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Updated July 31, 2017
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  1. "good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good to work with. awesome

    Cons

    nothing. need to improve a little


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Report Card"

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BCS full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits: B
    Project Type: C

    Overall: This is not a bad place to work if you're looking to get your foot in the door within the energy sector or within Department of Energy, and if you have the expertise needed, there are legitimately cool projects. There's also free chocolate to stress-eat and free Advil for the headaches you'll get working here.

    Cons

    Management: D
    Employee Support: F
    Diversity: D
    Flexibility: D

    Overall: Upper-level management is out of touch with lower-level employees. Mid-level management is doing the best they can, but they don't have the leadership or management training (let alone the time) to actually mold you, which leads to a real sink or swim situation. There's no diversity (racial, gender, or ideological) at the top, and limited diversity within the ranks. There's no real option to telework, unless you fill out a permission form for the actual CEO to sign. Get used to a churn and burn of employees; expect to bill 8 hours and work more than 8 hours, and switching projects can be done at the drop of a hat. The company wants to expand, but doesn't have a big-firm culture like Booz or Deloitte to actually make it happen. Contracting companies are a dime a dozen in the area- look for somewhere like Energetics or Booz if you want to have more technical expertise, a higher impact, and more job security.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees through training or brown bag lunches, listen to them, and then show their impact by actually implementing some of their suggestions. As long as every hour is billable, the business development, company culture, and loyalty will continue to suffer or be non-existent.

  3. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    intelligent driven people. Great company. Great Benefits.

    Cons

    Working with the federal government can be slow.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "My worst job experience ever"

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

    Pros

    I would not advise anyone to work for or with this organization. Frankly, they're unprofessional and dishonest.

    Cons

    No work-related expenses are covered (i.e. traveling across town mid-day to a client meeting offsite).
    Poor management (my manager was dating my co-worker).
    Clients they attract are looking to spend the least amount of time/money possible.
    Very little on-the-job training, advice or assistance is available to employees.
    70+ hour work-week.

    Advice to Management

    Refrain from misleading your employees with respect to compensation, job functions, and the lack of work-life balance expected of some employees.

    Stop taking advantage of the unbalanced labor market in Washington DC.

    Develop a genuine product and implement it.

    Discourage managers from socializing with their employees outside of the office, especially when alcohol is involved.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Has potential, but good have been much better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Laurel, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BCS (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cool projects - many of the things the company was involved with made you feel like you were making a difference
    Some expansion options
    Good medical insurance

    Cons

    Management plays favorites
    Inexperienced managers (on the flip side, some of them would never have the chance to grow otherwise)
    Bonus awards were very much targeted at people who did marketing
    Pay much lower then other places
    Cares more about college degrees then actual subject field or experience
    Made employees feel insecure in their positions

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites
    Allow employees to be transferred to areas where they can excel if they are currently struggling
    Don't be quick to drop people


  6. "My company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The clients are awesome. Beautiful campus

    Cons

    We are never told what a great job were doing

    Advice to Management

    Have more compassion


  7. Helpful (1)

    "It all depends on the client"

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    Current Employee - Requirements Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Requirements Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love the opportunity to constantly learn and be challenged. I had the chance to switch to a different contract and ultimately plan my career to a more project management path. There's no better feeling than when a client appreciates your work, and when you come up with a solution.

    Cons

    There's been a lot of employee growth in the past year or so, and communication between the managers and higher ups is lacking. Coming from a very formal management experience, the laissez-faire style of managers across the board was a difficult adjustment, and sometimes you feel very alone in your day to day with the client. When a client becomes problematic, there's no real support coming from headquarters and management.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate all hiring and firing decisions before we hear from someone else. Make an effort to earn your employees' trust and show concern and support when your employees are overtly struggling.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Wish it would have worked out"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at BCS part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are a bunch of great people who work here, and you can learn a lot from them

    Cons

    The company grew really quickly, and they seem to be going through a little bit of an identity crisis. They are still considered a small company but there is a pretty high turnover rate and not a lot of people there for a long time. There seems to be a lot of confusion between what different levels of management wants out of you and what your client wants.

    Advice to Management

    Take some time to see what you really want the company to be, and treat your employees a little better.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Couldn't have stayed more than a few years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Not too heavy on work
    ability to choose which work you do and when to take intiatve

    Cons

    No flexibility in hours
    lower salary than other contract companies


  10. Helpful (2)

    "No benifits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    close to where I lived

    Cons

    repetitiously dull. No raise. No chance to promote


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