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Alion Overview

Mc Lean, VA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Research & Development
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Alion creates alliances between science and big government. Alion Science and Technology is an employee-owned development and research company that provides scientific, engineering, and information technology research and consulting services, primarily to federal agencies. More ... Read more

Mission: To foster a dynamic culture that encourages innovative application of science, engineering, and operational experience to solve nationally and globally significant problems.

Company Updates

  • We are proud to announce our acquisition of MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (“MacB”). Combining forces with our equally rich histories, and highly skilled and capable work forces is going to produce one uniquely competitive and innovative company!


    August 2, 2018, McLean, Va. - Alion Science and Technology Corporation ("Alion"), a portfolio company of Veritas Capital, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MacAulay-Brown, Inc. ("MacB"), a leading provider of complex engineering and mission critical technology solutions and services for national security missions across Department of Defense ("DoD") and Intelligence Community ("IC") customers.

  • A lot of pride comes with our 80-year history. We are focused, creative, problem solvers who are passionate about what we do. Every person’s role at Alion supports our mission to be the best in the industry for our war fighters! Click the video below to hear more from our talented creators.

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Alion – Why Work With Us?

Alion Science and Technology delivers advanced engineering, IT and operational solutions to strengthen national security and drive business results. For customers in defense, civilian government and commercial industries, Alion’s engineered solutions support enhanced readiness and performance in rapidly-changing environments.

Building on 80 years of innovation, Alion turns obstacles into opportunities to help customers achieve their missions. Alion employees are located at offices, customer sites and laboratories worldwide.

We are committed to maintaining the highest standards. Several Alion locations are ISO 9001:2008 certified and we maintain a CMMI Level 3-appraised development facility, which employs robust, flexible and scalable processes to produce elegant, yet practical solutions.

"I love knowing the company pushes furthering education!"

Jamie Gerard, Nuclear Engineer, on completing part one of three courses for the Argonne National Laboratory's Decommissioning Certificate.

"Alion has adopted the idea of change and with that has recognized that every generation brings something new to the workplace. A diverse and integrated workplace is one I truly appreciate."

Dorian Sibedwo, Sharepoint Developer, on Alion's evolving culture.

A lot of pride comes with our 80-year history. We are innovative and unafraid to fail forward. We are focused, creative, problem solvers who are passionate about what we do. Every person’s role at Alion supports our mission to be the best in the industry for our war fighters and there is no limit to what we can achieve.

Alion Science and Technology is committed to the principles of inclusion, equal employment opportunity and workforce diversity by the implementation of many initiatives. We foster a non-discriminatory, professional work environment for all our employees.

Alion recognizes that our success depends on the skills of its richly diverse workforce. Discrimination of any kind based on race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, disability and sexual orientation is prohibited at Alion.

From the very beginning, we strive to attract, hire and retain qualified applicants of diverse groups. Our diversity initiatives include community outreach, supporting minority businesses, recruiting, new employee orientation, work/life balances, benefits, career development, growth opportunities, and monitoring and maintaining Affirmative Action Plan documents.

Commitment to EEO and Affirmative Action

Alion is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action. It is, and will continue to be, the policy of the company to afford equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals. We recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status and status as a qualified special disabled or Vietnam era veteran or status as an individual with a qualified disability.

Tuition Assistance and Certification Programs

Alion is dedicated to the growth of our employees in their chosen field. We offer a tuition assistance program to our full-time employees that can be used toward degree or certificate coursework as well as training programs on specific software or emerging concepts in their field that will better enable them to succeed and grow.

Alion University

Alion feels very strongly about the continued personal and professional development of its employees. Not only does a comprehensive training and education program improve business results, but it also provides employees the opportunity to set career paths and improve their skills to continue career progression. Alion University serves as a tool to assist employees with their training needs. In addition to instructor led training programs, Alion University has recently launched a state of the art online learning portal where employees are able to access thousands of courses including business skills, IT skills and desktop skills 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

PMP® Certification

Alion is committed to providing employees with the skills, training and certifications to grow their careers as individuals and within the organization. As a Project Management Institute (PMI) Registered Education Provider, we offer Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification courses to help employees broaden their knowledge and meet globally-recognized standards.


Employees also participate in yearly training for ethics and export compliance. Additionally, some of our divisions participate in internal training programs during which employees educate their co-workers.

Fast Track Career Development Program

The Fast Track "Road to Success" Career Development Program (Fast Track Program) targets High Potential Employees (Employees) who have shown the personal motivation and drive to excel now and in the future. The Fast Track Program is expected to increase retention and it is also a good tool for succession planning to ensure availability of qualified employees across the company for new business and qualified replacements to backfill promotions and retirements.

Alion Reviews

  • "Good work/life balance"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Norfolk, VA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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


    My leadership is flexible and understanding when it comes to work/life. Pay is decent and salary is increased annually.


    401k matching could be more; expand health and wellness benefits to promote employee health

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Alion Photos

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Alion photo of: Crawfish boil | Current and retired employees gather at our Pascagoula, Mississippi office to enjoy crawfish, corn hole and each other's company.
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Alion Interviews



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Getting an Interview




  1. Featured Interview


    Senior Systems Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Alion (Norfolk, VA) in August 2019.


    Applied online, was contacted by HR had a phone screening with the manager then an in person interview with the manager and engineering lead before I received an offer. Did a background check and clearance check then on boarded.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions about my skill set, experience, versions of technology used, experience with documentation, travel and preferences. Asked if I could work in a team environment or alone and asked about my Server 2016 experience.   Answer Question
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Alion Awards & Accolades

  • Employee Ownership 100, National Center for Employee Ownership, 2009

Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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