Arc Aspicio

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Great company to advance your career and grow your skill-set!

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

I have been working at Arc Aspicio full-time (more than an year)

Pros

With the leadership, vision, and guidance from colleagues I have been able to really grow my career here. I was previously at a larger consulting firm and I can honestly say that I have learned more about myself and accomplished more here in my 1.5 years than my 3.5 previous years combined at the larger firm. Leadership truly does see their employees as their greatest asset and despite the other posts - they do everything they can to grow their careers and make them happy. The company also has a strong strategic vision developed by leadership - which helps to maintain employee confidence and morale for the future and growth of the company. The access to and dialogue with company leadership is a true benefit - especially to junior employees starting off in the business. Not many companies are like this.

Cons

Some people may argue that some company policies are out-of-date and/or not aligned with industry standards (i.e. telework, time off) - but the truth is if you are a high performer this is not a concern. Management understands the difficulty if working full time and balancing this with life responsibilities - and they do everything they can to accommodate this.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue to invest in your people as your greatest resource/asset. The organic growth at the company is unrivaled and is a true differentiator among the company's competition.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Excrutiating growing pains

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

    I worked at Arc Aspicio full-time

    Pros

    Very mission focused - the company seeks to bring on people who are passionate about Homeland Security and have a desire to make the DHS community a better place.
    Many government contracts are going the small-business route, which is beneficial to the company.

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover/burn-out rate, probably due to the fact that the pay scale is significantly below market value and because of the iron fist of the owner. She works 24/7, and expects everyone else has the same schedule.
    Employees have no choice whether or not to be involved in business development or company matters. They are forced to own business opportunities, write proposals, conduct interviews and participate in other company (non-billable) work while maintaining a high billable hour threshold, effectively putting in well over 60 hours/week.
    Employee feedback is often sought, but rarely applied. Results of employee surveys seemed to be products of fuzzy math and data skewing.
    Employee skillsets are often not aligned with roles and responsibilities, or taken into account when staffing projects. A competent, senior level employee might be placed into a lower-grade role to fill a gap, but may be left there until s/he gets frustrated and leaves. Meanwhile a new, more junior employee who reassigns all tasks assigned because the employee does not know, and does not care to learn, how to complete them, is considered to be "delegating" and is promoted without any experience or management understanding. Also, an employee with a strong business development background may be placed on a project where s/he is required to conduct menial tasks in an unknown business area.
    Favoritism is obvious and often very manic - you could be at the top of the heap one day, and at the bottom the next for no apparent reason.
    Performance reviews are a moving target. Leadership changes the rules as it goes along, especially as it pertains to salary evaluations and bonus/promotion opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your home base. Client-facing employees will appreciate having staff at the home office who are dedicated to business development, proposal writing and other operations. Calling on client-site employees as SMEs is ok. Requiring them to participate in business development when they are trying to prove value at a client site is not.
    Place employees in positions that are appropriate to their skill set, expertise and interests. If they tell you that something is a right fit, do not dismiss them as complainers or non-team players, especially if they have not show themselves to be as such in their tenure.
    If you want to continue to hire and retain high-performing individuals, do not place them in positions that have no future or opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable but uninteresting dysfunctional family

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

    I worked at Arc Aspicio full-time

    Pros

    Some highly competent people, stability.

    Cons

    Uninteresting work, cronyism. Being "in" with execs is all that matters. Cult worship rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek better work. Pay your people a living wage while they build your fortune.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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