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Your team and manager make all the difference

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Former Employee - User Experience Track  in  Laurel, MD
Former Employee - User Experience Track in Laurel, MD

I worked at Aquilent for more than a year

Pros

Work is diverse and interesting, compensation is pretty good for the industry. Company has traditionally had a family feel where it is easy to have congenial relationships with HR, IT, other groups, etc. Champions cutting edge technology when possible, always looking forward. Very flexible schedules are possible as well as telecommuting.

Cons

Company is growing really fast and culture can't keep up. Although they espouse ethical behavior, it really depends on who the AD is, what the project is, and where the money is at. Senior Management says one things, but clearly champions keeping the money rolling in rather than drinking their own koolaid of only accepting the "right" kind of clients. If you have a good manager and team, things are GREAT! If you are on a crazy project or have ineffectual managers, you are screwed. There is less stability than they say--if your project ends there is no guarantee that you will be moved to another team or if you are that you will be doing what you really want to do. Again, it all comes down to your managers and who advocates for you. Aquilent assumed very little risk during the government shutdown--if your project was shut down you had use your own vacation or go into the hole and then not get paid. This seems unfair for a company that only works with the federal government.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Re-evaluate whether or not you are actually living the non-negotiable traits and that they are spreading downward. Retool the bonus structure so the worker bees can get more of a share (the metrics are heavily skewed towards upper management, especially Grow Aquilent criteria). Create and advertise a more formal project transfer project, hold managers who have unhappy teams accountable for work environment.

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    Overall good experience....then got put on the bench and eventually to a project that didn't match my skills at all.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aquilent full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The biggest pro is the flexibility.

    Cons

    Narrow focus on government work only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go after some commercial work too!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    One of the worst employers I've ever had the unfortunate experience of dealing with

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant  in  Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Laurel, MD

    I worked at Aquilent full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They have a gym for employees to use.

    Cons

    Management is absolutely clueless about software development --especially their CTO. Aquilent hires developers and their CTO is so afraid of having them write software that they get stuck doing mindless tasks or fighting with technology that was never meant to be customized. The biggest problem is their CTO and the clique other folks have mentioned. They're so confident in their opinions, yet have a track record of failure. They're the biggest group of narcissists I've ever had the unfortunate experience of working with.

    There are few growth opportunities unless you join the mindless drones that already live in their management team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of your a**, fire your CTO and build something for your clients that doesn't suck the life out of tax payers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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