Potomac Fusion Reviews

Updated May 16, 2014
Updated May 16, 2014
9 Reviews

3.3
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  1.  

    Great company, good perks, spoken with passion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Aberdeen, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Aberdeen, MD

    I have been working at Potomac Fusion full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Straight talking middle tier managers
    -Benefits are actually decent and not as bad as others may think (BC over UHC any day)
    -People are friendly
    -The ability to work and have fun doing it
    -Exec. speak with passion about employees
    -Offices and not cubes in smaller outposts, snacks
    -Employees get a lot of luxury
    -Corporate culture is nice
    -Flex hours
    -Innovation encouraged for production
    -Trust in employees to do great things
    -Company fights to retain employees like no other I've ever seen
    -Company learns and implements appropriately

    Cons

    -losing contracts due to cut backs and competition
    -still no concrete foundation for blue print framework
    -it's govt. work, at the whims of Congress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Just be careful with claiming victory before getting through the woods

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Ambivalence to the employees

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

    I worked at Potomac Fusion full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are generally nice, helpful and great to work with

    Cons

    Management leaves a bit to be desired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more straightforward with all employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great, but slightly inconstant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Potomac Fusion full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work is interesting and cutting edge, compensation is reasonable, free snacks and drinks are provided, weekly breakfast or lunch is brought in, and periodic small parties or catered working lunches.

    Cons

    The vagaries of the contracting world make it difficult to retain top talent when times are tough. After merging with Sotera, the large corporate culture has overwhelmed the original friendly atmosphere to some extent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work but future unknown with government sequestration

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Potomac Fusion full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They bring in intelligent people who are top notch. The work/life balance is the best I've ever experienced as government contractors must be paid for all hours worked (i.e. no unpaid overtime here :) Culture at the Austin branch is fun and creative. Most of the work is interesting and you get to use latest technologies most of the time.

    Cons

    You have to get/keep a security clearance which is an intrusive experience. Sadly, there have been big cuts in programs recently because of sequestration. The future outlook (Career Opportunities) is sadly no longer as bright as it was once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and good luck in the future

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Merger with Sotera was not smooth.

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

    I worked at Potomac Fusion

    Pros

    They have free coffee and other refreshments.

    Cons

    Projects could be managed better.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Intern: Interesting work at first, but company has declined in recent years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at Potomac Fusion as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some very interesting/unique work - must search hard, be lucky, and/or know people to get on those projects

    Generally nice/approachable management

    Cons

    Non-existent culture

    Pay is not nearly enough for interns

    Mediocre benefits for full time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase benefits and pay. Make sure interns have mentors and real work to do, or most won't do anything at all

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great Place to Work for Children

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Potomac Fusion

    Pros

    Interesting problems and research. PFI may get you a security clearance. Decent location. Little or no travel. Nice offices - no cubes.

    Cons

    Only interested in promoting/hiring young (under 35) engineers. Older employees are sidelined. Management allows the inmates to run the asylum, permitting a "Whatever he says goes", regardless of technologic reasoning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-examine your choices for project/tech leads. They are fumbling the ball and hurting your business. Most of your employees are miserable, but too afraid to broach the issue.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great experience for learning with good ties to the government sector

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer  in  Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Developer in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at Potomac Fusion

    Pros

    This job is cutting edge for a technology professional. The amount that you learn at this company is the best I have ever seen. This rivals a job at Google for experience (in my opinion). The company is large and it doesn't seem to stop growing. The benefits are decent and very fair and they offer learning programs that help you advance in your field of study.

    Cons

    The one problem I have noted thus far in my career at Potomac Fusion is the unsustainable growth rate. The exponential grown is due to the astounding job that the people are doing, which makes it hard for the processes to keep up with the product. However, this does allow for better growth within the company.

    Recommends
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growing small company with a relaxed atmosphere

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

    I have been working at Potomac Fusion full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    PFI has a much more relaxed atmosphere than larger defense contractors I've worked for. Jeans and tee shirts are pretty much normal attire and there are a lot of fun perks like sodas, coffee machines, and trips to local bars and amusement parks. They also are very accommodating with flex time and will allow you to occasionally telecommute. You can choose any computer you want (win, osx, linux) and they're great about giving you whatever additional tools you need to do your job.

    Cons

    PFI was recently bought by a larger defense contractor and its a little bit unclear how much of the small company attitude will survive. The company's lack of top-down structure can sometimes make it unclear what you need to do to progress in your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Preserve the fun small company atmosphere PFI has cultivated and standardize / publicize requirements for progressing in within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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