Applied Research Associates Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Great Company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Fort Belvoir, VA

    I have been working at Applied Research Associates full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, great pay, no micro-managing. Great Place

    Cons

    As of this point, I don't have any complaints


  2. Emergency Management Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Emergency Management Specialist in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Emergency Management Specialist in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Applied Research Associates (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy hiring process and very helpful support staff, especially as I was hired for a position remote from any of their offices.

    Cons

    Government funded programs...they go away at a moments notice


  3. Great place, great people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Niceville, FL
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Niceville, FL

    I worked at Applied Research Associates

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company for entry level STEM field.

    Cons

    Advancement is relatively difficult. Management will listen to recommendations but not act on them.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people below you and act on their recommendations.


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  5. Well Run, Great People

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Applied Research Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A well run company with superb benefits. They really do care about recruiting and maintaining quality personnel. They don't generally overwork their employees and are very understanding of personal situations that require time off, etc.

    Cons

    Limited types of work, although they are making an effort to grow into new arenas. Unfortunately, many of the contracts they hold are a bit on the boring side of things.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the effort to grow, and stay focused on recruiting top talent, even if you have to pay more for it.


  6. Field Technician for Transportation

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

    I have been working at Applied Research Associates full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay for someone getting out of college is great. The benefits are good. The hours aren't bad. The management is good

    Cons

    I am on the road a lot and because of the nature of the job I never know when I am leaving or when I am coming back.


  7. This has been a great company to work for.

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

    I have been working at Applied Research Associates

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, generous leave, 401k, friendly coworkers, nice environment

    Cons

    Many of the approaches to business are too military minded and too old school minded. Not enough innovation or appeal to young people.

    Advice to Management

    Look to companies like Facebook, Google, or Blizzard on how to make ARA an even better workplace than it currently is.


  8. Staff Engineer, Applied Research Associates

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Applied Research Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for advancement, excellent benefits and employee stock ownership plan.

    Cons

    Collaboration between divisions on projects challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in employee development.


  9. Great place for young engineer to grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Applied Research Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to move among projects. Provides both breadth and depth to technical experience. Relatively relaxed, social atmosphere. Management is not over-bearing.

    Cons

    As you move up towards senior level, you are expected to do a fair amount of marketing and bring in a decent amount of funding. This detracts from the amount of technical work you can do, and forces you into a project management role.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. employee oriented

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Emergency Management Specialist in Robins AFB, GA
    Former Employee - Emergency Management Specialist in Robins AFB, GA

    I worked at Applied Research Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay! But also the management worked hard to keep employee's informed and up to date on virtually anything that may have an impact on our company success. Also the management didn't micromanage it's people we where allowed to perform our duties and everyone knew that the yearly bonus was based on your performance.

    Cons

    I worked as a contractor and the bidding every couple of years is very stressful not knowing if your going to win the contract and have a job.

    Advice to Management

    I don't really have anything for the Management like I stated earlier the company has a good management team as in our region.


  11. Group Leader / Engineering Manager

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

    I have been working at Applied Research Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great freedom to do the kind of work you love. No limits to what you can achieve as long as you can find a client to fund it.

    Cons

    Definitely not a company for slackers. Significant amount of pressure to keep marketing to have projects funded.



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