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Blue Canopy Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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  1. "Unsure of the Company's Direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Analyst in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Analyst in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Experience for people starting off in the Cyber world
    Frequent Team Building Events
    People are Fun and Friendly
    They are flexible if you need to take a day off or Work from home
    The partners are always around and friendly

    Cons

    The majority of the downsides with this company stems from the management at the partner level. Many people, including me, do not have any confidence in the upper management to "do what they say". They will give many promises about opportunities/changes that are coming, yet it only happens about 15% of the time.

    The partners frequently come by the cubicles and give "hype" speeches about all the new things that are coming; however when they leave, everyone just looks at each other and roll their eyes. Either two things are happening here, the partners are just lying OR they just can't execute and get the job done.

    Many people are getting fed of with how things are being run and are leaving for other companies; this has been the trend for the 2 years that I've been here.

    The people who are staying just haven't realized how much better other companies work. Blue Canopy is like running a marathon in knee-high sludge, you will get there eventually, but it would not be worth the time and effort.

    Advice to Management

    Be more concerned about why people are jumping ship and try to correct that.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Good People, Low Pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The majority of the people working at Blue Canopy are great, friendly people. Everyone is generally quite respectful and easy to socialize with.
    Quite a few company-sponsored events compared to many companies.
    I personally gained a ton of experience quickly moving from an intern to a project manager within 3 years. Note that your mileage may very as the majority of Blue Canopy focuses on assessments.
    Blue Canopy provides fairly competitive benefits as well (though you may have to jump through some hoops to obtain them).

    Cons

    Pay can be extremely low. After working at the company for 3 years I was still making less than the average for a junior developer.
    Some senior management decisions can be quite traditional and inefficient. For one, our entire development team seems to be undervalued and underfunded as upper management focuses the vast majority of their time and resources to assessment teams. Other times, questionable decisions clearly show how inexperienced some managers are.
    401k takes 4 years to fully vest.
    Sometimes it feels as though a disproportionate amount of funding goes towards company events.

    Advice to Management

    Truly listen to all employees; not just partners and upper management. Embrace the new, changing ideas of the tech world. Try to limit playing favorites with friends and family.


  3. "Great culture, Excellent Benefits & competitive compensation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Developer in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've worked at Blue Canopy for 2 years. The culture is great! People are friendly, & very bright. Company is growing fast & has a great future. Blue Canopy is Prime contractor on several govt. contracts & is growing their commercial business. Benefits include performance bonus, tuition reimbursement & health insurance premiums are lowest I've seen because Blue Canopy contributes to the cost of premiums. I know that Blue Canopy has kept some employees on the bench for more than a few months - they do everything they can to place employees on a new contract. Management really supports their employees on government contracts.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything now.

    Advice to Management

    More parties!


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  5. "Excellent Company/Collaborative and Motivating Leadership/Great Benefits!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly innovative company, collaborative and motivating leadership, incredible benefits and work-life events, competitive pay, healthy business portfolio for job security.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Good client support staff and good Program Managers; good clients and past performance; free sodas and coffee; occasional happy hour

    Cons

    No communications from the CEO; no value of employees; if not a partner or a favorite of the CEO, then the staff is kept in the dark and not trusted with data to conduct your job effectively.

    Attrition rate is extremely high (way above industry average).

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff, do what you say, communication is key, don't be afraid to communicate.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Normal Govt Contractor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    Pros

    nice people
    good compensation
    stable as long as contract is stable.

    Cons

    Prime contractor will keep you in background.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid at all costs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The employees that work here are amazing and hardworking.
    Lots of free time (because there is no real work)

    Cons

    This company is the wolf in sheep's clothing. They over promise employees and under deliver. The pay well below market value, and there is constant turn over due to this. You might read about people getting promotions quickly here because they are in title only and don't actually represent any specific skill level or salary. Any positive reviews of this place especially from Directors and Senior managers are biased and from people who have not worked long term at Blue Canopy. Avoid this place, you've been warned.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, Raise salaries, Stop throwing extravagant parties


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Software Developer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Blue Canopy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company, good benefits/salary and will to promote.

    Cons

    I honestly dont have any

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  10. Helpful (1)

    "OK Benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Performance Engineer in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Performance Engineer in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked on client site and had a great relationship with my manager. The upper management was open to business ideas and accommodating an out of cycle raise.

    Cons

    The overall benefits package could be improved. More paid time off and a better 401K.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees and sponsor company training and development time.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Below pay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Canopy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Spot bonus was not that great

    Cons

    Not good pay for anyone under Partners...just partners get good pay

    Advice to Management

    Please pay good salary to the hard working people than to those yearly parties


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