Applied Information Sciences

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Applied Information Sciences Reviews

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
29 Reviews
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  1.  

    Your experience at AIS is entirely determined by your assigned client

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at Applied Information Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Surrounded by very smart developers which pushes you to excel. Great environment for developer to grow across multiple facets of what it means to be a developer (i.e. not just coding). Casual atmosphere, some flexibility is there for working from home. Salary and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    What project you get staffed on determines *everything* (and once you are assigned it is nearly impossible to be reassigned). People who enjoy working at AIS have been staffed to work on greenfield development projects with all the fun new shiny tech. *However* the vast majority of consultants do not have that luxury and this is the main reason why there has been so much turnover (esp. those assigned to a certain unnamed insurance company).

    Also, can't stress this enough; the most technically sound/experienced developer will not necessarily translate to being a good team lead/manager role. I once worked on a team where the team lead was not just tolerated, but absolutely despised for his demeaning way of dealing with other developers. Multiple complaints from other developers in his team but nothing came of it. The reverse is not true however; if a manager has even single complaint you could be kicked off a client (or fired) without any warning. So despite the "flat structure" there is some lip service given toward this end.

    One final thing: too many timesheets. At one point I had to give four status report/timesheets every week. This doesn't need to be Office Space guys...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This will probably never happen because the profit motive seems to be the overriding factor...but in the crazy chance that someone reads this, contemplate the following:

    1) Diversify client base. Don't just say this, do this! And yes, certain insurance companies give you a better profit margin, but at what cost? Losing your best talent almost as quickly as you hire them? I've seen this happen too many times.

    2) Some managers should not be managers no matter how awesome they are as developers. This will probably never change since demotions are politically incorrect these days.

    3) Excessive number of meetings (esp. for dev. leads)...might want to cut back on that to get better ROI on these guys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Applied Information Sciences Response

    Sep 24, 2014Director

    Thanks for providing this feedback. As you know, from being a former employee of a consulting company, our business is based on serving our client’s existing needs while simultaneously evaluating ... More

  2.  

    Excellent place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Information Sciences (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Vercy good work and culture

    Cons

    I don't find any

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Applied Information Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment.Remote work possibility, good benefits .good salary.

    Cons

    You never know when your job will be terminated.When there is no project to offer, the performance excuse will start , maybe under some crazy and alcoholic manager, which they try to put you down, then they terminate your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest, when there is no project to offer.Just lay off , don't bring stupid excuse about the performance with help of some craze and stupid managers that seems to be alcoholic as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fat in the middle

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Applied Information Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Smart people in the company, decent pay. With the right management you can maintain a successful career.

    Cons

    Engineers are blamed for poor management. The atmosphere is very (unnecessarily) corporate, and feels driven by money and power over love for the craft. Shipping crap and shifting blame is the away to get ahead. Raises are below cost of living adjustments, unless you can jump positions. On the bright side, if you're in the cliquey inner circle, you can eat on the corporate card quite often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know what to suggest. Delivering rushed products to government concerns and enterprise level customers seems to be working well for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good firm with lots of growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Information Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very flat management structure. Very flexible in terms of telecommuting and working from home. Lots of mobile and tablet work; working on some of the latest microsoft technologies (Windows phone, Azure, etc...)

    Cons

    Under communication between teams and mangers is an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure internal resources (HR, IT) are growing along with the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Broken promises and unfulfilled potentials due to lack of leadership.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Applied Information Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Out of the half dozen former employees I know none would ever consider AIS as an employer, partner or client. They have some bright people there but they are all burned out by terrible program managers and executives.

    Cons

    The main problem is that The "leaders" are self serving egotistical amateurs. The executives don't know how to correct this and this has created a very hostile working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look over your staffing. You have a lot of incompetent people willing to destroy all your hard work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent company working on cutting edge of Microsoft technologies

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Applied Information Sciences full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with!

    Cons

    Not as much emphasis on processes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you do not know where you stand with the company until your review this is the place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Applied Information Sciences full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues who are enthusiastic about the technology they work with.

    Cons

    Management is very poor at communicating employee feedback. You will have no idea where you stand with the company until the day of your performance review where all negative feedback that you are hearing for the first time is unloaded at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give feedback more often to your employees so they know where they stand and will have time to correct any issues

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Applied Information Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Competitive Pay and Benefits
    Technology Leadership
    Independence
    Hands Off Management Style

    Cons

    The work can be repetitive at times.
    The office space is kind of dull.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, Keep up the good work! Maybe spruce up the offices a little more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    In general a good place to work, keeps you busy and flexible work schedule and excellent colleagues.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Applied Information Sciences full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexible work schedule and excellent colleagues
    good technical support system

    Cons

    Career Growth path not known
    can be stuck with same technologies for years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop current employees, improve communication with employees,.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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