Consultant (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – October 22, 2017
Managers are kind of like teachers in the sense that the good ones do more than just the technical job. They do not just show up, do the bare minimum and leave. They check in and proactively make sure that their employees have everything they need. They take the errors the juniors make as feedback on their leadership. They don't blame the junior employee, but realize they have a professional and ethical responsibility to pour into that person and build them up, and in doing so provide excellent service to the client. MBC isn't structured to allow this. It's built to only technically meet the requirements of the contract and in doing so, they treat people as disposable tools.
MBC is not structured to do anything but make profit. It's money-centric Wolf of Wall Street type stuff. There's no social responsibility or any attempt to do government contracting better. There's no strategic thinking, leadership or growth. If you help them earn money and play the political games, you're in the good old boys club. If you ask for training, leadership or try to do things better, your neck is on the chopping block.
Good salary, usually a bit above average, Good at gaining new contracts
Favoritism, Elitism, absent management and politics takes precedent over treating employees well.
Manager (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – January 16, 2018
Odd culture. Nobody is proud of working at MBC. At other small companies, employees are proud of the cutting-edge things the company is doing. At bigger companies like booz, there's pride in working for such a historic company doing such innovative, massive work. But at MBC, people are just ashamed. They are only there to do the bare minimum, get a paycheck and go home.
People come and go like clockwork. A revolving door of people who accept an offer because they really need a job, and then see how terrible it is so they leave as quickly as possible, and on and on the cycle continues. The people who do stay are the absolute worst. Incompetent, slow, nepotic and unethical.
The culture is horrible, and directly enabled by MBC leadership
FMS Case Analyst (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – January 13, 2018
Weird environment. Hostility from your own managers from the first day. Weird emphasis of wanting employees to "take responsibility for their own actions" which is insane a company would push that sentiment. It makes the company hyper-individualistic and is the root of the offbeat culture.
It doesn't help that MBC's management very openly does not care about their employees. And they make that very clear that you are on your own, and they will never support you.
Nobody cares about you or your career. You might as well be a 1099-contractor to them.
No support or management, no training, career advancement or opportunities. Dead end job.
Program Manager (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – January 13, 2018
Completely backwards understanding of the client- support relationship. They take such a stiff, unimaginative approach to contracting. They really don't understand that govies are people too, and don't want to be treated like strangers. They also don't like watching contracting companies treat their employees poorly. So when MBC does something messed up in the name of "client delivery" they are shooting themselves in the foot.
self-destructive tactics, poor understanding of government contracting
self-destructive tactics, poor understanding of government contracting
Analyst (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – January 13, 2018
Weak management that uses juvenile tactics to get things done. There is no semblance of professionalism. They don't even attempt to train their employees or help build their careers.
For instance, my current company pays $1,000 to any employee who completes a certain amount of the training they provide. Things like this are the norm at most companies: they care about their employees and pour into them. They communicate clearly with them, support them and give them what they need to excel not just at the company, but for their career. Long-term, this builds an "external network" of people who remain an asset to the company even when they've moved on in their careers.
MBC on the other hand is the opposite of this. They have a network of angry ex-workers. Even current junior employees hate the company and are trying to leave as soon as they are able to. Worst company culture I've ever seen.
None I can think of. They are as bad as they get
To many to list. Just don't work for them. Just don't.
Analyst (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – January 5, 2018
The managers are to busy trying to bid on new contracts to keep the company afloat to actually manage their client delivery. So juniors/ client support are left in the dark and blamed for everything. But they can't hire a contracts team, because they pay managers to much so they don't leave and pay the owners/ executive board (who literally do nothing) handsome salaries and don't have anything left over to invest back in the company. So this circle-jerk of incompetence, arrogance and ignorance continues on and on and on, and genuinely harms everyone who comes in contact with MBC. Competent people cannot do their jobs when their managers refuse to actively support them. Do everyone a favor and don't give this company any business and don't accept any of their desperate job offers.
If you play the political games and sell your soul for a salary, things are generally fine.
Culture is nuts, people are tense and passive aggressive.
Program Analyst (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – December 28, 2017
Your own managers will not support you, check in on you, care about you, respond to your requests for training or provide you with what you need. They will actively work against you to make themselves look better and are about as pro-active as a sea slug. They use employees as scapegoats for when the government inevitably becomes upset with client delivery. It's truly amazing that this company manages to keep hobbling along, given they have burned every bridge in the entire industry.
