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Ideal Innovations Reviews

Updated March 5, 2017
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  1. "Testing"

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Carnegie, PA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Carnegie, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits fun to work with

    Cons

    Single Industry only do Department of Defense work


  2. "A company that has lost its way"

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    Former Employee - Ideal Innovations Inc in Clarksburg, WV
    Former Employee - Ideal Innovations Inc in Clarksburg, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ideal Innovations full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay was decent although pay was cut fairly substantially in 2013.

    Cons

    Management at Clarksburg location is bad. Morale is bad. Instead of listening to employees', the managers respond with empty promises to get to the bottom of problems, and they never do. So many good people have been layed-off or driven off by weak management that it feels like this company is on a downward spiral. They are not winning contracts and have lost a lot of people who would help them win them. There are no promotion opportunities and contracts are year-to-year, suggesting no long term job stability.

    Advice to Management

    Retire. You are destroying a company that once showed a lot of promise to grow and as a great place to work.


  3. "Too Political"

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    Former Employee - Biometric Examiner in Clarksburg, WV
    Former Employee - Biometric Examiner in Clarksburg, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ideal Innovations full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, good first "real" job for kids fresh out of college.

    Cons

    Terrible office politics in the Clarksburg WV location. The manager is well-intentioned, but ultimately powerless and can only make empty promises to placate the employees.

    The team atmosphere is absolutely toxic; the senior examiners are mostly comprised of late 20-somethings whose only job has been at BIMA. I'm sure that they are well-intentioned as well, but they lack the experience necessary to lead the team in a fair-minded and empirical sense. The team policies they issue are mostly fluff, and the manner in which they speak to fellow team members is downright degrading.

    The office politics among team members is the worst I've ever seen. Be prepared to be thrown under the bus, undercut, and have your work credited to the kids. My only advice is to come into this place with a tough skin, don't participate in any "coworker bash sessions", and invest in a good set of headphones to drown out the kids' gossip and drama. Good grief.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting the kids on pedestals and teach them how to properly lead a team. The boy's club mentality is out of control and unacceptable.


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  5. "I3"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Silesia, MD
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Silesia, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ideal Innovations (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting Work good colleagues etc

    Cons

    No Job Security short contract


  6. "System Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Fairmont, WV
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Fairmont, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ideal Innovations full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great for a month.. not so the rest of the time.

    Cons

    Pay cuts, loss of contracts, lack of manager respect for employees, I guess a Pro would be that the many VP's all had bonuses and vacations while we employees watch our salaries get cut. Keep up the good work Bunker Boys you are sinking this company!

    Advice to Management

    The worst good ole boy structure ever witnessed. Get out of BIMA you have failed there. Move on to a new arena and loose most of your VP's and start over. Stop putting all your eggs in one basket and get more contracts. Don't cut your workers and reward your VP's.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good intentions but falling through the cracks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clarksburg, WV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clarksburg, WV
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good to contract staff. Rewards were in the form of birthday gift cards, travel bonuses after two years of employment and yearly bonuses for performance.

    Cons

    Not as proactive in handling employee training (continual or otherwise) and development due to the nature of contract employment.

    Advice to Management

    Need to actually train managers on how to be managers. The good ol' boys club is alive and well!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Sys Administrative in Clarksburg, WV
    Current Employee - Sys Administrative in Clarksburg, WV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The owner really cares about his employees. Management takes the time to meet with all staff throughout the year. Whenever possible they find another position for you if your contract is ending.

    Cons

    I3 is a smaller company which is great for many reasons, but limits the amount of other opportunities. If one contract ends sometimes there isn't another contract to go to.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Expand into other areas when you can. A yearly evaluation system may be good to implement.


  9. "Site Manager"

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    Former Employee - Site Manager in Arlington Village, VA
    Former Employee - Site Manager in Arlington Village, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ideal Innovations full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Profession attitude as well room for promotion.

    Cons

    Nothing to comment on just keep up the great work.

    Advice to Management

    Positive attitude


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Train wreck"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Comprehensive benefit plans (although can very very expensive for a family)
    -Nice perks like free tickets to sporting events, and travel awards

    Cons

    -Incompetent and unqualified senior management
    -Low-balling employees on salaries and increases, while upper management received obnoxious pay and regular monthly and yearly bonuses NOT tied to performance
    -Not focused on building business relationships.
    -Negative employee culture - focus is on butts in seats and profits above employee treatment.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent people that are actually qualified for the positions you select them for. Stop hand picking people and circumventing the hiring process that everyone else has to go through.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company, poor benefits and staff support."

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Arlington, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on where you work, you may not have any interaction with the corporate office at all. This is a positive and a negative. They do have a tendency to hand out bonuses if your boss reports you as having done a job well done. Also, they give out holiday bonuses.

    Cons

    Working with the HR department is a nightmare. For a company this small, they don't really know who works for them, or call you back when you leave messages. Also, they have a tendancy to withhold raises, even when the company's profit margins are increasing.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know the employees.


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