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Helpful (1)

"Great place to start out"

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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 3 years)

Pros

ICF offers a lot of benefits to its employees such as flexible work schedules, working from home and education stipends. The company has a great culture and senior management really care about their staff.

Cons

Working long hours at times.

Advice to Management

Re-evaluate the annual performance review cycle

Other Employee Reviews for ICF

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Very Good place to work, but hard to advance career."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Once main thing about this company is that it really hires the best and brightest. While intelligent, the culture is not stuffy and pretty laid back. Assignments can be challenging, but in a good way. They allow creativity and empower you to contribute meaningfully. Benefits and compensation coming into the door is very good. They try to communicate business and overall company business information effectively - at least within your given line of business. They try to do their best to keep their good employees, even in bad times; and if they have to make hard decisions, they try to do so as professionally as possible. Great holiday parties (in HQ-DC area)!

    Cons

    Career advancement can be difficult. They have very specific career paths which is difficult to move into a certain direction because of unclear criteria or changes in management. (They are mainly a project-based company so your "manager" can change with each assignment.) Annual reviews are difficult too. In the years I've been there, the review process has changed every year, sometimes being more lengthy or subjective than it should. Being in one line of business over another can be competitive as well. They don't seem to want to easily let you go to another LOB because that may mean lost business for them. You also need to be a go-getter and be expected to be a valued contributor. This can be viewed positively or negatively by some, but I didn't have problems with this unspoken view and found it rewarding. However, if you expect easy assignments or don't contribute, you will struggle here.

    Advice to Management

    Project Managers need more training, not just on the business side of how to do things but some newcomers need to be vetted for their interpersonal skills. It seems too often that PMs are just thrown in without getting the tools to effectively manage their business.

    Also review and change the career path plan, it can be confusing and limiting to some skilled employees who don't quite fit one of your 'boxes'.

    Lastly, simplify the review process and stick with it. Too many changes and the numerous criteria that employees have to meet can make them apathetic to the process.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Generally interesting work for generally low compensation"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ICF full-time

    Pros

    Depending on what projects you are pulled into, you can work on some pretty interesting stuff with a group of very passionate people. Junior staff tend to organize sports teams and various happy hours outside of work, which is nice.
    Work often provides a great learning experience for people interested in getting into government work. Junior staff can get their hands on very technical work if they push for it.
    Generally good work life balance, if you make it clear to managers that you will only work 40-45 hours per week.

    Cons

    Compensation is far below industry standard unless you are an engineer.

    There is a very present corporate structure to many things in the office - lots of hierarchy in compensation, promotions, and decision making. Though ICF denies it, promotions are generally based on how much time you have spent with the company (or whether you have a graduate degree) instead of how well you do your job. Annual salary increases are a joke. Decision-making processes generally need to go up the chain of command. Junior staff generally are not allowed to participate in budgeting conversations.

    Some managers are too consumed in their own work that they forget to foster the growth of junior staff.

    Merit bonuses are 1/4th of referral bonuses. Why?!

    Company seems to care more about shareholders than their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being all talk and DO the things you say you'll do. Acknowledge the high turnover rate by recognizing and rewarding good work, actively developing junior staff, and revisit compensation and benefits.

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