Alion Reviews

Updated July 26, 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. Helpful (4)

    Management Destroys Company Value

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Senior Military Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Senior Military Analyst in Alexandria, VA

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

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

    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.


  2. finances

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

    I have been working at Alion full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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


  3. Ok, not great..

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Configuration Analyst Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Configuration Analyst Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Configuration Analyst Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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.


  6. 4 months in, this place is pretty sweet

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Crystal City, VA
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Crystal City, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company seems to have a good focus on keeping employees happy. I work off-site, so it's probably not the same experience as other people, but my managers do a good job of keeping up with me and responding to inquiries.

    Cons

    Benefits are a bit steep, although they are still competitive for this area. Seems like a company with so much profit could offer something a bit better, though.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Next option is recommended

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Contrator in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - IT Contrator in Charleston, SC

    I worked at Alion full-time

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

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good Phone on desk was a nice model Clean bathroom

    Cons

    Lose contracts they have and aren't getting new ones High employee turnover Management does not know their own policies Forces employee to use PTO when Management Fails to get contracts PTO is pretty lite

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of good paying jobs that have nothing to do with science and technology. Might want to look into them.


  8. Sr Program Planning and Control Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Planning and Control Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Program Planning and Control Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Enjoyable work environment, professional open door policy with emphasis on continued learning. One of the best govt contractors placing various avenues for continued learning!

    Cons

    Commute time may be too costly or long for some

    Advice to Management

    Continue to motivate and educate!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Overview

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

    I have been working at Alion full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people I work with really push me to learn. If you are the type of person that likes to learn new things, this is the place to be. Being able to learn on your own is a must but if you are really having trouble finding a solution, they with help you without thinking twice about it. I have also been here for less than a year and have been offered a job. Like I said, if you like to learn and show that you are willing to tackle problems without being told what to do, there is room for growth. Every manager likes to see someone willing to put their best foot forward.

    Cons

    For my position (and I am low on the scale), I really don't have any problems. May I will start to see more as I stay longer.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to set schedules for lower level employees to rotate with higher level personnel in order to speed up the learning process.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Associate Mechanical Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pascagoula, MS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pascagoula, MS

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company benefits are probably some of the best.

    Cons

    I do not have hardly any complaints to elaborate on.


  11. great work life balance

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

    I have been working at Alion full-time

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Dispersed working environment.

    Cons

    Poor management decisions that affect the staff and unfair salary ranges within the same field.



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