Independent Project Analysis

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Independent Project Analysis Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
26 Reviews
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26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company, exposure, work environment, etc.; but with limited earning and advancement potential.

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

    I have been working at Independent Project Analysis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule that is productivity based. You must maintain hours budgeted for accounts you are assigned, so if you work fast you can work less and if you work slow you will have to work more to keep up (and charge 40 hours a week either way). For this and other reasons, your performance is measured with actually data; so this means you experience less micro managing and your hard work shows! You also meet a lot of industry professionals around the world and learn a great deal every day about different processes and project management systems.

    Cons

    There are only a few levels of advancement available within the company and there are no annual pay raises to keep up with inflation. Raises and promotions can raise your salary, but in order for the company to make money on projects there is a limit to how much you can be paid. However starting salaries are competive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IPA needs to systematically charge clients more every year to keep up with inflation, and then some, as more value is added to projects as the project database and research expands. This will then facilitate yearly pay raises to maintain your staff and spend less on training new hires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Busy atmosphere, lots of politics

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

    I worked at Independent Project Analysis

    Pros

    Great for young professionals

    Cons

    Frequent travel, short turn around on detailed reports

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training for incoming personnel.

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

    Keep quiet and do not give your opinion...unless you are family.

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

    I worked at Independent Project Analysis full-time

    Pros

    Location (close to Rt 28). Bonuses.

    Cons

    In response to the latest review, no, there are NOT only 5 family members at IPA. This person is married to that person whose sister also works there whose husband works there whose cousin works there...you get the point. Someone is married to someone there. I learned the hard way that you should keep your mouth shut unless you are spoken to. Be careful who you do talk to. Word gets spread very fast and if it gets into the wrong hands, do not expect HR or management to go easy on you -- UNLESS you are "family". Even if you are a mediocre employee (as some of the family members are), you would still get the same bonus as a hard-working one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop assuming that non-family members are OK with the poor way they are treated. There are plenty of hard-working people at IPA who want to do well but they are consistently overlooked because they didn't have an "in" through family. One manager, who is immediate family, doesn't even have the skills to set an appt or even use spell-check, but they are one of the highest paid people at the company. The CEO turns a blind eye to this and, because of that, there is a very high turnover of staff at IPA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful place to work, few compromises

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Independent Project Analysis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    In general, IPA is a fantastic place to work. The atmosphere is laid back (you can wear jeans and tee shirts to the office), the people are friendly (some you may even consider good friends), and the work is rewarding. There is usually an annual bonus for every employee, regardless of their position, promoting teamwork. Some amazing benefits (like paid healthcare) that you won't find at other companies. Yes, there are a handful of family members that work there (but this is about five in an office of 150-ish), and *most* of them pull their weight (one of them in particular works more than almost anyone in the company). Many of the current employees and almost all of senior management have been with the company for 10, 15, 20, and in some cases nearly 25 years, which is impressive given IPA's 27-year history). You also have the opportunity to work with some of the most brilliant and talented people you'll ever meet, many of them with endearing, unique quirks that make the place feel special.

    Cons

    In some departments, there seems to be an imbalance of workload (i.e., the extremely competent employees accrue more and more work and responsibility while some of the under-performers are allowed to sort of coast along). Limited opportunities for advancement, especially to management positions (some, but for a relatively small company, it's a bit difficult).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the really great people around by paying them a little more, recognizing their accomplishments, and listening to their ideas. Try not to make the project analysts jump through so many hoops (deadlines, late lists, tons of work process steps) while other departments have no where near the amount of performance measures or accountability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, great work 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 Independent Project Analysis

    Pros

    All of the people that work here are extremely helpful and friendly. There are a lot of company wide training and activity sessions that help build morale and keep the spirits high. Ed Merrow is a very approachable CEO and also extremely respected in his industry and provide all his employees with many opportunities to succeed. A lot of travel opportunities should you be interested in such things.

    Cons

    There does not seem to be great room for raises and increasing pay through promotion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nepotism at IPA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Independent Project Analysis

    Pros

    Able to work independently. Decent bonuses.

    Cons

    If you aren't a part of the family, don't expect fair treatment (HR has their hands tied because of this). Office gossip is abundant. Certain forms of harrassment ARE tolerated. Very "clique-like" atmosphere in certain departments. Some managers do not welcome your opinion. Certain managers who are family have no experience in how to manage people. Not much of a work-life balance (expected to work late hours at home). Due to all of this, there is (of course) a high turnover at IPA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying attention to who is in charge of people and supervise those managers a lot more often. Just because one has the title of "Manager" does not mean that they are honest and can be trusted. Good, loyal employees will stay a lot longer if they are treated better and with a lot more respect. Money isn't everything; loyalty and hard work should count for something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Project Analyst
    Current Employee - Associate Project Analyst

    I have been working at Independent Project Analysis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to see things and large projects

    Cons

    Career limitations as the company is small

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A friendly and interesting company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Development Intern in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Product Development Intern in Ashburn, VA

    I worked at Independent Project Analysis as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone there is eager to help. If you like working with data and people it is a great fit.

    Cons

    Ashburn, Va is not a great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more from within

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very easy working environment

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

    I have been working at Independent Project Analysis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Management is flexible with working hours (working from home). You will get great exposure to the largest companies in the world. Travel is about once a month. The work load comes in waves: at times it is slow and you will have to do boring work, and other times will be very busy with multiple projects at the same time. The projects you will work on are truly fascinating and are global.

    Cons

    There is little room for career advancement and few opportunities for salary increases. There is a trade-off of salary and work-life balance. You could earn more at other top tier consulting firms but it will be hard to find another company with a better work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Just an ok place nothing special

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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 Independent Project Analysis full-time

    Pros

    A good learning ground. Great place to start up once out of college

    Cons

    The nepotism here is crazy, every one is married to every one. If you are not in wth the clique forget getting promoted on time. Very limited growth opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    non

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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