XPAND (Virginia) Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
7 Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Place to work as a starting position, career opportunities and good benefits.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Reston, VA

    I have been working at XPAND (Virginia) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment and the team and colleagues are great. Good work life balance and flexible work conditions. Many career opportunities and many areas for learning.

    Cons

    The senior level employees are not fully qualified and skilled.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    CEO does not know how to run a company.

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    Former Employee - N/A  in  Reston, VA
    Former Employee - N/A in Reston, VA

    I worked at XPAND (Virginia) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free Friday bagels and Monday lunches.

    Cons

    It's a sweatshop environment where the CEO and COO has not direction and does not appreciate the hard work. It's the people that work hard that keeps the company a float.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take management 101.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK place if you are a go along to get along person and need a job

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Reston, VA

    I have been working at XPAND (Virginia) full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The project I worked on was a good project that allowed me to spread my wings and grow which is the criteria for any job I take--that it is challenging. The people over all are very pleasant and laid back. Senior management was very generous with providing breakfasts, snacks, sometimes lunches, etc. The CEO even has parties at his mansion and invites the entire company to them.

    Cons

    They hire junior level people and people that someone internally knows to do a lot of the work and those people mess up constantly. They don't follow through and don't really care. Some of these people are what you would expect in such a company that uses nepotism as part of its hiring practice--they are rude, belligerent, and hostile--very unprofessional and impossible to work with. And the clique is kinda masked but once you learn the players you know that it drives the place on many levels. There is a bit of micromanagement around there. The very senior level management keeps a tight grip on things. And is involved in day to day operations. While they are pleasant as I said earlier don't let that fool you into thinking that there is flexibility. There isn't. You must be onsite at the specified hour, for example. If you do not dress exactly like the handbook says you are sent home. If you don't go to the company parties you are looked as disrespectful. Do not believe them in the interview if they say that they are flexible in the schedule--unless it has changed. The project manager I worked with was a super nice guy. However, he was not a good project manager. He was very disorganized, very clueless about a lot of things. And he was powerless. I think the idea was go along to get along as the senior management really called the shots behind the scenes. I know that this is not how the tech managers and proj managers wanted it but this is how they knew it was. There were a couple of people there who got their jobs because of who they knew as I said. but these people also over ruled the people who had the know how and performed the tech jobs and the project manager just deferred to these individuals. Project deadlines were never on time and things were constantly changing with non valid reason. One group would be told one thing. Another group told another. Another issue I felt was present when I was there was the lack of diversity. I don't mean it was all "white" or all "male". I mean it was all H1B visa folks or new immigrants that really caused issues with communication and team work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people you trust. Treat them as professionals in scheduling, working from home, etc. Empower your project managers to empower their teams. Get some diversity in there. Stamp out the nepotism.

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

    I worked at XPAND (Virginia)

    Pros

    Technology wise is very good

    Cons

    One reason of leaving is"No flexibility" and another main reason is "Management". Management does not treat all the employees equally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to think about treating all the employees equally and hire managers who have management skills and are experienced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

    I worked at XPAND (Virginia)

    Pros

    Can learn a lot for career advancement. Colleagues are excellent to work with.

    Cons

    Work hrs are not at all flexible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider flexible work hrs for employees to continue in XPAND.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    O.K

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at XPAND (Virginia)

    Pros

    They provide a job that has the basic requirements

    Cons

    Limited growth and development opportunities

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay to Work. Move on once you acquired the required skills.

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

    I have been working at XPAND (Virginia) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people with good working/relaxed atmosphere. Uses multiple technologies. Scope to learn is very high if you are with the right people. Good at doing Immigration stuff.

    Cons

    Very Poor Management. One man show. Inflexible work hours and absolutely no telecommuting options. Less in salaries when compared to the market rates. Not great benefits, especially health insurance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please treat all people equally. Do not judge the project member based on the project budgets but by their hardwork. Avoid the one man show thing and allow others to have their share at making decisions and taking responsibilities. Finally, it helps to have some flexibility towards working hours.

    Disapproves of CEO

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