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19 days ago

Drupal Developer/Architect

Aquilent Inc Rockville, MD +2 locations

.' • I work with great team of people on my project. • There's a great sense of camaraderie at Aquilent.' • Across… CareerBuilder


30+ days ago

Infrastructure Automation Engineer

Aquilent Laurel, MD

Why join Aquilent Because we hire with purpose. We provide you with a place to grow, a place to build a career, and a place where everyone is part of… TheLadders.com


30+ days ago

Technical Lead - Web, Digital Communications

Aquilent Atlanta, GA

Why join Aquilent Because we hire with purpose. We provide you with a place to grow, a place to build a career, and a place where everyone is part of… TheLadders.com


1 day ago

CISSP - IT Security Specialist – new

Aquilent Inc Laurel, MD

Responsibilities for the IT Security Specialist may include: • Create… CareerBuilder


24 days ago

SQL DBA

Aquilent Inc Laurel, MD

• Review business requests for data and data usage, researches data sources for new and better data feeds. • Participate in continuous improvement… CareerBuilder


23 days ago

Drupal Developer

Aquilent Inc Laurel, MD

• 'I love that I have the opportunity to wear many different hats in my day-to-day responsibilities.' • 'I work with great team… CareerBuilder


24 days ago

We are hiring! Web Content Management and Digital Strategy Experts! Meet Our Tea

Aquilent Laurel, MD

Providingservices is what the government is all about. Providing the enterprise solutionsand professional services that help government agencies work… CareerBuilder


20 days ago

Digital Strategist

Aquilent Washington, DC +2 locations

Why join Aquilent? Because we hire with purpose. We provide you with a place to grow, a place to build a career, and a place where everyone is part… CareerBuilder


20 days ago

Web Content Editor

Aquilent Laurel, MD

The Content Editor generally works with Content Strategists on activities related to the capture, consolidation, and the final migration of site… CareerBuilder


20 days ago

Quality Assurance / Tester

Aquilent Laurel, MD

.' • I work with great team of people on my project. • There's a… CareerBuilder


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    Kind of a crapshoot: can be decent for a short while, more than likely will just be frustrating.

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    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Laurel, MD

    I have been working at Aquilent full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There's a lot of really great people at this company, and your ability to be around them can really make or break your work experience. They seem to hire heavily based on personality, and the upside is that I haven't really worked with anyone here that I don't actually like and get along with very well. They have been an enormous bright spot in my stay here, and they are the reason I took this job in the first place (my interview really hit all of the notes I wanted to hear about caring about the quality of work environment).

    Pay's okay (it seems largely dependent on your ability to negotiate your own starting salary). They certainly have a flexible work schedule and a really relaxed corporate HQ environment, provided you are not supposed to be at a client site. I think the company's going to be having a rough next 6 months while they experience some growing pains, but overall, this certainly comes across as a pretty stable company. Health insurance and 401k options are pretty solid.

    Cons

    It's a body shop, however much they may argue that they are not. It's really odd: some positions are effectively permanent (some people are stuck on projects with no possibility of advancement for years), and yet others are never ending revolving doors. Overall, they almost never seem to promote from within so your ability to actually move up in any way beyond a simple title bump and maybe bringing in an extra 4-5k for it seems extremely limited. There's a huge degree of variability in how busy you will actually be as an employee: everyone seems to either be stuck in neutral or ramped up into high gear. This can be a very frustrating environment to work in, even when you are surrounded by good people.

    Management is poor, and the unstaffed HR of VP position for the last year has meant that resource management has been a complete joke. Part of the problem that they have with staffing positions, particularly development roles, is that there is actually no real understanding in management and HR as to the nuance of certain development tasks.

    Speaking as a developer, most of the work is pretty dull too: it's 90% WCMS work, usually in poorly maintained environments that require a lot of clean up, with all the frustration that comes with the very traditional "hurry up and wait" mentality that is endemic in government contracting. Seriously, developers: almost no one in this company really understands what you do. Most of your work will be things you probably could have been doing with your eyes closed 15 years ago. Some of their more interesting projects, they can't keep funded. Aquilent is also loathe to ever push back on a client request, which is a frustrating environment to work in when most of your client contact points are non technical people who have little understanding of what they are asking for.

    Aquilent can be a great place if you're on the right project (usually one that lets you stay in Laurel) for maybe 2 years, but I'm hardpressed to think of a reason even under the best of circumstances to stay longer than that. There are some really great people in important positions (PMs, tech leads), but by and large even they end up being really stymied by the fact that Aquilent is a bit cheap, and unwilling to push back on unreasonable client requests. The lack of advancement opportunities, and the complete lack of control you have as an employee over what sorts of projects you would like to work on means that you can very easily feel like little more than a line item on an account director's balance sheet, and you will be treated exactly like that.

    There's also a complete lack of company wide development standards. Big portions of your work will be devoted to cleaning up old code (some that Aquilent has written) because there is generally a very poor QA and testing process on most work. If you are looking for a shop that does test driven development, and really knows and emobides best practices as a whole, this is not it.

    For me personally, coming here has been probably a negative move for my career. I've been moved around more times than I care to think about in the last year and I've spent most of my time onboarding and offbaording projects rather than actually doing work. Generally, I feel like my skills have deteriorated, and certainly if I had known that this was 90% WCMS work, I would not have taken a job here. My interview was a little bit misleading (not intentionally so, it just feels that because almost no one who interviewed me knows about differences in types of development, that I got sold a bad bag of goods as a result), and this isn't unheard of. Aquilent does seem to have a reputation for hiring LAMP developers and then fitting them into boring WCMS cleanups in 15 year old content management systems. Developers be ware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and keep a VP of HR. Your company culture is very fragmented and is not being disseminated at client sites well, which means that over 2/3rds of your company feels like they work more for their client than they do Aquilent.

    Hire people for the skills you actually want: if you want a drupal developer, hire a drupal developer, don't overstaff a team with 3 full time positions worth of people who don't know drupal when you could just hire one guy who knows the CMS well who could handle everything.

    At least consider hiring from within. Lack of advancement, particularly in non development positions is responsible for a very high turnover. Development roles only feel like they have a shot for advancement, because no one really knows what's involved in them so once the company finds a developer they like they're loathe to get rid of them, ever.

    Vertical business units are ridiculous. if you're going to do this, you need to have a much more transparent and open resource management system, because right now employees are largely left to fend for themselves to find their next project when their current one ends, or risk being let go because no one at Aquilent really tried to make a spot for them anywhere. Similarly, you need to have some kind of stability for employees that you can't really seem to place anywhere for more than a couple of months at a time. HR does not have a handle on this currently.

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