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8 days ago

Account Manager, Energy Efficiency/

ICF International Columbia, MD

We have a passionate commitment to our work and to helping our clients achieve their objectives. We combine technical expertise with world-class… ICF International

5 days ago

Project Coordinator/ Energy Efficiency/

ICF International Columbia, MD

To support our growth, we are seeking candidates with a strong interest in energy efficiency. These positions require experience with utility energy… ICF International

24 days ago

Sr. PHP/Web Developer

ICF International Columbia, MD

This position calls for a web developer with a background in PHP, MySQL, HTML, JavaScript, and jQuery. We will also consider candidates possessing… ICF International

23 days ago

Senior Account Manager, Energy Efficiency/

ICF International Columbia, MD

• Work in support of various utility sponsored programs that encourage energy-efficiency in the commercial and industrial markets. • Recruit… ICF International

17 days ago

Senior Program Manager, Energy Efficiency for Maryland

ICF International Columbia, MD

Protecting energy supplies, improving energy efficiency, analyzing fuel markets, trading greenhouse gas emissions. In these areas and more, you’ll… ICF International

5 days ago

Physical Access Management (PACS) Subject Matter Expert

ICF International Woodlawn, MD

Lead projects related to the integration of physical access control systems (PACS) and closed circuit television (CCTV) systems. Interact with… ICF International

14 days ago

Instructional Systems Designer

ICF International Linthicum, MD

The instructional designer will develop and deliver a variety of blended learning solutions using the following strategies and approaches… ICF International

10 days ago

Network Science Researcher

ICF International Calverton, MD +2 locations

ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the… ICF International

20 days ago

Systems Engineer

ICF International Adelphi, MD

ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the… ICF International

24 days ago

Senior Application Developer

ICF International Adelphi, MD

• Perform function of “Lead Developer” of “Enterprise Scale” web application utilizing Java, JavaScript, and other “web” technologies in a… ICF International

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    Its all about billable hours..forget professional development/advancement...mistrust, lack of cooperation abound!

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Columbia, MD

    I worked at ICF International full-time (more than 3 years)


    Loved the autonomy I was given to do my job. Pay was more than typical for my skill and location. Working from home was great and this company strives for net zero carbon as a company. Seems that people hired are very experienced in their field. You are working with some fine professionals, for the time that they stay with the company before they leave.


    I was hired to work on a contract project and was promised opportunities to learn and develop/advance in the company. Brought on as a senior associate. It was clear after a year, this company had some very big problems, namely:
    1. Poor leadership fails to inspire/motivate employees, recognize/reward hard work
    2. Bad communication and lack of openness creates mistrust and lack of cooperation among groups
    3. They make it clear billable hours are all they care about...they do NOT invest in developing/nurturing talent....development/training/mentoring is not happening at ICF.

    From the very beginning, they were cagey about questions regarding retention in the company and rightly so. It seems the only way to move up is to get out of ICF and apply for another position elsewhere. This became increasingly more apparent as I saw more and more people leave after 1-2 years only with the company. This is not a company people stay with long tenure, as advancing in the company into higher management is nearly impossible. You are basically told to stay in your lane and keep plugging along, don't get inventive or try to suggest ideas....and as long as you do your job, provided the contract is renewed, you will have a job. This is all contract work, so the day your contract is not renewed, you'll be let go, don't expect the company to try to find you work somewhere else in the company, and you are made very aware of this fact very early on. Also don't try to diversify and work extra hours in other contracts to learn more about the company outside your area, since there is no interest for managers to help other contracts out. No teamwork mentality here, you are on your own and camaraderie and cooperation is dead. (Unless you can bill the client, no one is interested in you putting forth the extra effort.)

    Salary increases, forget it...its not in the budget and you "already make more than you should." so again and again, you are made to feel as though you are not valued in the company. Training and conferences, not going to happen since "its not in the budget." I was a speaker at a conference presenting about the work we were doing and I still had to use vacation time and pay out of pocket for it.

    Managers were picked based on age and not competence or ability to lead. We had two managers lead our group (in 3 years due to turnover) and both were poor at communicating, tact and leadership skills. It was very evident when they were stressed, because it was passed onto our group in the form of poor communication that was strained, amiss and below tactful. Many business processes (proposal development, overall project management, budgets) remained very secretive due to the high turnover in the company. Not a lot of communication downwards and very little opportunity to communicate upward. All in all, the group I worked in, EE&T, was very dysfunctional and it shows with the drove of people leaving the company. There is no mentoring or motivating either, which is sad in a company filled with such a large number of smart and bright professionals.

     I left on my own accord after finding another job that pays less working for a company that made it clear to me at the beginning that its employees are its #1 asset and they are treated as such. I left primarily because it became clear that ICF does not care about its employees or nurturing their development and career.

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    Reverse your priorities to reflect that you value your employees. Fail to do that and you'll continue to see employees leaving for greener pastures...pastures your competitor is cultivating with leadership training for managers, mentoring for younger employees, career progression and development opportunities, and a culture that is cooperative and synergistic, rather than competitive and distrustful of other LOB atmosphere that is so ingrained at ICF.

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