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CFD Research Corp. Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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  1. "Staff Member"

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    Current Employee - Staff Member in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Staff Member in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CFD Research Corp. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company focuses on challenging technical topics and gives freedom to scientific and engineering staff to pursue efforts of interest to them as well as the company. Loyalty to staff even when funding is limited. Benefits are above average - even for a company the size of CFDRC. It's early in the process but the organization seems interested in engaging staff and growing - including creating opportunities for engineers and scientists to control the next phase of growth for the organization. Currently working to transfer more ownership to the employees through ESOP, which creates long term financial opportunities for employees.

    Cons

    Limited success outside of core business areas - but growth has not been a focus before now. Lack of development of new leaders/managers in various technical areas (another focus of the new CEO). Some of the research is through SBIR/STTR contracts, which while providing challenging technical opportunities require more proposal preparation than other contract vehicles due to the nature of the program.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on engaging key staff and understanding their challenges. Help these individuals become the next generation of leaders within the organization. Continue to mature processes and capabilities while looking for new areas to apply the many technologies developed at CFDRC.


  2. "Diverse opportunities, Good Potential"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Manager in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CFD Research Corp. (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Diverse opportunities with many technical areas available. Employee is pretty much in control of their potential and if they are willing to find business they can go after it and grow as fast as they can manage.

    Cons

    Dependence on government contracts, many of which are smaller contracts which means short duration and need to keep finding next work. There are new initiatives in place to combat this with longer duration contracts and more commercial work.

    Advice to Management

    More focus to get stronger on particular technologies and closer with particular customers. Add investment to take key products/technologies to the next level both with government contracts and commercial use.


  3. "Research Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Huntsville, AL

    Pros

    The balance of life and work is OK.

    Cons

    salary is not so good and some funding are from government.


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  5. "Interesting place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CFD Research Corp. full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company does a lot for its employees.

    Cons

    Not enough consideration of its employees when it does "Company" things.

    Advice to Management

    Involve key employees as much as possible in decision making processes as possible.


  6. "engineer"

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

    I worked at CFD Research Corp. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the health insurance is OK

    Cons

    the management is worst


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    "Very satisfied with everything."

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Huntsville, AL

    I have been working at CFD Research Corp. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Quality research possible either by self or as a team. Very calm city, so less stress outside of work

    Cons

    Too much dependency on the government. Funding is a concern at times. Some diversification might be needed.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to work for fresh graduates"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Recommends

    Pros

    Diversity of work and a range of technology addressed by CFD. Competitive salaries, good benefits and in the heart of research park.

    Cons

    The work becomes monotonous after few years, even though different technology areas. Located in Huntsville, which is a great place to raise families but not so great for personal and professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    Management should consider rewarding employees more. Also training and mentorship programs including peer-peer interaction at junior level and peer mentoring programs would be helpful in professional growth.