Carney Reviews

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Committed to Creating Remarkable Client Experiences

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

    I have been working at Carney full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Proven and continuing remarkable service and products to federal government clients. Passionate devotion to organizational improvement, developing employees, developing business, developing client relationships, and creating innovative designs and tools to accelerate performance in the federal government workplace. - Great at aligning corporate, client, and employee goals. - Honest organizational self assessment, communication, and continual improvement - Fascinating mix of clients and projects - ability to support Government missions that align with individual employee experience and passion - Leadership commitment to making Carney a great place to work and grow - Teamwork, teamwork, teamwork! Gifted program managers who do all the right things. - Opportunities to grow and develop at all levels: individual, team, program, corporate - Sensible mix of onsite, limited work from home, and remote team members - Very high trust among coworkers - Individual and team contributions matter - Corporate leadership committed to continual improvement

    Cons

    Federal contracting is a tough business!

    Advice to Management

    Sustain your commitment to creating outstanding annual goals and objectives that move Carney toward the ultimate goal. Continue to invest, as you are doing, in measuring engagement, and improving business development, while sustaining your passion and developing additional capabilities in performance acceleration.


  2. Manager, Operations

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

    I worked at Carney

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

    Pros

    Great people and great working environment. Ability to take on a lot of different types of responsibilities and challenges.

    Cons

    Small company, so not much upside from a growth perspective. No aggressive growth strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Push the envelope. Don't settle. Try to look for new opportunities to position Carney to grow. This will in turn provide employees with more opportunity for growth.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Instructional Designer

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

    I worked at Carney full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    They hire the best. My coworkers were top-notch and I miss working with them. Though they are a government contractor, you are hired as an employee and not to a specific contract. That means if the contract goes away you aren't necessarily out of a job and they do their best to keep their people. Some senior and middle management were great.

    Cons

    The lack of breadth and depth of the contracts they had combined with government cuts meant that even though they tried to keep people employed, they were facing the hard task of letting people go. They were working to rectify this and I believe they'll get it balanced. I didn't see much in the way of opportunities for career advancement. Some senior and middle management weren't so great.

    Advice to Management

    It's less about company events and more about quality of life and benefits that affect the employees on a day-to-day basis; a break/lunch room would've been great. Also consider grouping people by work-style preference so the folks who prefer a really quiet work space are together and out of the fray of collaboration.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Think "Growth Opportunity"

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

    I have been working at Carney

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

    Pros

    Good employee support/training opportunities. Carney lets you present creative ideas and then examine whether they'll fit in the project's budget.

    Cons

    It used to be that you wished management would bring you to the table. There's been a complete turnaround in the last year --- management actually seeks out your opinions.

    Advice to Management

    Continue being open and honest with the employees.


  6. Great place to work, Great people to work with

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

    I worked at Carney

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

    Pros

    There are very talented people that work here and that truly care about making Carney successful. Through the reorganization there is more openness and transparency into all facets of this company so each and every employee can see were there were successes and then also areas where improvement was needed. Feedback was encouraged and welcomed. They let you express your career goals and helped put you on a path to achieve those goals even if you meant not with Carney.

    Cons

    The benefits aren't amazing but they are good and better than previous companies I have worked for (but the parking benefit is a great bonus).

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. With change there is always push back but Carney is headed in the right direction. I believe you have done a great job to "seek to understand before being understood" hence the positive movement and growth within the company.


  7. Good company, great people, headed for a bright future

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

    I worked at Carney full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Carney is a good place to work. It may not have everything people want, but no place does. It gets busy and hectic sometimes, but most of us worked about 40 hours each week. The people in general care a ton about the clients and each other. Most of management does as well. Management is generally personable and they care, they are just busy. They have some atypical benefits: money to take any course you want, pay registration fees for races. They also offer $5k for tuition each year and they have most of the standard benefits. The CEO is approachable. He is involved in a lot of things, so don't expect him to hover and be deeply involved (unless he sees a problem). He wants people that are independent and driven so if you aren't then you won't like Carney.

    Cons

    They charge a lot for insurance. They are way above what other companies charge. They don't like telework. They have some employees that do, usually longer-term employees but they discourage it and aren't setup for it.They need more client diversity and to spend more money on professional development and reward programs.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down in some areas and focus. Loosen up a bit. Take time to work with individuals as individuals.


  8. Professional and Friendly

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

    I have been working at Carney full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Professional environment, career training opportunities, advancement opportunities, challenging work, friendly employees, helpful and transparent management

    Cons

    Benefits are a little pricey

    Advice to Management

    Continue to move in the direction you are moving in. Continue to be friendly and helpful to your staff.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Then we came to the end.

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

    I worked at Carney full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very convenient Old Town Alexandria location, dedicated and smart professionals on staff, some interesting projects and programs to work on.

    Cons

    No strategic direction- focus is on "keeping up appearances" & not truly attempting to stop the bleeding of both talent & clients.

    Advice to Management

    None- they think they have it all figured out & aren't likely to start listening now.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Think Again!

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

    I worked at Carney full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees are very talented, hard working, caring individuals.

    Cons

    Management (CEO, COO, and HR) need to attend Franklin Covey training and really listen and learn how to treat employees and run a business. They do not have the business acumen to grow the business or to make employees enjoy working with them.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a true leader to run the organization. Get an HR manager who knows what he is doing.


  11. Helpful (8)

    This Company Has Got to Be Kidding

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

    I have been working at Carney full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Parking is good considering the fact that the company pays 1/2 of parking. Benefits are OK. I left the company and wound up with better benefits. Business and Development works extra hard and extra long hours trying to keep people employed and this group really cares about trying to bring in business. There are some very good, strong project managers, very few, but a couple of them that are still there add significant value to the company. The majority of the people are good and kind and there have been some very talented people that have passed through the halls of the company.

    Cons

    HR (and before the Chief Culture and Talent Officer responds, he is a big part of the problem) They don't value employees and can't recognize talent. You are made to feel as if you add no value to the company and no one really cares if you stay or go, yet while you are there you are overworked for paychecks below industry standard and they find ways to let you know you are not worth more than what they are paying you. I have heard with my own ears employee abuse. I have heard comments against other employees (some from the leader of HR) that were very inappropriate. The CEO is blind to all that goes on because he is too busy painting rosy pictures instead of leveling with employees and telling the honest truth, even if asked directly for the truth.

    Advice to Management

    This is not a post from a disgruntled employee, in fact the opposite. I was a happy employee when I was there, but got tired of the lies, lack of leadership, employee abuse and the way no one cared about the direction of the employees. Get your heads out of the sand, that's the only way you are going to see what is truly happening. You can't move forward until you recognize where you went wrong in the past and attempt to right those wrongs with new employees. Be honest with the employees. If things are sinking, they are sinking. If things are good they are good. There are sometimes grey area, if that's the case, say so. Treat your employees with respect, show employees they are valued. Bring in some more talent to reduce the work load of some employees who have taken one role without salary increase since the downsizing started. This could be a great company again but only if you realize that you have people in the company that are looking for world domination (well at least company domination). You're letting these people run a great company in the ground! Think about it, so many negative comments of the same thing over and over tells you, if it quacks like a duck it is a duck!

    Carney Response

    Dec 10, 2014 – Chief Culture and Talent Officer

    Social media sites like Glassdoor are phenomenal in that they provide direct access to information never before available. It’s unfortunate; however, that the anonymity of these sites enables people ... More



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