share some desk space. Must obtain atleast 1 cert. per year to satisfy review criteria and to avoid the possiblilty of job loss.

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    Advice to Management

    Overall a good company. There are good managers in TerpSys, but not all are heavily experienced. Opportunity to move upwards should be based more heavily on abilty and experience, not on company involvement and being known.

    TerpSys2010-03-03
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