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Vencore Labs Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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  1. "Excellent research environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vencore Labs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work with creative people, interesting projects

    Cons

    Drawbacks common in commercial research


  2. "Senior Research Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vencore Labs (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people with PHDs who do not need much hand holding. Decent office.

    Cons

    Low compensation and low growth opportunities with micro-managing managers.

    Advice to Management

    Allow non-technical growth as well as technical track

  3. Helpful (1)

    "A very good R&D firm to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Vencore Labs full-time

    Pros

    Highly talented and hard-working individuals.

    Cons

    Having more commercial focus and a bit more freedom to explore business opportunities would be nice. But I understand their business model well.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, and weed out the low performers.


  4. "Living on past legacy"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Vencore Labs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting people doing often interesting work

    Cons

    Recent purchase by DC-based defense contractor has cast a a big shadow

    Advice to Management

    Yes, you're on a limited budget, but get creative in keeping morale up.


  5. "Could be better"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vencore Labs part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great technical , smart colleagues

    Cons

    poor compensation and growth

    Advice to Management

    build better margins to satisfy the employees and provide growth


  6. "Great talent, interesting work, but lots of uncertainty and not enough direction."

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Basking Ridge, NJ

    I have been working at Vencore Labs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work is incredibly interesting and diverse across a multitude of disciplines. Life/Work balance is great, as are the flexible hours. Work force has tremendous talent in a number of areas.

    Cons

    Scrambling for hours when a number of projects end at the same time. Top heavy and often clueless upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Cut out unproductive upper management in DC who are not adding value.


  7. "15+ years there and it's been a generally good ride."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Vencore Labs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Truly bright, often world class, people with strong desires to make a difference
    Good corporate ethics
    Consistently interesting work
    Some of the previous GDoor comments on senior management were a bit broad brush. Our group views the NJ team as being strong, with good staff repo ire & good results (I.e., decent bonus payout for we worker bees), particularly the last few years

    Cons

    Their previously distinct Bell Labs/Bellcore/Telcordia identity has been diminished due to multiple corporate divestitures, spinoffs & sales by successive owners

    Advice to Management

    Stand strong & TOGETHER

  8. "Great work, talented co-workers but top heavy"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Vencore Labs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - great learning experience
    - flexible hours
    - opportunity to publish papers and attend conferences

    Cons

    - business growth relatively flat
    - top heavy organization
    - management without long term view
    - no benefits or team building activities

    Advice to Management

    make management layer leaner; improve benefits; share profit with engineers


  9. "Talented workforce is the only redeeming feature of this place."

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Basking Ridge, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Vencore Labs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can find real experts under one roof. Work/life balance is still valued and respected

    Cons

    Management is clueless. The track record for commercializing IP is nil. Considerable internal competition is hurting morale.

    Advice to Management

    Too much management overhead. Some of the leadership should go on sabbatical, Making internal people fight for every proposal is not a growth strategy. Build long-term relationship with product companies and create a viable path for revenue besides contract research.


  10. "A "Decent" Research Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Vencore Labs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is good.
    Exciting work, and much autonomy is given with work.
    High performance culture.

    Cons

    Much uncertainty after recent acquisition.
    Poor Management.