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Updated July 26, 2018
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  1. "Your Experience Is What You Make It..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Recommends

    I worked at ANSER full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    As a 14-year employee of ANSER, I have nothing but positive things to say about the company, the people (coworkers and management), the benefits, and the work that it is doing. Sure the company has gone through some fluctuation as the climate has changed across the government/contracting world, but never did I feel that I wasn't valued or considered, even as tough decisions were made. No company is perfect, but my managers were amazing and did everything within their power to ensure that I was happy and provided the growth opportunities I was looking for, which is what was important to me. The company continues to be committed to its people as much as it can (which is rare) and if the opportunity were to arise in the future, I would be more than happy to return. My departure from ANSER was a VERY difficult decision and had nothing to do with the company, but for personal reasons (much closer to home). Trust me, I greatly miss my managers, the flexibility, the company’s amazing 401k contribution, and my PTO balance.

    **As someone else mentioned, there was a particular instance when people who were put on overhead and carried for an absurd amount of time while the company tried to find a soft landing for them after a contract was lost. Any hard feelings towards the company from those people should be taken with a grain of salt as they benefitted from an opportunity NO other company would have even considered providing. Just stating due to the timing of quite a few of the negative reviews.

    Cons

    - Getting from corporate to client site and back can be difficult
    - As a contractor, the reality is the company is tied to the climate of the government. The company needs to sustain itself, even if employees may not agree with each and every decision. (This con is universal)
    -Opportunity for movement may not be what it once was, but again, climate related.

    Advice to Management

    -Continue to value your people
    -Be loyal to those that are loyal to you
    -Continue to bridge the gap between client site and corporate site


  2. "Management Lacks Guts to Make Tough Decisions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ANSER full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, people, salary, flexibility, interesting work

    Cons

    No leadership from management, no direction, let a brain drain happen after a contract loss

    Advice to Management

    Lead! Get back to your core mission.

  3. "No employee support"

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ANSER full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good location is you live in Falls Church, VA

    Cons

    Sides towards clients not employees

    Advice to Management

    Take cultural diversity, sexual harassment and sensitivity training


  4. "Was better before...hoping things will get back on track"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ANSER full-time

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers and very interesting intellectual problems!

    Cons

    Difficult to advance, turbulent as the company reshapes itself

    Advice to Management

    Look at peoples' actual value, not just their current assignment, when making retention decisions. You need good people to move the company in the right direction.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "The Company Failed because Leadership Cannot Get out of its Own Way"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ANSER full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Moderately respected company among industry

    Cons

    Senior Leadership and Board of Directors are the roadblock and they will not take hard action to remove themselves. Executives do not consider employee recommendations and will not implement suggested improvements. Professional advancement is only for those who do not challenge leadership.

    Advice to Management

    The company will not improve unless the Board changes all top level executives and managers.


  6. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ANSER full-time

    Pros

    Exciting projects and great colleagues

    Cons

    Experiencing some challenges at the moment


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Talent is not retained"

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ANSER full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -PTO
    -Intellectual co-workers
    -Free gym access at HQ

    Cons

    ANSER has the dilemma of not knowing what it wants to be. Says they are a not for profit but at the same time places out of reach revenue goals and competes in a competitive, for profit industry. Essentially, not for profit just means stupid business model. Employees are either overpaid or underpaid. Recently, there was a mass exodus of young talent. So if you're below the age of 40 and have other promising opportunities, steer clear. Benefits are pretty good but I hear they may be cutting back on certain perks. Location sucks but the building does have a free gym in the basement and a District Taco. It's a cube farm and very grey which could lead you to wanting to play the window game (that's where you run and jump out the window). People are pretty nerdy but for the most part have a brain, social skills are lacking though. Management pretty much sucks as they are doing the same stuff that was done 20 years ago. Overall, don't work here if you are talented and motivated. However, if you're going to retire in the next ten years this is the place for you."

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what type of business you really want to be. Actually try and retain talent. When you have an opportunity to go in on a large contract with another company don't blow them off thinking you're good enough to win it on your own.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Where mission and people matter!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ANSER full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Truly a not-for-profit culture. This company bends over backwards to treat its employees with respect and when things don't work out, they do everything in their power to help. You aren't hired just for a contract. If the contract disappears, it doesn't automatically mean you've lost your job. I've seen ANSER cover displaced folks for MONTHS to span the gap to the next position. They focus on maintaining capabilities and expertise and adding value to the national security mission. They always try to do right by their employees.

    Cons

    Not the best location. A bit round-about to get to via public transportation and the area isn't the best/safest in Falls Church.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at ANSER full-time

    Pros

    Over its lifetime, ANSER has had some interesting and challenging work.

    Cons

    In the last several years ANSER has lost several major contracts, primarily due to poor management decisions.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Going down hill in a hurry"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ANSER full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great, smart co-workers. Some really good managers.

    Cons

    Training and development are hard to come by (and getting harder by the day)
    Raises are laughable
    Money with promotions are not impressive
    At the top - it's largely all white, all male, used to be military
    Lots of we do it this way b/c that's how we have always done it
    Lots of 'good ol boy' networks

    Advice to Management

    Break out of your comfort zone!! This is why you are bleeding money.


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