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
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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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    very good

    Senior Science Adviser (Former Employee)
    Warrenville, IL

    Prospractically oriented for the specific project.

    Consunstable job and function to the professional contributors

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter imposing the chance to the every workers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great potential - tries too much to be a "big" defense contractor - cant pay their bills on time

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood wage and benefit package. Most line managers are very good and try very hard to focus on the customer and customer value

    ConsManagement - from top down, is really disconnected from line management and staff, worst of all, disconnected from the needs of the customer and providing value. They like to say they focus on the needs of the customer, but their actions and systems in place provide little value to the customer and put up road blocks to real productivity and customer satisfaction

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet past the current financial mess that you created -- it has already lasted way too long. Focus on Lean principles -- ask yourselves if the processes that are in place provide value to the customer or are simply waste to keep people emplyed.

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

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    Great people, great technology, but abysmal leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAt Alion you'll find some of the best and brightest individual contributors who are word class in their technical disciplines. The people you'll work with on a day to day basis are top notch co-workers and doing your job is not hard. Base pay is above average for the industry and benefits (excluding the ESOP) are on par with others in the govcon/defense sector.

    ConsOnce you get past the ops managers, the quality of leadership and management declines significantly. Since 2002, the company has failed to make money and has grown solely through acquisitions. This has left the company highly leveraged and the negative impact on cash flow from servicing the debt load is a forcing function in all decision making. Yet, despite the fact that the company struggles and is hamstrung by poor decision making at the top, no changes to the C-level have take place. While lower levels bear the burden of reduced Federal budgets, senior executives continue to take home large compensation packages and special benefits.

    Despite being "employee-owned", individuals have little say or insight into how the company runs. And an ineffective board of directors exercises little authority to make changes at the highest level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUntil things change at the top, the company will continue to struggle to attract and retain high potential future leaders.

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

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    Company has great potential, but bad decisions and lack of focus keep getting in the way.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere are some very smart people doing very interesting things here. There is real inventiveness, and there are a number of people who really care about the company, coworkers and customers.

    ConsLack of leadership all they to the top. No real direction, no plans (at least none that employees know about). They say that employees are important but don't act that way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a good look in the mirror -- stop blaming others for the issues and take responsibility. The best people here are looking to leave.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not employee friendly

    Anonymous (Former Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    ProsFlexibility
    Friendly People in my business unit
    I didn't find much to like about the organization.

    ConsNot very open to change
    Highly political environment
    Not much growth potential or diversity in the work load

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave as much concern about the employees as you do about margins.

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

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    Great

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat place to work, people were great

    Consbad part was dealing with the government sometimes

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    New London, CT

    ProsSome of the best people in the world to work with

    Consnot the greatest work. Can be rather mundane

    Advice to Senior Managementleave the new london group alone

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

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    Manager (Former Employee)
    McLean, VA

    ProsCompensation, fringes, good professional staff and first level managers.

    ConsIf upper management does not like you, even if your customer is happy with you and you are bring in revenue, you will be forced out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Dayton, OH

    ProsInteresting work, ability to help solve problems for the client. Leadership allows you to work without micro managing. Good training opportunities.

    ConsPay and benefits are lower than industry. Not much opportunity to advance within local office.

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

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    Excellent Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat Pay, no Micro managing

    Consnone to date to note

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

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