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Very Good place to work, but hard to advance career.

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Former Employee - Technical Specialist  in  Washington, DC
Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Washington, DC

I worked at ICF International full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Once main thing about this company is that it really hires the best and brightest. While intelligent, the culture is not stuffy and pretty laid back. Assignments can be challenging, but in a good way. They allow creativity and empower you to contribute meaningfully. Benefits and compensation coming into the door is very good. They try to communicate business and overall company business information effectively - at least within your given line of business. They try to do their best to keep their good employees, even in bad times; and if they have to make hard decisions, they try to do so as professionally as possible. Great holiday parties (in HQ-DC area)!

Cons

Career advancement can be difficult. They have very specific career paths which is difficult to move into a certain direction because of unclear criteria or changes in management. (They are mainly a project-based company so your "manager" can change with each assignment.) Annual reviews are difficult too. In the years I've been there, the review process has changed every year, sometimes being more lengthy or subjective than it should. Being in one line of business over another can be competitive as well. They don't seem to want to easily let you go to another LOB because that may mean lost business for them. You also need to be a go-getter and be expected to be a valued contributor. This can be viewed positively or negatively by some, but I didn't have problems with this unspoken view and found it rewarding. However, if you expect easy assignments or don't contribute, you will struggle here.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Project Managers need more training, not just on the business side of how to do things but some newcomers need to be vetted for their interpersonal skills. It seems too often that PMs are just thrown in without getting the tools to effectively manage their business.

Also review and change the career path plan, it can be confusing and limiting to some skilled employees who don't quite fit one of your 'boxes'.

Lastly, simplify the review process and stick with it. Too many changes and the numerous criteria that employees have to meet can make them apathetic to the process.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1.  

    Great place to start out

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

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

    Pros

    ICF offers a lot of benefits to its employees such as flexible work schedules, working from home and education stipends. The company has a great culture and senior management really care about their staff.

    Cons

    Working long hours at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate the annual performance review cycle

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company for talent, with acquisition integration and job security issues.

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

    I worked at ICF International

    Pros

    Projects are pursued for profit but also for opportunity to innovate, good selection of positions with opportunity to make a difference.

    Cons

    Tough times, management seems fractured, unable to cope with a non-organically (but still) growing company. Some "I'm out to get mine forget you" from higher but not executive management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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