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Updated February 25, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    "Great variety in research topics, nice people"

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

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

    Pros

    1. Lots of project opportunities

    2. Very unique research experiences available

    3. Compensation is good (especially when taking into account retirement benefits, which are excellent), and wage growth is good (especially early in career)

    4. Business outlook seems very good

    Cons

    1. Management can be opaque on occasion. I don't think this is intentional; rather, it is a byproduct of the DOD bureaucracy that CNA has to interface with.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, excellent work experience; however, management's communication with research staff could improve. Having said so, the company has absolutely been heading in the right direction over the last year, and I expect this trend to continue.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great colleagues great work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Research Staff Member in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CNA Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Do interesting work that makes a difference
    Work with mission-oriented colleagues

    Cons

    I can't think of any CONS


  3. "Decent research organization to work at"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at CNA Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    interesting projects, frequent opportunities to grow, high-quality colleagues

    Cons

    Leadership turnover frequent, stove piped work environment,


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Long-time employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CNA Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for impact
    Great relationships with senior USMC and USN leadership
    Highly qualified and impressive staff from the best schools and programs
    The field program

    Cons

    Some in management oppose needed change, but other leaders working hard to make required changes

    Advice to Management

    Keep working hard with initiatives to improve the work environment and make the cultural changes required to keep CNA's competitive edge


  6. "Great place to start out"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on national issues of importance, and gain incredible experiences as a junior analyst. Amazing place to start out your career.

    Cons

    Small size can lead to limits in where a self-motivated researcher can explore. That's often not an issue, but it can be in some cases.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not so great to work there"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Intelligent people
    Flexible work hours for families

    Cons

    Poor management
    Mediocre benefits
    Poor retention of staff


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Used to be q great place to work..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CNA Corporation full-time

    Pros

    I worked at CNA for more than 30 years both within the research side and the administrative side of the company. For the first 20 or so years, it seemed like the employees mattered. It was a family-like atmosphere...management cared about the employees.

    Cons

    At the end of my career, the company became all about business and the bottom line and less and less about the employee. So many unhappy employees. It is such a shame. The culture has gone steadily downhill.

    Advice to Management

    First, management needs to appreciate and value their employees. Employees are much more motivated to work hard and do a good job when they feel valued. They also need to deal with the problem employees rather than make changes to policies that affect everyone.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Sadly in decline"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Staff in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Research Staff in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CNA Corporation part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I used to be proud to work at CNA. We called it the Navy’s think tank. We believed it was every bit the equal of RAND Corporation. Eleven years ago, it was named a "best place to work" by Washingtonian magazine. Our focus was on solving our clients’ most important problems. The work was satisfying, the workplace was a happy one, and life was good.
    Since then, many things have changed.

    Cons

    New management is short-sighted, petty, and ethically challenged.
    Our work has degenerated. CNA‘s core competencies are now checking administrative boxes and clearing bureaucratic hurdles.
    Benefits have been cut substantially. And recently, six employees, all over the age of 60, were “reorganized” out of their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the bloated management structure.
    Refocus on research and analysis.
    Think hard about why so many of our most talented researchers have fled in the past year or two.
    But most of all, acquire some ethics---and a heart.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Death of a once-venerable company"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CNA Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working at CNA was, at one time, my ideal job. We did work that was important for Navy and Marine Corps leadership -- I felt I was contributing to solving some of our nation's most intractable problems. I was proud to say I worked for a nonprofit organization where analysis was conducted for the common good.

    Those days are long gone. The only "pro" I can list for the current CNA is that senior Navy leadership does not yet appear to have caught on to CNA's decline, and the work is still coming in and is interesting.

    Cons

    Brain drain! Why have all the best, most experienced, most dedicated analysts left CNA for greener pastures?

    Why is CNA management so hell-bent on ruining this once-great organization?

    Further, why is CNA management undertaking clearly unethical, if not illegal, actions against long-time employees?

    I feel so sorry for my friends who remain at CNA -- I encourage them to leave as soon as possible.

    Sadly, it's time to abandon ship!

    Advice to Management

    Retire. You've done your damage.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Not a good to place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CNA Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I really did not see anything good about this company

    Cons

    Management, HR policies and customer service



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