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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Dumfries, VA

    ProsClean offices, top-notch technology, conveniently located for where I lived at the time. Non-executive colleagues were professional and supported each other well. Executive staff is personable.

    ConsLack of leadership from the top executives results in dysfunctional workplace environment. Company has no strategic plan, no business development plans and no structure for growth or sustainability. Hiring and firing occurs at whiplash speed with no explanation given to staff. Continual restructuring and resistributing of executive responsibilities leads to confusion -- support staff is constantly having to report to different managers at different times.

     For a management and training company they have a remarkably unenlightened view on training their own staff. Leadership places new hires and personnel in management positions with no training or relevant experience related to the position. Virtually every employee has, at one time or another, been handed the baton for "business development" and not a single one of them had/has any background or experience in that area. Support staff is often given the responsibility for securing new business, managing and writing proposals and structuring management solutions without the necessary authority or experience. Staff is often expected to burden repsonsibilities far above their paygrade, picking up the slack left by the executive team.

    Support and non-supervisory staff do have experience with proposal writing, proposal management, contract management, budget management and pricing. However, executive staff disregards this experience and continues to employ the same losing strategies upon which they have always relied. Company mantra is "if it hasn't worked so far, just keep hitting your head against that wall until it caves."

    Ridiculous amount of administration required to complete simple tasks. COO's coordinator is working out of Alabama, so all tasks have to be routed through him/her before getting to anyone else in the office. All staff responses also have to be routed to Alabama before proceeding. Proposals are monitored out of Alabama while all the actual work (writing, managing, editing, researching) is completed in Dumfries by the non-management staff. Still all pieces of the proposals are sent to Alabama and then forwarded to your colleague across the hall for changes, edits, etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some training for your staff. Attend management and executive-level training courses yourselves. Hire a CEO who lives in the area and who has some management experience outside the military. Hire a COO who stays in the office beyond 3pm or better yet, one that actually works in the office rather than "from home." Eliminate the added layer of unnecessary administration so tasks can be completed more efficiently. When you do hire experienced people, listen to them, don't fire them because they don't agree with your worldview!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Dumfries, VA

    ProsDynamic and committed co-workers. Easy location to travel to from DC area. Nice offices.

    ConsLack of leadership from upper management. No strategic plan for company and management relies on the worker bees to provide this guidance. For a government contracting firm they are not positioned to be competive -- high overheads, limited past performance and heavy reliance on expensive consultants for business development. No pipeline and hires and fires personnel as the wind changes. Places employee in positions ill-suited to their talents and experience or assigns them tasks outside their job description with no training. Usually places a heavy burden of responsibility for company success on one person, drains them and then replaces them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake some management and business classes. Cut your overhead. Stay in the office past 3pm to support your staff. Hire well-educated and experienced CEO who actually lives in the area and a COO with a business degree or at least some experience being a COO...somewhere...anywhere!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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