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Updated December 5, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "ALION REVIEW"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alion full-time

    Pros

    Professional atmosphere, Advancement opportunities, Technology

    Cons

    I do not have any CONS so far to report at ALION.

    Advice to Management

    Management continues to apply process improvement into their daily activities.

    Alion Response

    Jun 29, 2017 – Sr Sourcer

    Thank you for your feedback, we greatly appreciate your time and willingness to provide it. Your contribution to the team and organization is valued.


  2. "Lead Systems Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Lead Systems Engineer in New London, CT
    Current Employee - Lead Systems Engineer in New London, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alion full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation package in the industry.

    Cons

    Limited growth potential within company structure.

    Alion Response

    Dec 19, 2017

    Thank you for being a valued Alion employee. While we understand that certain contracts may have limited availability for growth potential, please also speak with your manager or a Human Capital... More

  3. "System Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, multiple work locations

    Cons

    Lack of communication, no centralized leadership

    Advice to Management

    restructure teams to better align with projects


  4. "Very happy at Alion"

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

    I have been working at Alion full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My leadership challenges me, stays in touch and is a joy to work with. Benefits and pay are decent and I've feel recognized and rewarded for doing good work. The entire executive leadership team has been replaced over the past year or so (for the good) and we finally have a strategy and vision for the company. It is refreshing to finally have a CEO and Executive team that seems genuinely interested in the success of this business. Many changes are occurring including stepping up communications to employees.

    Cons

    Internal systems are old and often makes job harder to do. Employees located at customer sites often feel disconnected from the company. Managers need to do a better job of making these employees feel part of the Alion team.

    Advice to Management

    Senior managers should visit sites more often and not just to attend a meeting and leave. Make an effort to schedule time with employees, communicate what is going on and allow ample time for Q and A's and/or one on one conversations. This will go a long way.

    Alion Response

    Dec 19, 2017

    Your feedback is greatly appreciated! Alion's leadership team understands that the success of our organization reflects the success of our employees. We are glad that you recognize the efforts to... More


  5. ""OK""

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Rome, NY
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Rome, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alion (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, employee owned (not sure if this is actually a benefit).

    Cons

    Management disconnected, keeps low performing employees around for seemingly sentimental reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out weak managers. Good people leave if you don't do this.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Advertising Benefits they can not fulfill."

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

    I worked at Alion full-time

    Pros

    Flexible Schedules and Good Program Manager Support

    Cons

    Poor execution of benefits (parking reimbursement, public transport reimbursement options, HR & Payroll communications)

    Advice to Management

    Time for an HR Staff and Processes Overhaul

    Alion Response

    Nov 10, 2017

    Thank you for your feedback. Alion is continuously seeking ways to improve and broaden our benefits, and have positioned our organization to be employer of choice. Our updated communication plan... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away"

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    Current Employee - Associate Acquisition Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Acquisition Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alion full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As your first contracting job, it is decent.
    Day to day work is decent.

    Cons

    If you want to stay longer than one or two years, you will forfeit raises and training that your peers at other companies will receive. Management constantly takes advantage of you. Managers don't know what they are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being terrible. Support your employees with the materials they need- update technology and provide supplies. Give raises to keep people around. Get people in HR that will actually know what they are doing. Get rid of the upper layers that just suck money out of the company. Fix the bathroom sinks.

  8. "Utter chaos"

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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 Alion full-time

    Pros

    A paycheck and a few nice people to work with.

    Cons

    There are a lot of legacy issues within Alion. The tenured staff are very disgruntled by the recent acquisition, which is toxic. But that doesn't matter, because it doesn't take long for the new people to end up hating their job.

    I have spoken with other team members at different locations and it seems no one is happy, so this is not isolated to one program or location. The compensation is below market; HR is nonexistent. Lay offs are done annually it seems, or there is the constant chatter of one looming. We changed CEO's, but there is no clue who he is, he has not spoken to the staff. A Town Hall or Brown Bag Lunch would have made sense. Which leads into the major lack of communication. You have to rely on gossip or third hand information to know what's going on. Emails go out here and there from corporate, but they formatted so weird, you have no clue what the content is. If you want to go somewhere with no upward mobility, crappy pay, executives that sit in an ivory tower who never communicate, Alion is where you need to go.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate effectively and frequently. Have senior management and executive level be more transparent. If the company is sinking....SAY IT.

    Alion Response

    Dec 19, 2017

    Your feedback is very important to us. Company reorganizations can be very challenging. We are striving to be transparent and to communicate company updates often. We welcome the opportunity to... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Relaxed, no growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Not micro managed
    Relaxed, stress free environment

    Cons

    Growth limited (as contractor this is expected)

    Advice to Management

    Check in with employees to see how there doing? Have a presence. Only communication seems to be about timesheets.

    Alion Response

    Nov 10, 2017

    Thank you for your feedback. We strongly encourage team members to have open conversation with their manager regarding career paths. They may have information, that possibly can help you with... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Confusing Reorganization"

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

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

    Pros

    using your ability to create you own opportunities is your best option

    Cons

    Lack of Communication from Upper Management

    Alion Response

    Oct 12, 2017 – Talent and Acquisition

    Thank you for your response and many years of service with Alion. A re-org can be very hard to adjust to; we are striving to be as transparent as possible during this period. We would like to the... More


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