ICF International Reviews

Updated March 11, 2015
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ICF International Chairman and CEO Sudhakar Kesavan
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  1. Had the chance to grow professionally & touch several aspects of the business in a short amount of time.

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home, interesting projects, smart and strong leadership. Possibility to grow within the company. Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Salary isn't very competitive and salary increases - even after stellar performance reviews - aren't very high. Ability to negotiate salary at offer stage is limited.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Turn your passion into a career!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager/Director in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager/Director in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at ICF International part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I joined ICF because I was looking for an opportunity to apply my skills in a way that helped make an impact on the environment. I got what I was looking for and so much more. The people are smart, passionate, and committed. The company values the ideas of the individual. Great place for people to have an entrepreneurial spirit. It's a place where you can gain a lot of experience at a very early stage in your career.

    Cons

    We have been growing rapidly, it's not always easy to get the systems (for expenses, travel, etc.) in place that are best suited to our individual business areas because the company is large.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to work on not being so reliant on e-mail for the majority of our communications.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Not a good place to work for your first job out of college, awful career prospect mobility

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at ICF International

    Pros

    Decent benefits
    Decent first salary (if you negotiate above 55k)
    Smart young junior staff

    Cons

    Horrible middle managemt
    Entrenched managers who operate like its 1984
    Horrible work life balance
    Absolutely no overtime (not uncommon to work i effectively until 2am)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your junior staff
    Get rid of entrenched middle managers, who are awful with efficiency
    Institute better work life balance conditions
    Stop being cheap and pay worthy bonuses to junior staff
    Have better career prospects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Great potential for growth, limited project choice

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

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

    Pros

    The potential for growth is made very clear even from your first performance review.
    Very diverse group of colleagues with impressive experience. There are a lot of opportunities to learn from professionals with 20+ years in their field.
    Ability to negotiate flexible schedule, if needed.

    Cons

    Depending on your division, there is not much flexibility to acquire new projects. This can leave you feeling 'stuck' in a repetitive project if you are not invested.
    Little understanding of ICF's total contribution and what other divisions are working on.
    Some employees take advantage of a flexible work from home policy, which leaves the office feeling lonely at times.
    Expect to work overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management communication is key to making sure employees have a balanced set of priorities across their multiple managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Sourcer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Contractor - Sourcer in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at ICF International as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly and setting is relaxed. Nice work setting, not many distractions. Great location. Great work hours. Able to work early in early out.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. The only thing I could say is the recruiters could provide a bit more feed back on candidates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    By far, the worst company I've ever worked for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked on a variety of projects and, thus, gained experience.

    Cons

    All that matters is money. Everyone is constantly worried about being 100% billable which means working extra hours to get to know your colleagues or even go to lunch or a staff meeting, which is charged to "indirect" time. I personally worked at multiple client sites and at ICF headquarters making it very challenging to develop relationships at any one place. Everyone was always worried about being laid off! Speaking of, when colleagues were laid off, it was kept a secret and those not in mgmt would only find out because they'd eventually notice someone was missing!!! They seriously need a manual in best practices in leadership! The worst thing that ever happened was when I woke up with a migraine and requested the day off-my project manager requested that I come in when my pain med kicked in; I had to remind her that you're not supposed to drive. The request was absurd!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say THANK YOU and mean it! Hold one-on-ones with your project managers and leads more frequently and be realistic-unless you skip staff meetings, never speak to colleagues (a morale buster!), being 100% billable is impossible!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to gain work experience out of school

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

    I worked at ICF International

    Pros

    Senior management is very friendly to junior staff. They understand that junior staff is required to get the work done.

    Cons

    Senior management can be unwilling to hand major responsibilities to junior staff. The mentality that work must be done with the least amount of time billed to clients makes it hard to give junior staff the training that they need to become consultants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your junior staff, and learn to trust them. Do not always assume that they'd just leave the job within 2.5 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    No Growth

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, free coffee, friendly people.

    Cons

    The work is not challenging at all and their is no vertical growth for your career. ICF is simply a stepping stone while you look for a career, not a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful

    I was over-worked and under-paid.

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at ICF International

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home.
    Good people.
    Office Culture.

    Cons

    Pay was not competitive.
    Benefits were not competitive.
    Very little work-life balance.
    Over-worked.
    I did not feel valued.
    Lack of transparency in promotion and salary decisions.
    Management of some projects were dysfunctional.
    Upper level management was often promoted to a position not based on merit, but by being part of a large revenue project and as a result were not effective in their positions.
    Office location was not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have transparency in how reviews and other metrics (e.g., utilization) factor into promotions and raises.
    Act like you value younger staff, so they don't feel like they are.
    Be better at communicating company policies especially benefits when they change or are cut back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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