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ICF - A decent place to work

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Current Employee - Associate Developer  in  Fairfax, VA
Current Employee - Associate Developer in Fairfax, VA

I have been working at ICF International

Pros

Flexibility in work schedule and commuting schedule; wide range of opportunities for exploring different technologies and sharpening different skills, as long as you're willing to go after those opportunities.

Cons

Pressure from upper management to bill as much time as possible to direct accounts, and not "waste" any time on non-project work such as research or training into new technologies. Very little focus on quality control in budget process - hardly any time/money is set aside for full planning and/or testing of products. No broad-reaching procedures or processes for QA/QC.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Allow employees the flexibility to invest in the quality of their products, even if that means setting aside indirect funds specifically for process improvement and specific technology training.

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    Great place to launch a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at ICF International

    Pros

    Good work and honest hard working people who believe in the work they are doing. People join ICF at all levels not for the compensation, but for the opportunity to engage in work that matters, both for government and non-profits. This dynamic will often lead (as it did for me) to individuals who are happy with the work but feel generally under compensated.

    Cons

    Compensation and miss communication between Sr. Management and Jr. Staff. There is very little interaction between the various business units in the company which in turn leads to a siloed environment. Also, HQ in VA makes for a difficult commute for the majority of employees who live within the District.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive in reaching out to Jr. Staff such that you can keep them motivated via a positive work environment.

    Recommends
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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    ICF good potential, suffering some growing pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at ICF International

    Pros

    Flexibility to work off-site and from home, with a good work-life balance (generally no more than 50 hours/week). Smaller practices and lines of business make it easier to get to know senior management. Everyone generally has an open door policy and senior managers are easy to approach. Company is growing with a variety of new opportunities, particularly good if you are interested in consulting for the public sector.

    Cons

    Focus is primarily on the federal government, so if you're looking to get into consulting for the commercial sector, ICF is not the best bet unless you have a focus on the energy industry. Company is growing, so strategic direction, communication, priorities, and expectations are not always clear. Management's focus is very heavy on employee utilization, making it difficult to maintain a "bench", focus on developing offerings, and growing business. Pooir internal communication and information sharing about the full range of offerings and capabilities within the company, making it difficult to cross-sell or to tap into specific areas of expertise quickly, so sometimes feels like you're reinventing the wheel on projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a more balanced approach to utilization, ensuring that LOBs and Sub-LOBs are able to balance project work with developing differentiated offerings and focus on business development and recruiting, and staff are able to take advantage of professional development opportunities. Adopt a more flexible view of maintaining a bench so that you have good staff available to work proposals, staff up new projects, and focus on developing collateral. Provide more help/support to staff who are on the bench to find projects (especially for staff new to the company with little knowledge of the company to jump on other projects). Currently managers don't provide much support to find staff new projects when they are on the bench, which is a huge challenge for new employees who have few contacts at ICF and have yet to make a name for themselves within the company.

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