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Great place to work!
Anonymous (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMApril 27, 2018
Amazing HR Department! Compassionate, caring, and innovative professionals.

Employee owned aspect is something that prospective employees should understand since it's a unique and incredible piece of employment with ARA.
Pros
Innovative and supportive
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Exceptional company
Analyst (Current Employee) –  Alexandria, VAJanuary 6, 2018
Excellent benefits, great management, and very interesting work! ARA is an exceptional company with exceptional people focusing on critical commercial and government topics.
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Gotta love to travel
Civil Engineering Technician (Former Employee) –  Camp Hill, PA 17011November 26, 2017
Travel is a large part of this job. The willingness to learn from experienced workers is a must due to the nature of the job. Know-it-alls will not fit in. Over 15 people came and went in the 8 years I was employed. As for the engineers, some were able to make decision and stick to the schedule others so flighty that the plans could change 4 times in a single day. Some loved to micro-manage and still did not understand why the project went over budget. My motto was ahead of schedule and under budget, every time. Some engineers never made plans and wondered why client were surprised when we started the job without their knowledge.
Lack of proper care for equipment, vehicles and needed repairs caused many delays during the course of a project.
Pros
Travel and seeing parts of the US and Canada
Cons
Engineers who were micro managers
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Fun to learn
IT Computer Consultant (Current Employee) –  Fort Belvoir, VA 22060October 26, 2017
The environment can be fast paced. Definitely each day is on the job training for learning capabilities as well as room for growth. ARA is a company that will take care of you.
Pros
Helpful colleagues
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Dull work environment.
Accounting Specialist (Current Employee) –  Raleigh, NCOctober 18, 2017
Business culture is old and outdated which is leading to low interest from younger talent. Government regulations on the industry are also strangle holding smooth development.
Pros
Lynda.com
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Challenging and Important Work in a Culture of Respect
Training/Emergency Management Consultant (Current Employee) –  Panama City, FLOctober 13, 2017
I felt valued and respected as a member of a professional team held to high standards and capable of producing excellent and much needed work to support the client's mission. The work is fast-paced and rigorous, and the management provides tools and support to ensure employees can accomplish tasks.
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Dynamic workplace with high demand for creativity
Group Leader (Former Employee) –  Panama City, FLAugust 23, 2017
ARA is hands down the best job I have ever had. First off they treat their employees EXTREMELY well. Second the work is very interesting with a lot of hands-on development. This is not some mega firm where you are going to spend months working on a single part in some giant assembly that you will never see built. I only have two cautions with ARA. The first is that they almost exclusively work on government contract so stability is not the highest. The second is that experience you get may be more generalized as the most useful people are those that can change roles quickly.
Pros
Fascinating work
Cons
Government contracting so stability is not the highest
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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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