MPR Associates

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MPR Associates Reviews

Updated Jun 9, 2014
MPR Associates – Alexandria – “MPR Headquarters”

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3.4 13 reviews

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Diversity of challenging projects to work on.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is a wide range of exciting projects to work on.
    You colleagues are very competent.
    You have an opportunity to work on projects that make a difference.
    While not perfect, the culture of the workplace and decisions of management generally demonstrate that they value their people.

    ConsRequires a lot of juggling of time and commitments. The sometimes unpredictable work needs make it difficult to plan at times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't get sucked in!

    Contracts Specialist (Former Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsA few corporate events a year, which does not include the administrative staff in remote offices, unless they want to pay their own travel.
    Competitive benefits, that make up for the less than favorable salary and annual raises.

    ConsYou are made to believe annual reviews are based on 360 degree feedback. However, your supervisor solicits feedback from whomever they choose. Dont be surprised if your supervisor picks employees he or she "likes" as opposed to employees relevant to your projects/responsibilities. Also, warning to the admin staff, your review is viewed by the Human Resources Department. If for some reason your supervisor gives you a positive review and the Director does not like you, YOUR REVIEW WILL BE CHANGED.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPrincipal Officers are oblivious to the turn over rates within certain departments and the long hours and horrible work-life balance in certain groups ( i.e., Nuclear). Also, the company is getting too big to be ran by a small HR department, that also seems to not be able to retain it's employees. I have witnessed management "loose their cool" countless times toward other engineers and even their own department staff. Management and the Principal Officers don't take complaints or concerns seriously. Advice to management - "people dont quit their JOB they quit their SUPERVISOR". Take complaints and turnover seriously.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A roller coaster ride

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDiversity of staff to work with and experience.

    ConsManagement not very savvy with regard to support staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore management courses from outside vendors for those in non-engineering supervisory positions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Exceptional engineering talent - a place to build a professional career if you really want to make a difference

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMany opportunities to learn, colleagues are friendly and helpful, technical capabilities of the engineers are exceptional, client projects are generally very challenging and out-of-the-ordinary which promotes rapid growth in skills and capabilities. Creating solutions to tough problems can be quite rewarding if you are up to the challenge.

    ConsMust have the right mind-set to fit into the organization. There is little tolerance for mediocrity from your peers - which is not so much a "con" as a simple fact-of-life for this top-shelf engineering organization. All your peers are exceptionally talented and the expectation is that everyone brings unique skills and talents to the table, which may intimidate some people. This place is not for the "average" engineer - you will not work on the "average" problems.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay the course and more actively convey and encourage better communication and trust within the engineering organization. As the company has grown there have been some inaccurate or confused perceptions of the organizational change that is underway, and this seems to interfere with promoting the vision and the message for the future.

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

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    Changing for the worse

    (Current Employee)

    ProsCompetitive pay; generally interesting work (<= 50%); extensive travel if you want it.

    ConsHigh cost of living in and around Washington, DC significantly offsets the competitive pay; the work is getting less interesting as management is trying to rapidly grow revenue; work-life balance is an alien concept to the pathologically workaholic management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMPR no longer takes on just the tough, really interesting jobs; it now takes on the work that its clients simply don't want to do. Business developers never see this because they never do the work. There are people who would like the organization to change, but there is significant headwind.

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

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    The Twilight Zone...

    (Current Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsThe positives of the entire company are that they host a couple of events throughout the year
    And what place in the DC area doesn't offer a couple of work sponsored events? Encourage seekers who become employed with this company to join one of the two groups. The few that are actually friendly, about 5%, or the ones who come to work do their work, attain perfection, and remain disgruntled, the other 95%.

    Some of the benefits are very worthwhile. Bonuses. Engineers are able to work from home and travel. No other employees within the company are allowed these opportunities. Training when approved. Invest in quality employees.

