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Arete Associates Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic, Innovative Company that cares about people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging and Creative work, terrific people, and a corporate culture that values its employees. As an employee-owned company you are more than a cog in a machine. Your voice is heard in research, development, and administration. Willing to take a chance on ideas. Terrific benefits.

    Cons

    Smaller company, so range of some opportunities is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on business development, company has cutting edge capabilities but there's not enough effort here.


  2. "Innovative federal contractor"

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

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

    Pros

    Highly intelligent and creative individuals change the world through technology innovations. Everyone is fun to work with, and the environment is like a big family (the good and the bad).

    Cons

    As a small company the innovators are also expected to wear the hats of business development, management, and administration. Such dynamic responsibilities takes away time from the creativity.

    Advice to Management

    Let the creatives create and strive for excellence in their area of expertise. Hire experts in BD, Mgmt, and Admin to support the engineers and physists.

  3. "Good environment, little chance for growth"

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    Former Employee - Optical Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Optical Systems Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fantastic technical staff
    - Interesting work (sometimes, see cons)
    - Great office space

    Cons

    - Confused and unorganized management
    - Long periods of little work
    - No clear path forward for young employees

    Advice to Management

    - Don't expect technical people to be good managers without training them
    - Rotation program for younger employees
    - Make annual reviews more meaningful, make sure to have the salary talk


  4. "Terrible management"

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

    I worked at Arete Associates full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, smart staff, good benefits, good parking

    Cons

    Most of the good people left, company growth is poor, salaries are low, management has no idea how to grow the company, little to no room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Quit and let someone who knows how to grow a company run the company


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great place for challenging work, good benefits package"

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

    Pros

    I've been able to learn quite a bit with my time at Arete. They do educational reimbursement and help with professional development.

    Cons

    There's sometimes office politics and drama but it's more rare now than it used to be.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Arete Associates full-time

    Pros

    Smart people
    Interesting work
    good benefits
    technical strength
    fair compensation

    Cons

    growing pains
    no long term strategic financial plan

    Advice to Management

    Listen more than you talk


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Gone down"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Arete Associates full-time

    Pros

    Small atmosphere allows one to work with the wonderful employees that are actually doing the exciting work. Benefits are average, but not bad.

    Cons

    Was a tremendous place to work until current management took over. They have no idea what they are doing and running it into the ground. They have no clear idea where they want to go, or what they want to be. The company is too small to be able to ride down turns in the DoD.

    Advice to Management

    Purge ALL management

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Arete Associates full-time

    Pros

    It's a paycheck , excellent benefits - staff members get along really well they care more about meeting customers goals than upper management.

    Cons

    Management is always scrambling, but somehow manages to just stay above water. Senior management ignores sound advice to pursue their own interest. There has been some improvement, everyone is still trying to recover from senior management/officers catastrophic decisions of the last couple of years. Arete' has a brilliant staff with incredible ingenuity to satisfy any customers needs and goals, but management pursues their interests first before the customer, this hinders growth and contract opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of replacing hard working employees, get rid of managers/officers who's only interest is to be Arete's CEO someday. Take advantage of the few with pure talent before its too late.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Good place to work but very poor management."

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Northridge, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arete Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great technical staff. Great place to work if you just want to coast along and just work on some hard problems. Excellent work/life balance. Management tries to do the right thing and treat employees well.

    Cons

    No significant career opportunities. 5, 10, or 15 years later you will most likely be doing the same thing as when you started. Management and leadership is generally poor. Nice people who don't really know what they don't know. Arete is a very insulated company and highly resistant to any change.

    Advice to Management

    Take a really hard look at yourself rather than playing the victim and blaming other people or outside forces.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Not recommended if you want to advance."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good flexibility lifework balance. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. Management lacks leadership skills. Female employee's are not treated as well as male employee's.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people based on personal relationships.


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