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CNA Corporation Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    "Great place to work and learn!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CNA Corporation full-time

    Pros

    CNA is an excellent corporation; I made so many professional acquaintances that I now am lucky to call part of my brain trust and even friends. The client exposure and insights were invaluable. It was a great experience and I highly recommend that potential employees check them out!

    Cons

    The same challenges as any other corporation.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about in-house/former talent and resources for current/future opportunities.


  2. "Worst Government Contractor in the area."

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

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

    Pros

    Don't anything positive to say.

    Cons

    They keep laying off employees, the executives always look the other way. HR is very one sided and it's all about who you know. Not a healthy place at all.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and look around, you keep stepping on the little guy. The culture has changed and the values have gone down.

  3. "Good Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CNA Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Good environment, interesting work, nice colleagues, very nice working facilities

    Cons

    Not sure how much influence findings have


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great colleagues great work"

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    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


  5. "Great variety in research topics, nice people"

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    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.


  6. "Decent research organization to work at"

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    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,


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Long-time employee"

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    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

  8. "Great place to start out"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not so great to work there"

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    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


  10. Helpful (9)

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

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    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.


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