Vencore Employee Reviews about "valley forge"

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  • "Vencore places a high value on work-life balance(in 22 reviews)

  • "I've had a fantastic time interning for Vencore this past summer(in 20 reviews)

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  • "Vencore pays decent salaries (you probably thought I would not say this)(in 31 reviews)

  • "Losing a lot experienced talent in their Valley forge location due to being forced to move to the Washington DC area(in 12 reviews)

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    1. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Senior Staff Systems Engineer

      Feb 9, 2016 - Systems Engineer in Valley Forge, PA
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      Pros

      The work is good to very good - technically interesting and important to the customer community. There are real opportunities to make significant, worthwhile contributions.

      Cons

      The recent effort to reduce the Valley Forge staff was not handled well by management, resulting in significant morale and expertise problems. In general, staffing is handled from program to program with little communication between them. If an employee has a decent network, they can find work when needed. Training is inconsistently provided;online resources are good, but funding for certification is only provided to certain programs.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    2. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Dismal Combination of Private Equity Ownership and 1960s Era Culture

      May 13, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Flexible work schedules that provide employees with opportunities to work around family issues. Some highly talented engineers still remain. Reasonable base salaries.

      Cons

      As one would expect from a private equity firm looking only to sell the company, Vencore employs a ruthless management strategy that treats employees like commodities. Examples include forcing a sizable portion of the workforce to relocate from Valley Forge, PA to Chantilly, VA for ill-defined reasons, compelling employees to make up vacation time in excess of three weeks, providing no sick time for employees having less than three years of service, and implementing an intrusive health plan that requires employees to have their health metrics monitored throughout the year to avoid having their premiums doubled. Moreover, job security is not good and the severance package is quite poor (2 days for every year of service). The buildings are substandard and the computer systems are utterly archaic. Every communication from the management team has a 'bow, yield, kneel' quality one would expect to find 50 years ago. Overall, a company to avoid unless you have no other options.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Past performance is not guarantee of future results.

      Mar 22, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Vencore kept the elements of heritage Lockheed and QnA work-life balance that didn't have any impact to the bottom line. Anything that could cost from over-head was eliminated. Compensation was average for the position, as were benefits. The biggest 'Pro' was the co-workers. Everyone who has any sense realizes it's a sinking ship, so those who remain have loyalty to each other.

      Cons

      Constant cost-cutting, starting with benefits and finishing with facilities. The only place money is spent is prepping the company for sale: New carpet and desks on key floors, etc. Anything to impress the bankers and investors. Past that, toilets and water breaks would go unfixed, air-handlers would break and not be repaired or replaced, mold issues were painted over. Very old computers were recycled. Top level management are not moving, that creates a large blockage preventing upward mobility. Most recently they attempted to move key people from the Valley Forge facility to the Chantility facility, even though the customer doesn't care. Many people left the company, rather than move their families. The timing is odd, since the move package repayment would expire just as the contract ends. That would allow many of the employees to jump to another beltway contractor and steal the contract from Vencore. Management was told this and their response, "We don't care."

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      9 people found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Company does not value all Employees Only select Few

      Jan 30, 2015 -  
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      Pros

      Flexible work schedule, work can be interesting, great team environment.

      Cons

      Company putting the squeeze on employees (higher benefits cost, little to no % raises over past few years, continuous reorganizations). Company favors a select few "Golden Children". Losing a lot experienced talent in their Valley forge location due to being forced to move to the Washington DC area. Leaning and Greening has reduced knowledge base across company. Facilities are old with continuous network issues.

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Finding Its way in a competitive market

      Jan 19, 2015 -  
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      Pros

      The newly merged company has a variety of technically challenging and interesting projects. Programs span several government agencies, including the IC and DoD.

      Cons

      The consolidation of facilities across the company, including the deconstruction of the Valley Forge site, is almost draconian. The current program relocating personnel from VF to the DC area is the latest example of the lack of regard the corporation has for its dedicated engineering talent.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good changes

      Oct 22, 2014 - Anonymous 
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      Pros

      Company making the right choices to right the ship

      Cons

      Lazy workforce in valley forge. It is a dying area

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    7. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Stay Clear

      Oct 11, 2014 - Senior Systems Engineer in Valley Forge, PA
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      Pros

      This company's roots, at least in Valley Forge, go back to GE Aerospace and most recently Lockheed Martin which sold their Systems Integration group to Veritas Capital, due to OCI concerns, resulting in Vencore. Despite ample "greening" of the workforce there are still some very knowledgeable and dedicated engineers doing important technical work.

      Cons

      Veritas is systematically reducing benefits and gutting the company to present an improved bottom line for eventual sale. There appears to be little or no concern from upper management about the degradation to the mission and overall employee morale resulting from their initiatives. Over half the Valley Forge employees are being told to move to Virginia or be laid off. Although this is being presented as an alignment with Customer wishes, this is really just part of the corporate program to further reduce overhead by reducing the VF footprint and selling one of the buildings. Attrition is skyrocketing, even in VA, and various programs are starting to find it difficult to meet their obligations. Veritas essentially remortgaged the debt they took on to buy "The SI" from Lockheed and doubled down in buying QNetiQ, a comparably sized company which was losing money and bought from a British company that was looking to cut its losses. This enabled Veritas to push off their debt obligation while appearing to "grow" the company and provide better financial numbers to prospective buyers. Handwriting is on the wall.

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      11 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Stay Away

      Aug 2, 2014 - Principal Systems Engineer in Valley Forge, PA
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      Pros

      People here are professional, very knowledgeable and truly team players. Work can be challenging and interesting

      Cons

      Company was bought by private equity 3 years ago from Lockheed and it's been downhill since. CEO and CFO run this company in a vacuum with little knowledge of missions, no vision, and totally focused on the bottom line to get the company ready for sale. Attrition is rising. Company is in the process of moving large part of Valley Forge workforce to VA and will result in a significant loss of the experience base on 2 large contracts. Questionable moves by management, such as playing financial games with our pension plan and slashing benefits leaves employees with no trust for upper management

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      5 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Pros

      Flex time, general pay for the area, and really cool missions!

      Cons

      No growth in Valley Forge area, no training or knowledge transfer programs, and little strategic positioning for company beyond their core markets.

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    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      My 20+ years began with great promise, saw that promise fulfilled during most years but ended with disappointment.

      Dec 31, 2013 - Senior Staff Systems Engineer in Chantilly, VA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of smart people, especially the former military hires whose views and leadership, unfortunately, are often overlooked.

      Cons

      Way too many Directors and Vice Presidents; too much reliance on the formerly great Valley Forge, PA group - now a shadow of its former self.

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      9 people found this review helpful
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