Halfaker and Associates Reviews

Updated August 10, 2015
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  1. Compnay Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA

    I have been working at Halfaker and Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team and place to work.

    Cons

    No cons for this company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Corporate Recruiter

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    Current Employee - Senior Corporate Recruiter in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Corporate Recruiter in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Halfaker and Associates (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The leadership, the employees, the missiona and the values all make Halfaker a wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    No cons thus far. Great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great, Supportive, and Close-knit Small Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Halfaker and Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Great coworkers who work hard and play hard -Strong company culture and a focus on giving back to the community -Many events, parties, and service opportunities to meet with fellow coworkers -Great team of overhead employees ensuring everything runs smoothly -Very modern office with all the basics

    Cons

    -Employees working remotely or client-side don't get to experience Company culture -Hiring of employees that are not a good fit for the job or Company culture -No solid training/education reimbursement plan -Bouts of low morale and tension

    Advice to Management

    -Need to keep gauge of morale and how employees are feeling -Keep good talent from leaving and a more thorough interview process to prevent bad hires -Have a bigger focus on internal security trainings and systems


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Fast-Paced Environment: Work Hard, Play Hard

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Halfaker and Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Numerous project teams, offering variety of work options. Nice location in Shirlington Village. Program Managers and Project Managers are really kind, generous, supportive, helpful, and hard-working people. Executives are also helpful and nice people. Company culture has a "keep it lean and mean, and get it done" attitude.

    Cons

    Some executives have a tendency to publicly yell at and/or otherwise berate lower-level personnel, negatively affecting morale. COO has been a "revolving-door" position, with three different COOs (and one interim) in the past 12 months. CEO has vision to evolve the company's structure, but has not clearly articulated a plan to achieve this. The company is growing larger but still controls spending like a very small company, sometimes being "penny-wise but pound-foolish".

    Advice to Management

    Keep building a culture of mutual trust, respect, hard work, and hard play! Praise in public and rebuke in private. Clearly articulate the plan for the company's future evolution, and if this isn't decided yet then say so bluntly and solicit feedback and ideas from your management team and employees - they care about the company and like working there, and want to help and be heard.


  6. Great company to develop your career and have fun while you're doing it!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Halfaker provides its employees with the opportunity to grow by leaps and bounds. If you put in the time and effort you will definitely be rewarded. Halfaker's vision of Continuing to Serve resonates in all team members and fosters a culture of service not found in most places. The team participates in various community service events throughout the year and hosts lots of fun happy hours and an awesome holiday party at the Verizon Center. At Halfaker you're surrounded by some of the most dedicated and fun people in the industry.

    Cons

    Just remember to be flexible at all times and keep a positive attitude, and you'll be fine!

    Advice to Management

    Great people are attracted to your company! Consider implementing more non-traditional benefits.


  7. Rising IT Consulting Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Halfaker and Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small business status, decorated, wounded veteran, women owned... all these attributes are advantages in government contracting businesses. Positive company culture is a big plus. Keurig coffee, tea, soda, granola bar and snacks for employees. Company sponsored birthday party, happy hours, active community volunteering events… It might seem no big deal but how many companies are doing that nowadays?

    Cons

    Every small company has similar issue when their businesses are project centric. You are “safe” when you are working on a project. But you are not, when the project is coming to end. Unless there is another project waiting.

    Advice to Management

    How the management plans for “between projects” issue for their employees will determine if Halfaker is just another small company or not…


  8. Diverse and Dynamic Team of Technology Expert Veterans and Civilians Serving the Country.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web and Graphic Design Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Web and Graphic Design Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Halfaker and Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    What excites me more about my work is having the opportunity to collaborate with excellent co-workers in various areas and teams in the company, and contribute in a variety of corporate and federal government projects; it is a constantly interesting and challenging learning experience. Besides, the synergy among teammates is amazing, compensation is very competitive, and the benefits, such as flexibility to teleworking, access to paid training, receive performance-based bonuses, and accrue paid PTO, among others, are just awesome.

    Cons

    Limited career development opportunities for remote employees.

    Advice to Management

    Expand career development opportunities for remote employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    High energy, positive work environment!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is such a positive environment and you can tell everyone loves the people they work with and around. This emphasis on employees that want to support each other and have fun makes the entire workday better, even on days you don't want to get out of bed. People who work here really believe in finding work that lets them give back and feel they are serving a purpose. The ability to practice flexible hours is great, especially when people have everywhere from a five minute to a ninety minute commute.

    Cons

    It would be nice if employees could work less than 8 hours one day and then make it up during the week in order to schedule appointments, flights, help with kids, etc...


  10. IT Services firm with a strong sense of mission.

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Halfaker and Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong management commitment to delivering high quality services to DoD and DHS clients. Management really tries to make sure that employees don't feel disconnected from corporate culture since most of us work on site with clients. Colleagues are competent, hard working people. Very clear expectations for advancement. Level of fiscal discipline I haven't seen in an organization this size before.

    Cons

    Like most federal contractors, employees are hired onto specific contracts. I do not know how easy it is to move between contracts/project teams. Pay and benefits are above average, but not great.


  11. Strong company with great opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Halfaker and Associates full-time

    Pros

    Provides opportunity to move up and further your career if you are a strong, proven team member. Good leadership and employees fuel a positive company culture.

    Cons

    At times there's some micromanagement, but that's at every company.

    Advice to Management

    Stay positive and have strong leadership - people will respond.



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