Applied Research Associates
3.4 of 5 27 reviews Albuquerque, NM 1000 to 5000 Employees

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ARA does their best to promote work-life balance. Overall, it's a great company to work for.

Technical Writer (Current Employee)

Pros- Great work-life balance: support working remotely, taking time off, etc.
- Competitive pay for tech writers and support staff
- Variety: you never know what you'll get to work on next (in a good way)
- Job security: ARA doesn't make a habit of firing people once they're hired

Cons- Very little upward mobility for tech writers/support staff (see job security). Management positions are filled by the same person for decades. If you want to move into a management position, you'll need to change companies.
- Social interaction is limited. You can go a whole day without seeing anyone, if that's what you're into. Some days it's isolating.

Advice to Senior ManagementThis is a solid company. It would be great if you could work on reducing the length of time potential hires spend as temps. I know it reduces your tax burden and overall costs, but 2-4 years with no benefits seems excessive.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ARA needs to "clean house"

    Scientist (Former Employee)

    I worked at Applied Research Associates

    Pros: Benefit package is OK but it takes 3 years to become vested. Very dependent on local work environment. Good job… Cons: Unskilled middle management allowed hostile work environment- bully behavior accepted as ok. ARA culture is great but local team leader is fearful of… Advice to Senior Management: Market human capital as stated in mission. Not try to… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Not bad for a defense contractor

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Applied Research Associates

    Pros: ARA has a strong engineering culture and generally tries to hire people who are passionate about the work. They also are very open to… Cons: It's a government contractor, so you generally can't work on anything that you can't get money for up front. You also have to deal… Advice to Senior Management: Having a large number of people cooperating and working on several small projects seems to work really well - smaller office… More
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