VFA Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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  1. Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lemoore Nas, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lemoore Nas, CA

    I worked at VFA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A Great group of Americans.

    Cons

    The location, schedule, and Tempo

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  2. Early Days Great with Fagen, Davies, Cholakis... Post Kokos/Summers forget it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at VFA

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

    Pros

    Great location. Great team in early days. Hard work, but fun place to be.

    Cons

    Management Kokos/Summers etc. all about making themselves look good at expense of others. Net result, the company was sold for a fraction of its potential value and best people left.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing can be done now. Just a typical boring workplace.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Worked 24/7 and there was no reward

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    Former Employee - Facilities Consultant
    Former Employee - Facilities Consultant

    I worked at VFA full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely from a home office. Decent medical benefits. Some coworkers experienced and professional. Travel to places in US and international.

    Cons

    Worked 7 days a week for no reward or thanks. No pay for weekend travel. Project managers over worked and just passed the problem to the lowest person, the facility assessors. Marketing staff sold jobs without a realistic understanding of the scope, took their bonuses and had no further accountability. Minimal 401k matching. No training for new software or methodology. No time allocated for same.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with staff. Don't dump unfair workload on staff and just tell them to figure out how to get it done. Treat employees as a valuable asset.


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  5. Marketing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA

    I have been working at VFA full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunity, learned a lot about a new domain (capital planning), great team and people, working in Boston (location), great customer base.

    Cons

    Low budget that often restricted creativity, leadership, not as software focused as it should have been.

    Advice to Management

    Very large prospect / custom deals are shifting the company's strategic focus. Better communication from executive team.


  6. Hard work is always rewarded.

    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I worked at VFA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to lifestyle perks due to location of office.

    Cons

    Commute if living in suburbs


  7. Travel Opportunities and Good Benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facility Assesor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Facility Assesor in Boston, MA

    I have been working at VFA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work remotely on own schedule. International travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Tight deadlines without flexibility. No compensation for working extended hours. No compensation for weekend travel.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more with remote employees.


  8. Satisfied

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

    I have been working at VFA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    fast pace challenging environment for us

    Cons

    Hierarchy is not well established.


  9. Helpful (2)

    OK if you can play the internal politics game.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at VFA full-time

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

    Pros

    Good location, Some very talented people

    Cons

    Management seems more concerned with achieving their bonus goals than improving the business and their bonuses are not designed to improve the company, Lots of in fighting, Departments are pitted against each other, No career advancement, besides developers and engineers, below market salaries, no reimbursement for trade certifications or education

    Advice to Management

    Your product is your people, pay more attention to them and find a buyer soon while you're still worth something.


  10. NOt A Bad Place

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facilities Consultant
    Former Employee - Facilities Consultant

    I worked at VFA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Travel and good work, Flexiable work enviorment

    Cons

    Pay is somewhat low, low to nonexistant bonus structure. Doing more with less

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to a larges company with more resources


  11. Helpful (1)

    Ok employment experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VFA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Lots of wonderful people who work there

    Cons

    A lot of tension between the different departments

    Advice to Management

    Be more supportive of your staff



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