Alion
2.9 of 5 81 reviews
www.alionscience.com McLean, VA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Alion Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2014
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2.9 81 reviews

                             

32% Approve of the CEO

Alion Chairman and CEO Bahman Atefi

Bahman Atefi

(44 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
81 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Interesting work, ability to help solve problems for the client"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Good benefits and support for education - industry conferences depending on office/location"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management receives large bonuses despite poor performance"
    in 8 reviews
  • "They expect you to invest in company stock, but it has gown down to under"
    in 4 reviews
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    Take care of loyal employees

    Program Manager (Former Employee)
    Stafford, VA

    ProsFirst line supervisor great. Benefits are good, especially disability. Will usually work to keep you covered contractually.

    ConsHire of high pay employees who don't produce is rampant. Too much overhead. This results in workers who produce getting less than industry average pay. No internal opportunities to advance, can stay at same pay grade/job for a long time. Need to take a look at hiring retired generals/admirals and what they really bring to the table for what they're being compensated. Very little recognition either via awards or bonuses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSlice the overhead and compensate those who bring in the money. Instead of laying off loyal employees who have produced look at the ones hired (on overhead) for business development. If they aren't bring in business they should be the ones hitting the bricks.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A waste of time

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslocation. Its a quick commute for me.

    Conspromotions, appreciation and reconginition of your work.

    Advice to Senior Managementmore transparent and promote into full time positions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company, good people, great work!

    Senior Principal Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe diversity of the work was interesting, the two teams for which I worked were composed of great people, the benefits were good (including a sign-on bonus), and there was a nice corporate atmosphere -- management was concerned about not only the business, but the employees and their career advancement.

    ConsUltimately, there were some divisional problems with business development leading to the lay off of personnel, but these have since been corrected.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good not too many bumps on the information

    Electrical Electronics Engineer (Current Employee)
    Alexandria, VA

    Prosability to have a flexible schedule and be able to work from home

    ConsInability to have a flexible schedule and be able to work from home

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not ask where one will be in 5 years

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    Very Political

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    ProsGreat coworkers, allow to work from home if able

    Consa lot of red tape, politics get in the way of projects

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A company with some great people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThere are some really good people who work there, with years of experience in their field, that care about there fellow employees and really try hard to make the customer satisfied. They have some really good team players at Alion.

    ConsManagement needs to look more closely at attendance. Need to work on positive reinforcement. They need better communication to the employee staff on the bottom and communicate down the ladder in a positive way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementActions speak louder than words. There are performers and riders. Pay more attention to employee attendance. Develop a motivation campaign for the employees and the company image.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great co-workers and fair, flexible company.

    Financial Analyst Asc (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat work/life balance at Alion.

    ConsThe pay increases are not as great as they are with other contractors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave more of an open door policy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It is a good company to work for.

    Data Specialist (Current Employee)
    Pascagoula, MS

    ProsIt is a family orientated company

    ConsSome of the management is not people persons

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsThey go as far as they can to provide the best conditions of employment and tell upfront what to expect from the particular employment situation

    ConsPerhaps due to the size of the company and complexity of their services, management feels far and detached, especially when working in remote locations

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevise some way of connecting with remote employees so they feel more part of the team

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    When Alion purchased Anteon, staff lost great leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    ProsI wish I had any pros to list however other than average benefits and pay; there is nothing positive to comment.

    ConsWhen Alion purchased Anteon, the caring nature of management went right out the window. Anteon used to work diligently to ensure staff on contracts ending had new positions or at leads and created a wonderful environment to work in. However, when Alion came in, management could care less about the staff, changed infrastructure to a less sensible structure and cleaned house of many staff. People who had been with Anteon for 10+ years left in masses due to this and I was glad when I did. The environment turned from a place I enjoyed working (total of 8 years) to somewhere I was miserable in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to care about your staff as people, not just a number. In addition, stop acquiring companies when you are unable and ineffective as merging successfully.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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