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Not a good place to work
Sr. Administrative Specialist (Former Employee) –  Bowie, MDJuly 11, 2018
No career advancement, not structured and benefits are really not good at all. Future investment in this company is not worth working at this companys
Pros
Flexible hours
Cons
No career Advancement
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great
Systems Administrator II (Current Employee) –  Alexandria, VAApril 18, 2018
Excellent place to work, the environment is very encouraging yet demanding. We support a vast end user community focused on research and development.
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Great for just starting out
SENIOR AUDIOVISUAL SPECIALIST (Former Employee) –  Alexandria, VAApril 3, 2018
Overall, IDA is great to work at. work life balance is great. benefits are awesome (probably the main reason people stick around) and the overall environment is chill.

outside of that, at least in the IT division, you are grossly underpaid compared to the DC market.

So this is a great place to work if you're in a junior position.
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Good work-life balance, great people
Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Alexandria, VAMarch 18, 2018
Great place to work. Good hours, great people, interesting work. Can get slightly boring on a day to day level and there isn't a lot of room for career advancement unless you have a doctorate.
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A Productive and Competitive workplace
Security Officer (Full-time) (Former Employee) –  Alexandria, VAJanuary 5, 2018
I enjoyed my time working as a guard before i took a promotion in the Security Department. A great place to work and grow. There is always room for getting promoted and the training and experience was great.
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Balanced and fun workplace
Library Research (Current Employee) –  Alexandria, VAOctober 13, 2017
From the people to the actual job this is a wonderful place to work. The company ares for their staff and making sure everyone is happy and productive.
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Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 2, 2017
The job has great work life balance but little job advancement available. You cannot move up without an advanced degree. It is a very academic professional environment.
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good experience but low satsification
security specialist (Former Employee) –  Alexandria, VASeptember 26, 2017
Unless you're a consultant or engineer, you don't mean anything at this company. During review times you could have saved the pope, but they only focused on all your mistakes to justify not giving you a raise. The benefits package is great though.
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Great place to work
Research Associate II (promoted) (Current Employee) –  Alexandria, VASeptember 4, 2017
Definitely a great place to start and finish your career. The people are professional and the type of work and sponsors are interesting. I would recommend anyone to apply.
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Very Quiet
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Bowie, MDNovember 21, 2016
Working here is like working in a library, the people are nice, but the environment is old. Its extremely quiet and if you're not a researcher than they make you feel as though you don't matter.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
Working here is like stepping back in time everything is old.
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Accounting Assistant (Current Employee) –  Alexandria, VAAugust 15, 2016
A typical day in the life of a person that works in finance includes using accounting software and spreadsheets to enter, record and update financial records. Entering and recording checks and cash; checking documents and posts for accuracy and assigning debits and credits to the correct accounts. The responsibilities of someone working in the finance arena varies by level of experience and education. A person in finance must pay attention to detail in order to avoid making errors and recognize errors that others have made.
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Great place to work. Supportive Management and a lot of teamwork.
Senior Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Alexandria, VAOctober 15, 2015
Great place to work with supportive management. Not all about the numbers but how you personally grow and develop. Decent amount of red tape and politics, but this is expected of a big company.
Pros
education reimbursement; Teamwork; Supportive management
Cons
Gov Contracting is a problem when there is a shut down of the federal government.
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Ida
Control & Distribution Coordinator Administrator (Former Employee) –  Alexandria, VAMay 1, 2015
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.
Pros
Driving accross the WWB for FREE parking
Cons
SHORT lunch
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If you are a young professional, please avoid.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  VirginiaDecember 10, 2014
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.
Pros
Benefits are nice
Cons
Little to no advancement
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Good place to start a career
Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Alexandria, VAApril 7, 2014
Researchers have access to varied projects and a stress-free work environment. However, no room for advancement without a PhD
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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
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.
Pros
excellant pay
Cons
traffic
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Generally a good place to work
Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Alexandria, VAJuly 8, 2013
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.
Cons
not very diverse though that is changing.
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Great coworkers; some management staff were a little stuffy, but nice
Senior Staff Secretary (Former Employee) –  Alexandria, VAJune 25, 2013
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.
Pros
Job assignments very clear
Cons
Commute a bit too far
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Lots of well educated employees here
Staff Accountant II (Current Employee) –  Alexandria, VAMay 6, 2013
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.
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.
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Well respected company with incredible benefit package.
Research Associate (Former Employee) –  Alexandria, VASeptember 17, 2012
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.
Pros
incredible benefit and retirement package.
Cons
llimited room for advancement for non-phds.
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