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A. Harold & Associates Reviews

Updated September 13, 2018
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Andrew E. Harold, Jr.
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  1. "Good Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A. Harold & Associates full-time

    Pros

    All people are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility in certain areas.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget to tell employees they're doing a good job if it's warranted. Feedback is important for improvement.


  2. "Great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Training Analyst in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Training Analyst in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A. Harold & Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Family friendly
    Loyal
    Relaxed atmosphere
    Opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    PTO accrues slowly
    Small-company benefits
    Some job insecurity
    Some micromanagement
    Very compartmentalized

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Life lessons"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at A. Harold & Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    CEO is aggressive, hardworking and very savvy with regard to federal contracting.

    Cons

    It is run like the government, with the same level of bureaucratic red tape. The sense of micromanagement from the top - it inundates the work place. The overactive command-and-control style of leadership that leaves little room for worker autonomy and breads resentment. Higher level PM's often have to wait days/weeks, to get answers to critical questions/issues, which only ends up hurting the bottom line. It all leads to a horrible situation for employee morale, loyalty, trust, and truly a productivity killer. It seems either the day to day dissatisfaction goes unseen (IMO I don’t know how, as some is blatant), they chose to ignore it, or it is some sort of existential crisis.

    Advice to Management

    Loyal employees are your most valuable asset. Don't take them for granted or treat them poorly. They use your internal tools and systems and interact with customers. They are your best brand ambassadors. Loyalty is a two-way street. You buy loyalty, but you can certainly foster and nurture it too. Employees who have been pushed to the point where they no longer care, will not go the extra mile. They will not take the initiative to solve problems. They will end up treating customers the same way you treat them. Employees are the heart beat of the company. And if the heart stops beating, what will happen?


  4. "Bait and switch, unwilling to adapt and evolve."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A. Harold & Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some employees are helpful but they are in the minority.

    Cons

    Classic bait and switch. Things agreed to as part of relocation are then revoked. Example of company growing beyond the abilities of the two micro-managers at the top. They preach "change" but then hammer anyone that does anything different. RUN!!

    Advice to Management

    Evolve.

    A. Harold & Associates Response

    Aug 27, 2018 – HR Manager

    AHA wants to thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are sorry that your experience at AHA did not match our intention of being one of the best places you have worked. We are... More


  5. "Unknown"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A. Harold & Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    No pros provided because nothing was given without hard work

    Cons

    only selected could work flex; low salary; no employee recognition

    Advice to Management

    Employees should come first when tax break was given to small businesses


  6. "Trainer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible hours, ok pay, free coffee

    Cons

    senior management and the CEO


  7. "Helpful management and great atmosphere of teamwork."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graphics Artist in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Graphics Artist in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A. Harold & Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very skilled workforce in some areas, and HR is smart, adaptive, and quick to resolve issues. New office is absolutely beautiful.

    Cons

    Limited Upward mobility, and IT is the absolute worst to work with, constantly limiting programs and project needs. IT Talks down to people, not employee friendly.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time talking to employees and allow of new technology integration

  8. "Excellent Employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Top notch people. It was a joy to work at A. Harold & Associates! I hope we can work together again.

    Cons

    Contract based work. Possibility of shorter contract than expected.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Carefully consider your decision to work at A Harold & Associates"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at A. Harold & Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours (for the most part)

    Cons

    If you’re fortunate, you may have an opportunity to work for a Project Manager that is both knowledgeable and trustworthy. The more likely scenario, however, is that your Project Manager is the former or the latter. You may encounter a scenario where your Project Manager possesses neither quality. Unfortunately, there are some Project Managers that know very little about the processes involved in serving the customers. They hide behind their title and make uninformed decisions. Instead of communicating with their team, they make ridiculous promises to the company executive and the customers. Their team is directed to keep those promises despite them often not having the necessary resources or personnel to make that happen. This usually necessitates working additional (unpaid) hours. If the team somehow pulls off a miracle, the Project Manager takes all the credit, citing their outstanding “leadership”. If the team is unable to do the impossible, the team members are dismissed and find themselves unemployed. Even if you’re lucky enough to be on a team that continues to excel, the compensation for that excellence only moves in one direction: towards the executives. You find out early on in your employment that no matter what you achieve and no matter how much money you make the company, the most you can look forward to is a three percent annual raise (it is not uncommon to see employees only get one percent raises). You also find out early on that if you somehow become “too expensive”, you’ll be dismissed at the conclusion of your current contract. No matter what skill set you possess, the company is always looking for a cheaper replacement.

    In addition to dealing with Managers that are horrible leaders, one of the biggest hurdles to working at A Harold and Associates is the lack of a true IT Department. Why does a company that does the majority of its work on the computer not have a stellar IT Department? Why are there only two employees in an IT Department that is supposed to provide support for over 100 employees?

    Advice to Management

    Institute a better screening process for selecting Managers
    Remove Managers that aren't up to the task
    Retain the most qualified employees
    Pay employees for all of the hours they work
    Remove the raise ceiling and properly compensate deserving employees
    Remove promotions that do not include a pay raise; Pay employees for the increased responsibility they are undertaking
    Overhaul the IT Department


  10. "Great Company and Values Employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at A. Harold & Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, compensation depending on location, and laid back.

    Cons

    No raises as government contractor.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value employees.


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