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"Al Borkes, Former employee"

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Former Contractor - Mechanical Engineer
Former Contractor - Mechanical Engineer
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Alion as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

They go as far as they can to provide the best conditions of employment and tell upfront what to expect from the particular employment situation

Cons

Perhaps due to the size of the company and complexity of their services, management feels far and detached, especially when working in remote locations

Advice to Management

Devise some way of connecting with remote employees so they feel more part of the team

Other Employee Reviews for Alion

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Once was a good workplace but has very quickly deteriorated"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good medical benefits, fair compensation. Current contracts (IACS) set Alion aside from other like businesses. Customer base is good.

    Cons

    Management is clueless regarding day-to-day operations, however they believe they know-it-all. The financial status of the company is of great concern, almost to the point of bankruptcy. even though this is supposed to be an employee owned company, management takes great strides to hide the status of the company from the employees. There is no regard for vacation/holiday time, management believe you are at their disposal 24/7. The company will randomly change earned benefits (such as vacation time reduction) to benefit themselves.
    Without the IAC contracts, Alion has nothing to offer that competitors already offer. Rates are way to high.

    Advice to Management

    Get you head out of your butts and start managing the company rather than concentrating about setting themselves up financially. Quit wasting time and money just to satisfy "checkbox" items, these can be handled via teleconferences rather than having a staff of high paid personnel travel to locations.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Misrepresented Job Description with Nebulous Job Scope"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alion full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not many to speak of! It depends on the government contract the job is assigned to. If the job is part of a new or long standing contract, job security may be good. As it is difficult to find the right fit for some of these specialised types of positions.

    Some of the staff are friendly good over-all people, including military staff which were some of the best!

    Cons

    A good Ol-Boys club! To be successful on offsite contracts, you most likely need to have been in the military and be familiar with the terminology and overall culture. Some of these positions may lead you down a track where you may not be marketable to public companies or other sectors outside of DoD.

    There are some very smart individuals working here, but tend to be a bit closed minded with it comes to new technologies related to software development and deployment tools. This is not always the case with the software developers however who understand this need. This is mostly related to management knowledge and acceptance.

    They do everything in-house and try to reinvent the wheel rather than look to the industry and companies already doing these things much better. There applications are out of date and no way near the what is going on in the public sector mostly in terms of computer graphics for gaming.

    The east and west coast still do not have common standards. The documentation tools are in place but are not in-synch between the two. Most importantly, activities happen quickly with limited resources in nebulous, inconsistent manner, making it difficult to document without some form of history tracking features. I found there was not much documentation and even provided some to help out the team.

    The team I worked with, even though well respected, kept the information in their head. It was difficult to obtain proper knowledge transfer and then to get it documented as a living growing set of documentation to use as training materials. This is especially important for employee turnover or transitioning.

    There are some hidden agendas which may not be noticeable until one gets deeper into a position and then finds themselves having to dig through hay stacks of nebulous configuration items and data which could add hours to the end of your day.

    Also, the hours may vary depending on the role of the job making it difficult to plan events with family and friends. This may include nights and weekends.

    The work environment is not so great on the west coast. Older facilities. As far as training goes, very little formal training. This is mostly depends on the role, usually for offsite roles as these are usually specialised.

    From a day to day work/life perspective, most supporting DoD roles do not offer as much flexibility as they use to, especially with sequestration and government cutbacks. Lunch or Dinners during specific events are eaten at your desk which is very unhealthy, especially long hours at a desk working on computers. It is critical to get away from your desk and take breaks, refocusing yours eyes and proper stretching throughout the day.

    Advice to Management

    Develop more formal training to help employees become successful. Standardise your processes between the various locations. Continue to improve technical documentation.

    "Lessons Learned", learn from previous challenges and document them. Ensure proper communication and collaboration and that all entities involved are on the same page.

    Improve the new employee on-boarding process. Update your corporate website and improve the tools along with consolidating forms locations, making it more intuitive for employees to find information more efficiently.

    Most of all "Get Over It", Recognise there are many better career opportunities available to qualified professionals who seek to grow their skill sets and look for a better long-term opportunity and overall fit.

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