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Updated May 4, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good people at the worker level in Moyock" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Good company if you are looking to get experience in this industry" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "No pay/merit increases for employees in over 4 years" (in 2 reviews)

  • "the billet is moving to germany, pm actively fought against employees going tdy" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "The Place of Employment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head Cook/Supervisor in Elizabeth City, NC
    Current Employee - Head Cook/Supervisor in Elizabeth City, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Academi (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family orientated, competitive salaries, stress free atmosphere

    Cons

    None presently come to mind

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. "Stay Away"

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

    I have been working at Academi full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    okay-ish pay
    refused to rebid, after promising employees they would-so getting a new company is a pro

    Cons

    functional sections of the company do not function, ie. hr doesnt know how the health plan works, or who to talk to about it; finance paid some people every 2 weeks, others bi monthly, and just stopped paying and took money back without notice to 'fix the problem', also took pto with no notice; security for passing clearances etc is not proactive, badges at buildings get turned off, sometimes for multiple days-even weeks, losing work time; recruiters do not understand the job they are recruiting for, and have been known to call current employees in a seat, to offer them a job in that seat; pms not trustworthy, threaten to fire reserve and guard employees for carrying out military obligations, left key parts of job out until several weeks after employment started, ie. the billet is moving to germany, pm actively fought against employees going tdy

    Advice to Management

    act like you care about your employees, i would rate you lower, but i cant

  3. "Not Blackwater"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructor in Moyock, NC
    Former Employee - Instructor in Moyock, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Co-workers with military background

    Cons

    Lost sight of the people who made Academi what it was.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and they will take care of the company. Be loyal to the employee and they will be loyal to the company.


  4. "Good people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Academi full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Very busy. Long hours


  5. "Continuing to go downhill"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moyock, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moyock, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Honestly, at least I have a paycheck, but this place is really taking a dive and it's been coming for a while. If there's any good reason why, it's hasn't been communicated from the top down, hence the reason all the complaints you see against management...but they're not the ones being cut or affected by diminished staff and increased work load! All I know is Moyock location is a shell of what it used to be.

    Cons

    Terrible morale, no upward advancement, no pay raises for several years, increased workload with less people, evaluations are overridden by Reston, VA who have nothing to do with operations down here yet make decisions on paper. Chow hall quality is down and price is up.

    Advice to Management

    Need to make a change for the better quick! Feels like Moyock is being gutted at the expense of Reston.


  6. "Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Moyock, NC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Moyock, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Academi full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people at the worker level in Moyock.

    Cons

    Upper level management detached, physically and mentally. Caught up in mergers and acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    The assumption by senior management is that the "Swamp People" working on the compound have no option other than ACADEMI. Thus, they may be paid below market rates and have neither the intelligence nor education to participate meaningfully other than to be told what to do. The reality is just the opposite. They keep the place afloat and earn the money for the DC based managers' salaries.


  7. "Not bad if your looking to make some quick money."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Co-workers were good people, made some good friends and networking is a big part of the experience.

    Cons

    Overall poorly managed, company is restructuring and that might have something to do with it.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job at keeping your people informed, too much separation between shifts.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Astonishing"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Base Security Officer in Destin, FL
    Current Employee - Base Security Officer in Destin, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to engage in relationships with your battle buddies. Grow together as a family with many individuals you may work with.

    Cons

    You get shot at. You may or may not be involved in a firefight with other people who may try to take certain things from you.

    Advice to Management

    Get better Humvees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Academi full-time

    Pros

    Pays well. Besides that it is nothing special. Do it for the money. Also it is a good opportunity to travel the world.

    Cons

    Food served is not great. Living quality is ok at times and poor at others. Long time away from home is not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Better care of your men. Living conditions could use improvement. Stop cutting down our benefits. Do not cut down pay and stop hiring under qualified people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Deployed Contractor"

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

    Pros

    Good working and deployed staff personnel.

    Cons

    Company violates employment verification procedures (over-steps verification process and purposefully gives poor and inaccurate feedback regarding former employees). Management is aloof and continues to cowboy decisions. Most managers are under qualified and under educated. The parent company even worse. Top management is packed with former military officers who have no idea how to run a successful business. They treat the deployers like they were still in the military and their health benefits package is ridiculous, in the bad definition. I did three deployments and had difficulties reaching management and always ended up getting home 5 weeks after my each of deployment s ended.

    Advice to Management

    Fire middle management.


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