ICF International

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ICF International Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
301 Reviews
3.0
301 Reviews
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ICF International Chairman and CEO Sudhakar Kesavan
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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.  

    Strong, growing local company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ICF International

    Pros

    People there are generally not very competitive which translates to a relatively laidback atmosphere. Company is growing really fast, acquiring a lot of new contracts. Was fortunate to acquire a lot of valuable experience and connections through my position through my own manuvering.

    Cons

    Mid-level managers are very hands off. You only see high-level management once in a blue moon. Employee development and retention efforts are minimal despite what they tell you during the interview process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for more growth opportunities within your workforce. Cross training your employees and involving them in different aspects of the company and it's contracts will foster ownership, company pride and understanding, and loyalty in your employees. They're not just people to fill FTE spots on new contracts.

  2.  

    A real eye-opening experience working with a variety of high-level clients

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Associate

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

    Pros

    Talented pool of workers scattered across the country
    Wide variety of career sectors in which to find your specialty.
    Benefits and community contributions are significant.

    Cons

    The work-life balance is not quite balanced, but it improves as one moves up the ladder. Part-time employees were segregated from many benefits, and required to use their own funds then be reimbursed for travel expenses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Save money by retaining variable part-time employees. Then retain these employees by paying attention to keeping promises made by HR during hiring process.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing company to work for. Great, passionate, and very smart people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at ICF International

    Pros

    Great company with an easy to understand corporate structure. Best way to describe the company is "a big company with a small company feel".

    Cons

    I honestly do not have a bad thing to say. Just wish there were more projects to go to. I would have stayed with the company instead of moving on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Communicative, and supportive back office. Have great career development path. Very generous benefit package. The recruiting team is helpful to find your next assignment.

    Cons

    It is consulting based career, i.e., you must find next assignment by youself once contract is over. Not much connection among contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Networking among contracting groups.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    ICF SH&E is a beautiful place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at ICF International

    Pros

    Intellectual environment, pleasant employees, great benefices. I have spent beautiful 12 years at ICF.

    Cons

    I did not have any negative experience at SH&E.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great coworkers, but growing company heeds bottom line above its own people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ICF International full-time

    Pros

    Lots of really wonderful and intelligent coworkers; work gets done efficiently with a good team attitude. Larger company affords extensive expertise and tools to help get things done, and encourages collaboration across departments. Company growth provides opportunities for new projects and collaboration.

    Cons

    All about work; there are few company opportunities for socializing with coworkers, networking, and building relationships. Upper management all too preoccupied with bottom line, reiterating same tired messages at every all-hands meeting, while expending little energy to applying the company motto of "improving peoples' lives" to its own people. Work-life can often get out of balance if project is underbid and understaffed by management, and junior staff are the ones who suffer. Career advancement is difficult, especially for young people starting at the bottom. Doing great work is often not enough, need to show exceptional performance (usually translated to working extra hours) to be recognized and advanced. There's far too much of an attitude that junior staff are the workhorses of the operation, and therefore expendable and easily replaceable. Paid time off benefits are poor (3 weeks, but include sick time) and take many years of work before they can increase to a more reasonable amount.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could be more directly connected to their direct reports and more involved in their work - many workers have their managers in other offices, often in distant states. Upper management needs to show more interest in staff at lower levels, provide a more satisfying work environment, and support their professional growth. Upper management could take more interest in why people leave the company and could strive to increase employee retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Growth

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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 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
  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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    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.  

    Great place to gain work experience out of school

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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
  11.  

    Great Collaborative Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ICF International

    Pros

    training, work-life balance, benefits , people

    Cons

    no complaints at this time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wellness opportunities at Martinsville facility

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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