Employed within OCIO (Former Employee) – Bethesda, MD 20814 – December 13, 2018
Individually, the people are fine. However, as an organization the culture is horrible. The people are motivated only by their greed and selfishness, and willing to blame others for their failures. Management takes full credit for successes but no responsibility for the problems and issues within the organization.
Turn over here is the highest that I've ever seen. There is a small "in crowd". If you cannot become one of them, you will be short lived at CSS.
-Nothing to say just avoid joining by all means. - Worst culture and dirty office politics - typical consulting mentality - Of late many are leaving due to unorganized chaos happening all over the company
Analyst (Former Employee) – Bethesda, MD – May 31, 2018
The office is very crowded and there was no privacy!! There were these long desks/tables with staff sitting on both sides which sometimes made it uncomfortable as you had absolutely no privacy. Management tend to be top heavy. The culture is suppose to be collaborative, however, it is far from that. team work was a joke and people did not understand what teamwork truly means. A lot of processes were outdated. There seem to be some very good talented folk working there but the stress of that place can send someone to their death bed! Management makes time for who they want to make time for and the company truly needs a cultural overhaul. Nothing compared to two companies that birthed this joint venture, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
Manager (Former Employee) – Bethesda, MD – February 3, 2018
It's not true that this place is fast paced. It moves ridiculously slow but churns a lot of work due to poor processes and a lack of vision. This is seen by management as "fast paced." They have been trying to build a limited function platform for the last 5 years... Unsuccessfully.
Middle management is toxic and self serving. Upper management is scared of their GSE partners and have lost all will to do right. The attitude is encouraged among the rank and file.
The basic equipment like phones and internet access goes down weekly. The platform is web based...
HR is very immature and is more an arm of the CEO agenda. No one there would ever go to HR with issues or in need of help.
cons: - The office is crowded , long desks with people sitting behind them ( 0 privacy) - Top heavy... a large number of directors, architects and managers demanding status and asking why there are so many bugs - Not motivated contract workforce . Most work is done by contractors who don't tend to ask too many questions - Older technologies Java circa 2008 - All work is done via Citrix ( laggy) - Not very diverse ( lots of Indians)
pros: - Pretty stable employment with reasonable pay - if you look busy , they more or less leave you alone to do whatever you want - The bottom tier of the pyramid (worker bees) are alright , the HR is friendly enough - The company is very generous when it comes to education benefits
Common Securitization Solutions was created in 2013 under a mandate from Congress. They are building a platform to package and trade mortgage back securities. They hire top talent in IT. As their first recruiter, I was able to work with upper management in putting together a strategy to bring in top IT professionals.