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Updated Jul 9, 2014

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2.9 32 reviews

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David Fout

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Work-life balance, flexible hours. Good benefits

    ConsManagement is not in sync with the development teams. Management does not understand the ground realities yet.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Your team and manager make all the difference

    User Experience Track (Former Employee) Laurel, MD

    ProsWork is diverse and interesting, compensation is pretty good for the industry. Company has traditionally had a family feel where it is easy to have congenial relationships with HR, IT, other groups, etc. Champions cutting edge technology when possible, always looking forward. Very flexible schedules are possible as well as telecommuting.

    ConsCompany is growing really fast and culture can't keep up. Although they espouse ethical behavior, it really depends on who the AD is, what the project is, and where the money is at. Senior Management says one things, but clearly champions keeping the money rolling in rather than drinking their own koolaid of only accepting the "right" kind of clients. If you have a good manager and team, things are GREAT! If you are on a crazy project or have ineffectual managers, you are screwed. There is less stability than they say--if your project ends there is no guarantee that you will be moved to another team or if you are that you will be doing what you really want to do. Again, it all comes down to your managers and who advocates for you. Aquilent assumed very little risk during the government shutdown--if your project was shut down you had use your own vacation or go into the hole and then not get paid. This seems unfair for a company that only works with the federal government.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRe-evaluate whether or not you are actually living the non-negotiable traits and that they are spreading downward. Retool the bonus structure so the worker bees can get more of a share (the metrics are heavily skewed towards upper management, especially Grow Aquilent criteria). Create and advertise a more formal project transfer project, hold managers who have unhappy teams accountable for work environment.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall good experience....then got put on the bench and eventually to a project that didn't match my skills at all.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe biggest pro is the flexibility.

    ConsNarrow focus on government work only.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo after some commercial work too!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    One of the worst employers I've ever had the unfortunate experience of dealing with

    Senior Technical Consultant (Former Employee) Laurel, MD

    ProsThey have a gym for employees to use.

    ConsManagement is absolutely clueless about software development --especially their CTO. Aquilent hires developers and their CTO is so afraid of having them write software that they get stuck doing mindless tasks or fighting with technology that was never meant to be customized. The biggest problem is their CTO and the clique other folks have mentioned. They're so confident in their opinions, yet have a track record of failure. They're the biggest group of narcissists I've ever had the unfortunate experience of working with.

    There are few growth opportunities unless you join the mindless drones that already live in their management team.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your head out of your a**, fire your CTO and build something for your clients that doesn't suck the life out of tax payers.

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

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    Do your job, save your money, and leave

    Lead Business Consultant (Former Employee)

    ProsSome talented and fun individuals, good flexible work schedules,decent health benefits, decent events, some access to new technology depending on your project and permission to access it. Decent bonuses every year. Fairly stable industry.

    ConsA reviewer mentioned earlier that it is a "clique," and he or she is right. Only certain people are assigned the best projects and are allowed to move up to management roles. If you disagree with their opinion on a strategy you are done for. Decisions are made regardless of expertise, best practices, or standard operating procedures. The company mentions training, but very few people are approved for training funds. There is an overwhelming "fear of the client," that blocks you from doing anything that may actually be beneficial to the client and organization. It is not uncommon for employees to not have access to critical information or critical clients because of this fear. Expect to be blocked from meeting clients, talking to clients, accessing data information, blocked from critical meetings etc. Unless of course you belong to that clique, or suck up to that clique.
    Pay is lower than regional or industry standards, projects are often dull and based primarily on busy work, and there is a fairly high turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou hire good (some even great) people, but you can't keep them because you always side with the client. Take some time to meet with your employees and understand your clients THROUGH them, not understand your employees through your clients. Management does not work directly with clients, so they can't possibly understand what clients' need. Learn from the people who are in the trenches. By the way, clients often "throw people under the bus," because it's easy to do that when they know a contractor is so eager to fire people as the easiest way to make amends.
    Put more effort in industry training funds and initiatives. If you do not take the effort to educate your employees, they will educate themselves and take that knowledge to better paying employers.
    Hire managers that have the ability to check their egos at the door.
    Read Glassdoor, because people lie in those yearly reviews.

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

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    Liked the job but not the people.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe work was interesting. I loved what I was doing. My schedule was flexible with telecommuting opportunities. The benefits were really good.

    ConsFor the most part, I got along with the clients better than some of my team mates. Very cliquish. If you happen to work offsite and not at HQ you were usually on the outside looking in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to off-site employees so that they don't become victims of cliques formed by HQ-based employees. Actually pay attention to the non-negotiable employee traits and those that don't follow them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsInteresting work
    Some very good co-workers and managers

    ConsWork life balance if you're assigned to the wrong project.

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    Invisible Leadership Team

    Lead Business Consultant (Current Employee) Laurel, MD

    ProsFlexible work schedule. Solid benefits package. Wonderful colleagues that go the extra mile. Competitive salary. Financially stable with steady growth.

    ConsSenior leadership does not engage with the staff--an occasional "all hands" is not interacting. They are clueless as to the experiences, difficulties those "on the ground" are dealing with. HR is invisible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't just depend on the quarterly reporting from the AD and PM. They will NEVER tell you the truth if it impacts how they are perceived. Reach out to those actually working with the client for some real answers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Technical Consultant

    Senior Technical Consultant (Former Employee) Laurel, MD

    ProsCompetitive salary, excellent benefits including PTOs, reasonable health insurance, and tuition reimbursement. Got some really talented IT people working in the company. Lot of events for the employee to participate and have fun.

    ConsPoor HR department who have no clue on how to retain the good employees by allocating the resources properly. Short-sighted directors who never present the accurate situation of the project to the upper management, which results in frustrated employees who actually do the real work. After hour events are fun but only for those socialize and for those who have no family to deal with. The "GrowAquilent" idea is badly damaging the relationship between the employees and the company. Everyone knows that it does not work but the executives seem to be deluded that it has been a success.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo what actually works for the employees as they are the real assets. Not the numbers nor the pretty powerpoint.slides in the annual meetings.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Looks good from far but far from good!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood compensation, employee benefits such as health snacks, food trucks, training and some flexibility in terms of work schedule.

    ConsVery cliquish with regards to leadership at the team and project levels. If you're lucky, you will land on a team with a Lead/PM that won't drive you insane, if you're not...you're screwed! Also, HR does not seem to advocate for employees. There were incidents of overwork and other issues relating to team cohesion that never went anywhere.

    It also seems as though upper management is not aware of a lot of things on the project level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor upper management: Drill down and talk to team members to get a better sense of what is happening. PMs and Directors will present rosy reports to you but all is not well...trust me.

    For Project Managers: Talk to team members on a regular basis to identify issues which could threaten team cohesion or efficiency. Do not take the team lead's word as gospel!

    For HR: Advocate for employees. Your role is not just to staff up for positions but also to retain employees by ensuring that they are treated fairly and with respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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