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Management Concepts Reviews

Updated June 1, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Energetic and Innovative"

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

    I worked at Management Concepts (More than a year)

    Pros

    Phenomenal work environment and leadership culture! Positive, fair, rewarding. Opportunities for advancement and empowered employees with a CEO who listens and adapts quickly to remove obstacles to improvement for workers and the training they develop and provide. Fun team-building events and casual yet professional workplace. Free coffee.

    Cons

    This place is too positive for cons but glass door has a twenty word minimum so keep reading.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, take a talent inventory of hidden skills of current employees.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Great people, ineffective executive team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Management Concepts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some amazingly brilliant and talented people (unfortunately, they all leave quickly)
    Free soda
    Lots of social events (breakfasts, picnic, lunches, etc)

    Cons

    Turnover is at 42% for 2017
    All the social events are to engage people, so leadership knows it has a problem, but they can't solve it with fluff
    Inept executive team who are hopelessly out of touch with workforce
    Benefits not competitive
    Biggest key- 56 managers for 200 employees.
    Even though it's a training company, there is zero training for employees

    Advice to Management

    You simply have to get into reality about where you are in the market. The good people leave. The bad people stay. Self reflection and introspection must occur before you can grow.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "A sinking ship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Vienna, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Management Concepts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The regular working staff is nice. The staff kitchen is nice. The office is in a great location.

    Cons

    Executive staff is a mess. Many failed projects. So much staff turnover, it's like a new company every couple of months. Tied to the government, and currently does not have a viable plan for the current administration.

    Advice to Management

    Start really looking at the top. If the executive team is not in touch with the staff, then you will always fail. Try removing the many layers of management insulation and get in touch.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Corporate sweatshop"

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

    I worked at Management Concepts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice staff area, open floor plan.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. Over 50 managers in a company of under 200. Executive staff is out of touch.

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time playing poker and having happy hours, and focus on getting in touch with your staff.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "This company is in debris"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Department in Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Department in Tysons Corner, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Management Concepts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    flexible schedule and fake management

    Cons

    management don't care about your ability to perform, all they care about the assignments to be done at any price!

    Advice to Management

    LEAVE!! get more experienced individuals who are familiar somewhat with the Management and its concepts!


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Ordinary, but Stable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Management Concepts (More than a year)

    Pros

    - For the most part the people who work here are genuinely good and kind.
    - Plenty of lifers who have worked here for 10-20 years, which is a good sign.
    - A culture where work/life balance is valued, although not sure what it's like for the executives.
    - Stable, established company that has managed the ups/downs of the fed. gov. budget.
    - Positioning itself to compete by recently creating a consulting arm of the company.

    Cons

    - Known as a cheap company. Mediocre salaries. Merit raises are small. No unique perks.
    - Primary clients are agencies within the federal government, which are dependable but boring.
    - Old internal hardware, most laptops look like they're from the 1990's. And weigh as much too.
    - Stale internal software, all old Microsoft programs. Timesheet website is terrible.
    - You'll use Xyleme if you're an instructional designer, which is not user-friendly.
    - For IDs, very little eLearning work. Very rare to work with Articulate/Captivate.
    - Most work is updating or redeveloping boring content for mixed-modality delivery.
    - Learning Development has been reorganizing for months and still dealing with growing pains.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to make this place a more attractive place to work. Currently, it's an ordinary company with an ordinary culture and ordinary work. Obsessing over billable project hours vs. overhead is bad for morale and makes people feel like corporate drones. Update the hardware and software. Continue hiring good, kind-hearted people who value a healthy work/life balance.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "The Changes are coming, some good some not so much..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Engagement Project Manager in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Client Engagement Project Manager in Vienna, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Management Concepts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, great place to learn. New systems mean you learn more. The group you work within has great camaraderie and typically your manager is interested in your development.

    Cons

    Management keeps changing the plan/direction for the company. No specific growth path for the employees. You're never sure if you're going to stuck in one position with anywhere to go.

    Advice to Management

    Update your hardware for your people as well as your internal processes and software. Give them options beyond the same position.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Database Administrator"

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

    I worked at Management Concepts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team afford if the projects go right direction..,!

    Cons

    Communication problem and don't take care of the contractor!

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Best job I've had in 20 years in the workforce"

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

    I worked at Management Concepts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazingly sharp and smart team; true sense of camaraderie; supportive leadership; great work/life integration; demanding yet reasonable clients; meaningful and relevant work.

    I've worked (and held senior leadership positions) in 2 Fortune 200 companies. I, by far, prefer the small, family atmosphere of Management Concepts. I was always asked whether I had interest and bandwidth before being assigned a project. That never happens in larger companies. You do what you're told and expected to like it.

    MC did go through some tough times in 2013 and had to make some tough decisions. All companies do, and they're never easy. However, they've emerged victorious, and continue down the road to prosperity.

    As mentioned in another post, the 401(K) match did go away briefly during the downturn; however, it was the first thing reinstated when the fiscal environment stabilized. To me, that demonstrates a deep caring for the long term care of its employees. Money talks.

    This is a good company, folks.

    Cons

    Depending on deadlines, the hours can get a little crazy. Sometimes our sales folks would sell solutions that needed to be scoped a little better (meaning they required more work than the hours allotted).

    Advice to Management

    Watch for burnout - especially among your senior, tenured talent. Think of continued promotion criteria and tie that to a strategy so that long term employees don't feel stuck once they get to a certain level. You've got amazing talent; proactively keep them.

    Best of luck.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "worst place for instructional designers to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Vienna, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Management Concepts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You could work from home. However, most of the upper management didn't like this policy and made working from home difficult

    Cons

    Where do I start...Lack of innovation for an Instructional Designers prevents them from staying ahead in the industry. They don't build any other kind of training except PowerPoint and instructor lead training. On top of that the ILT's are extremely boring and lack and creativity. Built for boring government agencies who refuse to take risks. Had I stayed here any longer it would have certainly impacted my marketability as an Instructional designer and I most likely wouldn't have been able to find a job. The curriculum manager positions are very unmarketable positions as well. Luckily I have moved on at another performance improvement company and it has helped my growth as an ID. staying at management concepts would have been certain death for my career. I urge anyone considering that when working here as the tools use and products you develop are useless outside of management concepts.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times. Executive teams have created a huge divide with the rest of the company. they lack strategy to be an effective company. The federal government is to unstable to work here


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