I have been working at EMMES Corporation full-time (More than a year)
The job itself can be interesting or excruciatingly dull, depending on your project and how far along it is. Be prepared for a lot of QC, auditing, change documentation, and SOP adherence.
Work-life balance has been great. I've never been expected or asked to stay late - I've only done it a few times because I wanted to get something done. Never had leave requests denied. Everyone is friendly and professional - office drama is basically non-existent.
Telework available 1 day/week after 6-12 months, with the eventual possibility of 100% remote work - my supervisor works from home full-time out of state.
Maybe I got lucky, or maybe these other reviewers are not doing as good a job as they think, but I worked hard my first year and got almost a 7% raise. Mileage may vary depending on what project you work on.
While the medical copays are a little higher than average, the emergency and family planning benefits are excellent. Coinsurance after the (fairly low) deductible is 100%.
The retirement plan is VERY generous, to the point where I haven't felt the need to contribute to it on my own and am not worried about my retirement.
The company seems to value its people, and places a high emphasis on diversity, furthering education, and job mobility. In one year I've worked with people from every continent, with educations ranging from high school to MD/PhD. Company is growing rapidly.
Since the company's client base is so wide and varied, your experience here will vary GREATLY depending on which project you work with. I've always been able to just work my 8 hours and go home since I'm on a relatively small project, but I know some people have had to spend weeks at a time working 12 hour shifts because of the nature of their project.
Paid vacation is non-negotiable 3 weeks, only increasing by 1-2 days once you've been with the company for 10 years. There's also 7 days sick leave, 2 floating holidays and 9 federal holidays though, so it could be worse.
Advice to Management
Look across all projects to identify and implement trends and practices which lead to happy teams. Consider increasing paid leave incentives. Make sure project directors aren't insulated and can spend time with their operational staff to understand them and the challenges they face.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at EMMES Corporation (Rockville, MD).
Unique interview style. After a phone screening, I was asked to come in for an interview. I thought I was meeting with one project team. However, halfway through the interview, the first group scurried off and two new people entered. Each project team seemed to go over their project briefly, then asked very similar questions. I think the oddest part of the interview, was having to write a paragraph about why I chose a specific career path/ or university class in a ten minute time frame. I have never had to prove my paragraph writing skills before, especially for a job that required at minimum a bachelors degree. It was a bit off-putting to say the least.
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