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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A unique IT consulting company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TerpSys full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are a lot of Pros for this company. Having been in the IT industry for quite some time now, TerpSys is by far the best company I have worked for. They offer a great benefits package. Their pay is right on scale for the industry and the job locations (despite other posts about their pay being low it isn't). The Company actually cares about the employees, the CEO makes a point of knowing EVERY employee. Flexible work schedule. Company culture - This is where TerpSys is different from every other company I have worked for. TerpSys treats everyone like family, in a good way, not like the creepy Aunt/Uncle you only see once a year. This family atmosphere may not be comfortable for everyone, so if you want to go to work and sit in a cube and not interact with anyone, this is not the company for you. TerpSys thrives on teamwork and working with each other. TerpSys does charity work and has company functions which are put together well. Internal promotions - TerpSys requires continued education and will reimburse for certifications. New contracts are coming, so TerpSys will recover from losing their large contract.

    Cons

    The only Con I can really think of are the Staff Meetings. At least you get paid for attending or watching online.

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    TerpSys2013-11-23
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Application Support Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at TerpSys full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with the team. Enjoyed teleworking and RDOs

    Cons

    All hands staff meetings weren't my favorite

    TerpSys2017-02-24
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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Middle of the road company, plays favoritism often."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computer Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TerpSys full-time

    Pros

    -Great President/CEO -Good benefits -Flexible scheduling -Free gear/clothing -Great mission statement as a company -Equal Opportunity Employer -Great co-workers for the most part.

    Cons

    -Low salary range compared to competitors -Incompetent managers (some, not all) -Cult-like atmosphere -Redundant staff meetings -High turnover on employees TerpSys is an equal opportunity employer with a mission to "delight, challenge, and serve" it's customers. However, often the companys hold this motive way too high in regard that they forget about their actual employees. This is the reason there is such a high turnover rate of employees. Although most of the employees are great colleagues and hard workers in the actual environment, they are are already favored or blackballed as soon as they walk in the door. Employees become managers because of the cult like environment. If you suck up enough and and go to all of the weekend events, you will find yourself on abgreat path. Often the employees who bust their tail at the job site and leave work when it is time to go home end up not lasting for more then a few years (shocking, not really). It does not matter how hard the employee works, if you are friends on personal level with a manager, you will stay. Luckily karma reared its ugly head and The company lost it's major contract at the end of 2013. It forced employees to either leave or join the new contract.

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    TerpSys2014-10-15
  5. "A very good small/medium sized company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TerpSys full-time

    Pros

    TerpSys is an IT services company who's primary source of income is derived from providing IT services to a government agency in the Washington DC metro area. As a small/medium company (approx 250+ employees) TerpSys provides an excellent work experience, especially for those new to the IT industry. The pay is above average for the industry, and employees are given excellent chances to earn a pay raise and bonus yearly. The medical/dental benefits are very good. Although the cost of medical insurance has gone up, the company pays quite a generous share of your insurance. I have been consistently told by medical and dental offices that my insurance benefits are among the best you can have. The opportunities for training/certification are above average for the industry. Employees are required to obtain one industry certification per year. The company pays for any certification tests that you pass, and pays to send you to training at least once per year. Emphasis is placed on teamwork and participation. More so than at a larger company. At TerpSys, you are not just an anonymous number on someone's spreadsheet. There are plenty of opportunities for participation. Charity events, a yearly company picnic, a yearly company "holiday" party, monthly birthday lunches, committees, etc. First line managers are much more technical than at any other company I have worked for. Employees who are interested in management opportunities are encouraged and mentored, and if qualified, will eventually be promoted to management. If your interest is not to become a manager, but instead become an "uber-guru" and keep the tools in your hands, that is fine as well. I work with front line engineers who have been with the company for over 10 years, as well as managers who have been with the company for less time. The president of TerpSys seems genuinely interested in the well being of his employees. I voluntarily work 9 hour work days in order to get 1 weekday off per pay period. I get to tele-work one day per week. I get all the government holidays off. I get enough personal time off to be able to take a nice vacation every year. The work is interesting and there is always something to keep me technically challenged.

    Cons

    There are always cons to working anywhere, because it's impossible to please 100% of employees 100% of the time. That said, there are a few things that might throw off new employees unless they get used to it. Being a government contractor can be a challenge. Our customer environment deals with a lot of research and contains a large concentration of people with PhD's. Some of these people also have odd personalities that take getting used to. Government budgets are tight, and it's not always easy to obtain what you need to get the job done. There is a necessary amount of "politics" associated with the job, and not everyone can handle that. There have been times when I have questioned the validity of the resumes of some of the people I work with. Some days are fun, some days are frustrating. As far as TerpSys is concerned, the cons are minor enough to not impact my desire to stay on the job. For example, and as others have posted, there is a monthly staff meeting at an off-site location, which is held on my own time and not on company time. Corporate makes an effort to keep it to around an hour. There are some things that could be eliminated, shortened, or turned into emails, to make the meeting better. Little things like that, when taken individually, don't amount to much of a con. But when they accumulate, then things become an irritant. Still, I've been here a few years and so far, nothing that can't be handled with an attitude adjustment, a talk with my supervisor, or some stress relieving after work activities. Very similar in fact, to pretty much everywhere else where I have worked.

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    TerpSys2013-07-17
  6. "TerpSys is a great place to work, but try not to suffocate."

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    Network Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at TerpSys

    Pros

    TerpSys has been awarded one of the best places to work in Washingtonian Magazine, and the Washington Business Review for many years in a row. This is for a reason - TerpSys is a great place to work. Everyone from the President down to your co-workers are great people, who are working for a company they like – not just a job. This does show in employee morale. TerpSys provides an extraordinary number of extracurricular ways to get involved with the company. TerpSys is also very active in the community, supporting any number of worthwhile causes – Komen Race for the Cure, National Alzheimer’s Association, among others.

    Cons

    With all the greatness surrounding TerpSys - there do have to be some downsides. In my experience, the biggest downside is the micro managing, suffocating nature of upper management. Everything down to your e-mail signature is standardized, and dictated by management. Each month the entire company treks to downtown Bethesda for a staff meeting, and you MUST wear a company issued shirt. The TerpSys brand/message is instilled into each employee, and we are expected to live up to that brand. There is an elevator speech that we should commit to memory - just in case we're riding in an elevator and asked "What is TerpSys?" These are the sort of issues that management spends much too much time focusing on.

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    TerpSys2008-09-04
  7. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    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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    TerpSys2012-09-30
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