    ConsThis place is the equivalent of the Twilight Zone. A complete paradox. The place expects you to maintain a work/life balance but that is only acceptable for those who are in upper management. Even those in upper management do not take a vacation, but when they do, there is no push back. In the case of lower level associates or support staff needing any personal time, the expectation is that they will not even ask. Not that they will receive the time, regardless of their PTO balance, but that they will not even ask. You know better. The company wants each employee to enjoy the company atmosphere and sponsors certain events but with the exclusion of corporate wide events, don't expect to have any knowledge of what is going on within the company unless the secret sect has adopted you into their realm. The company supposedly emphasizes individual opinion and opportunity for feedback, but as mentioned before, you know better. Play your part. Keep your mouth closed. Do not push back. Remain obedient. Do not say no. Say yes all the time no matter how stretched you become and no matter how long you need to work. Oh but wait. You're not supposed to work too much...but you are because it's whatever it takes to obtain perfection. The paradox again. So expect the opportunity to hone your skills as a perceived perfectionist and hard worker, willing to deal with difficult personalities. An ideal place for engineers who lack personality skills and are very technical.

    They shirk diversity. Remaining exclusive and limiting minorities is the best way for this company to remain the way they were when they started 40 something years ago.

    The review process is supposedly thorough with input from different candidates within the company. Beware at this illusion. Although it may sound ideal, the review can be biased since your direct supervisor decides who's input to seek.

     Every single last employee knows that the company is an oxymoron and love working there. A place where they can do as they please, be as rude and conniving as they like, and expect you to understand what mood they are in before they even approach you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your head out of the calculations and look around at the faces and take concern.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I enjoy the ability to disagree without fear - MPR is open to all opinions and listens to employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsBrillant engineers and support staff
    Company cares about its employees
    Good support teams in HR and IT
    Benefits are very good for a smaller company

    ConsHours can be long at times
    Senior Management is going through some changes and struggling
    Not holding employees accountable - makes for what seems like an unfair environment at times

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to listen to your employees and empower your management teams. Hold employees accountable and do not be afraid to tell employees when they need to improve.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Over worked for monetary compensation

    (Former Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsGood variety of work
    Potential for high compensation level
    Good benefits in comparison to other companies in the area

    ConsSerious work life balance issues
    Absurd working hours
    Main benefit is monetary ; not a well-rounded work place
    Senior engineers and management do not have a sense of humor
    Overly serious work environment.
    Very large age gap

    Advice to Senior ManagementHomogeneity of workforce leads to lack of real business development / management leads to overworked engineers to compensate and "pick up the bill." Need a real HR dept., real managers, with MBAs, real business folks. Too big to be structured like a law firm.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This premiere engineering firm performs a wide variety of exciting engineering work, but seems to lack people skills.

    Engineer (Current Employee) Alexandria, VA

    ProsMPR is fully of very talented engineers, and prides itself on tackling and successfully completing "first of a kind" engineering projects, often where others have failed. They perform all sorts of engineering, including mechanical, electrical, civil, structural, chemical, nuclear, and marine. The management structure is very flat and allows engineers and project managers to work on any of the company's project areas.

    ConsSome of the engineers at MPR have overinflated egos and high standards/expectations - they can be condescending. Management seems to be stuck in the past, when employees were exceedingly loyal and grateful to have a stable job. Salaries seem to be a bit low for the region, though the year-end bonus sometimes makes up for it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company's stock could be split to allow more employees to buy in at an earlier age. (College guidance councilors suggest that the average engineer will change jobs every 5-7 years.) After 10+ years of employment, stock no longer seems like an incentive. It could be a burden, depending on your financial situation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I love working at MPR. Very professional. Very flexible and family friendly.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHighly competent colleagues. Interesting, meaningful work (on all aspects of education). Very flexible, family-friendly work environment. Competitive salaries and benefits.

    ConsThe only con is that, being a consulting company, there sometimes isn't much connection to your colleagues. But the flip side of that is that you can work independently. And there's a great atmosphere on project teams.

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

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