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ICF International Reviews in Fairfax, VA

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
257 Reviews

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257 Reviews
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ICF International Chairman and CEO Sudhakar Kesavan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company does let you have a work life balance, but only if you consistently defend it (in 26 reviews)

  • Knowledgable and friendly co-workers; ability to work from home is a huge plus (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • There can be demands on time so work-life balance can be a challenge (in 22 reviews)

  • Furthermore the entire company is geared towards benefiting upper management (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place

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

    Pros

    People are nice. Time is flexiable

    Cons

    The commuter benefit could be improved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hypocrites

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of autonomy, Terrible Pay!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Fairfax, VA

    Pros

    Autonomy
    Ownership of projects
    Get tons of experience
    Lots of flexibility

    Great for building experience and knowledge to start your career. Think of this place as your cocoon. All the growth is internal and you have to do it yourself.

    Cons

    With autonomy comes endless responsibilities, which you are not compensated for
    Long hours - 50+ a week = no work life balance
    Promotion is based on longevity with company and not experience and results
    Pay raise is ONLY a 3% increase (and that's if you're at the top of your job)
    Oh... Did I say pay is terrible? Well so are the benefits.

    If you want to break you back and gain tons of weight from stress, not get properly compensated, and experience the impact of turnovers... But need the autonomy to work and build beyond the parameters of your position, then this is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more present.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Supportive culture, but low compensation and growth opportunities

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Fairfax, VA

    Pros

    Company culture is supportive of work/life balance with flexible work hours and teleworking arrangements; opportunities to work on a wide variety of projects in both public and private sector

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than competition; bonus program only benefits senior leadership, not the rank and file; growth opportunities limited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop and share the strategic vision for the company, including how that vision will be achieved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great team of contractors, management only looks out for the bottom line.

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Fairfax, VA

    Pros

    I worked on a team project for the two and a half years I was there. Everyone assigned to the project was professional and we worked well together. It was a great experience.

    Cons

    During the last six months of the contract, we were told to "hang in there" until the end of the project because other work was available for us upon completion of the contract. A few of us did remain, others found employment elsewhere. I received my layoff notice one week before the contract end date. If other work is not available, don't lie and say it is. Yes, it's a for-profit business but that's no reason for deceit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lie. You had a great group of employees who worked hard and impressed the clients. If there isn't other work available, do not say there is. We have personal responsibilities and families to support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I was managing USAID International Consulting Subcontract agreements with a list of Team, I enjoyed the challenges.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Subcontract Manager  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Subcontract Manager in Fairfax, VA

    Pros

    Effective Negotiations paid off in the long run for the Contract..

    Cons

    Time constraints to get everything done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To plan a head of time so that delays will be avoided.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start out

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

    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
  9.  

    Good Place to work, Good family-work life balance

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

    Pros

    Good place to work. Can a learn a lot quickly if interested, since it is a diversified consulting company. Recent changes in management are positive and a step in the right direction.

    Cons

    Future growth is unclear. Very high fixed cost base which makes it somewhat uncompetitive against more "nimble" consulting companies. Still can do a better job of making it easy to switch between divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce fixed costs. Promote different models of cost-competitive consulting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A growing, flexible company with lots of opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Capital Analyst  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Human Capital Analyst in Fairfax, VA

    Pros

    - flexible policies aimed at allowing work-life balance
     - many different divisions doing many different kinds of things
     - good people
     - everyone is expected to self-manage in a matrixed environment, which gives considerable room for autonomy and personal growth

    Cons

    - everyone is expected to self-manage in a matrixed environment, which can sometimes be confusing and inefficient
     - vaguely soulless
     - top performers usually leave within 2 years
     - frankly-- its a good, solid company doing good, mid-level consulting work, mostly government contracts. Its not top level, and its not really focused on anything in particular, so you can't really expect it to have a distinctive character or flavor. Its a good company, but a grey company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pleasant place to work if you're willing to work hard and produce results.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    Pros

    Convenient location (near Vienna metro) with a positive work environment. I've never worked with so many intelligent people who took pride in their projects.

    Cons

    If you are not self motivated you will struggle here. Leaders expect everyone to simply do their job and there is little hand holding. If you are not a true professional, this is not the place for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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