Avascent

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Avascent Reviews

Updated June 30, 2014
Updated June 30, 2014
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Terrific company; interesting work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Avascent full-time

    Pros

    Senior Management - Extremely committed to the company and its employees.

    Staff - A large group of very intelligent individuals from diverse backgrounds. A young staff overall with ~50-60% twenty-somethings.

    Pay and Benefits - Second to none. Avascent is very generous with its employees.

    The Job - Not at all monotonous. Can be very interesting. Constantly learning new things.

    Opportunity - Lots of room for upward growth. Management encourages employees to be entrepreneurial.

    Cons

    There are very few negatives about this firm. Generally, any headaches are directly tied to managing the ongoing growth. Avascent has consistently expanded its market share over the years, so there have been a few growing pains along the way; namely, long hours and some fits and starts with respect to strategy implementation. Neither is indicative of any red flags so long as one is not opposed to hard work and striving for high quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong Opportunities for Early Career Development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avascent full-time

    Pros

    Avascent hires people who are self-motivated, engaging and sharp. The responsibility entry-level analysts are given is unparalleled in the industry, and the opportunity for career progression for high performers is outstanding. Avascent teaches its employees to think critically and fully about problems facing their clients, and then allows more junior members of the team to present their findings.

    Beyond Avascent, the staff that decides to leave go on to impress top business schools and other graduate programs or employers. Additionally, the company fosters strong relationships between employees that last beyond their time at Avascent.

    Cons

    The hours can be long, though careful planning and communication can curb how painful and/or unexpected they will be. The projects focus primarily on defense issues, so understanding that will be the bulk of the work before starting is key.

    Additionally, Avascent has grown rapidly, sometimes at the expense of a clear long-term vision. The growing pains have included some fits and starts with training and hiring cycles. As it settles into its mid-sized status, it will develop ways to bridge its current gaps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With a cohesive long-term vision, Avascent's leadership can position itself to be a highly successful company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It has been a great group of people to work with. Good work environment and company values.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Compensation, intelligent and driven employees, great vacation time and benefits.

    Cons

    Not a lot of feedback and hard to tell where you stand.

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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place if you're a woman

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Avascent full-time

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, and often the work is pretty interesting (even if repetitive).

    Cons

    No work-life balance, even for analysts. If we're expected to always be on-call, Avascent should at least pay for our phone bills.

    More importantly, Avascent is not a welcoming environment for female employees. There are no female partners or senior leaders. The boys-club culture at the company (not to mention the Defense Industry) makes it hard for a woman to feel comfortable at the office. There is a supportive group of women within the company, but I know that recently as many as 5 women (including myself) from the consulting staff have left Avascent for other opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture of exclusion and politics and Avascent would be a better place for both women and men to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its a really great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Avascent full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    honestly, the best part about Avascent is the amount of responsibility you get. You are expected to solve hard problems and are expected to deliver.

    Cons

    if you can't deal with ownership and difficult problems, this is not the place for you. the pace is fast and you are expected to keep up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not an ideal place to start a career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avascent

    Pros

    Smart colleagues. It's hard to over-value how important it is to have collegial and smart colleagues. On the whole, I enjoyed the atmosphere - the company is very young, with a large amount of analysts and managers in their early to mid-twenties. However, some coworkers will be extremely nice to you in all face-to-face interactions, while demeaning you when you're not around. They may also speak poorly about you to your manager or director in order to make themselves appear more positive by comparison.

    Cons

    The company can be extremely political - managers, HR, and the president himself all seem to have their "favorites." These people will be able to get by with doing less based solely on their friendships with these key influencers.

    The defense industry is not a growing market. In our analyses, we often showed that to our clients. Avascent's business is no difference, seeing as we support defense industry clients. If our clients have to lay off hundreds of employees, how could they possibly continue to justify paying for high-priced strategy consultants? The company is facing a very uncertain future.

    Lack of diversity in work. You may often find yourself working on different types of projects, but they will almost all be in the sphere of "defense." You may work on a due diligence for a private equity firm, as they evaluate a defense company. You may work for a healthcare IT company... that mostly serves the DoD. You may work for a "cyber" company, as they try to win DoD contracts. It is probably not a great idea to pigeon-hole yourself as a defense industry specialist with your first job, especially since that market is shrinking.

    Unpredictability in hours. Since the work is client-driven, the hours tend to be unpredictable. This is especially the case, depending on who your manager is. You can walk in on a Tuesday morning, with no clear idea what time you will leave the office that evening. It might be 5:30 or it might not be until 11pm. It makes it nearly impossible to plan your life outside of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Solid first job for curious, motivated people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, strong opportunities for upward mobility in consulting without an MBA, and a focus on objectively interesting markets (for example: satellites, space launches, big data analytics, cyber security)

    Cons

    Culture can be political because it's a small company (I.e., your annual review isn't necessarily objective or performance-based), HR and organizational processes in general aren't always streamlined and have suffered from growing pains, and work/life balance can be a struggle, especially if you're good at what you do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to time management and organization; make sure to take the time to coach analysts and capitalize on their talent whenever possible

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

    Avascent is full of people who care about your professional development and show appreciation for strong work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Avascent

    Pros

    Strong feedback culture; ability to take responsibility beyond years of experience; quick career acceleration for high performers; frequent company events; generally flat structure with very accessible and helpful partners and other senior management

    Cons

    Hours fluctuate and can be long; personal achievement sometimes merits receiving more work, which can sometimes be to a fault; limited opportunity to travel for more junior employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Collegiate Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Entry Level Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Entry Level Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Avascent

    Pros

    Avascent allows its employees to grow at their own pace in a collegiate atmosphere. As an entry-level analyst, I especially appreciate the time that my peers and project managers have taken to acclimate me to the way in which we do business.

    Cons

    Much of Avascent’s work focuses on the defense industry. Employees at the Avascent Group gain a good understanding of how government and industry interact, but may not get as much exposure to how purely commercial industries function.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership within the firm has done an excellent job of providing employees with the tools necessary to develop and hone professional skills.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Exciting Company with Growth Opportunities

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

    I have been working at Avascent

    Pros

    Avascent is a relatively specialized company that places a tremendous amount of responsibility in the hands of analysts from day one. It is a challenging but supportive work environment that continually pushes very smart "young people" to think critically and learn to spin up on very technical topics in a short period of time. Analysts are given direct interaction with Clients and allowed to take ownership of growing tasks as they develop an understanding of government regulated markets and the defense space.

    Cons

    There is not as much travel as other Consulting firms given that much of the customer base is located near the Washington, DC area. That is both a positive and a negative however more travel opportunities would be nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing!

    Recommends

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