Alion Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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Alion Chairman and CEO Bahman Atefi
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Pros
  • Extremely flexible work schedule, (in 6 reviews)

  • HR and administrative support very efficient, flexibility with work schedule (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management receives large bonuses despite poor performance (in 10 reviews)

  • They expect you to invest in company stock, but it has gown down to under (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Depends on what you're looking for...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at Alion full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you're a good employee (i.e. manage to complete all the HR stuff and keep your customer happy), managers will leave you be and do your job. In the scheme of things, the company is big enough that it has the ability to absorb you (i.e. place you somewhere else) if you either forced to change or need a change.

    Cons

    Some managers are better than others at keeping you connected to the company. If you're onsite, you can be forgotten-- so you need to constantly remind yourself who signs your paychecks at the end of the day (believe it or not, its not your customer...).

    Advice to Management

    Aim for better career paths. Try not to 'sell' crappy jobs to your employees (i.e. if the customer is 'difficult' say it. Don't sugar coat it. Let me know what I'm truly signing up for...) Fix the cons.

  2. A positve experience.

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

    I have been working at Alion full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Knowledgeable experienced personnel. Interesting projects

    Cons

    Reduction in some benefits. Dependent on Govt. for some funding.

  3. Program Manager

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

    I have been working at Alion full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Lots of great technical folks, especially the ones I work with.
    -Very interesting work for my business unit.

    Cons

    -No leadership at the corporate level but they are very good at dictating and tasking.
    -No direction from upper management on where they want the company to go.
    -Huge debt causes every decision to be made on cash flow.
    -Support functions believe that Operations should support them.
    -Each unit operates and behaves independently, often not the maximum benefit of the company.

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  5. Terrible financial troubles

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alion

    Pros

    They used to give a very competitive PTO package, they used to have a good stock price, and they used to give above industry pay. I can't honestly say there are any pros anymore.

    Cons

    Upper management is terrible. Bahman the CEO is no where to be seen or heard from. All the leadership does is hire more former SAIC employees who happen to be a friend to come and "fix" things ie lay people off.

    Advice to Management

    File for bankruptcy and let it go.

  6. Great place for beginners, DON'T WANT TO STAY THERE.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Alion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    laid back environment. good for beginner jobs.

    Cons

    Poor management, Top heavy, no room for growth, no communication

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites, talk to your employees, treat people like they matter. My boss didn't even know my name after 6 months of him being on the program. After 3 years, he no idea what my job function was.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Employed there for 10 plus years and has a very stressful political work environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and sound structure.

    Cons

    Favoritism and competition between Groups needs to be changed to a Team player environment.

    Advice to Management

    Need to institute more of a team environment, especially in you mid to lower levels instead of the competition between groups as is was occurring in the field instead of the favorite son mentality.

  8. Military Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Military Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Military Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Alion full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Place and people to work with.

    Cons

    Keeping former employees in the fold.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep former employees on board

  9. Program manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Alion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company, potential to do better

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say, but has gone down

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving

  10. Good Company, Not so Good Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Logistics Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Logistics Analyst

    I worked at Alion

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employee Owned, Good Benefits and Training through online system. Good People and Opportunities in other locations. Interesting and challenging work in other programs.

    Cons

    Low Salary (contract limits), limited promotional opportunities at local site, strange office culture. Stock price has dropped dramatically.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to good people that you recruit and help them stay with the company, even if it requires relocating.

  11. Room for improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Alion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has a lot of good people and interesting projects.

    Cons

    As the company looks for ways to remain competitive, the C-level is not sharing as much information, which creates some distrust by its employees and assumptions about what the real story is.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and honest with the employees.

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