Mission Essential Reviews

Updated December 30, 2014
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  1. Opportunities for Growth are a possibility

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I worked at Mission Essential full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Small business feel where people are usually collaborative in nature. Open floor plan allows for teamwork to take place.

    Cons

    Declining revenue means jobs are unstable (~40% drop from 2012 to 2013). Company maintains profitability through the cutting of costs and positions. Unsure if the business development team has a clear growth plan or is just stabbing around in the dark.

  2. Great purpose, horrible ethics

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    Former Employee - Office Staff in Langley, VA
    Former Employee - Office Staff in Langley, VA

    I worked at Mission Essential full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working for a company that helps our soldiers do their job is very satisfying. For office employees the benefits were great, but not so for linguists.

    Cons

    Very poor moral ethics-they are more worried about their bottom line than even American soldiers' lives. It is very cut-throat and you never know who you can trust. No cross-training.

  3. Bottom line is all that counts - even in war

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    Former Employee - OEF-A in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - OEF-A in Washington, DC

    I worked at Mission Essential (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I'd say supporting soldiers, but they put them in danger everyday by providing translators who don't speak the correct language and can't read or write in the target language,

    Cons

    Provide false services to DOD that puts are soldiers lives on the line every day. They hire translators for overseas missions In Afghanistan and other countries and most can not read or write their own name in the target language and falsified test scores. All employees that go overseas are considered 'expendable'.

    Advice to Management

    Care about our soldier's lives, don't cheat the taxpayers who are really paying you WAY too much, and pay translators that do a great job, know how to read, write, and type in target language and are healthy and strong enough to do missions WAY more than the slackers you hire just to fill your quota. Have a freakin' heart.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Has all the potential and none of the leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at Mission Essential full-time (more than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of contracts and fair salaries

    Cons

    No leadership, the CEO knows nothing about the Federal Gvt or Defense Contracting

  6. teaching U S army

    Former Employee - Cultural Adviser in Shreveport, LA
    Former Employee - Cultural Adviser in Shreveport, LA

    I worked at Mission Essential full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    i am interested to work here

    Cons

    there will some challenges when work start

    Advice to Management

    management is a part of administration which is very important to be careful

  7. MEP at NSAG

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mission Essential full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good lower level supervisors that work with you

    Cons

    Higher leadership doesn't earn their paycheck

  8. Helpful (1)

    Stop Kidding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mission Essential full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people work there. If it wasn't for the people there would be no point in showing up every day.
    Great purpose
    Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Constantly worried about being laid off
    Salaries are not competitive (even though they are convinced they are somehow)
    VP and above ignore input, and has been unable to diversify portfolio

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring ineffectual BD folks
    Stop thinking you are creating a "Google" environment. This is Defense Contacting.
    Actually invest in employee development.

  9. Interesting Work But Simply Not Fair

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Mission Essential as a contractor

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Unusual work not done anywhere else in the world. Supporting the training of troops before they ship out to Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Cons

    Almost no budget for anything except gas money for the van pool and overcrowded living conditions. Those who show initiative are seen as a threat to those who just sit around. Since everyone is on "At Will" contracts there is no recourse.

    An issue arose at work. During the inquiry a christian employee explained to a mid level manager that they worked hard at their job since well trained soldiers was life or death to the trainees and that they worked for the Lord not as an eye-pleaser to men (Col 3:22, Eph 6:6). This evidently weighed heavily with the manager and the employee was let go. The manager told others that employee was a weirdo twisting the words saying Jesus was going to judge everyone at work. I understood that employee was expressing their inner motivation not an outward judgement but alas no due process or recourse.Yet I am sure the Lord takes care of his own.

    Advice to Management

    How can you cram 16+ people into a 1500 sq ft residential house while they worked on a project ? Is it possible to consider an open, recorded and systematic procedure for "At Will" contract employees to be able to redress issues?

  10. Helpful (3)

    Lots of good people....one screwed up company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mission Essential full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There were a lot of dedicated people in this company, who believed in what they were trying to accomplish

    Cons

    Senior management had no real clue on how to get from Point A to Point B. Their goal, become a Billion Dollar Company... the catch? They weren't really interested in spending the money to make it happen, either through acquisition, hiring the right people or shifting into target markets where they could a) have an impact and b) be successful

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the experts....that's the BD folks telling you that its a numbers game. You want to grow to a billion in revenue, you need to submit many billion dollar proposals.....cuz you ain't gonna win 'em all. And do that consistently, year over year. Unfortunately, when presented with the reality, you throw up your hands in disgust and tell the SME's you've hired that they don't know.... Uuuummm.....and where are you now???

  11. Helpful (1)

    They will chew you up and spit you out

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    Former Employee - Geo-location Operator in Augusta, GA
    Former Employee - Geo-location Operator in Augusta, GA

    I worked at Mission Essential full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Easy to get a job with MEP straight out of the military
    - The company has zero control over operations, so if you enjoy working in the community, you'll like the day-to-day
    - Site leads are personable

    Cons

    - MEP has been hemorrhaging employees because their security department is behind on re-adjudication
    - Employees whose clearances or access are pulled from work in the middle of the day with no warning
    - Employees who haven't been let-go because of the above issue are regularly working 16-hour days
    - Crap benefits (2.5 vacation hours earned/week, 4 days maternity leave, holidays granted in 8-hour blocks despite working 10-hour days, etc.)
    - Cut pay by 30% last year with little warning

    MEP employees are terrified that they'll be next any day, and everyone's looking for a new job before they get cut from the intelligence community because MEP didn't do their paperwork. If you work here, make sure you have savings.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees. Fulfilling a contract with the overworked and underpaid workers means the job gets done and MEP gets paid, but the job isn't done well.
    MEP wins contracts because they're the lowest bidder, but soon enough the government will realize they're getting what they paid for.

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