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CENTRA (Massachusetts) Reviews

Updated April 14, 2017
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  1. "Respected company with interesting contracts that values it's employees."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career development through challenging work. Great compensation and benefits package. Intelligent and respectful colleagues.

    Cons

    CENTRA tends to provide a limited level of career guidance

    Advice to Management

    Further develop our junior workforce


  2. "Business Integrated Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CENTRA (Massachusetts) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great leadership, good environment, flexible work hours

    Cons

    No room to grow, no room to developlay in my field

    Advice to Management

    Allow growth a day encourage employees the chance to advance in theIraq profession

  3. "Centra employment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    decent and cheap benefits for both single and family

    Cons

    culture and atmosphere was a difficult environment to succeed in.


  4. "ehh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent money, hands off approach to management

    Cons

    zero chance for professional development or raises
    Limited contact with supervisors and management
    Poor benefits


  5. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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.


  6. "Ok company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CENTRA (Massachusetts) full-time

    Pros

    many qualified people, good compensation

    Cons

    traditional company, no marketing, not many opportunities for growth


  7. "NIce while it lasted"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CENTRA (Massachusetts) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good starting salary, flexible hours, good benefits

    Cons

    No room for career growth, very bad internal communication, no business development culture at all, too dependent on government contracts/mindset

    Advice to Management

    Invest in company branding and business development, you will get a return because you have great talent!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Office space come to life"

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits and that is really about it. Flexibility mind you, is not one of those benefits.

    Cons

    Horrible impersonal work environment. CEO never speaks to anyone, no one really speaks to anyone,I was looked at strangly when I said hi to someone getting coffee. No work/life balance employees are expected to work tirelessly.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with employees and offer more opportunities for employees to socialize and team build.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great Company - Many More Pros Than Cons"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "No Place for Junior Consultants, Discriminatory"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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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