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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great Company - Many More Pros Than Cons"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CENTRA (Massachusetts) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of interesting contracts, excellent benefits, a true work-life balance, many opportunities for advancement IF YOU'RE A SELF-STARTER, and a small-company feel even though it's mid-sized. Not a lot of red tape or paperwork.

    Cons

    If you most often work on client sites, it can be difficult to stay on management's radar, you have to make a point to push for things you want (e.g., new work opportunities), management is friendly but can be distant. Can be difficult when you're new because they don't have a great process for introducing new employees to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with employees as to what is going on in the company and what internal opportunities are available. Provide clear guidance on what is needed to move up in the company's ranks, and then provide opportunities to do so.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "No one at this company understands what the company does."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The money was good for a 9-5 analyst job. My boss was very experienced and was a great mentor, but I can't say I learned much from anyone else because most of the work I did on my own.

    Cons

    No one at this firm understands what the firm does. Yes, it sells services to the government and it hires and fires people based on government contracts. But each contract is a self-contained, hermetically sealed, classified job. There is no sharing of experience or capabilities between offices or subsidiaries.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your people and let them know what is going on.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "No Place for Junior Consultants, Discriminatory"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CENTRA (Massachusetts) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Liberal leave policy, can take leave and "pay it back" with overtime
    - Plenty of contracts with Homeland Security
    - Contract work is mostly offsite
    - If salary is negotiated correctly, compensation is handsomely

    Cons

    - No room for advancement for junior consultants
    - Little flexibility on contract placement after hire
    - Minority employees will feel out of place, and will be treated differently
    - Turnover is high among project managers
    - Employees are not confident about company's future
    - HR is not objective

    Advice to Management

    - Provide avenues of advancement for junior employees
    - HR is insensitive and does not respect employee complaints
    - Minorities will feel alienated but are afraid to communicate with management out of fear for retribution


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Wide vareity of challenges; great people; with the right manager, there is no limit to your advancement potential.

    Cons

    When you ask permission to do something at CENTRA, there are two answers you will never receive: "No," and "we have a procedure for that." This is not the place for people who need structure and hand-holding.


  6. "Great place for retiring government analysts; not so much for starting a career"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Collegial working environment, good work/life balance

    Cons

    No training, poor supervision and career prospects for analysts

    Advice to Management

    Better career development guideline


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