Altarum Reviews

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
21 Reviews
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21 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great co-workers, supportive environment, and outstanding flexibility

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

    I have been working at Altarum full-time

    Pros

    The work-life balance is a huge draw. Co-workers are from various backgrounds and are supportive and helpful. Direct managers make all the difference. Recently implemented initiatives have made job expectations more clear.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement are fairly arbitrary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The direction of the company fluctuates constantly and not necessarily in response to market forces. Executive compensation is a much greater fraction of the pie than at many other companies.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work, now not so much.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altarum full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people you will encounter who work here are smart. Really smart. Some ability to flex and comp your time.

    Cons

    Management is not only out of touch with their staff, the executives of the company have not had an all staff meeting in around 2 years now, instead choosing to hid behind a blog that they rarely publish and rarely respond to comments on. Benefits used to be great but now the entire company is left with a high deductible insurance plan that will really only save them if they're in a life threatening situation. Management has made several bad decisions recently, from hires/terms to investments in other companies. This has left the company apparently strapped for cash as spending holds and layoffs seem to be commonplace now. The lack of communication from management has led to very low employee morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try leveling with your staff. Once upon a time there was management in the company that respected the employees enough to communicate to them face to face.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, misled by management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altarum

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility and opportunity for professional development

    Cons

    Never know which day will be your last, very demoralizing to see good people let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to align management practices with stated mission. Federal ADA decision, for instance, or income disparities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Altarum is an amazing place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Altarum full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Altarum fosters an atmosphere of excellence and encourages its associates to be the best in their chosen profession/speciality. Professional development is encouraged and supported by management. Management provides you with all the tools and opportunity needed to be successful and grow within the institute.

    Cons

    There is opportunity for growth in communication throughout the institute.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work, lots of opportunities

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

    I have been working at Altarum full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I really love working here, there is a great intellectual atmosphere and employees are treated very well. I have friends and family members that work at some of our competitors and it is clear that Altarum excels at work-life balance, employee development, and overall employee satisfaction.

    Cons

    When I first started there wasn't a very strong onboarding/orientation process and it took me a while to get my bearings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and continue to support the excellent talent that you have on staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Always Know You Could Be Next..Don't Believe the Hype

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Altarum full-time

    Pros

    Good salary to start - it's their bait. Many good and talented people - not necessarily at the top. Flexible work scheduling/environment depending on supervisor.

    Cons

    Headquarters in Michigan - they protect those folks more than any other office. Executive staff are in Michigan, bond more with staff there. Turnover is at least 25% EVERY YEAR. They get rid if staff who aren't billable. They are federal contractors but try to present themselves as nonprofit, research. NOT. Promise new staff that they look for out them, when contract ends, will try to find another one - but they only do that for their favorites. Usually you are SOL with no notice. Within past year have had several mass "lay offs". Little to no racial diversity in Washington DC or Alexandria office- although area has great diversity. Staff composition does't represent racial/ethnic mix of area, not even a little. Strange for federal contractors who have to report this to government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to manage PEOPLE as well as projects. Treat staff humanely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you are talented, knowledgeable, and ambitious...don't work for Altarum

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Altarum full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The only good thing about this organization is their flexibility and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Working for this organization was a huge disappointment. There is no room to grow, it is not a stimulating/intellectual work environment, managers do very little to listen and/or act upon expressed employee dissatisfactions. There is HUGE pay inequity and discrepancy both within and across departments for people with the exact same job expectations/performance. The high organizational turnover is truly a reflection of the organization's poor management and work culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Equity, transparency, and mentorship - work on all three areas!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work & explore passions in health

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Altarum full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules and telecommuting give a great work-life balance, friendly & helpful coworkers who work well together and socialize outside of work, approachable leadership team, good benefits and compensation, invest in professional development and conference attendance, plenty of opportunity to explore topics/work you're interested in & get experience in a number of areas.

    Cons

    Differences in teams & leadership can sometimes lead to inconsistencies in policy and flexibility. Consulting pace makes a lot of things high priority at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to your staff, communicate quickly and clearly about changes, solicit honest feedback, invest in staff activities and perks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Going down hill quickly

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Analyst in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Altarum full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flex time, causal dress, free coffee, can work at home. Sometimes there is interesting work. Reasonable pay.

    Cons

    Terrible ethics, no diversity, terrible benefits, very secretive, not ADA friendly (they are currently being sued and employ no disabled people)
    They like to sue former employees. Very, Very high senior management turnover. Very few long term employees as people tend to leave or get fired rather quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what a true non profit is, and what they do, and how they act.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to Work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Altarum full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is Friendly, Its A great working environment.

    Cons

    Not Many Holidays a Year!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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