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Great growth company focused on the future, creating a vibrant collaborative culture & results

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Director  in  Columbus, OH
Current Employee - Director in Columbus, OH

I have been working at Mission Essential full-time for more than a year

Pros

- A continuous learning and improvement environment.
- Bright people with new senior leadership sharing best practices from other industries.
- 200% bonus last year for nearly 300 corporate positions - previous years only a handful of semior execs received a bonus.
- committed senior team - CEO is everywhere in AFG 4 times in last year. previous CEO made it there only 1 time in 3 years; regular, consistent communication about strategy, financials, and brand; everyone is supposed to get regular 1:1 time with their boss every 2 weeks. This actually happens for most part.
- if you have an idea people are willing to listen to it - a long as its solution-driven and simplifies the business.
- smart strategic hires over last few months - HR, BD
- the founders and owners don't meddle because they have confidence in direction of business.
- Attempted to have a shared holiday season with events at all locations even in Afghanistan and care packages for those in remote areas.

Cons

- the language business is in decline and impacts other growth areas. Some people still think Pashto/Dari is all we can do - internally And externally.
- people stuck in the past where ok is good enough. Will take another year for underperformers to align, adjust, or asked to leave.
- the technology is lacking - need easier to access tools for supporting a mobile workforce
- hard to build team across multiple contracts and geographies
- website doesn't reflect the work we do.
- Cycles of talent based on personal networks - OSU, L3, Harvard, and now Limited...what's next?
- some people really think working 40 hours is a lot! Pandering to recruiting staff.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Keep communicating the status of the business.
- Be visible and stay interested in the details. - Not every idea is one to be explored, you aren't always right, and this place doesn't have the infrastructure you may be accustomed.
- Listen to the credible advice given based on industry experience of people throughout the business.
- adopt a matrixed organization like a consulting firm instead of a hierarchy based on the military-typical defense organization.
- strive to develop a more diverse team - ie women, minorities, and thought perspectives
- be patient enough to see if adjustments are working.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Mission Essential

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Little better than a temp company

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

    I have been working at Mission Essential part-time

    Pros

    Good on-boarding process in terms of HR training and presentation.

    Cons

    No follow through on promises. Interviewers tell you want you want to hear and then change things up once you start. I saw multiple linguists get screwed with their clearances and no one seemed to care. It took away their ability to find work with other employers after they left MEP or after their contract ended.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't talk about work-life balance then chastise us for ONLY working 40 hours a week. There was no flexibility unless your boss really liked you and looked the other way. The other bit of advice I would give is, have clearly defined job descriptions and stick to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bait and Switch

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Employee  in  Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Corporate Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at Mission Essential full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked with some very talented professionals ---who were then laid off or terminated. Great in-processing of new employees. HR does a very good job with that.

    Cons

    Not a lot of work life balance. It was a little creepy to see emails praising employees for coming right in after having major surgeries, car accidents, health issues etc etc. It made everyone feel like if they didn't drag themselves into work regardless of how bad they felt they would lose their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to do exit interviews and learn why your experienced staff keeps leaving and the lesser performers stay on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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