Intelligent Automation
3.2 of 5 12 reviews
www.i-a-i.com Derwood, MD 50 to 149 Employees

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Intelligent Automation CEO Joseph E. Schwartz

Joseph E. Schwartz

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Phone interview for summer intern

    Summer Intern (Former Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsThe people there are very intelligent and nice, always have new ideas.

    Consit takes too much time for writting reports and documents.

    Advice to Senior Managementhire many software engineers who can get things done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    stingy company

    Research Engineer (Former Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    Prosgood working environment, free coffee, smart colleagues, standard sick leave and vacation.

    ConsThis company is mean everywhere. It has no subscription to any database. You will get very a low salary and with little bonus, far below industry average. This company only makes money from US government. A lot of people are working overtime when proposals are due. The management team is lack of long term product development plan.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake a long term development plan instead of working everyone to the bone! Fund potential product internally instead of waiting for government money.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Interns beware

    Research Engineer (Former Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsRelaxed atmosphere and hands off management style. Work along side some very smart people.

    ConsLack of internship program or training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a better internship experience.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Expanding company with some growing pains

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSmart people, diverse projects. Historically heavy with SBIRs but diversifying, recently launched first commercial products. 25 consecutive years of growth, healthy backlog, etc.

    Research-heavy environment means a lot of flexibility during development.

    ConsFacilities cramped but plans for expansion within the calendar year. Heavy (but waning) dependence on SBIR means lots of work on proposals

    Can be a pressure cooker; not a place where it's easy to coast by. Need to be able to manage several high pressure projects simultaneously.

    They tend to skimp on workstation hardware or anything that isn't explicitly paid for by contracts. Bewilders that a "R&D company" doesn't have subscriptions to major journals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in infrastructure.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company. Nice, smart and talented researchers.

    Research Intern (Former Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    Proswork with really nice and talented researchers.

    Consmaybe it's time to have our own building :)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting work on projects that no one will ever use or know exists.

    Research Scientist (Current Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsLots of opportunity to work on different projects in wide number of areas so things can stay interesting. There are some very smart people working there. If you are interested in research, there are a lot of opportunities. If you win a project, it is your baby to do with as you please.

    ConsMost of the company revenue comes from government SBIR grants, so you are always chasing funding for projects. You will spend 1/4 of your time writing proposals, or helping other people to write proposals. It does not matter how good or commercially viable your proposal idea is, if you don't win the money, you will never work on the project. IAI does not have any substantial revenue from products, and internal money is rarely invested in developing new ideas. Internal money only goes to projects that have been previously funded through other proposals for 2-3 years. Senior management is happy being a SBIR grant company in order to make money for the owners, and is adverse to taking risks that would let them grow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop waiting for other people to fund the ideas that you know are worthwhile. There are other customers in the world besides the US government.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The work was interesting; the environment was terrible.

    Senior Research Scientist (Former Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsInteresting diverse projects. Smart work-force, I learned a lot from them. Good location.

    ConsLack of vision, too much competition.

    Advice to Senior Managementfocus on one or two fields. Communicate, encourage team work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat people to work with

    Conshigh pressure if working on several projects at the same time. Hunting for proposal to survive

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was okay, but not what I expected

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people are very nice and welcoming. The work can be challenging and interesting.

    ConsIt is a small company that feels like big company. Does not feel very entrepreneurial.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disaster!!!

    (Former Employee)

    ProsGood/free coffee, plenty of parking spots, standard vacation/sick leave, employees are allowed to work from home sometimes, standard 401(k)

    ConsThe only people for whom it’ll make sense to accept a job offer from this company are the new grads with zero experience and those who want a green card through work. If you have a remote chance of working for someone else, you should follow that route. This is a small company in the SBIR business. That means that your work load will be extremely high – all the time. Many of your weekends will be spent at the office. Most of your evenings will be spent doing work at home to meet deadlines. At this company, managers take pride in telling employees how, one time, they had someone come in on Christmas Day (no, I’m not joking) and finish their SBIR proposal. Speaking of proposals, three/four times a year, you can forget about having a life – you’ll have to write proposals. When the proposal season comes, things go crazy here. You’ll be severely limited in resources trying to get your work done. You’ll not have the Matlab package or the CAD software that you need for your work, but you’ll be expected to do an “excellent” job without them. If you need access to scientific papers - good luck, because the company does not subscribe to any of the databases. There are a handful of really intelligent people here. But most of your colleagues will not even speak English well, let alone articulate complex scientific matters. If you are under the impression that professor-grade intellectuals are doing cutting-edge research here, you’ll be disappointed most of the time. The health insurance they offer is below standard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote people with actual people-skills to be managers. Provide some spoken English classes to your employees. Stop yelling at employees which can be heard a mile away.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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