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  1. "A fantastic and dynamic place to carve out your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New Light Technologies full-time

    Pros

    The company has no complicated management chain, communication happens with the CEO directly in most instances which allow easy communication of issues. The opportunity for training and professional improvement is incredible. The CEO himself is a fantastic person and honestly seems to care about the welfare of the people around him. The company has been successful for over 15 years and that bodes well for the future. Given a lot of free will to make your career your own here, if you have the initiative you can go far.

    Cons

    The staff seems to be more on the project management side than the technical side. This seems to be changing currently but it has been an issue finding people to do the actual work rather than manage the work being done. Focus seems to be on large federal contracts rather than diversifying into smaller contracts with various clients. This seems to be a bad avenue for sustainability. Management of their large contracts seems to be passive as well with no one aggressively seeking renewals or actively engaging the client. Seem to just be waiting for it to fall in place.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting a larger number of small contracts rather than a few large ones. Focus on getting technical staff over project managers.


  2. "A Small Business Done Right"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Dev in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Dev in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New Light forgoes the glass and steel downtown office building for something more modest. They also manage with a smaller than usual in office/admin staff which keeps overhead to a minimum. Company resources are returned to the employee through salary, training, side project resources, etc. It's an excellent place to work with direct contact to the CEO and project managers. Employees are encouraged to strike a good work/life balance (although this can be difficult with rigid federal contracts). The company generally stays out of the way and allows employees to interact directly with their customers with minimal interference and no micro-managing. On-site contract employees, in my experience, are treated the same as feds.

    Cons

    NLT employees are dedicated, educated, and (mostly) young in their professional careers. It would be helpful to bring on and keep a handful of "rockstars" within each team. Having some highly skilled technical employees with decades of experience could boost knowledge, interest, and productivity of younger team members.

    NLT is not a massive contracting firm so the loss of a single customer can be painful for both the employees and company. Expanding the number of contracts and variety of work could help alleviate some of the difficulty and allow the company to retain staff.

    NLT management can sometimes be too hands off with customers. If a customer is running to the end of a work order or time period then they should be repeatedly informed of the consequences well in advance. Contract lapses are hard on employees and customers.

    Advice to Management

    Expand the number of active contracts and explore work within different agencies and private businesses. Bring on and retain highly skilled workers. Pursue work and partnerships in cutting edge industries.

  3. "Great Experience Working at New Light Technologies"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - GIS Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - GIS Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New Light Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    NLT, in cooperation with its primary customers, was very supportive in providing continuing professional development opportunities. The CEO, Ghermay Araya, is very encouraging, available, and has a great positive attitude towards employees.

    Although employees are dispersed at customer sites, the company sponsors regular employee get-togethers, both formal and informal, that enable team building, idea sharing, and collaboration.

    The company makes great use of cloud-based resources for email, file sharing, HR, project management and more to facilitate remote access and collaboration.

    Being a small company, employees can be expected to participate in a wide variety of tasks. I look at this as a positive because it provides opportunities to expand skills.

    Despite the company’s small size, it has in place solid, well-defined processes, such as a Project Management Office (PMO), and Systems Engineering/IT Tech support team that keep operations running smoothly and provide assistance on work issues.

    Cons

    The company focus is on GIS consulting services. However, within this huge realm of possibilities, the company does not have a well-defined expertise in a specific sector. Thus NLT competes in the marketplace with a large number of other GIS generalist companies.

    Advice to Management

    NLT should focus on developing subject matter expertise in a specific sector or vertical market in order to distinguish itself from the many GIS generalist companies. Some progress is being made along these lines.


  4. "Great Company"

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

    I worked at New Light Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Best company I have worked for so far. A lot of chances to do different types of work. Benefits are very good for a small company. Like family.

    Cons

    Because it is a small company there is not a lot of room for advancement and you sometimes have to "wear multiple hats.". Teams work at client offices, so it can be hard to get to know the people on other teams.


  5. "Best place I've ever worked."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New Light Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Any company can talk about being about people -- but NLT really is. They are there for you and will back you up in any difficult situation. Smart people doing interesting things with cool tech and making a difference both within the company and for the customer. Excellent opportunities to acquire new skills and apply them to real world problems. Always something interesting going on.

    Cons

    Can't completely escape some small company scaling issues -- sometimes it felt as if we were below critical mass. Concentration on public sector meant the place was vulnerable to disruption from customer fiscal uncertainty during congressional budget shutdowns.

    Advice to Management

    Need to broaden the customer base and reduce exposure to public sector.


  6. "New Light technologies- Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - GIS Analyst Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - GIS Analyst Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at New Light Technologies as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to grow and learn a new field. Ghermay Araya is a great professional. Despite of this great accomplishments, he always treat anyone with respect and appreciation.

    Cons

    It was a long commute if it comes from outside of DC.


  7. "Dynamic Technology Company Specializing in Geospatial Technology"

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    Current Employee - Geospatial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Geospatial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at New Light Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable and personable staff. A geospatial technology company, located in Washington, DC, with over a decade of experience in the industry.

    Cons

    The company is relatively small, but is flexible enough to increase staffing or partner with other companies, when necessary.