I started here with no experience in my field of study. They took a chance on me and I was promoted 8 months after working here.
There are some that are intimidated by "the new kids on the block". In a way it is all about who you know and not what you know. I have heard from a lot of employees that have worked here for a great number of years that growth and opportunity is obsolete.
Advice to Management
ALWAYS hire from within. Training someone that knows the company already is a huge advantage to you and the employee. Bonuses and yearly raises helps the turnover rate along with possible advancement.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at LMI (McLean, VA).
Met with a series of managers who assessed capabilities and fit within the company. They were friendly and helpful At the time it seemed to have a strong military culture that no longer exists. The workplace was flat and egalitarian. Managers and even junior analysts had similar office/work space. The atmosphere was conducive to research and contemplative thinking. As a research focused organization, it seemed almost academic. Also, the managers were proud of a not-for-profit approach that benefited the staff.
Short - no real negotiation took place.