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Alion Reviews

Updated April 23, 2017
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Pros
  • The pay and benefits seemed to be mostly in line with the industry (in 8 reviews)

  • I was able to work a reasonably flexible work schedule and even work from home on occasion (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management doesn't appreciate the fact there is life outside Alion (in 20 reviews)

  • Was an employee owned company, then they wanted to go IPO, then some venture capital firm gobbled them up (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New blood at the top gives some hope for a prosperous future. New processes are turning the tide. Customers love the Alion teams.

    Cons

    Still need a top leadership flush. The inability or unwillingness to invest in new technology severely limits the company's growth and transformation.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate, empower and trust. Put people in positions across the company that are qualified and capable of doing the job. Then give them the freedom to do it. Inviting them to McLean to perform in front of executives only serves their egos and has an opportunity cost.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Needs improvement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Writer/Editor Associate in Crane Naval Depot, IN
    Former Employee - Technical Writer/Editor Associate in Crane Naval Depot, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary. They seem to want to care about their employees, most of the time.

    Cons

    Their word can only be taken at face value. Fail to follow-through with promises regarding vacation time, etc. After you work there a while, you become just a number.

    Advice to Management

    Look deeper at your employees lives, most of them are good people and deserve a chance.


  3. "The Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Military Analyst in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Military Analyst in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Was a fair company to work for--took care of most employee issues

    Cons

    very geographically seperated from employeer

    Advice to Management

    keep up with employee issues


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  5. "Recruiter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good place to work upward mobility

    Cons

    no cons at this time


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not as Expected"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Training and Administration Specialist in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Training and Administration Specialist in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Salary to start with

    Cons

    Gets worse as you go along the years

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are your greatest asset


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Run by a bunch of Thieves"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A paycheck that shows up for now every 2 weeks on the normal Friday and in 2017 by some ludicrous payroll schedule that will alternate the pay days and pay periods. The clown(s) that came up with this should be fired. Supervision makes a point to tell us survivors that we are lucky to have a job.

    Cons

    You work hard while you wait 2 years for a contract award and when you win the contract, you really feel like you lost. People laid off, Paid Time Off cut, No raises for the foreseeable future, Insurance Package cut for 2017 and they have the nerve to tell us what we had was overly generous, and the Uncompensated Time Policy that requires us to work at least 10% more even though it was bid as suggested and voluntary.

    Advice to Management

    To Bahman Atefi and the rest of the gang......strap on those golden parachutes and bail out now. You have done a disservice to all of us!!!


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Avoid, if at all possible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Military Analyst in South Sumter, SC
    Former Employee - Military Analyst in South Sumter, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The customer is mostly the US government, so it is normally a professional atmosphere.

    Cons

    The CEO and upper management have run the company into the ground. They took employee-owned stock and sold it away to Veritas when the Alion was sold to them. This caused all employees that had been with company since 2007 - 2008 to lose 10's of thousands of dollars by selling their stock at pennies on the dollar with that transaction in 2016. All the while, allowing upper management to sell off their shares at price in 2007, 2008 and 2009. What is truly surprising is that the company and Bahman Atefi has not been investigated by the SEC.
    If you come on board with Alion, only count on your paycheck and don’t ever get into any company stock if they ever try to establish that program again. I personally lost over 75,000 over 10 years with the company and wouldn’t trust them with a personal nickel again.
    Any positive reviews you get on this company has to fall into 3 categories: 1. Flat out false embellishment by ; 2. Statements by upper-management that made a profit off the sale of Alion to Veritas; 3. Positive review by new employee that doesn't know any better.

    Advice to Management

    A total transfusion of upper-management; starting at the CEO position. Prior to that, they could apologize to all of the employees whose stock they lost over a 10 year period. It won't bring back the money they lost, but it would show some contrition for their huge mismanagement or intentional acts with regard to the Alion employee stock program.


  9. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Military Analyst in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Military Analyst in Woodbridge, VA

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

    Pros

    - Benefits were good.
    - Management was fantastic to work with.
    - Team environment all the way.
    - Tuition assistance and professional development

    Cons

    When a contract was ending, they didn't do a very good job to help find other work in the company.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Fair Job Position"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Core hours are set, but with the option to come in and leave any time outside of them to reach your weekly hours.
    Division level management is very accommodating to valid appointments enabling you to work temporarily off-site so you do not have to lose a full day just to wait at the dentist office and read last months magazines.
    Co-workers are good to work with and enjoyable to be around - overall feel good work environment.
    Would recommend as a job to anyone, just not a 'career'.

    Cons

    Extremely limited upward movement. And even when informed of potential position openings, that may get revoked the next day.
    Company just got bought and seems (on a big scale) on a burn rate exceeding the baseline by a decent margin (*possibly changing now with the company buy-out).
    Contracts are nearing end of lifespan, and winning re-compete is not likely (depends on the contract, however).
    Acting as the "support" staff is really doing the entire work load.
    Pay increases are pretty much level across the board, regardless of performance. once hired, you pretty much stay at the same pay point for your duration.
    Hiring new employees feels like a 'first time' process...every time.
    Not a place/company to truly build a career with. Very fair in what they offer, but growth is definitely lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to your word. Have processes in place, then actually stick to them.
    Appeasing clients is not always the best practice when in fact there are more correct answers that should be used.
    Reward those who are performing well/excelling at their position. Not doing so kills employee retention (which was a company "top priority"...)


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Run Away... FAST"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Subcontract Administrator in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Subcontract Administrator in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the people were nice, that's the only good thing about this company.

    Cons

    The Program Managers totally run the entire company, despite compliance issues, policy and protocol. This place is a sweat shop, and should certainly be audited very closely!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all management and above, and start over again, the culture at Alion is really awful!


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