ICF International – Why Work For Us?

Working at ICF International means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icfi.com/careers to find your next career. ICF International—together for tomorrow.

Market offerings:

  • Aviation
  • Climate
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Families and Communities
  • Health
  • Infrastructure Resilience/Homeland Security
  • International Development
  • Transportation

Within each market, the firm offers advisory and information technology services to assist clients in strategy and policy analysis, program management, project evaluation, and other services.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels.(EEO/AA – Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities)

ICF International: Crafting careers that have impact.

If you want to work on the leading issues of the day, if you want your work to reflect your passion in life, if you truly want to make the world a better place, then you want to work at ICF International.

Whether ensuring efficient use of energy resources, protecting the environment for generations to come, supporting cancer and HIV/AIDS patients and returning veterans, keeping young people in school and educators informed, delivering results in emergency preparedness, or breaking ground in any number of today’s issues, ICF works in the topics that lead the news.

We have a passionate commitment to our work and to helping our clients achieve their objectives. We combine technical expertise with world-class analytics. We provide room for entrepreneurial thinking and grass-roots innovation to achieve compelling results for both our clients’ projects and our own company. All our work is done in a professional, collegial, and intellectual environment that allows individuals the latitude they need to perform work that parallels their passions.

At ICF International, employees are a part of our culture of respect and work in an environment that fosters personal and professional growth—all while working beside colleagues who are highly talented and motivated individuals. We all strive for high standards by committing to ICF International's core values, which in turn allow us to deliver the utmost satisfaction to our clients and challenge our employees along the way.

Our employees represent a wide range of experience and educational and ethnic backgrounds. We know that a diverse employee base is a powerful resource. That's what makes us unique. That's what makes ICF International a great place to work.

Working for ICF International means constantly learning, honing your skills, and furthering your career.

One venue for talent development is the Learning Institute. This program is a resource for employees as they think about and act on developing their professional talents to advance their careers. Our Learning Institute offers more than 300 instructor-led and web-based courses in business development, consulting skills, project and financial management, people skills, corporate systems and practices, and computer software. At ICF, every course has meaning, purpose, and value. The curriculum aligns directly with the skills and metrics that determine job advancement. Participation (pending discussions with your supervisor) has no cap, and all classes are free (except for PMP prep courses).

A number of employee development initiatives that help ensure the company retains its industry expertise, include:

  • Talent development program providing in-house training, e-learning opportunities, and a training resource library
  • Company-paid professional memberships, certifications, and tuition reimbursement, as well as opportunity for employees to attend offsite training, conferences, and training
  • Publication recognition and reward program

At ICF International, you will be surrounded by engaged, insightful professionals who are dedicated to finding meaningful answers to today's most pressing challenges. We strive to create future leaders by providing mentor partnerships, talent development courses, and educational assistance. We also offer a "promote from within" culture, competitive salaries, a 401(k) from day one, great benefits, and the opportunity to impact the world. The benefits at ICF International are designed to protect basic needs, promote well being, and enhance professional development.

Our standard benefits package is comprehensive and quite flexible to help meet the different needs of our employees.

The employee can choose exactly which coverage best suits his or her personal lifestyle. ICF International's standard benefits package includes:

  • Family medical, dental, and vision care
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Flexible spending accounts for health care and child care
  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment
  • Retirement plan with a 401(k)match
  • Supplemental life insurance for the employee and/or spouse/children
  • Paid time off and holidays

In addition to our standard benefits package, ICF International also offers other benefits to enhance personal well-being. Some of the perks we offer include:

  • Onsite massage therapy
  • Commuter benefits for public transportation users
  • Free Starbucks coffee
  • Corporate happy hours every month
  • Onsite flu shots
  • Onsite blood drives
  • Bonuses for referring successful job applicants
  • Tuition reimbursement

ICF International employees also give back to the community by participating in charitable events, such as Toys for Tots, Greater DC Cares, Call to Protect, Adopt-A-Highway, and food drives. We believe that the best benefits package is one that allows the employee to determine how much or how little to be involved.

At ICF, we demonstrate our commitment to corporate responsibility by:

  • Investing in our employees .
  • Serving our clients with integrity.
  • Creating long-term value for our shareholders .
  • Giving back to our communities and society.
  • Minimizing our impact on the environment .

2011-2012 ICF Coporporate Responsibility Report Cover

Learn about ICF's commitment to Corporate Responsibility in our 2012 report.

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ICF International Reviews

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ICF International Chairman and CEO Sudhakar Kesavan
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    Inconsistent Work Atmosphere

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    I have been working at ICF International full-time for more than 5 years


    The benefits at ICF are reasonable.The work environment is good. The health insurance coverage is good. The facilities are nice. Managers are great.


    Inconsistency in departments is common in many areas.

    My department does not allow working from home except in bad weather. Allowing employees to work regularly from home even 1-2 days a week provides better work-life balance and flexibility. Some departments allow a greater ability to work from home from a few days a week to every day. It seems to be up to the department head. In today's world almost all companies allow telecommuting.

    I think PTO is on the low side - employees should have a few additional PTO days per year than what is given. Since telecommuting is not allowed in my department, there should be more PTO allotted so employees can take care of personal appointments.

    There is no comp time - at least that I am aware of. Salaried staff often work many extra hours - especially in the busy months - and do not get compensated.

    Staff should have offices instead of cubicles. It is very distracting to be in cubicles - especially when working on a special project that needs concentration. Only select staff have offices.

    Low annual increases. A 2% increase is much smaller to a lower paid person than a higher paid person. There seems to be a standard increase every year that is not reflective of performance.

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    Allow greater opportunity in working from home, give larger salary increases for excellent performance, and solicit more feedback from lower staff.

    Neutral Outlook
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ICF International Interviews

Updated Sep 10, 2014
Updated Sep 10, 2014

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Fairfax, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fairfax, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at ICF International in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Brought resume to career fair; received an email to submit application online the next week; received request to interview about a month later, had the interview a couple weeks later, and received the offer about two weeks after that.

    Interview was several hours (basically all day) - met with different staff, had lunch (paid for) with 2 employees; took 2 written question tests; received reimbursement for travel expenses

    Interview Questions
    • The written questions - they were pretty simple that it almost felt odd that they gave us so much time to complete them. I kept second guessing myself and thinking I was missing something.   Answer Question
    • Please try to be as detailed as possible regarding the technical question, business case, etc.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Did not negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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ICF International Awards & Accolades

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Best Places to Work for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2012

Additional Info

Website www.icfi.com
Headquarters Fairfax, VA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1999
Type Company - Public (ICFI)
Industry Business Services
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) provides professional services and technology solutions that deliver beneficial impact in areas critical to the world's future. ICF is fluent in the language of change, whether driven by markets, technology, or policy. Since 1969, we have combined a passion for our work with deep industry expertise to tackle our clients' most important challenges. We partner with clients around the globe—advising, executing, innovating—to help them define and achieve success. Our more than 4,500 employees serve government and commercial clients from more... More

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