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a year ago
I’ve seen a couple threads on bonus structures in consulting. I’ve been at ICF for 1 performance cycle and didn’t see a bonus. Maybe bc i was too low in the org structure. Anyone at ICF that can speak to who gets a bonus, when, and how the % is decided on? Is this something you negotiate when hired?
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- "There are great people and you can get valuable experience if you seek it out." (in 200 reviews)
- "Good benefits and strong on" (in 115 reviews)
- "The company has a good work/life balance and seems to really care about its employees." (in 113 reviews)
- "Great colleagues to learn from and to work with Work/Life balance Provide resources to learn new tech" (in 79 reviews)
- "The culture is good but varies from office to office." (in 65 reviews)
- "low pay; raises not equivalent to increases in responsibilities and promotions; some tedious tasks" (in 101 reviews)
- "Low salaries and compensations not enough to keep people" (in 91 reviews)
- "Poor management and do not care about wellbeing of employees" (in 78 reviews)
- "Terrible managers and leaders with no actual skills" (in 52 reviews)
- "No bonuses and not much hike you will get." (in 30 reviews)
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- 3.0Aug 3, 2021ConsultantCurrent EmployeeBoston, MA
ICF is a good place to start your consulting career fresh out of the college
pay is below average and sometimes the hours is difficult to have a work life balance1
- 2.0Mar 10, 2021ConsultantCurrent Employee, more than 8 years
Office is good (not a pro at the moment) Staff at same level can be friendly
In this home-working period as a result of the pandemic, ICF has shown a lack of care towards its employees and expects a higher number of hours worked per day from increased workloads being pushed to consultants. Lack of work/life balance Weak salary progression Non-existent training opportunities Staff cliques, favoristism Politics of work increasingly evident5
- 3.0Nov 29, 2015AssociateFormer Employee, more than 3 years
Interesting project work, generally very smart and passionate coworkers; lots of room for you to set your own agenda/workload if you have a good relationship with your manager (managers totally depend on the person, too - some divisions seem to stack much better managers than others. I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful manager in my division who was the reason I stayed at ICF so long).
work/life balance is challenging when working on multiple projects - some managers will try to take advantage of you and get you to work extra hours over the required 40 per week, even if you are up front and clear about time commitments to other projects. There is a severe lack of support staff, so you end up doing work way above you for meager pay, and then get asked to do work below you on top of that that should be for interns/college grads. ICF seems to have staffed too many VPs and not enough analysts/associates/managers for fair pay and fair responsibilities. lots of talk but little action from upper management on investing in employees - always saying they are able to offer better raises, better benefits, etc. for the hard work current employees are putting in, but never once did that materialize. I left with college grads making more money than me after 5 years of work experience and an advanced degree, and didn't get fair adjustments after bringing that fact to upper management (along with a near-perfect performance review that should have stood alone as enough evidence). Unfortunately I later learned that this happened to a number of coworkers outside of my division, making it clear that there is a huge lack of upper management to invest in their current employees that are trying to get fair market value. Stay here for good project work, but always be looking for the next job - you will almost certainly be offered a higher salary anywhere else you go. Don't wait at ICF for them to fix it for you, even if you bring it to their attention and make a strong case.4
- 2.0Apr 19, 2023AssociateCurrent Employee
There is a lot of flexibility in your work schedule. You will meet fascinating people.
Upper management is not organized. They micromanage their employees and do not promote work life balance. High turnover.5ICF Response7mo
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We're happy to hear you enjoy the flexible work schedule and that you've enjoyed the people you've met. Health and well-being are a top priority and a conversation with your manager to set expectations can be beneficial. Exit interviews are important to us and we take that feedback seriously to see how we can better the employee experience. - AP
- 3.0Sep 8, 2014Software DeveloperFormer Employee, less than 1 year
-Really learned to work fast to meet tight deadlines. -Nice Co-Workers -Coffee in mess halls -Ability to work from home -Occasional company events such as lunches, ice cream socials, and Happy Hour -Good food on site (also there is a gym but I never went to it) -Decent spread of technologies to work with so you expand your personal knowledge base. -Company is open to using new software and agile practices.
-Not a good work/life balance I found myself working 50-60 hr weeks while getting paid for 40. -I was never trusted with the system I was writing code for. Made working on it hard and led to a lack of motivation. -My ideas/suggestions were never considered and I felt like an outcast from day one which never changed. -If you are a contractor you MUST be vigilant about other opportunities because you will be let go despite management saying you are doing great and that they have plenty of work for you. -They let the customer change the requirements several times over which led to lots of lost time. The worst example was when an entire month's worth of work had to be trashed and redone because of the customer changing their mind.2
- 3.0Sep 8, 2020Senior Technical AssistantFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsFairfax, VA
- Great trainings on Project Management skills - Comprehensive performance review program - Good mentorship program fo entry level staff - Good work culture
- Work life balance (depending on contract) - Benefits are average. It would be nice to offer more than 12 days PTO (There is no sick leave)2
- 3.0Mar 1, 2021Project ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsRockville, MD
The company I previously worked for was acquired by ICF so this is a biased view of that experience. The positives that came along were more opportunities and exposure.
Forced to take PTO on federal holidays that the company does not support. No plan for sick leave was established for COVID19, employees are asked to take PTO. Very large company that one could easily get lost in. Minimal support from the broader company at the program level. Work/life balance is very difficult to achieve because of minimal support at the program level.3