Mission Essential
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www.missionessential.com Columbus, OH 5000+ Employees

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

Director (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH

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 Senior Management- 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Little better than a temp company

    (Current Employee)
    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… Advice to Senior Management: 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… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Bait and Switch

    Corporate Employee (Former Employee)
    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.… 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… Advice to Senior Management: Time to do exit interviews and learn why your experienced… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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