Mission Essential Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    I hope you like to kiss butt

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, nice building, no dress code

    Cons

    bad management, My supervisor, lets call her Mandi shall we? She worked using the favoritism style. If she liked you then she would teach you extra responsibilities, if she didn't then all she did was set you up to fail. After being downsized (which I was downsized even though my coworker was only PT when I hired in) I got called back in for a few weeks and I witnessed her walk in and she saw me sitting in the lobby waiting for access to be let in to my work area. When she saw me she turned around, walked back outside and to the back door so that she didn't have to talk to me, Once I was let in she let me sit at an empty desk for 1 hour until her co-worker came in and gave me work to do.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Linguist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Linguist in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Linguist in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a big defense contractor. Good support during the deployment process and after deployment in the theater. They hire mostly former military professionals operations, which helps because the process is known to the facilitators:

    Cons

    Benefits are bare minimum. The support staff in the theater can be un-empathetic to the needs of linguists who are getting "shot at" for their country.

    Advice to Management

    Be better informed about the inadequacies of the support staff in the theater and take action.


  3. Lot's of Linguistic Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CAT III LINGUIST in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - CAT III LINGUIST in Augusta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small company with most competitive salaries and contract options for linguists

    Cons

    I don't have any so far


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Don't work here

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    Former Employee - Finance in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Finance in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office space, gym on site

    Cons

    Management was lacking, no clear vision from the top, not a welcoming culture

    Advice to Management

    Invest in creating a clear culture for the company.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Potential, but slowly dying without proper realignment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Small company that still has an opportunity to grow and succeed in the intelligence community. Managers tend to take care of their employees depending on the site. Good work/life balance and site has good morale that keep people motivated even though future is uncertain. Pay is borderline and any further cuts would likely mean an exodus of good quality people. Employee service center is spot on with taking care of issues and/or questions employees may have. By showing passion, you can move up and management will take care of those that are invested in the mission.

    Cons

    Minimal communication from executive leadership to 'satellite' sites other than the main Herndon and Columbus HQs. Low balling contracts may win them but will bring in the people that you pay for. A company that was started by veterans and has a large operational focus with military personnel and does not give Veteran's day off seems disheartening to all the personnel. Match the federal holidays. PTO is dismal and forces people to have to work to make the minimal pay that is given. Policies hurt employees when it comes to making decisions on taking leave.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people, even if they are not corporate. People should not be looked on as money makers but rather as what keeps the company relevant. The bottom line is significant but if you have no one to make that for you because the talent has departed, you lose out. Ensure that you communicate vision and future growth to employees across the company. Employees need to feel they have a purpose within the company. Give Veterans Day off!!! Allow more flexible timekeeping policies. Allow managers the means to reward stellar productivity. Invest and hire a business growth team that knows the future of the community that you wish to be in and are not out of the 'game'.


  7. Helpful (5)

    HR

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mission Essential full-time

    Pros

    Very entrepreneurial company, deeply committed employees.

    Cons

    Poor board and immature leadership, despicable COO and management unwilling to do anything about it. Committed to scaling back and retrenching rather than growing. Cutting way to prosperity never works.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the COO,


  8. Operations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    None to offer at this time.

    Cons

    Services company that specializes in linguists, presenting themselves as the "one-stop-shop" for government services. Shoddy managers and directors with overblown titles and little to no relevant industry experience.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Great purpose, horrible ethics

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    Former Employee - Office Staff in Langley, VA
    Former Employee - Office Staff in Langley, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Opportunities for Growth are a possibility

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Bottom line is all that counts - even in war

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - OEF-A in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - OEF-A in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mission Essential (More than a 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 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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