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"Started out strong, became disillusioned"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Analyst in Fairfax, VA
Current Employee - Analyst in Fairfax, VA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

You get to work with some high-profile clients on projects and programs that really do make a difference. There are many divisions and groups in the company, so you're almost guaranteed to find something that you're interested in doing.

Cons

Where to begin?

ICF recently changed its vacation/sick time policy in favor of a PTO system, which is proving to be confusing at best and stingy at worst. Work/life balance is already terrible across the board, whether you're single and childless or have a family. With less vacation/sick time available, the new PTO system will make work/life balance even worse in favor of work.

But the money doesn't make up for it. Salaries are a joke compared to other companies. Raises are laughable, usually between 1-3% without a promotion, which are also hard to come by, even for the most talented employees. Bonuses and comp time for long hours are nearly non-existent. Do a great job and go "above and beyond" what's expected of you, and you might get a bonus or comp time, but you're more likely to get a pat on the ass and another hefty assignment for which you'll be asked to work long hours again. Showing talent and aptitude really doesn't get you anywhere at ICF; instead, it just gets you strapped with more work. Good thing we have laptops so we can work at home all night instead of at the office!

Every project I've worked on has been under-staffed and run inefficiently; yet, management would sooner lay off talent to cut costs and load up other employees with too much work than hire to staff-up projects. They call it "matrixing" the employees but really it's an excuse to be cheap. Got an idea on how to improve efficiency of a project? Don't even bother, because senior management will just steal your idea and take the credit.

Advice to Management

Read and heed every negative review on this website (~75% of the reviews and comments). Invest in your junior employees, and if you want them to stay and help build the company, give them a better quality of life. Otherwise, they'll just take their talents elsewhere, and fast. Be prepared for this to happen in the next 6 months to a year, because so many people are dissatisfied with the senior management, salary/lack of bonuses, and new PTO system that they aren't hesitating to look for greener pastures... of which there are many.

Other Employee Reviews for ICF

  1. Helpful (2)

    "A good resume-builder"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    On-job training through projects and formal certification ICF may facilitate; smart, engaged coworkers; opportunity to work on various projects.

    Cons

    Everyone is overworked. Company focuses on profits and growth (through acquisition -- not organic, as they talk about) at the expense of quality. Entry-level employees are vastly underpaid and expected to leave in a few years. Lateral moves are difficult. Bonuses are non-existent to laughably small.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in young employees so they become good managers if they choose to stay.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Middle Management Nightmare"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Network Security Analyst in Adelphi, MD
    Current Contractor - Network Security Analyst in Adelphi, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ICF as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large company with various opportunities. Not difficult to get hired.

    Cons

    Feel like a temp working here. Middle management is untrained, sleazy and manipulative. Employees are not at all valued. Doing the bare minimum seems to be the status quo. Morale is non-existent. Contract is a sinking ship with no direction.

    Advice to Management

    Train middle management and supervise them to encourage ethical behavior. Value employee feedback.

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