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"Your team and manager make all the difference"

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Former Employee - User Experience Track in Laurel, MD
Former Employee - User Experience Track in Laurel, MD
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Aquilent (More than a year)

Pros

Work is diverse and interesting, compensation is pretty good for the industry. Company has traditionally had a family feel where it is easy to have congenial relationships with HR, IT, other groups, etc. Champions cutting edge technology when possible, always looking forward. Very flexible schedules are possible as well as telecommuting.

Cons

Company is growing really fast and culture can't keep up. Although they espouse ethical behavior, it really depends on who the AD is, what the project is, and where the money is at. Senior Management says one things, but clearly champions keeping the money rolling in rather than drinking their own koolaid of only accepting the "right" kind of clients. If you have a good manager and team, things are GREAT! If you are on a crazy project or have ineffectual managers, you are screwed. There is less stability than they say--if your project ends there is no guarantee that you will be moved to another team or if you are that you will be doing what you really want to do. Again, it all comes down to your managers and who advocates for you. Aquilent assumed very little risk during the government shutdown--if your project was shut down you had use your own vacation or go into the hole and then not get paid. This seems unfair for a company that only works with the federal government.

Advice to Management

Re-evaluate whether or not you are actually living the non-negotiable traits and that they are spreading downward. Retool the bonus structure so the worker bees can get more of a share (the metrics are heavily skewed towards upper management, especially Grow Aquilent criteria). Create and advertise a more formal project transfer project, hold managers who have unhappy teams accountable for work environment.

Other Employee Reviews for Aquilent

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good experience....then got put on the bench and eventually to a project that didn't match my skills at all."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The biggest pro is the flexibility.

    Cons

    Narrow focus on government work only.

    Advice to Management

    Go after some commercial work too!


  2. Helpful (14)

    "Do your job, save your money, and leave"

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    Former Employee - Lead Business Consultant
    Former Employee - Lead Business Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aquilent full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some talented and fun individuals, good flexible work schedules,decent health benefits, decent events, some access to new technology depending on your project and permission to access it. Decent bonuses every year. Fairly stable industry.

    Cons

    A reviewer mentioned earlier that it is a "clique," and he or she is right. Only certain people are assigned the best projects and are allowed to move up to management roles. If you disagree with their opinion on a strategy you are done for. Decisions are made regardless of expertise, best practices, or standard operating procedures. The company mentions training, but very few people are approved for training funds. There is an overwhelming "fear of the client," that blocks you from doing anything that may actually be beneficial to the client and organization. It is not uncommon for employees to not have access to critical information or critical clients because of this fear. Expect to be blocked from meeting clients, talking to clients, accessing data information, blocked from critical meetings etc. Unless of course you belong to that clique, or suck up to that clique.
    Pay is lower than regional or industry standards, projects are often dull and based primarily on busy work, and there is a fairly high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    You hire good (some even great) people, but you can't keep them because you always side with the client. Take some time to meet with your employees and understand your clients THROUGH them, not understand your employees through your clients. Management does not work directly with clients, so they can't possibly understand what clients' need. Learn from the people who are in the trenches. By the way, clients often "throw people under the bus," because it's easy to do that when they know a contractor is so eager to fire people as the easiest way to make amends.
    Put more effort in industry training funds and initiatives. If you do not take the effort to educate your employees, they will educate themselves and take that knowledge to better paying employers.
    Hire managers that have the ability to check their egos at the door.
    Read Glassdoor, because people lie in those yearly reviews.

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