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Aquilent Reviews

Updated March 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance depending on your project (in 12 reviews)

  • Great perks (flex schedules, great benefits, fitness programs, nice caf (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management doesn't seem to care if you are underpaid (in 8 reviews)

  • If you tried to move to another project within the company, you would need to re-prove yourself like a new employee (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "A good opportunity with the right PM"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a great culture, with lots of fun activities. Your fellow colleagues can become close, and support each other. They have communities by functional area (e.g., Business Analysis area, t=Testing community, etc.). HR was supportive when I was first there. The projects were interesting. Benefits were great for such a small company (Approx. 300 employees). Good place to learn about web services and solutions.

    Cons

    If your manager didn't like you, they would do things behind your back to get you out of their project. If there was no other project, you were out of a job. Training was minimal. HR was always on the side of management, and never considered the employee staff as an asset. If you tried to move to another project within the company, you would need to re-prove yourself like a new employee.

    Advice to Management

    As I was there about 2.5 years, HR and management began to turnover, and the new management quality went downhill, resulting in more employee staff turnover.


  2. "Senior leadership (or lack thereof) is the biggest issue."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aquilent (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, good work-life balance, good benefits, opportunities to work with smart people, could be a good stepping stone for advancing your career.

    Cons

    Old school business model, self-centered CTO with absolutely zero leadership skills, experience could be a hit-or-miss depending on the project you're assigned to.

    Advice to Management

    Find senior leadership that can inspire people, find a better location.


  3. "Great Company, Close to home"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Content Specialist in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Web Content Specialist in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Aquilent was close to home, also right off the beltway in a low traffic area. Its a good sized company, it's easy to speak to higher ups and HR since we were all in the same building. They were working on employee events. Good relationships were made with this company. Compensation was good and the yearly raises were average. Opportunities to work from home.

    Cons

    I did not have any opportunity to shadow or work with other groups while I was there.
     End of year bonuses were usually gift cards to Amazon.com, not cash.

    Advice to Management

    Develop an associate training program that allows employees to shadow or do rotations with other groups for learning opportunities.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Worst Management Ever"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Engineer in Laurel, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can't think of any particular reason I would EVER recommend this place to anybody. It's awful.

    Cons

    The micromanaging CTO is a narcissist and absolutely refuses to listen to anything anybody says. When his ideas fail (and they almost always do) he'll blame the staff who tried to prevent take the correct path. I wouldn't hire him as a junior developer, let alone the CTO. Seriously the worst I've ever worked with.

    Advice to Management

    Fire your CTO and replace him with somebody who actually understands technology and doesn't feel the need to micromanage everything.


  6. "Outstanding Company!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Aquilent is a fun place to work if you enjoy being with a company that grows every year, but retains the culture of a small company. Resource management is unlike any company I've ever been part of - if your project or role is ending, the proactive approach to placing you begins long before the end date.

    Cons

    Aggressive and consistent growth results in scaling pains, particularly from an infrastructure perspective. Things that worked for a 125 person company don't always work for a 400 person company (today) or a 700 person company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, the steady growth the company has achieved since I have been here proves that the strategy works. Don't be afraid to engage some of the smart people that work here - don't always rely on the "usual suspects" to help the company grow.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Bully managers ... I quit"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Content Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aquilent (More than a year)

    Pros

    - overall, people you work with are professionals and experts in the filed
    - strong HR infrastructure; relatively good work/life balance; exciting staff events
    - decent benefits (insurance, PTO)
    - although you are hired as a consultant, the company is vested to keep you for multiple projects thus brings work stability (even when the contract ends)

    Cons

    Your experience will depend on the business group you are assigned to, so human factor makes a HUGE difference in your success. I have worked for multiple groups with polar management styles, business vision and client management.

    Many times, it felt like the group had no vision and ability to manage the client at all. It came down to billable hours and imitation of work vs. delivering quality work. Top it with managers with no management experience, personal dramas at work and plain gossip and you find yourself in consulting purgatory.

    If you are considering a position with Aquilent, read company reviews and do not dismiss the small things. They will get you later! Positions in Laurel differ greatly compared to projects @ government sites. Prepare yourself for lots of unnecessary and progress diminishing politics to get work done. Never again Aquilent!

    Advice to Management

    - hire/train managers and not simply assign people you think would work. Bad management is the primary reason your employees leave. Since you only seam to listen to top managers, you are loosing sight what is really going on.
    - stop bidding on (small) projects or projects with no future and hope you will make a difference. If you claim you are the leader in the industry prove it with smart, clear and measurable work plans.
    - stop scheduling training meetings for staff during lunch time. your employees need some time to eat (not at the desk) and get some fresh air to clear ones head.


  8. "Web Content Developer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Content Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Web Content Developer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and telework options. Fantastic benefits. Excellent work culture and environment.

    Cons

    A tough place to be if you're an entry-level Web Writer or UX specialist.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Good People, Bad Middle Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Laurel, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are definitely a lot of good people that work here that will take the time to give you a hand if they can. They also do a decent job of exchanging knowledge.... when they know someone else needs it. Some nice perks when you are able to take advantage.

    Cons

    Most of the problems I have seen are that the people between the VP's and/or Account Directors and the people doing the work do a terrible job at both communication and management. Sometimes this is because they have to focus on doing billable work themselves and so basic management responsibilities fall off. Sometimes they are simply bad managers, but they happen to be friends with the right people so they keep getting promoted.

    People also will get assigned multiple project and I have seen people get allocated for up to 250% of their time. Instead of getting more resources to do the job right people are simply told to "work more hours".

    If you come to work here, spend more time making the right friends than doing a good job.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time trying to win the "Best places to work" award, and more time actually making it a good place to work. Listen to your people. Implement 360 reviews so that the managers get reviewed by the people they manage. Give people the time and resources to do their job. Telling people to "work more hours" should NEVER be a solution as many people have familial or other obligations. If you continue on your current path you will continue to lose your people at a rate that will only accelerate.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Consultants like light bulbs; burn one out and replace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Laurel, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aquilent (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary competitive when you start, profit sharing, nice facilities, interesting projects, pretty good flexibility, smart on-the-ground colleagues, lots of company social events, they work hard at trying to make a collection of self-contained teams feel like a cohesive company, IT department seems on-point.

    Cons

    Terrible front-line management. PMs are hired for their PMPs and then not supported in becoming good bosses- your PM has control of your career with the company, and can even kill your attempts to transfer to another project (one of Forbes magazine's signs of a bad place to work!), but upper management and HR just shrug as PMs flail around trying to manage a team, screwing up team dynamics, firing good people, and just generally making otherwise motivated employees miserable. Problematic, temperamental, difficult PMs are an open secret at Aquilent. And while that's going on, upper management is busy trying to require staff to take on additional, non-billable biz dev work on their own time.

    Advice to Management

    Please invest in the soft skills of your PMs and re-think the message the Business Growth program sends to employees.


  11. "Exciting Company, but won't hesitate to fire"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Varied opportunities to work on different contracts

    Cons

    Upper management is quick to fire people


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