Ellumen Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Fast Pace, Learning Opportunities, Variety

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ellumen

    Pros

    I have found many opportunities to learn and grow so far in my work here. The work is varied, and the different tasks keep things feeling fresh. Other employees are positive about collaborating together to get the job done, whatever it may be. Management is supportive of creativity and encourages innovation from every level of employee.

    Cons

    Working in this environment isn't for everyone. If you're looking to do the same tasks day in and day out, this probably won't be a good fit for you. This job requires you to be agile and flexible in completing tasks and setting priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Have more all-hands meetings where everyone gets to hear about what's going on in the company. Those meetings really help promote employee engagement and get everyone energized about the direction of the company.

  2. IT Staff

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

    I worked at Ellumen

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

    Pros

    They pay you on time

    Cons

    Unstable no security. They offer benefits but doesn't matter once they lay you off.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourself

  3. Great people

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

    I have been working at Ellumen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting technical work / problems to solve

    Very generous in compensation and benefits / bonuses possible

    Flexible WRT work location, and to some extent, schedule allowing people to integrate work into their lives

    Great group of people

    Cons

    Can be chaotic

    Can be overly demanding

    Advice to Management

    Find the optimum setting on the spectrum between
    Working too many offerings with too few people such that none of the offerings is getting sufficient attention
    and
    Working too few offerings such that there are too many eggs in one basket as opportunities pass you by

    It's a very difficult setting to make correctly.

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  5. Great company with rewarding work

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

    I have been working at Ellumen full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers, corporate culture, rewarding mission, and great compensation and benefits. It's a growing business but individual employees still have easy access to senior leadership. Management is knowledgeable and employees have opportunities to work across and learn several areas of business if they choose.

    Cons

    Since they're small process is not always defined so with growth comes some pain. Not everybody is cut out for an entrepreneurial environment and some employees need more structure to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    More communications relating to current endeavors, company goals, and corporate outlook would be great

  6. Very satisfied

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits, good people, and a performance based culture. If there are circumstances that keep you out of the office you can work remotely so long as you're responsive and produce a.k.a. "big boy rules". I've been here several years and I couldn't be happier. There is personal and professional accountability so don't think you can "work from home" and then go catch a matinee. It's a smaller company (under 100 employees) so there's not much room to "fly under the radar"... if that's what you're looking for this might not be the best place for you. If you like to contribute, collaborate, and grow then you should talk to these guys.

    Cons

    It's a small business and there's isn't much wiggle room for a bench once a project ends so the company needs to continually win new work to keep everyone engaged. As a result there are layoffs from time to time according to business needs. This is no different from any of the large integrators (Northrop, Mantech, Lockheed, etc.) There's no such thing as a permanent job anymore.

  7. Do not accept any job offers, they will lay you off shorty after!

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

    I worked at Ellumen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Company has very good benifits

    Cons

    Ellumen has layed off 1/3 of their employees in the last few months. Horrible company to work for..... Employees quit few weeks later after being hired. Program Manager doesn't know what she is doing.

  8. Unorganized Managment

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

    I have been working at Ellumen full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Engineers/Developers/Testers/Analysts are amazing. The Ellumen Board Members are knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Ellumen Management and workflow is unorganized. It is hard for work-life balance. Management promises 40 hour work weeks but realistically employees see 45+ hours a week. Redundancy efforts on a weekly basis - directed down from management. Uncertainty over future of the company. Large employee turnover. Employees always talking about how management is unorganized and how much of the work is out of scope. When issues arise, management starts pointing fingers at employees to offset the blame.

  9. Great team with an awesome culture

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

    I have been working at Ellumen full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Dedicated team of professionals with a results oriented culture. Employees have tremendous flexibility with respect to their schedule so long as the work product is quality and the customer's remain happy. The mission is to improve healthcare for veterans, the military, and their families so the work itself can be highly rewarding as well. Core office hours are 10AM- 3PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday... Wednesday is a remote work day for most of the team.

    Cons

    The company is growing so fast that individual work spaces can get cramped at the corporate HQ.

    Advice to Management

    Plan more team building events, we're growing so fast it's hard to keep track of all the new faces.

  10. Junior IT Specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior IT Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Junior IT Specialist in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Ellumen

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    They are a government contractor in the Health care Industry. This had provide them with many government contracts in the past and in the future.

    Cons

    They needs to have a way to training new employee. This is one of the biggest reason why I was not able to excel in their company.

    Advice to Management

    They needs to have a way to training new employee. This is one of the biggest reason why I was not able to excel in their company.

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