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Independent Project Analysis Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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  1. "Niche company with great potential"

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    Former Employee - Project Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    IPA is a small/medium sized company which is privately held and provides consulting services to the oil & gas and associated process industries. It provides great experience and exposure to a full range of Fortune 500 companies via short/medium term consulting assignments. The work is fast paced and can be highly valued by the clients. The work is almost exclusively driven by short term deadlines which can mean some long nights, but management understands and tries to create a flexible environment .... It has a permanent research department which contributes to the company and is shielded from the day-to-day consulting fire drills ... overall an interesting place to work

    Cons

    IPA is relatively small so it does not have unlimited growth potential nor can it compete with the large consulting houses due to its smaller staff and poor economy of scale ... the mgmt sometimes undersells the potential of IPA's intellectual property and misses out on great opportunities ... this is especially true with regard to fed work and more senior-level/specialized consulting arrangements ... in reality, the company would be better served if it partnered more with other larger firms on a strategic basis ...

    Advice to Management

    Keep the faith ... I suspect the company is weathering the general economic stagnation better than any company ....


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good experience for the short term with limited growth potential"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Independent Project Analysis full-time

    Pros

    IPA works with big-name clients and the exposure to consulting for Fortune 500 clients definitely adds value to your resume.

    The work of IPA is valuable in the consulting space and many big consulting companies look favorably at the experience you gain here.

    The training program that provides exposure to all facets of work at IPA is a great learning experience.

    Benefits are very good, including fully paid health insurance, generous vacation time and the paid sabbatical after 6 years of service.

    Cons

    IPA hires a lot of skilled or highly educated people, but does not manage to use their skills or knowledge effectively. As a result, many of these people find better opportunities elsewhere and leave.

    Much of the research work is data cleaning (upto 75%) and this can be frustrating for someone who wants to utilize their skills and not have to do data cleaning for most of their time at work.

    Salaries and growth potential are limited compared to other companies in the DC area, and this is another reason for the employee attrition rate being as high as it is.

    Advice to Management

    I feel that a lot of money spent in training new employees could be avoided if good solutions to prevent employee turnover could be implemented.


  3. "Great company, exposure, work environment, etc.; but with limited earning and advancement potential."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Independent Project Analysis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule that is productivity based. You must maintain hours budgeted for accounts you are assigned, so if you work fast you can work less and if you work slow you will have to work more to keep up (and charge 40 hours a week either way). For this and other reasons, your performance is measured with actually data; so this means you experience less micro managing and your hard work shows! You also meet a lot of industry professionals around the world and learn a great deal every day about different processes and project management systems.

    Cons

    There are only a few levels of advancement available within the company and there are no annual pay raises to keep up with inflation. Raises and promotions can raise your salary, but in order for the company to make money on projects there is a limit to how much you can be paid. However starting salaries are competive.

    Advice to Management

    IPA needs to systematically charge clients more every year to keep up with inflation, and then some, as more value is added to projects as the project database and research expands. This will then facilitate yearly pay raises to maintain your staff and spend less on training new hires.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Keep quiet and do not give your opinion...unless you are family."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Independent Project Analysis full-time

    Pros

    Location (close to Rt 28). Bonuses.

    Cons

    In response to the latest review, no, there are NOT only 5 family members at IPA. This person is married to that person whose sister also works there whose husband works there whose cousin works there...you get the point. Someone is married to someone there. I learned the hard way that you should keep your mouth shut unless you are spoken to. Be careful who you do talk to. Word gets spread very fast and if it gets into the wrong hands, do not expect HR or management to go easy on you -- UNLESS you are "family". Even if you are a mediocre employee (as some of the family members are), you would still get the same bonus as a hard-working one.

    Advice to Management

    Stop assuming that non-family members are OK with the poor way they are treated. There are plenty of hard-working people at IPA who want to do well but they are consistently overlooked because they didn't have an "in" through family. One manager, who is immediate family, doesn't even have the skills to set an appt or even use spell-check, but they are one of the highest paid people at the company. The CEO turns a blind eye to this and, because of that, there is a very high turnover of staff at IPA.


  6. "Very easy working environment"

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    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Independent Project Analysis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management is flexible with working hours (working from home). You will get great exposure to the largest companies in the world. Travel is about once a month. The work load comes in waves: at times it is slow and you will have to do boring work, and other times will be very busy with multiple projects at the same time. The projects you will work on are truly fascinating and are global.

    Cons

    There is little room for career advancement and few opportunities for salary increases. There is a trade-off of salary and work-life balance. You could earn more at other top tier consulting firms but it will be hard to find another company with a better work-life balance.


  7. "Excellent company that provides a unique service to the process industry"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Independent Project Analysis in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Independent Project Analysis in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Independent Project Analysis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Generous benefits, great coworkers, fun working environment

    Cons

    Little upward room for advancement


  8. "Work hard, wish there was better communication from management, but enjoy the people you work with."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people make this a great place to work as most are very friendly and don't compete for positions. Annual and performance bonuses help show that your hard work is appreciated.

    Cons

    There is a lack of communication coming from management or the communication lacks enough details to put everyone at ease.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to properly communicate with your people and communicate more frequently. Be more involved in understanding what your people are working on and be proactive in helping them when needed.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "a good opportunity to see a lot of projects and grow...for a time period"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great people, casual/relaxed (yet hardworking) atmosphere, meeting project teams all over the country (and world), enough travel to make things interesting without being too much typically; interesting projects and stories; a great president who is very passionate about what the company does and who takes a personal interest in his employees; good insurance benefits

    Cons

    schedule tends to be completely dependent on projects, so if something last-minute comes up, it is really hard to take time off; very repetitive process, so once you get it down, it can feel monotonous; you are at the mercy of project teams and if they are unprepared for the meeting you have with them, you have to work really hard to compsensate for their lack of preparation (yet the client is always right)...and you still are held to your timeline; you have to try very hard if you don't want to overlap projects much

    Advice to Management

    I think allowing project analysts a little bit of overhead time in between projects, rather than making every single hour billable would be good.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place for learning"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Project Analyst in Ashburn, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to learn about projects

    Cons

    almost no salary increase, but bonus in March and February


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work, smart people, family atmosphere"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a company where you really get out what you put in. The people are fantastic, small organization that feels like a family once you get to know everyone - of course, as with all families, tension exists between some members, but on the whole you are surrounded by incredibly intelligent people who are driven to get the job done. Very intellectually satisfying atmosphere. They also offer sabbaticals to people who have worked there for longer than 5 years and there's free coffee all day every day! Casual setting, serious results.

    Cons

    The lights are really bright and the walls are very bare - when you're staring at a computer screen for 8 hours a day, this has the potential to cause extreme dizziness. Also, it's important to learn who the indirect influencers are in the company. There are times when you need to operate with a certain degree of political sensitivity.



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