Alion Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Alion Chairman and CEO Bahman Atefi
Bahman Atefi
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Pros
  • Extremely flexible work schedule, (in 6 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule, diverse projects, good collaboration in office, excellent co-workers (in 6 reviews)

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

  • All 401k matching is in company stock (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Alion Science and Technology

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    Former Employee - Support the IT Manager in Bath, ME
    Former Employee - Support the IT Manager in Bath, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alion full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    First Shift Nice and Friendly Coworkers Good Pay and Benefits Multiple Buildings so not all crammed into one location Convenient Close office locations Work with the US Department of Defense

    Cons

    Contract bid every couple of years Work with the government so can be some repetitive information that is asked for Small parking first come first park Management didn't always relay information adequately

    Advice to Management

    Understand what the employees are trying to do for you, please ask instead of just demanding that something be delivered to you in five minutes that takes a few hours to research.


  2. Good DOD Experience, bad Employer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alion full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great opportunities to get experience with DoD related careers.

    Cons

    Company was run rather poorly. Too many "pencil pushers" in the pipeline so nothing ever got approved or if it did, it took way too long.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Interesting work

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alion full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, great team members, floating legal holidays, great clients, flexibility, pay is adequate.

    Cons

    Debt, transitioning fROM employee owned, management is secretive


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  5. Corporate does not communicate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Since the debt restructuring the company seems to be more stable. Probably because the debt owners are making the decisions now.

    Cons

    Corporate does not communicate what is going on with this "employee owned" company. They only make decisions that are good for the senior corporate management without thought to how it will affect the employee owners.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and start thinking if the company as a whole rather than only the corporate level.


  6. Helpful (3)

    finances

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Alion full-time

    Pros

    a good work environment with good fellow employees

    Cons

    Company is over $500M in debt

    Advice to Management

    get the company financial situation under control


  7. Helpful (3)

    don't work here if you don't have to.

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Oxon Hill, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Oxon Hill, MD

    I have been working at Alion (Less than a year)

    Pros

    ease of work schedule; telecommute

    Cons

    company does not pay equal to other similar companies. no professional growth or advancement opportunities


  8. Helpful (1)

    Hates it's employees

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alion full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The extremely lax environment, mgmt. doesn't really seem to care what goes on.

    Cons

    Other than the "pro" I mentioned, Alion hates it's employees. The company just sold to Veritas for 340 million. Alion has, at most, 20 million shares.... and somehow the common stock is valued at 1.16/share???????? IMO, the ENTIRE Alion workforce should just up and quit. I know people have been dropping like flies (ie leaving) lately but this latest slap in the face would be too much for me to take, I'm glad I left already!

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves!!


  9. Helpful (4)

    Ok, not great..

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work sometimes. Decent facilities. Local mangers are pretty good.

    Cons

    Too much middle management. Office culture is acidic and secretive. Corporate management are scared of their own shadow. Almost all of the interesting work is subcontracted.

    Advice to Management

    Cut out a layer of management, invest in internal research and development instead of relying on an outdated business model.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Management Destroys Company Value

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    Former Employee - Lead Senior Military Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Senior Military Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alion full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Project managers genuinely work diligently, often above and beyond the call of duty, to support subordinate employees as each team endeavors to meet deliverable schedules.

    Cons

    Corporate Management and the Board of Directors have presided over a reduction in the company stock price of 90% during the last four years, to $2.45 a share, while paying themselves handsomely. The employee-owners have had little opportunity for sufficient explanation or a say in company operations and/or direction.

    Advice to Management

    Company executives need to get grip on reality and begin to include the employee-owners in the determination of how to save the company from collapse.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Configuration Analyst Associate

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    Current Employee - Configuration Analyst Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Configuration Analyst Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Have been able to move up in the company. Two promotions in 3 years. Encouraging of continuing education.

    Cons

    Negative office environment. Bad company stock.



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