Alion
2.8 of 5 72 reviews
www.alionscience.com McLean, VA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Alion Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Mar 13, 2014
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2.7 15 reviews

                             

33% Approve of the CEO

Alion Chairman and CEO Bahman Atefi

Bahman Atefi

(6 ratings)

36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good company, good people, great work!

Senior Principal Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Alion full-time for more than a year

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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A company with some great people

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Alion full-time for more than 8 years

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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Not what I expected

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Alion full-time for more than a year

Pros-Generally positive people
-Technical staff know what they're doing and are competent in their field

Cons-The company declined to pay me for 10 hours of overtime worked when I was asked to work 40 hours of overtime in one pay period.
-Overtime is straight time, not time and a half.
-The company asked me to be involved in a competitor's lawsuit instead of issuing a blanket statement.
-The company is refinancing.
-They expect you to invest in company stock, but it has gown down to under $10.
-They do not pay for tools to access the Internet at client site, and they remove VPN access if not active after a certain time.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not tell people they will be getting time and a half when they won't.

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

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Executive Assistant (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Alion full-time for less than a year

ProsThe benefits are pretty good.

Consno direction from managers
no communication

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to communicate with your employees. In this economy it’s a very horrible feeling when the managers do not take the time to make sure their employees are taken care of. To have no direction or even know if you will have a job is very disheartening.

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

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Experience was good under Anteon Corporation but became more employee unfriendly after Alion acquisition.

Senior PROGRAM PLANNING CONTROL ANALYST (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Alion full-time for more than 10 years

ProsLocation is good and very local to get to and accessible to other business such as food and other stores.

ConsHR needs improvement to help employees and former employees find jobs in the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementHR needs to do a better job of helping employees and former employees to find positions within the company.

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

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Room for improvement

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Alion full-time for less than a year

ProsHealth insurance is the best I have had in a long time.

ConsWhen interviewed and first hired you get the feeling the company cares about you and your growth potential. You are also told you are able to work from home when necessary. After being with the company for 8 months I am seeing the real Alion. My supervisor sets out standards for us to follow, yet does not follow them himself. He and other supervisors seem more concerned with money being spent rather than the quality of work being done for the customer.

There is little room for upward growth within my business unit and I suspect the majority of the company. In my short time with the company seven people have let my group. That is a high attrition rate and it doesn't seem to surprise anyone or cause concern with upper management.

PTO is less than other companies in this industry. You leave is combined into one leave bank vice sick and vacation. If you are a single parent, it is easy to burn through your leave with illness and doctor's appointments.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be nice to have a voice in the company as an employee owner.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Top Management out of touch

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Alion full-time for more than 3 years

Proscompetitive salaries, reasonable health benefits

Conscompany appears to be financially unstable; HQ management is out of touch with the working level employee, and overcompensated.

Advice to Senior ManagementTop management is located in trophy work space. They should trim costs and become co-located with engineering level personnel.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Could be great but management in the way

Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Alion full-time for more than 3 years

Prosflexible schedule, good benefits, employee recoginition

Conslong hours, lack of defined career path,, leadership not present.

Advice to Senior Managementmeasure what matters and nothing else and pay for performance.

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

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Senior Program Manager (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Alion full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood locations, interesting work, somewhat flexible hours.

ConsLong hours, limited growth potential, intense focus on billable hours.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake this a place people want to work.

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

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it has been ok

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Alion

ProsI love working with program manager and peer

ConsNo recogizie for when you do a good job

Advice to Senior ManagementListen more to your employee about changes and different things that might work

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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