ICF International

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ICF International Reviews in Fairfax, VA

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
290 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/Life balance is great; I tend to be a bit of a workaholic but I'm glad it's not forced (in 28 reviews)

  • Knowledgable and friendly co-workers; ability to work from home is a huge plus (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Not a good work/life balance I found myself working 50-60 hr weeks while getting paid for 40 (in 26 reviews)

  • Furthermore the entire company is geared towards benefiting upper management (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great place to work, learn, and grow. If you have initiative and motivation, you can make it.

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    Current Employee - Project Management Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Project Management Analyst in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at ICF International

    Pros

    Good learning program and benefits. Great work-life balance, but only if you ask for it.

    Cons

    They provide you with a career path and the tools needed to meet those goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at ICF International

    Pros

    flexible schedule, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Little room for pay/position advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    wonderful

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at ICF International as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    staff is organized, hiring process and initial introduction in the company is very good.
    courses for staff for improvement
    helpful and approachable people
    people care about and believe in what they do.

    Cons

    segregated teams, less interaction with other teams.
    low pay relatively

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Deliver on Promises

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

    I have been working at ICF International full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Large organization
    Diverse and global
    Some opportunities

    Cons

    Pretty disorganized
    Hire people and then don't win proposals and lay them off
    It is all about who you know
    No mentoring available to new experienced employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need employees to act more ethically

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Enjoyed my time w/ ICF!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at ICF International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Upbeat culture, many capable colleagues and interesting projects. Well-structured performance review program that makes good on its promises. Lots of intelligent, energetic people (especially junior staff).

    Cons

    Culture among the corporate leadership could be a bit cutthroat and ego-heavy. Lots of churn w/r/t recent acquisitions and trying to assimilate new people and projects. Have found pay to be more competitiv

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the core business culture that enabled ICF's growth, however the corporate composition may change!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good, not great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Decent benefirts and I know its program management is decently strong for big projects.

    Cons

    I was in a growing line of business where there were a lot of small projects. This made ICF's matrix management structure hard as you were reporting to different supervisors all the time. There is a huge emphasis on being billable, especially when you are junior employee. Being evaluated this way on feast or famine smaller projects was difficult and unfair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch how small projects affect billable hours for for junior employees and evaluate accordingly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible but does not value its employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    My contract was a telecommute based position. I love that the company is incredibly flexible, allows us to flex time and tries to meet you where you are in your needs in order to keep you (that is if they like you!)

    Cons

    There is a clear divide made between junior staff and senior/management level staff. Very little transparency and not much room for upward mobility, especially if you are not matrixed across multiple projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Provide true bonuses, competitive raises and benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great lesson in playing dirty

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at ICF International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, paycheck always came on time.

    Cons

    The mental stress of being dispenseable; lied to and lied on and insulted. I've never worked with such RUDE people ever in my life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You never win playing dirty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Executives don't understand how to motivate

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at ICF International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Most days I like what I do. Benefits are ok, not great. While there's no official/standard company policy on working from home, I usually work from home about one day a week without any issue and I have good flexibility. My boss isn't a micro manager, but he's not an advocate for me either. He's too busy trying to climb the ladder.

    Cons

    Exec's don't know how to relate to the worker bees - VP tryes to motivate our group to make goal so the "company can get it's bonus" - meaning he gets a bonus and none of us see a bonus. Health benefits aren't great and you pay more for less every year. Poor raises - about 2%. Pay isn't awful but isn't great. ICF has a reputation of paying a little lower than average and working folks a little more than average. They don't do a good job of promoting within - they actually give you a $2k bonus to refer someone from the outside. Hard to move around within the org.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to relate to the folks under you.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hypocrites

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at ICF International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They are a well-oiled machine and you will learn a great deal. Effective in winning contracts especially in the Energy sector. Most of my colleagues were very intelligent and care about the quality of their work.

    Cons

    poor work-life balance. Upper management does not like the military---although they covet DoD contracts. Office culture - great deal of competition over who will get credit for contracts and profits. This discourages individuals from working together across lines of business within he company. Some dishonest tactics used as a result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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