Applied Research Associates, Inc Employee Reviews

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Very good benefits, how well is the job? depends greatly on the division and VP/manager.
Sr. Civil Engineer (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMJuly 24, 2017
Can't complain much, its a very good company to work with. If you are creative and bring work, you will be just fine. There are a lots of opportunities you can take and for the most part, as any company, there are ups and downs, but the benefits are great and if you are good they try to keep you employed. You just have to work the way up form the manager and his bosses. Sometimes is a struggle to find the job you are an expert and if you are an engineer, forget about someone finding work for you, you will be actively looking for your own jobs or if its a large job that requires group assignments, expect a lot of collaborating in proposals often.
Pros
benefits, lots of renowned professionals you can collaborate with
Cons
lack of keeping up with job security, not all divisions are equally balanced as of good management, often you need to look for jobs instead of a team dedicated to that
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Employee Owned Company respecting your ability for inovation
Office Liaison (Current Employee) –  Littleton, COJune 5, 2017
This Company is a relaxing environment. We do a lot of fun and interesting work. I take care of the Office Management. I'm always busy helping others, which I love to do. My favorite part of this job is hosting conferences, meetings and lunches.
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Good experience
Design Contractor (Former Employee) –  Raleigh, NCMay 21, 2017
Good company well managed. It was a pleasant work environment although I wish the contract would have lasted longer. I enjoyed the chance to finish the job working out of my home.
Pros
Good company
Cons
Contract to short
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A place to work
Accounts Payable Assistant (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMMay 9, 2017
Good company to work for if your are a caregiver for young children or elderly parents. If you are part of the administrative staff do not plan on advancing your career. This company is completely horizontal with next to no chance of promotion or training.
Pros
Free Lynda.com
Cons
terrible benefits, short sighted/fearful management
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Short sighted
Staff Engineer (Former Employee) –  Randolph, VTMay 6, 2017
Very short sighted and small minded. Spend tons of money on a hung plant building that only has less than 20 workers in it and having customers when they visit drive over 150 miles on back woods roads and then stay at someone house because the nears hotel is over 100 miles away was to not smart.
Pros
high pay
Cons
small minded
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Decent Starting Company, but few opportunities for growth
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Eglin AFB, FLApril 3, 2017
Initially, there was lots of potential to learn new things, but eventually discovered there is little room for growth. Pay scale very low when compared to averages in the area. Management is basically revolving door, which is frustrating.
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Great internship for college students
Lead Project Coordinator/Research Assistant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCFebruary 28, 2017
- Manage day-to-day project necessities, involving scheduling
- Collect all coding spreadsheets from research assistants
- Observe residents at homes
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A decent place to work, most of the time
Senior Research Engineer (Current Employee) –  Littleton, COFebruary 15, 2017
ARA is, first and foremost, a marketing organization. Every manager is where he/she is because or their marketing. This makes for a good marketing organization but misses in other areas of performance from a technical, leadership, and administrative perspective. The culture is management-by-numbers and sometimes this causes a lack of teamwork and camaraderie.

ARA does some interesting work and if you can be part of that, it can be worth putting up with the negatives.

