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ICF - A decent place to work

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company if you want to work with a purpose.

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at ICF International

    Pros

    The company is fully of extremely mission-oriented people who are working to make a positive social difference. There is a sense that everyone is coming to work to get down to business with their own part of savings the world. This sense of purpose engenders a strong team spirit and collegial atmosphere that focuses on cooperation over competition. Unlike some other firms in this industry there is not a sense of different offices as "dueling profit centers." Instead there is a general recognition that we all benefit from working together and that getting the job done is more important than whose budget something accrues to.

    I also appreciate the deep technical expertise here in so many areas. At some firms in the consulting industry there is a poker-faced game of "we've never done that before and don't know much about it, but just tell the client that we'll do it, and we'll figure out 'how' later." At ICF I am consistently impressed by the expertise present at all levels in many practices - usually there is someone who *has* done it before and *does* know a lot about it. This earns my respect and makes me feel like there is leadership I can trust.

    At the same time there is a trust in staff and a willingness to appreciate innovation wherever it arises. I think this allows junior staff to grow quickly, and motivates them to do their best work. This is not a formulaic place and there is a lot of room for younger employees to put their own mark on the work that comes out of ICF.

    Cons

    ICF is in a phase of rapid growth after its IPO as a public company in 2007. This has its upsides of course, but it is also engendering a shift to a more investor-profits-driven mentality at the top. While this may be appropriate business practice, it may put some strain on the organizational culture to meet these growth goals. The company's culture of excellence and expertise may be challenged by the requirement to rapidly expand successful groups beyond their current size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for ways to guard the company's core values and the caliber of its technical expertise as it grows quickly.

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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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