Arc Aspicio

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Arc Aspicio Reviews in Washington, DC

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company to advance your career and grow your skill-set!

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

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

    Pros

    With the leadership, vision, and guidance from colleagues I have been able to really grow my career here. I was previously at a larger consulting firm and I can honestly say that I have learned more about myself and accomplished more here in my 1.5 years than my 3.5 previous years combined at the larger firm. Leadership truly does see their employees as their greatest asset and despite the other posts - they do everything they can to grow their careers and make them happy. The company also has a strong strategic vision developed by leadership - which helps to maintain employee confidence and morale for the future and growth of the company. The access to and dialogue with company leadership is a true benefit - especially to junior employees starting off in the business. Not many companies are like this.

    Cons

    Some people may argue that some company policies are out-of-date and/or not aligned with industry standards (i.e. telework, time off) - but the truth is if you are a high performer this is not a concern. Management understands the difficulty if working full time and balancing this with life responsibilities - and they do everything they can to accommodate this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your people as your greatest resource/asset. The organic growth at the company is unrivaled and is a true differentiator among the company's competition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work with leadership that cares

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

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

    Pros

    Arc Aspicio established a culture where people are expected to work hard and, in return, are recognized for their critical company contributions. It is an open environment where employees at all levels share ideas and help one another grow both professionally and personally. Also, there is a great deal of growth potential for those who are willing to put in the time and effort to advance their career.

    Cons

    As the company continues to mature and grow, recommend revisiting the benefit package and enhancing and/or finding additional benefits that the employees would find valuable.

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

    Tremendous learning and challenge

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for career growth and interesting work.
    Very focused on clients' mission.
    Really care about people and their interests.
    Good leaders who are role models in consulting.

    Cons

    Clients in homeland security can be challenging (but this is often rewarding).
    Government consulting is changing and very competitive right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on how to scale the company as it grows. Don't change the high standards for hiring great people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Currently Employed in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Currently Employed in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Arc Aspicio full-time

    Pros

    Company is dedicated to the homeland security mission. They hire the best people out there. The people are very talented and are recognized by their clients frequently. The company has high expectations of its people. People can learn and grow quickly. Staff members are very close and there is a strong company culture. They've won lots of great awards including DHS one. Very good reputation. Company is mature and growing quickly!

    Cons

    Company expects people to work hard but they are rewarded for this with bonuses and growth opportunities. They get to learn about consulting and new business - overtime is not more than the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to help your people grow and learn. They are doing great things for the mission and they look to you for guidance and career growth!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 12 people found this helpful  

    Clients Beware

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

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

    Pros

    If you're a recent college grad or looking to make a drastic career change (and take a drastic pay cut) and get into the national security arena, this might work out. They bring in a lot of new government contracts by bidding low so there's always new work. If you love low-level administrative work or aren't good at much else, they probably have some opportunities for you.

    Cons

    Low bids on contracts means low salaries for employees; low salaries for employees means high turnover; high turnover means instability; and instability means clients are left wanting and probably won't come back when it's time for the next contract competition. Employees are required to spend extensive time on superfluous company fluff like writing blogs in addition to demanding hours fulfilling client demands. Employees who avoid the sophomoric self-congratulations of the company and focus on client delivery are ostracized by management. Compensation doesn't seem to be tied in any way to results and more on the level of flattery afforded upper management. Processes, while numerous, are immature but strongly adhered to and not suited to the scale of work the company is attempting to do which leaves associates fighting internal battles instead of delivering results. Employees who offer suggestions to management are punished and singled out during meetings. Interview and recruitment process is ridiculously long for a company of this size and for such inconsequential busy-work. Benefits provided don't nearly match industry standards and employees or clients are expected to bear much of the administrative costs of doing business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to your employees and be willing to change direction and alter arbitrary policy. Bring up your benefits to a level that matches the industry you claim to compete with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 10 people found this helpful  

    Shady business practices and dumb leadership

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

    I worked at Arc Aspicio full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Arc Aspicio has a lot of work available, which is always a bonus in the industry. Most of there projects are easy to understand and be successful at, they consist mainly of administrative tasks like meeting minutes, scheduling, and writing operating procedures. It's boring work but easy money, so Arc Aspicio is a decent place to work if you're just out of college and having trouble finding a job. They often hire new grads so you won't be held back by your lack of experience. Trade off is they pay you very little.

    Cons

    The company is not self-aware at all. They try to be many things that they are not. They claim to be dedicated to "mission-critical" tasks, but all of our work is low-level administrative tasks! They also claim to be experts in things they know nothing about (big data, agile, cloud computing... basically, anything beyond excel and powerpoint is a lie). They talk a big talk about valuing talent and being mission-driven, but really just exploit their clients and their employees at every chance they get, forcing us to bill hours of overtime we don't get paid for, and then adding on even more overtime for business development and useless internal tasks (take a look at the blog on the website--all of those articles were written by employees, usually during the weekend).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit while you're ahead. Eventually, your arrogance and poor treatment of people will catch up with you. What goes around comes around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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