Dynamics Research

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Dynamics Research Reviews

64 Reviews
3.3
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Dynamics Research Chairman, President, and CEO James P. Regan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good people to work with and a company that takes care of their people (in 4 reviews)

  • Great Benefits associated with the company (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • DRC is beholden to the macro world of government contracting (in 12 reviews)

  • When DRC bought HPTi things fell apart (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    good people, difficult bureaucracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Dynamics Research full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    DRC is excellent at hiring new talent

    Cons

    It's difficult to adjust your salary as you rise in the company, they lose talent due to this issue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A job, not a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Dynamics Research full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good stepping stone to a career with a good company.

    Cons

    When customer management complained to me about DRC PM work ethic, I went to PM, then local office director. Was informed I'd been "downsized" within 30 days. Prime then cut PM hours to zero & hired me. DRC expands by buying other companies, not by growing internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The world doesn't rotate around Andover. Support staff (expense claims, HR) universally annoyed when asked questions ("When will my expense report be paid?").

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Manipulative and Dishonest

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Herndon, VA

    I worked at Dynamics Research

    Pros

    Interesting / Quality Work for Important Clients
    Schedule Flexibility for Family Time When Required
    Some Good Individuals
    Comperable Benefits and Pay

    Cons

    Was promised a dual role during the interview process ... part client facing, part corporate business development. After 4 months, it became clear they had no intention of honoring their committment on the business development front. Very Disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that respecting your employees means telling them the truth upfront and not forcing them to query, push and pull to get an honest answer.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reston Office: Revolving Doors...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Reston, VA

    I worked at Dynamics Research

    Pros

    Supports telecommuting as needed. Friendly work environment. That's about it:(

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of transparency, high turnover rate in Reston, very small office,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into why people are leaving the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Keep looking for better jobs, they are out there.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at Dynamics Research

    Pros

    Having a Job is better than not working

    Cons

    No Pension Plan anymore, They can't pay for medical for Retired Military (TRI-Care), the stock purchase plan had dropped from a High of $24 per share to $8 per share, promotions are very unlikely, raises are determined by percentages rather than on how your performance was rated. If the contract you are working on ends you will be terminated. They expect the workers to bring in new work but are not compensated for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management need to use some of their overpaid salaries to give performance raises or awards to their people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    brief review of DRC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Dynamics Research

    Pros

    Interesting project work, when available.

    Cons

    New project work is hard to get, because of poor coordination between marketing and tech staff.
    Field offices have little input to HQ.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shift staffing focus from military retirees with alleged contacts to the technically capable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Good Port in a Storm...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Manager
    Current Employee - Training Manager

    I have been working at Dynamics Research

    Pros

    In a time when economic options are narrowing, having a position at a company like DRC is better than working retail or some other service-oriented job. This position entails decent benefits, an opportunity to expand one's knowledge base, and the opportunity to network with others to eventually find a more suitable position with a company that better fits an individual's needs and personal traits. Not every company is suited for every person. Another person might find the situation with this company perfect for him/her. It's all relative.

    Cons

    Opportunities for career development, career progression, and salary increases are few and limited. As a contractor, it requires a lot of job-hopping to gain any kind of mobility, in terms of salary and promotion. Otherwise, you can sit on the same contract in the same grade at the same salary, receiving only annual cost-of-living increases. Don't think about any kind of intrinsic reward program or widespread corporate sense of community. Even just a pat on the back or an "'atta-boy/girl" would be nice. It just doesn't exist on any realistic level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more on-on-one feedback from individual employees and don't rely so heavily on reports from junior-level managers on how things are going. They're not going to tell you they have an unsatisfied employee, and why that employee is unsatisfied. They're not going to air their laundry in public. If you force an employee to go through HR and Employee Relations when it could have been handled with an informal chat over coffee and some conscientious follow up by a higher level manager, why take it to that point? Most employees just want to know they are acknowledged, their concerns are addressed, and something positive is going to be done - even if it's a compromise.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trying to get out now

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dynamics Research

    Pros

    Relaxed culture and flexible work locations. People are very nice and helpful. Systems are improving but most lack maturity. Mid-level management is accessible.

    Cons

    Bonuses and pay are sub-par for industry/location. Siloed divisions. Mediocre benefits. Poor corporate internal communications.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    you'll work hard a learn a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at Dynamics Research

    Pros

    lean mean teams on projects because of desire to increase profits allows employees many opportunities to learn on the job and do things normally outside of their job description. pay is very competitive (for me at least) and benefits are fine.

    Cons

    projects are staffed too lightly to allow work to be done most effectively. spend most of our time putting out fires. employee training and career development are ignored. opportunities for formal advancement are scarce because of the flat nature of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take better care of your people. your strategy of focusing on project deliverables and revenues at the expense of your people is short term thinking and ultimately will prevent the growth that is necessary in this field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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