Acumen Solutions Reviews in Vienna, VA

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Acumen Solutions President and CEO David V. Joubran
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Pros
  • There are a lot of great people to work with and learn from; many directors have been there a long time and are great teachers (in 10 reviews)

  • A great place to grow professionally & personally (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • This is demonstrated by the fact that a large chunk of the senior management has been there for 10 (in 4 reviews)

  • The People Manager program is outdated (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed Feelings

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at Acumen Solutions

    Pros

    The people who work at Acumen are great. Almost everyone here has nothing but positive things to say about most of their colleagues. The company has different social events to help employees have fun and get to know each other outside of the office. Depending on your role and your manager, there are often great opportunities for growth. There are great awards programs and incentives to help recognize good work, although this is not used consistently and many managers have never taken advantage of it. The company offers beneficial training programs.

    Cons

    People can get stuck on projects where they are not happy, and kept there months after being told they'd roll off. That is also the nature of almost any consulting firm. Once you reach a certain level within the company you are almost guaranteed to become a people manager. Some people are skilled at their job but do not have what it takes to manager people. It's unfortunate that many people have either taken the appropriate path to express concerns about their manager only to have nothing change, or choose not to say anything because they don't feel that they can be honest. So many companies are offering telecommuting and flexible work schedules and Acumen will likely never budget on the standard 8:30-5:30 workday at the office or client site.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the sharpest knives in the drawer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at Acumen Solutions full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good place to learn and gain experience with newer technologies such as salesforce.com

    Cons

    conflicting values and priorities - no clear growth plan for company or its people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Acumen Solutions

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Vienna, VA

    I worked at Acumen Solutions

    Pros

    Solid leadership within the company

    Cons

    Promotion structure
    Work/Life balance not promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a consistent way to reward peformance within the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    50/50

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at Acumen Solutions

    Pros

    You can be successful, if you're an entrepreneur. Very limited travel projects if you want to stay in-town. There are some good people there from different backgrounds.

    Cons

    People get stuck in roles they don't want to be in (one of downsides to a small consulting firm). There's limited options in what you can do. People get in ruts and don't see a way of getting out of it. So the obvious option is to leave. The salaries are not great. I have friends at other consulting firms making more. The mentoring program is not consistent for all employees. If you have a good mentor, you want to keep them. Otherwise, you'll get someone who really doesn't care and won't give you the time to get to know you. There are experienced hires that do not have a consulting background and they clash with culture I expected at Acumen Solutions. They were hired for their niche skill set(s). But I don't see them contributing beyond that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can we take a step back? The company is trying to grow very quickly. But the growth is contingent on hiring more people. There are two factors that will either make the growth plan successful or kill it in the next six to 12 months. (1) Solid profile hires that will continue to challenge themselves, contribute to successfully deliver, and promote/exercise the core values/culture. (2) "Show me the Money!" Competitive salaries attract solid profile hires and retain existing solid performers. When the market is hot, salaries need to match the market demand.

    Approves of CEO
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    Okay Company...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Vienna, VA

    I worked at Acumen Solutions

    Pros

    Training Opportunities , HO , Benefits, good co workers, vacation time , work life balance, few good managers, location, recognition

    Cons

    Upper Management, 401 k, quality of work, over commitments, opportunity to work on different prjects - if you do a good job on one project, you will be syuck to same until you leave the company, promotion criteria - very biased. Salary is bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you say you are an equal opportunity employer, then you should give equal opportunity to everyone. Increse salary bands rather than spending money on meaningless company celebrations/dinners

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Opportunities Across The Board If You Like The Small Firm Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at Acumen Solutions

    Pros

    Great people, good opportunities, good reputation.

    Cons

    Limited internal functions, mentorship abilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more emphasis on growing and mentoring staff, along with excellent delivery

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, but can be frustrating to deal with management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at Acumen Solutions

    Pros

    The people - they are sharp and great people to work with. They like to have fun but work hard as well. Some managers are excellent and treat their employees very well, you just have to find the right one.

    Cons

    Management can be hard to deal with sometimes. There is a tendency for senior to not be on the consultants' side when it comes to issues with direct managers. Also there is not enough importance put on internal departments, such as HR and staffing, so people in those roles tend to leave more than other internal people. There is also not as much focus on employee morale now as there was a few years ago. Communication is also not a strong point.
    One big negative - telecommuting is frowned on, which doesn't make sense for a company that is supposed to be forward thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more often and effectively with your staff.

    No opinion of CEO

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