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Good opportunities to follow your passion

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

I have been working at Applied Research Associates

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

There are a high percentage of engineers and scientists with advanced degrees. The work is interesting and there are a large number of small research projects. The benefits are some of the best I've seen. If you have an idea and can find funding for it, ARA gives you a lot of freedom to pursue the idea.

Cons

The majority of work is focused on the defense industry, so defense cutbacks have an impact on the business. Business processes are ad hoc at times.

Advice to Management

Make it easier for engineers and scientists on the bottom to give you feedback since they often have good ideas regarding how to improve processes.

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  1. Meh -- it's okay. Most employees are dissatisfied.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Applied Research Associates

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good benefits, pretty good flexibility with hours, attire

    Cons

    Not innovative in work/life balance issues. Treat support staff poorly but works everyone hard. Senior management is sometimes demeaning to staff members, unappreciative. Lack of strong leadership.


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    Good place

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    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Applied Research Associates

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent schedule flexibility. Retirement benefits above and beyond those offered at most (if not all) other local companies. Casual dress. No cubicles.

    Cons

    Management emphasizes that all employees are to perform marketing work, but were no good examples to follow. There was some trouble with stability at the time of my departure.

    Advice to Management

    Use a separate marketing department and/or hire marketing staff with a good track record that can mentor junior employees. I felt that every marketing meeting was the presentation of the same set of slides on a different template. There was no applied marketing training. Flexibility and office environment is excellent, be sure to keep it as is.


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