Dynamics Research Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
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Dynamics Research President and CEO Anthony Smeraglinolo
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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
  • When DRC bought HPTi things fell apart (in 12 reviews)

  • Selling to DRC in 2011 caused major changes that turned HPTi into a completely different company with different values (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Not terrible, not wonderful

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dynamics Research

    Pros

    Interesting work depending on project

    Cons

    Engagement is low, little connection to direct employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    Lack of corporate culture.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dynamics Research full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Managers were okay, but it took forever to put processes in motion.

    Cons

    When DRC bought HPTi things fell apart.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Management is good old boys club

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Reston, VA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Reston, VA

    I worked at Dynamics Research as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good possiblities in the marketplace, but officers in Massachusetts weak on strategic planning.

    Cons

    C level executives down in the weeds too much. Need to give authority to people on the front lines of business

    Advice to Management

    Reduce staff in operations and listen to people down the food chain.


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  5. Research analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Dynamics Research as a contractor

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Life work balance is okay, some telecommuting options available, salaries and benefits are generally good. Company provides training opportunities.

    Cons

    Company doesn't invest in employees beyond corporate training. Turnover is high, management isn't strong and that creates a stressful environment.


  6. Good mid-sized corporation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Dynamics Research full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People who work with people - meaning not just about business and making a buck. People care about you as a person and make an effort to take care of you the best they can despite the circumstances. Each person work as a consultant for a particular team so each team can take care of each other and a person does not get lost inside a big corporate world.

    Cons

    Communication is a bit challenging because the consulting teams have to interact with the customers and sometimes the customers are not quick to respond. No one wants to violate the contract (which is understandable) but getting information to flow quickly will not be easy.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to take care of people no matter how large the company gets. It goes a long way in retaining top talent.


  7. Average federal consulting firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dynamics Research full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - General commitment to delivering quality service to the client
    - Some focus on maintaining integrity and ethics
    - Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - Low growth and little risk taking with proposals
    - Little technical strategy to maintain relevance
    - Little opportunity to use or develop new skills because of the above cons
    - Sets the bar at a little less than average


  8. Helpful (1)

    First job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at Dynamics Research full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, decent culture, engaging

    Cons

    Lots of corporate culture shoved down your throat, lots of random work that you weren't really signed up for, random layoffs


  9. -

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Dynamics Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management always looking out for employees.

    Cons

    Government contracts change at the whim of the agency


  10. Helpful (1)

    Communication with customers needs improvement

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Acquisition Management Analyst in Hanscom AFB, MA
    Former Employee - Acquisition Management Analyst in Hanscom AFB, MA

    I worked at Dynamics Research full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Decent employee benefits (health/dental, 401K), great charitable giving program, positive, realistic outlook on the Defense industry as a whole. Management and HR seemed friendly, accommodating, open to new ideas and willing to take on new talent.

    Cons

    Communication between them and the customer was non-existent. My manager was in a different building and not around when I needed him. The group I was supporting at the time was not giving me any work to do, despite my near-constant requests. I didn't find out until later that they weren't satisfied with my performance, and it was too late for anything to be done. My manager wasn't aware that there were problems, and neither was I. I didn't feel supported by DRC because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Make more of an effort to communicate with your customers on a regular basis regarding your employees' performance. Check in with your employees on a more regular basis, and listen to what they have to say.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Desperately trying to change

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate II in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate II in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Dynamics Research full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Willing to look at what works and what doesn't. Made a good acquisition with HPTi. A decent set of internal tools and practices.

    Cons

    DRC let too many contracts end in the same year with no follow ups. Revenue dropped like a rock. The current federal market is not there for a company struggling to make new sales.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the leadership team photos. Seriously consider jettisoning everyone with fully silver or gray hair. New blood is needed to change the company culture.



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