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Updated May 29, 2017
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  1. "Overall a good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Programmer in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Intelligent Automation part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's always something to do. Many, many knowledgeable coworkers including many doctorates, post-docs, grad students, and more. Well-stocked technology closet and learning library for project resources.

    Cons

    Not always working on the most exciting, cutting-edge tech (part of being a government contractor). Lots of bureaucracy occasionally. Holds on to older technology with a very firm grip instead of investing in sorely-needed redesigns.

    Advice to Management

    Consider giving engineers more flexibility with their work environments, hours, and dress codes. It may seem unprofessional, but non-customer-interfacing developers often feel more comfortable (and do better work) in their T-shirts and jeans than in a button-down and slacks.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in North Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in North Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Intelligent Automation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Made friends while I was there
    Free Coffee and drinks

    Cons

    once in a while you will come across someone bad and manager does nothing
    pay is below average
    poor software planning stage

    Advice to Management

    talk with your programmers and have them plan out how they want to plan the coding so that items added in the future wouldn't be harder to add in.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting and challenging firm with an amazing team and family friendly culture to boot"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intelligent Automation full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent Automation is a unique technology firm to work at. As a small business, approximately 150 employees, there is an opportunity to wear as many or as few hats as you are interested in. With all of the cool projects actively being investigated, any employee can generally express interest and take some role in any project.

    Most employees are very educated and self-motivating, so you can feel confident in depending on your team.

    On a typical day, I almost always collaborate with others on solving challenging problems as well as make progress on the day to day work.

    Management is committed to transparency at all levels. There are regular meetings where status is given on the firm's portfolio as well as the award pipeline.

    Management is also committed to a comfortable family/work/life balance. The firm has a social committee that sponsors regular events to bring employees families together and have fun. There are also clubs for just about every activity you might want to do, i.e. soccer, tennis, biking, skiing, etc...

    The hardest part of my job include keeping up with new technologies while juggling multiple projects. While this is hard, it makes me excited to continue to come to work.

    The most enjoyable part of my job is getting to work closely with so many talented researches, engineers, and analysts hoping that some of that talent rubs off on me.

    Cons

    While there are a lot of benefits to the exciting work at Intelligent Automation, it isn't for everyone. You should be comfortable working on multiple projects in parallel.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to higher the best and brightest in industry, they are your greatest resource. As the product division grows, make sure to grow your infrastructure accordingly.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Engineer in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Intelligent Automation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get out what you put in, if you work hard, and are good at what you do, you'll excel here.
    Company is flexible and allows flex-hours (to an extent)
    You get to work with very smart people, and learn a lot of new things.

    Cons

    Around proposal time, you might be in a pressure-cooker
    Work ethic is that if you need to, you should work weekends/nights to get something done on time
    Mostly middle-aged employees, would be nice to have more young staff

    Advice to Management

    Hire some younger people
    Hire people for specific jobs. Don't assign a PHd as a graphic artist etc..


  5. "Great company with variety of projects"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Intelligent Automation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Here, there is an opportunity on different projects with highly educated humble people. It is friendly. Projects are challenging and require learning and hard work.

    Cons

    Hiring process is slightly strange which is of course the case for many companies of this size. The funding for a project depends on the awards from government agencies.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "stingy company"

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Intelligent Automation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good working environment, free coffee, smart colleagues, standard sick leave and vacation.

    Cons

    This company is mean everywhere. It has no subscription to any database. You will get very a low salary and with little bonus, far below industry average. This company only makes money from US government. A lot of people are working overtime when proposals are due. The management team is lack of long term product development plan.

    Advice to Management

    Make a long term development plan instead of working everyone to the bone! Fund potential product internally instead of waiting for government money.


  7. "Great company. Nice, smart and talented researchers."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Intelligent Automation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    work with really nice and talented researchers.

    Cons

    maybe it's time to have our own building :)

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Interesting work on projects that no one will ever use or know exists."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Intelligent Automation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to work on different projects in wide number of areas so things can stay interesting. There are some very smart people working there. If you are interested in research, there are a lot of opportunities. If you win a project, it is your baby to do with as you please.

    Cons

    Most of the company revenue comes from government SBIR grants, so you are always chasing funding for projects. You will spend 1/4 of your time writing proposals, or helping other people to write proposals. It does not matter how good or commercially viable your proposal idea is, if you don't win the money, you will never work on the project. IAI does not have any substantial revenue from products, and internal money is rarely invested in developing new ideas. Internal money only goes to projects that have been previously funded through other proposals for 2-3 years. Senior management is happy being a SBIR grant company in order to make money for the owners, and is adverse to taking risks that would let them grow.

    Advice to Management

    Stop waiting for other people to fund the ideas that you know are worthwhile. There are other customers in the world besides the US government.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "The work was interesting; the environment was terrible."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting diverse projects. Smart work-force, I learned a lot from them. Good location.

    Cons

    Lack of vision, too much competition.

    Advice to Management

    focus on one or two fields. Communicate, encourage team work.


  10. "Great culture, rewarding projects and colleagues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intelligent Automation full-time

    Pros

    Very interesting and smart people to work with. A very good working culture based on results. An active social program with lots of activities. Interesting and challenging work. Great place to learn lots of new stuff.

    Cons

    When it gets busy, it gets very busy.


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