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ICF Fairfax Reviews

Updated June 5, 2017
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ICF Chairman and CEO Sudhakar Kesavan
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Pros
  • organized tasks & reasonable work-life balance (in 81 reviews)

  • ICF provides a laptop so the option to work from home is available (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • Not always good work life balance (in 44 reviews)

  • If ICF wants to recruit the best and the brightest, rename junior staff titles to describe the actual work we do (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Great culture, smart nice people with lots of opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ICF full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated smart staff work well together. Leadership is keen to keep staff informed. Corporate responsibility to green issues, charity events and sports and wellness activities. Well managed financially. Equal mix of commercial and federal work.

    Cons

    Diverse company with lots of markets. Can make it hard for staff to really get a handle on what ICF does

    Advice to Management

    Continue the outreach and communication.


  2. "Energy Analyst Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Fairfax, VA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at ICF as an intern

    Pros

    Young and friendly coworkers.
    Nice work space.
    Flexible hours- as long as you got the work done you could show up/leave when you chose. Wasn't expected to work overtime.

    Cons

    There wasn't generally a lot for me to work on. Sometimes I would just sit at my desk after asking my boss/teammates if anyone needed help. I felt underutilized. My technical skills (which were what got me the position) were never needed whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    Have more structured work plan for summer interns

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, but keep an open mind!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ICF offers the opportunity to work in some areas that can make a real difference in people’s lives. Cybersecurity, Energy, Climate, Social Programs, and Transportation are just a few of the markets we serve!

    Cons

    ICF is not for everyone and some of our leaders are not very nice. In fact, some of our leaders are rude towards other employees. We often hear that ICF does not tolerate mean spirited people, but we continue to employ people who can be overly difficult and obnoxious. This needs to change now!

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the bad apples bring down this fantastic firm!

    ICF Response

    Apr 3, 2017 – Project Analyst

    Dear current employee, Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed review. We would welcome the opportunity to further discuss the cons you listed above. Please feel free to reach out to your ... More


  4. Helpful (3)

    "My first week"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ICF full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone seems very nice and personable. The onboarding process was easy and quick. The atmosphere is pleasant, and they allow 2 remotes days a week.

    Cons

    I'd prefer the option of having more than 2 remote days since the commute is really bad if you leave after 4pm. The benefits are average and the pay was not exactly competitive.

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for. I hope annual increases are generous.

    ICF Response

    Apr 3, 2017 – Project Analyst

    Dear current employee, Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback on your first week. We are delighted to read that your onboarding process was easy and quick. We agree with you that traffic ... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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

    I worked at ICF full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good entry level job out of grad school.

    Cons

    Amongst junior level staff there was a lot of cattiness.

    Advice to Management

    Manage junior staff better to prevent cattiness.

    ICF Response

    Apr 3, 2017 – Project Analyst

    Dear former Associate, We are sorry to hear about the cattiness within your team. Thank you for taking the time to write a short review.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "The people and the work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Creative and Brand in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Creative and Brand in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ICF full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    the people, the work you do, flexibility, work environment

    Cons

    benefits are ok-ish. they seem to be getting worse. New CMO has own agenda and doesn't get to know existing staff and capabilities; also doesn't value flexibility and telecommuting (which is something ICF is proud of).

    ICF Response

    Apr 3, 2017 – Project Analyst

    Dear former employee, Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed review. To address your concerns about benefits, their cost actually remained flat this year and we enhanced our parental ... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Hard work gets recognized"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ICF full-time

    Pros

    Telework flexibility; newish company = room for growth; if you work hard you will be noticed; bonuses - spot and yearend

    Cons

    Billable hours; difficult to find an advocate/mentor (and if you don't, you have to sell yourself, which is hard unless you have totally diversified skills)

    Advice to Management

    Be clear upfront when hiring new managers and above of what their requirements are for bringing in money. Listen to your junior staff, because there are quite a few managers and above who do NOTHING and take the credit of junior people.

    ICF Response

    Apr 3, 2017 – Project Analyst

    Dear current employee, Thank you for the honest and detailed review. We would welcome the opportunity to learn more about your advice to management. Please feel free to reach out directly to your ... More

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting work and nice people!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ICF full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Projects are fast-paced and have real-world impact
    People are smart so it's a great place to learn best-practices
    Friendly-very much a team spirit, not stressful
    Fun stuff like picnics, charity events and lots of sports teams
    Fairfax office has good facilities-Gym, café, training center and metro shuttle

    Cons

    Benefits are fine but only average

    Advice to Management

    Wish the leadership would have a more visible presence. Hard to do with 6,000 people and they do try with some meetings and blogs

    ICF Response

    Mar 14, 2017 – Project Analyst

    Dear current employee, Thank you for the review and 4 Star Rating! We couldn’t agree more – your work is impacting the ‘real-world’. Although it is difficult for Sr. Leaders to touch each employee ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Enthusiastic, innovative, encouraging workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ICF full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is extremely helpful and willing to work together to solve problems or help answer questions. Whenever I'm lost, someone is eager to help me find my way. I love the atmosphere here, and the workplace itself is incredible.

    Cons

    I have not found any cons so far.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ICF full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and opportunities to work from home when you need to.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunity. None/minimal promotions and raises. People in managerial positions unaware of what they are doing. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Reward dedicated employees and cut managers who are not doing what they should be doing.

    ICF Response

    Mar 14, 2017 – Project Analyst

    Dear current employee, Thank you for sharing your feedback. To address your concern about growth opportunities, ICF encourages mobility and provides tools for employees to take charge of their ... More


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