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Control & Distribution Coordinator Administrator (Former Employee), Alexandria, VAMay 1, 2015
Pros: Driving accross the WWB for FREE parking
Cons: SHORT lunch
A typical morning/day is moderate my learning came from co-workers and reading, management conduct monthly meetings
co-workers we all work as a TEAM, the hardest but manageable part with the job was maintaining a DoD contact list within the pentagon, but buy the end it all turned out good.
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If you are a young professional, please avoid.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), VirginiaDecember 10, 2014
Pros: benefits are nice
Cons: little to no advancement
Nepotism is rampant here. There is very little to no opportunity for advancement. Once you are in your position, you stay there. This place is biased regarding your educational background; i.e. if you are from an ivy league school, you are more likely to receive call back. Management is unprofessional and possess very little knowledge regarding their position.
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productive and fun work place
1st Lt. Security Officer (Former Employee), Princeton, NJSeptember 9, 2014
long drive, work hard fair pay, clean shop, happy environment, nice area, wonderful worker
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loved working with all different kinds of people and there personality no one was the same
Payroll Specialist (Former Employee), alexandria vaAugust 15, 2013
Pros: excellant pay
Cons: traffic
would rather not discuss ida but if required i have no choice .....i was there for over 26years and i loved my job . lots of deadlines it was awesome to do payroll from start to finish it was very rewarding.
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Generally a good place to work
Research Associate (Current Employee), Alexandria, VAJuly 8, 2013
Cons: not very diverse though that is changing.
IDA is a solid place to work with competitive compensation and good benefits. It is a bit more of a formal atmosphere, however. Further, the structure more academic than corporate so there isn't much in the way of advancement if that is the type of thing you are looking for.
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Great coworkers; some management staff were a little stuffy, but nice
Senior Staff Secretary (Former Employee), Alexandria, VAJune 25, 2013
Pros: job assignments very clear
Cons: commute a bit too far
The job was mostly routine, with the majority of the assignments being document production and formatting, which I enjoyed. Great frontline staff. I had the advantage of learning different software packages.
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Lots of well educated employees here
Staff Accountant II (Current Employee), Alexandria, VAMay 6, 2013
Pros: cafe located inside the building gives 25% discount on food, ample parking in 3 basement parking lots, good benefits
Cons: set in their way of doing things, hard to get new processes initiated.
This company is a government contractor think tank. Out customers are the DOD, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and other government agencies who want to know the answers to a "What-if" senerio. How does the war in Somalia effect the drug cartels in South America is an example of what these PHD's have to research and think about. However, that is not in my scope of work. My primary function is make sure the employees submit a timesheet so they can get paid for the hours worked on these task and the capture that data and submit that to the billing accountant to create labor invoices to the customers for hours worked on their projects.
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Well respected company with incredible benefit package.
Research Associate (Former Employee), Alexandria, VASeptember 17, 2012
Pros: incredible benefit and retirement package.
Cons: llimited room for advancement for non-phds.
I really enjoyed working at IDA. The only caveat I have is that it is, for certain legitimate reasons (they are a research and analysis firm), biased towards PhDs and retired high-ranking military. Pay and the opportunity for advancement is somewhat limited for people outside of these areas. However, if you understand that going in, you will enjoy your time there. The work is relevant and there is an excellent corporate culture.
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It's a great working experience with a diversite environment.
Services Assistant II/Diver (Former Employee), VAApril 27, 2012
Pros: unlimited sick leave
Cons: short lunch break
It's a great company to work for. They have alot of opportunities that you can benefit from, like the unlimited sick leave which come in handily for me with my ongoing foot problem or they pay for your schooling the list goes on.
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Small company, high talent work force, challenging work
Senior Project Lead and Research Staff (Former Employee), Alexandria VAApril 26, 2012
Small company atmosphere ... lots of freedom
Extremely bright - accomplished employees ... mostly PhDs
Very challenging work
Lots of customer interaction
If you are engineer note - you aren't building systems