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Independent Project Analysis Reviews

Updated November 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Admin Perspective"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Independent Project Analysis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Managers, Employee Kitchen with discounted snacks/drinks. Free coffee.

    Above average salary for the area.

    Everyone gets their own private office - not a cube farm environment.

    100% paid Health Care (at least when I was there). If you had health care through a spouse or somewhere else, the company would reimburse the amount you were paying.

    Employee BBQ's - Chili Cook-Offs - Holiday Cookie Contest. Catered lunch on occasion.

    Cons

    Some managers couldn't mind their own business. They should focus on their own work and goals and stop creating unnecessary drama in the office.

    Very clicky. Family owned business, so everyone knows someone OR is related to someone, SOMEHOW! Be careful who you confide in! Trust No-one!

    Advice to Management

    Don't overwork your project managers and business area managers! Hire MORE people! Too many times people would resign because they had no work/life balance. Hire more people so the work load doesn't get dumped on one person!


  2. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Independent Project Analysis full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, great benefits, maternity leave, travel

    Cons

    Organizational structure, travel can be too much

  3. "Great Culture!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing team, great learning opportunity

    Cons

    Process could be enhanced, status quo could be a little bit higher


  4. Helpful (4)

    "No room to grow.. Toxic environment.. Too much Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Independent Project Analysis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Some nice people. Good paid vacation and paid sick leave. Good 401k. Get to travel to interesting places.

    Cons

    Too much management. Everything is out for themselves and no one is collaborative and asks for out of the box thinking. No one is consistent on their viewpoints of how they work. Find a lot of their methods unethical.


  5. "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 ....


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    data analysis and clean etc.

    Cons

    Efficiency is low and people there not too nice

  8. Helpful (3)

    "So Much Potential"

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    Former Employee - Project Analyst
    Former Employee - Project Analyst
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent place to learn and grow of straight out of school. You will develop a handful of very useful skills and be exposed to some interesting and intelligent colleagues and clients. You are in front of clients month one, unlike most places that ease you in. Analysts are eligible for a 4 month paid sabbatical after 6 years of service with a one year payback commitment following the leave. Good soft benefits.

    Cons

    Very limited opportunity for advancement or for salary increase. Most careers are stagnant. The CEO is brilliant, but emotionally immature. The way to succeed there is to lay low, never question conventional wisdom, kiss the big man's backside unapologetically, hope he notices you, and puts you on the fast track. Otherwise, you have no shot. The management team is capable and smart, but are figureheads not real decision makers. A bit too high school cliquish, gossipy and snarky. I was uncomfortable with some of the smoke and mirrors (e.g. implying decades old models were current, etc.).

    Advice to Management

    None. The model is hire young, cheap, smart peopled train them. Promote a few to management. Let the rest choose to stay and accept their lot (no raise, no advancement, limited recognition) or leave. Then you replace them with the new crop. It's all very much intentional. It's not a mentality that cares about people. But this is business, right?


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Busy atmosphere, lots of politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great for young professionals

    Cons

    Frequent travel, short turn around on detailed reports

    Advice to Management

    Better training for incoming personnel.


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

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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 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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