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Very good company

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Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Raleigh, NC
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Raleigh, NC

I have been working at Applied Research Associates

Pros

Surrounded by a lot of smart, motivated people. Excellent benefits. They care about the customer and produce quality work. Good software development process. The office and facilities are first class - most people have their own office. The administrative support staff is helpful. I have autonomy to do my job and no one micromanages me. Every two years all the technical staff gather in one city/location for a technical conference - this is very cool!

Cons

Product releases are stressful due to "war-room" environment (but kind of fun too). Some bureaucracy involved in government contracting like daily time-sheets and things like that.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep winning the good projects.

Recommends
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A pretty decent defense contractor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Applied Research Associates

    Pros

    Lots of small-team, short-timescale projects, so you get a lot of hands-on experience coding.
    Smarter tech workers than your average government contractor.
    Good benefits.
    Management is largely ex-technical workers, so they're more inclined to not be idiots.

    Cons

    Career advancement requires customer marketing and project management - including all the boring parts like accounting and personnel management. Hope you don't like actually making software too much!
    Company as a whole might be very diverse, but most projects done at any one division are in a very narrow focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enable communication throughout the company as a whole - being one part of a conglomerate means there are probably plenty of fun and cool opportunities for collaboration getting missed.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good place to work for lower level developers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Vicksburg, MS
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Vicksburg, MS

    I have been working at Applied Research Associates

    Pros

    Employees have lots of personal freedom in how they do the job and there is a wide variety of projects. If you're into technical sales and marketing you can do really well. You get to use a lot of different technology and interact with the clients. Great retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Development planning in non existent, just do or die. The corporate culture really encourges workaholics if you want to climb the ladder. Much of your compensation is in company stock in the retirement plan so the pay tends to be somewhat below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on getting some larger/long term projects to increase stability. Create a technical career path that doesn't require people to move into management to get promoted.

    Approves of CEO
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