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  • Federal Contractor Services
    ECPinDC
    The USPS should not have selected a "DoD-type" contractor because everyone knows that these types of contractors never deliver on time, nor provide quality products. Stick to non-defense contractors who actual provide services that business need...otherwise you'll be strung along for years waiting for a substandard product like most of defense agencies have to do!
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  • I Agree
    FrankJr
    I worked at a big defense firm right out of school for a couple years. They are horribly run. 4 engineers have to share 1 PC. Only 4 MS Office licenses for every 100 employees. Contracts are routinely underbid, and then every manager at th site jumps on the charge number until its dry. Typically there would be twice the number of managers charging the client as engineers. Engineers charge the client 300$ an hour, while being paid ~65$ an hour, then the mangers reap in huge bonuses, often making 300-500k a year for sitting at their desk and playing with Excel/PowerPoint. When its out of money, the client can either get nothing, or pay more money.
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  • Yup,..
    weecosse
    I worked for an organization that ran a VERY large IT processing operation for the Army. We were moving the processing into DoD sites and when we looked at what the costs were and what they would be when we transitioned we found that in one instance they had been charging the Army for services that were in the contract for, when needed, but rarely provided - they charged about 500K annually over a protracted period but only provided the service in the first year of the contract. One would think that in good conscience that they would have told Army but they just pocketed the money. We did get it back when we discovered the truth. At the same time the company was nickle and diming their on-site employees and were extremely frugal when handing out cash awards to them. The sad part was that the on-site employees were really good, the honest ones that is. I actually had another contractor balk when I set up a system that gave notice that I would be checking what their employees were submitting to then for their time and attendance and the tasks they said they were working on. The reason for this was to check to see if it was the same data that they gave to me, the task order manager. Needless to say we found what the contractor called, just some administrative discrepancies.
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  • Someone,,,
    weecosse
    recently came up with the idea of keeping the pay of managers of federal contractors on the same pay level as Government employees. The rationale is; why should the CEO and vice-directors of a company be paid 10 times more than the president of the United States. It makes sense to me. The response from contractors was that they need to pay high salaries to attract the brightest people. I would say that that implies that only contractors attract bright folks. I consider that slap in the face of those that employ them.
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  • Or it could be that
    wisenekt
    government workers do not actually get paid enough, despite what some folks would leave people to believe.
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  • My view
    Time Bandit
    I agree with weecosse, I was a defense contactor for the Navy in DC for 10 years. As for you stating on-site employees were good workers, maybe the case in your company. I saw my share of do-nothings from my company as well as gov't personnel, many getting pay checks and doing nothing to earn it. I was a lackey so my pay scale was way lower than those I worked with because I did not have a degree, heck, even a college grad who was hired to work with me was paid close to $15k more than I was and she had no Navy experience. I had someone working with me, he was retired Navy. He eventually got a gov't position at the WNY, from what he told me, he had to show his current pay stub to them. Then from there, they gave him 20% above what he was being paid as a contractor. I'm sure his tenure with the Navy was also a factor to giving him more because he had the required experience they needed. From what I did pick up is that those with degrees were paid more, why? I don't know because those who came into contracting jobs had little or no Naval experience, my guess is contractors are charging the Navy more $$$ for those with degrees. Whether or not contractors are doctoring up the resume's to make employees look better...who knows. I miss not working for the Navy, I don't miss working for the company I did.
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