If you have established an expertise and relationships with your sponsors, and you want marketing to be a large percentage of your working hours, then ARA is worth a look. Otherwise you will find it difficult to establish relationships with sponsors with the thin resources you will get.
Pros
An employee-owned company with a great ESOP.
Cons
Layers of managers, with few leaders. A company that literally has almost nothing but its people, professional development should be a priority. But it isn't.
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UXO disposal is great work. No Complaints. This portion is unnecessary. This field does not need to be completed, and should be removed from the resu
Technician II (Former Employee) –  Parsons, KSJanuary 1, 2017
UXO disposal is great work. No Complaints.
This portion is unnecessary.
This field does not need to be completed, and should be removed from the resume creation process.
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Lots of travel
Staff Engineer (Current Employee) –  San Antonio, TXDecember 17, 2016
Great team, lots of customer interaction, team effort for final GIS product for multiple installations. Loads of ARCGis work under tight deadlines to meet excellent rating from AFCEC COR.
Pros
Benefits are great
Cons
Contract work, employee owned company need everybody seeking more contracts to bid on.
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ARA is a great company
Office Manager (Current Employee) –  Fairborn, OHOctober 3, 2016
I have been employed here for 10+ years. I love the company. They care about their employees and try to help them further their careers. They have absolutely EXCELLENT benefits -- health, dental, 401K, and vision. Their Paid Leave policies are beyond wonderful and are flexible.
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Great for Engineers, need to build base in other sciences
Senior Chemist (Former Employee) –  Alexandria, VANovember 16, 2015
A bunch of guys that blew stuff up in the desert - Now they are trying to expand their business foot print and have the know how to get it done, but have trouble executing this.
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Employee Owned Company
ACCOUNTING ADMINISTRATOR 4 (Current Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMMay 21, 2015
All employees own stock in the company. They have a good benefits and retirement package and are flexible with work schedules.
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A consulting firm with a wide variety of projects
Staff Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee) –  Littleton, COMarch 4, 2015
Each day at Applied Research Associates was different. Being a consulting/contracting firm (dealing mostly with government and military) presented various challenges and projects. A typical day would usually consist of reviewing lab write ups/white papers, preforming a variety of tests, generating lab reports, and finally submitting lab reports.

I learned a variety of tasks including (but not limited to) preforming various tests, generating test protocols, generating lab write ups, designing and manufacturing test jigs/fixtures.

The management at Applied Research Associates was relatively strict, but still very knowledgeable. They were very strict on meeting deadlines and being under budget, which is completely understandable when dealing with contracts. But it can however make for a very stressful work environment.

My co-workers were very knowledgeable and came from a variety of backgrounds and schools/degrees. It was not unheard of for an engineer to work with a physics major. It made for very interesting group dynamics, but also made it easier to generating new concepts by having people from different backgrounds.

The hardest part of the job was generating the white papers and lab reports while still meeting the, usually, tight deadlines.

The most enjoyable part of the job was the challenge. Every day you worked on something different, it was great for keeping you stimulated and interested in the work you were doing. Each day was a great learning opportunity.
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Great folks to work with.
Senior Analyst (Former Employee) –  Arlington, VAFebruary 5, 2015
Great work environment.

Learned excellent team collaboration techniques.

Management genuinely concerned for the work force.

Hardest part of the job was the commute.

Most enjoyable part of the job was traveling.
Pros
Company was like a family.
Cons
Small company; not a lot of room to expand.
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Small company with huge impacts
Staff Scientist (Former Employee) –  USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, NEApril 9, 2014
ARA is a Department of Defense contract firm so I had direct client interfacing while planning military exercises for United States Strategic Command. A typical day included collaboration with other working groups, developing training and exercise objectives and identifying requirements to meet those objectives. Coordination with trusted agents and other planners to build story lines and integrate those vignettes with the master scenario.
Co-workers were other DoD contractors, government civilians and military members with varying skill sets.
The hardest part of the job was working with the exercise scripters to integrate smaller story lines.
The most enjoyable part of the job was during exercise execution when we got to see the flow of the exercise and how the training audience reacted and worked together to develop solutions to the problem set created.
Pros
Autonomy in working with the client
Cons
Small ARA team with limited contact to corporate.
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Employee-owned company, good stock options.
Staff Engineer / Analyst (Former Employee) –  Niceville, FLMarch 5, 2014
Good stock options and retirement plans. Interesting subject matter with the military.
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Test Engineer at the Transportation Security Laboratory
Test Engineer (Former Employee) –  Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234February 10, 2014
Testing new machines to upgrade security in the fight against terrorism.
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poor for QA
QA Lead (Former Employee) –  Raleigh, NCJanuary 3, 2014
wrong application of QA, hard employer for women in general, difficult to succeed as QA.
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Lack of Leadership
Facilities Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Pecos, TXNovember 18, 2013
Typical day of work at ARA includes little to no communication with/through staff. Great experiences and work with customers. Coworkers, with the exception of a few, have little to no communication and/or personal skills. There is little to no appreciation for employees and even customers. Nepotism and management "favorites" ruin the work environment.
Pros
Medical Benefits
Cons
Lack of Leadership
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