Arc Aspicio
2.2 of 5 13 reviews
www.arcaspicio.com Arlington, VA 16 to 50 Employees

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Updated Feb 7, 2014

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Lynn Ann Casey

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Tremendous learning and challenge

Senior Associate (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Arc Aspicio full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat 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.

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

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

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

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Great place to work!

Currently Employed (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Arc Aspicio full-time

ProsCompany 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!

ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementContinue 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!

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

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Clients Beware

Associate (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Arc Aspicio full-time for less than a year

ProsIf 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.

ConsLow 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 Senior ManagementStart 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.

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

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Bad news. Stay away if you can.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Arc Aspicio full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThere are plenty of tasks to keep busy on. You get to learn a lot about different environments and how the industry works if you take the time. Little experience is needed to land a job here. Other employees are great for camaraderie.

ConsThe owner and her husband are oddly secretive and completely untrustworthy. They aggressively work employees very hard with little to no reward. If you are management, you are forced to pass unfair demands on to your team and will be yelled at if you question them or want to know how the business works at all.

The compensation people get is low and arbitrary and based on how much you are willing to humor the owner. They make big efforts to cut corners rather than pay for legitimate business expenses. They grow for no reason, hunting after high-profit work with no intention of learning how to do it or paying for more than one experienced person per team.

The company is a classic body shop business model and forces unpaid overtime on company work to look like they are not. If you are desperate for a job and can secure a decent salary from them and can manage routine extra hours, take the job, but stay on the lookout for something better because you probably won't get raise to even cover inflation.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey don't take advice well. They will continue being successful with their approach as long as the revolving door of people is sustainable.

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

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Shady business practices and dumb leadership

Employee (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Arc Aspicio full-time for less than a year

ProsArc 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.

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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