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MPR Associates Reviews

Updated April 4, 2017
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Lots of professional growth opportunies"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MPR Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of flexibility in the work that I am able to engage in here. If I want to be a subject matter expert, then I can. If I want to broaden my breadth in a number of areas, I can embed myself in those projects. If I want to increase my engagement with clients or through project management, I can seek those opportunities. Professional growth is very self-motivated, but encouraged.

    Cons

    The company is in a transitional period in terms of identity mainly due to a push for expansion (currently ~260 employees). Expect to work a lot of hours. You're not compensated for every hour you work, but must rely on a year-end bonus to make up for the effort. The business location results in a very expensive living situation, particularly for new or less established professions.

    Advice to Management

    Do research into what the company as a whole would like to see from the restructuring (from the most junior engineers to the most senior executives). Develop some metrics and determine if the restructuring is actually helping, not only the bottom line, but the expectations of your employees.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer II in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer II in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MPR Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some recent reviews have come down really hard on this company, but I found the pros to outweigh the cons during my time there. Experience probably varies by position and department, but being an engineer in the power group was not so bad.
    The majority of the people working there are competent, engaged, and reasonably friendly. Workloads are generally high, but some of it is interesting. Good employees are afforded enough autonomy to find work they enjoy (or can at least tolerate) and compensation is reasonable.

    Cons

    It’s hard to succinctly describe, but there are some issues with management at MPR. The company held on to a small-business management structure probably longer than it should have and it has been working on restructuring for years. The transition has not been smooth. The negative impacts of the restructuring permeate some of the more negative reviews you’ll see on here. They are working through it and I have great respect for much of the management team, so hopefully things will smooth out.

    Despite efforts to diversify, MPR is dependent on the domestic nuclear power industry. The future of that industry is far from certain and the types of services MPR offers are not directly translatable to other industries. Developing niche skills in a potentially dying industry didn't strike me as a great long-term career plan.

    The primary reason I left MPR was the office location. Depending on who you are this could be either a pro or a con. Old Town Alexandria is very nice, but outrageously expensive. The cost of living was eventually too much and relocation opportunities with the company are limited.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Formerly great company continues to decline."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice location in Alexandria, VA, Old Town. A handful of genuinely extraordinary individuals to work with and learn from, although most have left.

    Cons

    This company is a former shell of itself, with a management team that is slowly strangling it. Company executives openly disdain normal business practices, have created a culture of infighting and disloyalty, and continue to experience shrinking margins as a result. The policy of low employee turnover with an emphasis on hiring directly from college has resulted in a staff with little practical experience, typical of consultants. Several attempts to bring in outside team builders and mediators to correct problems have failed. It's gotten to the point that nothing works and nobody cares.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Don't get sucked in!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist in Alexandria, VA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MPR Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A few corporate events a year, which does not include the administrative staff in remote offices, unless they want to pay their own travel.
    Competitive benefits, that make up for the less than favorable salary and annual raises.

    Cons

    You are made to believe annual reviews are based on 360 degree feedback. However, your supervisor solicits feedback from whomever they choose. Dont be surprised if your supervisor picks employees he or she "likes" as opposed to employees relevant to your projects/responsibilities. Also, warning to the admin staff, your review is viewed by the Human Resources Department. If for some reason your supervisor gives you a positive review and the Director does not like you, YOUR REVIEW WILL BE CHANGED.

    Advice to Management

    Principal Officers are oblivious to the turn over rates within certain departments and the long hours and horrible work-life balance in certain groups ( i.e., Nuclear). Also, the company is getting too big to be ran by a small HR department, that also seems to not be able to retain it's employees. I have witnessed management "loose their cool" countless times toward other engineers and even their own department staff. Management and the Principal Officers don't take complaints or concerns seriously. Advice to management - "people dont quit their JOB they quit their SUPERVISOR". Take complaints and turnover seriously.


  6. "I enjoy the ability to disagree without fear - MPR is open to all opinions and listens to employees"

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

    Pros

    Brillant engineers and support staff
    Company cares about its employees
    Good support teams in HR and IT
    Benefits are very good for a smaller company

    Cons

    Hours can be long at times
    Senior Management is going through some changes and struggling
    Not holding employees accountable - makes for what seems like an unfair environment at times

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to your employees and empower your management teams. Hold employees accountable and do not be afraid to tell employees when they need to improve.


  7. "Over worked for monetary compensation"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good variety of work
    Potential for high compensation level
    Good benefits in comparison to other companies in the area

    Cons

    Serious work life balance issues
    Absurd working hours
    Main benefit is monetary ; not a well-rounded work place
    Senior engineers and management do not have a sense of humor
    Overly serious work environment.
    Very large age gap

    Advice to Management

    Homogeneity of workforce leads to lack of real business development / management leads to overworked engineers to compensate and "pick up the bill." Need a real HR dept., real managers, with MBAs, real business folks. Too big to be structured like a law firm.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "This premiere engineering firm performs a wide variety of exciting engineering work, but seems to lack people skills."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    MPR is fully of very talented engineers, and prides itself on tackling and successfully completing "first of a kind" engineering projects, often where others have failed. They perform all sorts of engineering, including mechanical, electrical, civil, structural, chemical, nuclear, and marine. The management structure is very flat and allows engineers and project managers to work on any of the company's project areas.

    Cons

    Some of the engineers at MPR have overinflated egos and high standards/expectations - they can be condescending. Management seems to be stuck in the past, when employees were exceedingly loyal and grateful to have a stable job. Salaries seem to be a bit low for the region, though the year-end bonus sometimes makes up for it.

    Advice to Management

    The company's stock could be split to allow more employees to buy in at an earlier age. (College guidance councilors suggest that the average engineer will change jobs every 5-7 years.) After 10+ years of employment, stock no longer seems like an incentive. It could be a burden, depending on your financial situation.


  9. "Engineer"

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

    I worked at MPR Associates full-time

    Pros

    MPR is a mid-sized engineering services firm that genuinely cares about its employees. Your limited only by your own initiative and hard work. If you want to get involved in any of the wide variety of projects, the management team will help make sure that happens if possible. They really want to help their employees grow while providing the best possible work-product to their clients. I highly recommend.

    Cons

    As in every organization, there are interpersonal challenges, but for the most part everyone recognizes they are on the same team and works together. Additionally, being a consulting firm, business oscillates so workload oscillates. Sometimes it is very busy and other times it is a little slower. If one is adaptable then they will thrive at MPR.

    Advice to Management

    Being a seasoned organization, MPR can face generational gap challenges. It is often difficult for the more senior engineering cadre, truly experts in their fields, to relate with the younger engineers, so keep encouraging strong relationship building. Make every effort to facilitate formal and informal mentorship and engagement. This will greatly contribute to the positive energy/excitement felt in the office.


  10. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MPR Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Create your own career path . Opportunities to work on important projects for large energy clients around the world. Company invests in it's people and pays well

    Cons

    Work hours can be demanding. Project urgency is driven by clients with a lot at stake for the projects assigned to MPR. Some growing pains as company transitions from small to mid-size but management commitment to its people and delivering client value is unwavering.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the key mid- level leaders. They aren't always the noisiest


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Frequently changing projects, motivated colleagues.

    Cons

    Too much menial, consulting-type work.

    Advice to Management

    None.


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