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ANSER Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "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.


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    "Overall good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ANSER full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and great work life balance

    Cons

    Poor dissemination of information from management


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Going down hill in a hurry"

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    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.

  8. "Not a bad place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ANSER full-time

    Pros

    - Professional environment and friendly colleagues
    - Interesting work opportunities especially within DoD
    - Great benefits
    - Great work/life balance

    Cons

    - Government consulting can be an unstable industry
    - Top-heavy


  9. "Turned the ship around"

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

    I worked at ANSER full-time

    Pros

    My coworkers and employees were great

    Cons

    At the time, management was being overhauled, which caused some confusion


  10. Helpful (1)

    "ANSER review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Collaborative environment. Great paid time off accrual. Autonomy of work. Hierarchy of level does not matter much

    Cons

    Some ongoing Leadership issues including heavily male military culture at the top. Inconsistent or not process for promotion.


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