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Updated Mar 21, 2014

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    The management was very good and very friendly. I like the people working

    Environmental Data Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsJust like I said I am very satisfied to work in this company

    ConsI like being in the company and enjoyed working

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

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

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    Task Manager (Former Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsVery good Company, very friendly people.

    ConsEvery 4 years to renew the contract.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing much to advice . I was very please to work for this company until the management changed to another company that I lost my job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was ok

    Environmental Data Analyst (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsGood benefits, compressed work schedules

    ConsPay was really low, no room for advancement, work is not very challenging

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should create more challenging oportunities or do more to show employee appreciation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible work environment

    Program Assistant (Current Employee)

    ProsLocated in the heart of DC next to many facilities

    ConsAs stated before, this company has a high turn over rate and is extremely client oriented. This is the most immoral place I've worked for, with no one looking out for your future. Do yourself a favor and don't think twice about working here. Horrible atmosphere with people in managerial positions who don't know a thing about managing a staff.

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

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    It was fine

    Consultant (Former Employee) Rockville, MD

    ProsPeople were nice and personable. My pervious manager gave me the freedom to perform better.

    ConsSalary was at the low end; missing long term development and no bench time or reassignment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest time and effort on client management to sustain the accounts. Invest in you employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Macfadden

    Environmental Data Analyst (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThey have nice staff, and working with them is a good experience.

    ConsThe health plan is not that great and their flex spending plan is only $2500 which is not enough.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffer management courses for your employees to advance to and change the flex spending cap.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mismanaged company, a joke of a leadership team.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsClose to a metro station.

    ConsOne of the most unethical companies I've ever worked for. Do yourself a favor and do not consider interviewing or taking a job here. I am on my way out the door.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe executive team and senior leadership are barely keeping their heads above water with their lack of knowledge of how to run a company let alone manage personnel. The turnover rate is abhorrently high--a lot of hardworking and smart individuals have left on their own accord due to the extreme lack of accountability here and "pointing fingers" mentality. It is a door-shut and whispers-in-the-hallway culture that breeds insecurity.

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

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Decent USAID Institutional Contractor

    Information Specialist/Officer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsMacfadden provides decent benefits. The work is often interesting with lots of opportunities to travel under the USAID/OFDA contract and work on a variety of humanitarian responses. The staff at USAID/OFDA are very engaging and friendly people (as an information officer, I have more working contact with USAID/OFDA staff than with staff from Macfadden).

    ConsDisorganized and often unresponsive HR.

    For information specialist position: Long hours under the USAID/OFDA contract. Not much forewarning for deployments overseas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPush back on unreasonable demands from USAID. The current mantra is "please the client" (i.e. USAID), even when staff are burned out, resulting in high turn-over.

    Provide overtime compensation across the board for people working under the USAID/OFDA contract.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to get started professionally, but those seeking to grow may eventually need to move on to greener pastures.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsVery client-driven, so very client-dependent job. If your client is awesome, your job can also be awesome. Growing, improving company.

    ConsDon't expect a lot of corporate reach-back. Good if you like being of the client mind, but bad if you have ideas about how to improve services or grow your operating unit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on organic growth potential rather than always looking for the big contract wins.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    reputable government contractor

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsEnergetic atmosphere. They know how to interface successfully with government clients. I would take a position with them in the future if the right position opened up.

    ConsI found very few opportunities for career advancement. I was pigeon-holed as a tech kind of asset and that became the extent of my expected contribution

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork harder to cultivate expectations for growth from your employees... especially the younger ones. Encourage that growth even if it is beyond what that employee consistently does well.

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