ICF Employee Reviews about "work life balance"
71% would recommend to a friend
(254 total reviews)
87% approve of CEO
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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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- 1.0Jan 1, 2018Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
No need to work hard because hard work is not rewarded. Too bad I found that out after working 50+ hours every week to do the right thing and care about the company's project delivery and reputation only to be given a raise that was below others and got the blame for working too much. My advice to new employees is just skate by. You will have a utilization of 80 to 85% or so in the E&P Division. Just put in your billable hours and pretend like you are working those other hours and all is good. Leadership is so incompetent they will not even notice or care as long as you meet your magic utilization rate so just reach it and do the minimum. There is no reason to take on 40 hours or more at all so do not do it. So overall, the work-life balance is good if you manage workload to less than 40 hours since there is no reason to work hard!
I had a very poor experience overall in the E&P Division of ICF. Leadership within my branch was incompetent, completely absent, could not communicate, and really did not care overall about things as long as you were billable. There is more to management and leadership than stressing about billable numbers, especially when you have staff that are overworked.6
- 4.0Jun 16, 2021Senior Program AnalystCurrent EmployeeArlington, VA
Diversity and Flexible with Work/Life Balance
Could be a bit more helpful when trying to locate another position.
- 4.0Oct 6, 2011Business AnalystCurrent EmployeeFairfax, VA
- The company has a good work/life balance and seems to really care about its employees. - Rapid expansion. - Competitive pay
- Not as much pay, not as many perks as larger consulting firms. - It can be difficult to move projects within the company as the LOBs seem very siloed.
- 2.0Nov 21, 2016Research AssistantFormer Employee, more than 1 yearFairfax, VA
- Work life balance is actually very good (because no one does any work). Plenty of work from home opportunities and most people work 40-45 hours a week. - Monthly sponsored happy hours - Close to the metro - Everyone had an office they shared with 1-2 other people. - Very Stable. Low turnover rate. Hard to get fired when everyone is bad
- Salaries lower than industry standard (Offers $40k to new hires) - Benefits are a joke - Middle management only concerned with direct reports being billable (charging to a project) - Time sheets rule your life. - Easily pigeon holed into same role - No effort to sponsor employees for training. No interest in developing talent - Managers will pull rank on junior employees. Never felt like a colleague. - Hiring business model is to target individuals who they think they can hire for the least amount of money. - Minimal effort put into college recruiting - Lauds their low employee turnover rate, but fails to mention demographics of those numbers. Most people who stay are in the middle/end of their careers and just want a stable job with less responsibilities. This company is career cancer for young people. - Not too much respect in the consulting world. - They tend to hire incredibly dull, boring people.5ICF Response7y
Dear former employee, we’re sorry to read what appears to be a long list of things that you found unfavorable. We would have enjoyed the opportunity to partner with you more directly to address your concerns. Although you are gone, if at any time you wanted to talk with a member of Human Resources we would welcome the chance to do so.
- 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
- 1.0Jan 29, 2015Senior Software EngineerFormer Employee, less than 1 yearChicago, IL
The salary was very competitive for the region I worked in at least, the benefits were decent. Work/life balance was OK but only if you don't get caught up trying to compete with all the hard chargers.
Filled with script kiddies and hot shots who lack any real talent other than the ability to scrape enough BS together to generate nonsensical blogs or presentations in a pathetic attempt to validate their careers. The bulk of them think they can do something way more clever than what the entire industry has already established as best practice, which in a place with experienced and pragmatic engineers would be known as innovation, but in a place like this its more like tragic comedy.9
- 3.0Oct 28, 2014Research AssistantCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearRockville, MD
Work/Life balance is great; I tend to be a bit of a workaholic but I'm glad it's not forced. Knowledgeable colleagues. Managers vary but I haven't heard of many terrible ones and mine is great. Company has lots of long-term projects (consulting can be very volatile). PTO accrual seems a little low and you can only carry over two weeks between calendar years. Most of the benefits packages are middle of the road; not bad, not spectacular.
PAY! Pay varies among the different LOBs and divisions but apparently mine is the red-headed stepchild. I get paid about $8,000 less than the low end for my job title when I looked it up here (granted, the same job title can do any number of tasks within the company. What I do isn't particularly easy). Being in the DC area, anything less than $40,000 is near-poverty. My raise was less than the spot bonuses at my last job. Going to meetings and hearing about all the multi-million contracts they won while getting paid about $35k can be deflating.7
- 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
- 5.0Oct 24, 2023Senior Software EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsReston, VA
Great colleagues to learn from and to work with Work/Life balance Provide resources to learn new tech
Slow pay growth Average benefitICF Response4w
Thank you for leaving us your review! Glad you enjoyed so many aspects of our culture – learning and growth opportunities, a supportive environment, and work-life balance. Every year, we review our benefits and audit salaries and compensation against other industries to ensure they are fair and competitive. With ICF, you can make an impact, and join a company that's investing in total compensation—including wellbeing, employee experience, and learning. If you’re still not satisfied and would like to seek additional compensation, prepare for an impact conversation with your manager to discuss what’s needed to get you there. - KZ