I've never had seniors and managers actively try to undermine me and my work. That was a first for me. And it will be a last, because I will never accept a position at such a disreputable contractor again just because I like the client work. Lesson learned. I thought that MBC's obvious flaws would not influence my work, but it did in a major way. It was impossible to get work done the right way, and to be a professional in such a pedantic environment.
Little oversight, normal hours, below average pay
No ethics, no values, no leadership or communication
Senior Financial Analyst (Former Employee) – Norfolk, VA – November 16, 2017
Zero communication between employees and management. No mentorship, career development or training opportunities. Crazy, unprofessional hostility between managers and more junior employees. Weird personality conflicts. Offbeat and negative culture.
With a lack of management, you could come to work late or leave early usually
Weird personality conflicts. Offbeat and negative culture.
Good work-life balance, but no support and no training on the job
Consultant (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – November 8, 2017
In every contracting company, there are "external" positions where the company manages and performs process improvements with the employees on task. MBC does not- and this is a major and critical difference between them and other companies. There are no employees dedicated to training or configuration management, which maximizes profits for MBC because they don't have to pay anyone on overhead. This allows slightly higher salaries, but creates the horrible, unprofessional and incompetent culture that everyone is talking about on here.
Managers and seniors would rather fire employees than provide them with basic resources.
Descent benefits and pay. There's no profit sharing, the benefits are average but they try to pay well since it's the only way to reduce turnover.
terrible culture, no teamwork, no collaboration, manipulative managers
Consultant (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – November 2, 2017
No HR (they outsource it) so that's a huge pain. There's no recruiting team so it takes months to fill positions, if at all. The teams are lopsided and always incomplete, which enables finger pointing. There's always extra work piled on to you because of unfilled positions on the team. Everyone's on edge and agitated. Everyone's always looking to leave. Gestapo-style management techniques.
descent work-life balance, average pay
Management, zero concern for employees, no social responsibility
Consultant (Former Employee) – Arlington, VA – October 30, 2017
You are instructed to ask questions if you need help, but if you do ask a question, you get your head bitten off and reported on to the higher-ups. If you cause a senior to do any kind of work themselves, you get let go. It's a hostile, blame-shifting, greedy cesspool of incompetence. The point they keep drilling in is "take personal responsibility" which is code for "make us money and don't bother us".
I agree with this. When you are brought on you will be much higher than your competitors, but after a few promotions and tenure at the company you will be making considerably less than your peers who joined later, at the same career level.
Job Work/Life Balance
Good place to work
Senior Business Analyst (Former Employee) – WPAFB, OH – May 15, 2015
Co-workers were great, although the team spirit was a little off kilter. Management didn't have our backs. Benefits were expensive, but it's expensive everywhere
Senior Analyst, Configuration Management (Former Employee) – Ogden, UT – June 27, 2014
A typical day at work was never typical, That is why I liked it. I learned a lot about missiles. My job got stressful at times but I always enjoyed what I was doing. The most enjoyable part of my job was/were the people I worked with.
Good Money, My Consulting company treated me very well.
Consultant (Current Employee) – Arlington, VA – December 28, 2013
MBC is a good place to work. You can learn a huge amount about the industry by working with very very smart colleagues and managers, but the relatively small size of the company can impede career development due to less internal opportunities.
Most enjoyable part of the job: Because the company is small and flexible, its easy to get involved in business development and add value outside of your contract. You can have a very measurable impact on anything you participate in, and this place is a great way to cut your teeth on higher level aspects of consulting.
MBC is a small business which allows for the opportunity to grow with the company. It also allows you to wear multiple hats and obtain training/experience in a variety of areas within your field of interest. Good company values, teamwork and genuine care make the culture fun and welcoming. Advancement opportunities are given based on performance and track record; those who are doing a good job are recognized and rewarded. The compensation that is offered is competitive with the market and the benefits are top notch. The opportunity to work from home and have a flexible schedule make maintaining a work-life balance easy. Definitely a company I would recommend to anyone considering a career move.
growth opportunity, recognition, work-life balance, compensation and benefits.