Mission Essential

  www.missionessential.com
  www.missionessential.com

Mission Essential Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
40 Reviews
3.0
40 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Peter Horvath
14 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Opportunities for Growth are a possibility

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has all the potential and none of the leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Lots of contracts and fair salaries

    Cons

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Bottom line is all that counts - even in war

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - OEF-A in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - OEF-A in Washington, DC

    I worked at Mission Essential (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    i am interested to work here

    Cons

    there will some challenges when work start

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

  6.  

    MEP at NSAG

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good lower level supervisors that work with you

    Cons

    Higher leadership doesn't earn their paycheck

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stop Kidding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mission Essential full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting Work But Simply Not Fair

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mission Essential as a contractor

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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?

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mission Essential full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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???

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    They will chew you up and spit you out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dead on the Vine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mission Essential full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission Essential was a great story back in 2007 - it won a large government contract to provide translators in Afghanistan. The company was full of life, employees were excited about work, etc. From 2007 - 2012, the place was hopping, but that all ended in 2012.

    Cons

    Leadership. In 2009, the original owners who won the big contract stepped down as CEO and COO and they promoted a fantastic leader to CEO. He changed everything for Mission Essential (MEP back then). He aligned the entire company, built a strong business development team that won literally billions of dollars in contracts, and then challenged everyone to win more - and we did. And the company did all of that despite a terrible COO who undermined any effort that was not his own. It was an amazing time for the company, and then it was all over. For some reason, in 2012 the owners decided to replace that CEO with the current one, and the whole company changed again. But not in a good way. The new CEO has no government contracting experience and doesn't want to get any. He then brought in a team of people who also had no government contracting experience. Because they weren't familiar with our industry, they couldn't grow the company, so they simply tried to employ the former CEO's strategy while cutting the company to the bone. They created a bonus program that was great at the time, but when you realize they were buying people's loyalty until they could cut them, the complete lack integrity becomes apparent. The tone set by the new CEO and the culture it has created has nearly killed the company. Good people simply left (especially in finance and compliance) because leadership was so inexperienced. Everyone walks on eggshells every day wondering if it is their day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This advice is not for upper management, but for the ownership team. Your CEO experiment has failed. You let a great CEO go for one who cares more about bike races than the company. He runs the company like a hobby. The DC office hates the Columbus office and has no respect for the leadership. You can still change things by finding an industry leader who can help us grow again and who has the respect of the employees. Or this company will just quietly die on the vine. Don't let it happen!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Mission Essential Photos

Work at Mission Essential? Share Your Experiences

Mission Essential

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.