Senior Data Analyst (Former Employee), Reston, VA – June 7, 2013
Pros: you get to work with "big name" companies; you get to work with "real time" data.
Cons: no work-life balance; very cliquish; questionable methodologies/practices.
All I could come up with is:
1. Work with "big name" companies.
2. Work with "real time" data.
... it's a short list, I know.
1. Very cliquish; difficult to "break in" to the group. Some long-time employees treat you with disrespect because you're "the new guy" so I found it very difficult to fit in.
2. While they talk about work-life – more... balance, they don't actually practice it. You're to be "plugged in" all the time. They want you online on your company-issued laptop and they "strongly encourage" you to set up your work email on your personal cell phone, too. It basically becomes a 24-hour per day job.
Get an email at 2:15AM? You better answer it! If you wait until you get to the office in the morning, you'll be questioned about why you didn't answer it, lectured as to how important it is that you be "in the loop".
3. Telecommuting is offered, but there definition is a little different. They'll let you work from home, but that's after a 10+ hour day of working in the office.
4. Talent flight. I would hear the conversations in the break room or cafeteria of people who were openly complaining about the environment and their desire to leave as soon as they can. I wasn't surprised when I would hear that so-and-so had left to work for another company.
5. Rumor mongering! Goodness gracious but there was always someone talking about someone else! Now that I think about it, this is tied to Cons #1....
6. Questionable practices and methodologies. They are in a competitive market but I saw "smudging of numbers" -- "Is that a 1 or a 7? Let's see how it works out with both and go with the one that gives us the best answer!" – less
Challenging and interesting work but lack of leadership and strategic guidance leaves this being a poorly run company
client service (Former Employee), Reston, VA – October 20, 2013
The CEO does not have a clear strategy of where the company should be going and is most likely trying to get out. Top leadership is unable to control turnover and doesnt run itself as a mature company but more like a 5 person startup. Lack of communication from up top leaves everyone below hanging.
Former employee (Former Employee), Reston, VA – July 10, 2013
If your looking for a job that requires you to be on call 24/7, weekends , and holidays then this is for you. Management does not treat their employees well. They expect everything and give nothing back. They even give you grief and hardship when you need to take personal time. Do not waste your time.