Macro International
2.7 of 5 6 reviews
Calverton, MD

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Macro International – Calverton – “This bldg. is on 11785 Beltsville Drive in…”

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Sudhakar Kesavan


40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good place to learn and grow professionally.

    Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
    Bethesda, MD

    ProsGreat colleagues and projects. Almost all supervisors were cordial and truthful. Corporate culture allowed multiple events to help every new employee feel welcomed. Defined career paths (though I'm not sure how easy it is/was to move between different paths).

    ConsOn supervisor had a way of talking about others (management or staff, it didn't matter) in one on one meetings and had an irritable personality if you were not perfect. I should have paid attention to the warning signs in the interview with this particular supervisor. Not a good person at all. Apart from that, my experience was good in that I learned a lot about my role and professional aspirations.

    I heard company was later acquired by ICF International which could have been a good and/or bad experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure you are looking at the complete picture as some people are not who they seem to be.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Poorly organized

    Researcher (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe people that you work with are great.

    ConsNo Leadership from upper management - promotion decisions are arbitrary and expectations are never communicated. Emphasis on growth over quality of the work, no recognitions for extra employee effort. Random huge tasks dropped on you last minute as the boss sails out the door with
    a "I don't care how it gets done just get it done" makes for a depressing and stressful work environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead -we cannot read minds and shouldn't be judged on criteria you can't or won't communicate.
    Don't hold your employees to standards you won't maintain yourself.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Programmer/Analyst (Former Employee)
    Bethesda, MD

    ProsIt was great when the core company was small. Great support by original company's president, good opportunities to advance one's knowledge.

    ConsWith each buyout as company became larger and larger, the corporate environment became more and more impersonal, until its buyout by Macro International couple years before layoff.

    You're kept in the dark most of the time when it comes to contract bids which may result in loss of your job if bids don't go through.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees, give them good resources for advancing their skills. If layoffs must happen, don't just offer positions that are a step down but also offer real, meaningful assistance if equivalent positions cannot be found.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice people, good company.

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGood people. Interesting projects - especially for those interested in health sciences, research, evaluation, and global health projects.

    ConsSometimes a bit too politically correct. Salaries top out at a certain level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out ways to pay employees more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    District Manager (Current Employee)
    Alexandria (Egypt)

    Prosthe stability is very high and suitable career

    Consthere is no cars or and car expenses is very low

    Advice to Senior Managementbe quite

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Get your degree before coming here, because travel will prevent you from pursing it

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you want international experience, most positions offer it. Most trips are 3-4 weeks in length, so you have plenty of time to get over jet lag and potentially see a bit of the country. It's also gives you a much better feel for the country working with the locals, rather than just driving through as part of a tour group.

    ConsTravel is also a negative! Traveling 3-4 times a year (sometimes 5, depends on the project) can impact your personal life. And you're working in rather difficult situations: countries w/o reliable electricity so they use generators (which are also problematic, as they break down or don't have enough petrol), bad communication (i.e., don't always have internet access, cell phone usage can be spotty), quality of local staff can be low (i.e., in most parts of Africa educational system isn't particularly good, so quality of local counterparts is not up to Western standards), etc. So personal satisfaction in a job well done is not always attainable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPersons with PhDs don't necessarily know more, or know better, than those without a PhD. Management should integrate data processors into the survey cycle much earlier, as they often find mistakes in the questionnaire or sample design.

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