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Applied Research Associates Reviews

Updated Apr 25, 2019

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Applied Research Associates CEO Rob Sues
Rob Sues
41 Ratings
Pros
  • "Lots of opportunities available if you're want them and willing to put in the extra effort(in 5 reviews)

  • "Great company wish i would of started here first(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "ARA has a culture of self reliance and a culture of growth, both individually and as a company(in 6 reviews)

  • "Educational opportunities rarely available to support staff, mostly just technical staff(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Employer, Family Centric"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Research Associates full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Realizes staff have a family and understands family needs. Ethical. Flexible. Employee owned

    Cons

    There is no huge downside to the company. Pay is semi-monthly, 1st-15th and 16th to last day of month.

    Advice to Management

    Would be better if paid every two weeks.

    Applied Research Associates2019-04-25
  2. "Interesting work that contently changes, but can be stressful"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer I in Vicksburg, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Research Associates full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Employees are great with a family feel. Retirement contributions liberal. Interesting and ever changing work. A driven individual can define own career path.

    Cons

    High intensity. Limited training (figure it out as you go). Demands attention to detail.

    Advice to Management

    Increase encouragement of employees. Better incentivise customer interaction and bringing in work.

    Applied Research Associates2019-04-16
  3. "Great culture and benefits"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Niceville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Applied Research Associates full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Wonderful group of people to work with.

    Cons

    DoD contractor with very little diversification.

    Applied Research Associates2019-04-15
  4. "Junior Civil Engineer"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

      I have been working at Applied Research Associates full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Able to travel very frequently

      Cons

      Have no issues with the company

      Applied Research Associates2018-10-16
    • "Programming"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Applied Research Associates full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      It is a free space to grow! Projects are like awesome! Diverse company.

      Cons

      Some of the managers are unfairly tough. Relocating sometimes is impossible.

      Applied Research Associates2018-08-09
    • "Quiet work environment."

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

        I have been working at Applied Research Associates full-time for less than a year

        Pros

        Nice co-workers around you always.

        Cons

        Can be boring at times.

        Applied Research Associates2018-07-26
      • "Great place to work!"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Applied Research Associates full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        ARA is a great place to work and lives out their core values of passion, freedom, service and growth. I greatly appreciate the work life balance, professional growth and development and great benefits package.

        Cons

        Management can get stuck in the weeds from time to time.

        Applied Research Associates2018-06-19
      • "Senior engineer"

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        Current Employee - Civil Engineer 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at Applied Research Associates full-time for more than 10 years

        Pros

        Flag organization; lots of opportunities for professional development

        Cons

        Hard to grow, every division acts more like a small business owned by division manager

        Applied Research Associates2018-06-19
      • Helpful (9)

        "Great until it's not"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Littleton, CO
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Applied Research Associates full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Met some amazing and wonderful people. All of which have left.

        Cons

        Like many have stated you won't get paid actual industry rates unless you are bringing in your own work or managing. Playing the game doesn't actually get you anywhere because they will only look out for themselves in the end. Going above and beyond will do nothing for you. Many who left brought up the problems to upper management upon leaving and even before leaving, nothing ever was done to try and fix issues.

        Advice to Management

        Empathy. Care about your employee's, don't just fake it.

        Applied Research Associates2018-06-26
      • Helpful (5)

        "Not the Job I Thought it Would Be"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Littleton, CO
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at Applied Research Associates full-time

        Pros

        The ESOP is a good perk, but it comes at a cost because they can’t afford to pay us market rate off the street. If you are a project manager and bring money into the company, you will get obscene raises, but will need to cover yourself with work going forward. The company as a whole seems to be an okay company, but the Littleton location has a bad reputation amongst employees of the other divisions due to poor leadership.

        Cons

        Communication is non-existent. The management “team” (for a lack of a better word) talks trash about each other, and behind other employees’ backs. Management is afraid to have tough conversations with employees and address concerns. A lot of people (including myself) would say “this happens everywhere” but this place is the worst I’ve seen. You’ve been warned. There are a few people in the office that we all know...

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        Advice to Management

        This division is a sinking ship. Pull the few good employees out of this division and redistribute us to the rest of the company.

        Applied Research Associates2018-06-26
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