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www.ara.com
Albuquerque, NM
1001 to 5000 employees
1979
Company - Private
Government
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Unknown
Applied Research Associates (ARA) has defense down to a science. The research and engineering contractor develops, tests, and manages software and equipment for the aerospace and defense, civil, and commercial sectors. From more than 70 offices, laboratories, and testing and ... Read more

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Raleigh, NC
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    I have been working at Applied Research Associates full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - The quality of technical people at ARA is very high
    - Projects are mostly research oriented and in general provide a good variety of interesting work
    - If you are technically solid, there are a lot of opportunities to pursue work you love
    - Most of the people at ARA are there because they want to be there, not just to draw a pay check
    - Excellent benefits (e.g. ESOP, generous 401K contributions, annual bonus)

    Cons

    - Pay is not as high as other high tech companies, although benefits somewhat outweigh this
    - Company tends to be stingy when it comes to hardware/technology purchases
    - Projects are primarily gov't contracts subject to the whims of federal gov't funding

    Advice to Management

    Invest more R&D funds in good ideas. Visit satellite offices more often so you know what is going on with your employees.

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Applied Research Associates Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Applied Research Associates.

    Interview

    There was a 30 minute phone interview with a staff member of the team that was interested in hiring me. The team that wanted to hire me was on location at a testing facility, which is not normally where they are located so they then flew me out onto the location for a face to face interview. It was very casual and everyone was extremely friendly.

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Applied Research Associates Awards & Accolades

  • Top Simulation and Training Companies, Military Training Technology, 2011
  • New Mexico Flying 40, Technology Ventures Corp., 2011
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