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  1. "Great company, good perks, spoken with passion"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Aberdeen, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Aberdeen, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Potomac Fusion full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Straight talking middle tier managers
    -Benefits are actually decent and not as bad as others may think (BC over UHC any day)
    -People are friendly
    -The ability to work and have fun doing it
    -Exec. speak with passion about employees
    -Offices and not cubes in smaller outposts, snacks
    -Employees get a lot of luxury
    -Corporate culture is nice
    -Flex hours
    -Innovation encouraged for production
    -Trust in employees to do great things
    -Company fights to retain employees like no other I've ever seen
    -Company learns and implements appropriately

    Cons

    -losing contracts due to cut backs and competition
    -still no concrete foundation for blue print framework
    -it's govt. work, at the whims of Congress

    Advice to Management

    -Just be careful with claiming victory before getting through the woods


  2. "Great, but slightly inconstant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Potomac Fusion full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work is interesting and cutting edge, compensation is reasonable, free snacks and drinks are provided, weekly breakfast or lunch is brought in, and periodic small parties or catered working lunches.

    Cons

    The vagaries of the contracting world make it difficult to retain top talent when times are tough. After merging with Sotera, the large corporate culture has overwhelmed the original friendly atmosphere to some extent.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work but future unknown with government sequestration"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Potomac Fusion full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They bring in intelligent people who are top notch. The work/life balance is the best I've ever experienced as government contractors must be paid for all hours worked (i.e. no unpaid overtime here :) Culture at the Austin branch is fun and creative. Most of the work is interesting and you get to use latest technologies most of the time.

    Cons

    You have to get/keep a security clearance which is an intrusive experience. Sadly, there have been big cuts in programs recently because of sequestration. The future outlook (Career Opportunities) is sadly no longer as bright as it was once.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and good luck in the future


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  5. "Great Place to Work for Children"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Interesting problems and research. PFI may get you a security clearance. Decent location. Little or no travel. Nice offices - no cubes.

    Cons

    Only interested in promoting/hiring young (under 35) engineers. Older employees are sidelined. Management allows the inmates to run the asylum, permitting a "Whatever he says goes", regardless of technologic reasoning.

    Advice to Management

    Re-examine your choices for project/tech leads. They are fumbling the ball and hurting your business. Most of your employees are miserable, but too afraid to broach the issue.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A great experience for learning with good ties to the government sector"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Developer in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    This job is cutting edge for a technology professional. The amount that you learn at this company is the best I have ever seen. This rivals a job at Google for experience (in my opinion). The company is large and it doesn't seem to stop growing. The benefits are decent and very fair and they offer learning programs that help you advance in your field of study.

    Cons

    The one problem I have noted thus far in my career at Potomac Fusion is the unsustainable growth rate. The exponential grown is due to the astounding job that the people are doing, which makes it hard for the processes to keep up with the product. However, this does allow for better growth within the company.


  7. "Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Potomac Fusion full-time

    Pros

    Professional environment, open minded people. Lots of opportunities for an entry level job on a firm like this. Fair salary and hours are not terrible.

    Cons

    Management at a senior level is too strict, location is fine but access with public transportation is difficult. No commission and bonuses are rare.


  8. "Ambivalence to the employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Potomac Fusion full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are generally nice, helpful and great to work with

    Cons

    Management leaves a bit to be desired

    Advice to Management

    Be more straightforward with all employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Merger with Sotera was not smooth."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They have free coffee and other refreshments.

    Cons

    Projects could be managed better.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Growing small company with a relaxed atmosphere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Potomac Fusion full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    PFI has a much more relaxed atmosphere than larger defense contractors I've worked for. Jeans and tee shirts are pretty much normal attire and there are a lot of fun perks like sodas, coffee machines, and trips to local bars and amusement parks. They also are very accommodating with flex time and will allow you to occasionally telecommute. You can choose any computer you want (win, osx, linux) and they're great about giving you whatever additional tools you need to do your job.

    Cons

    PFI was recently bought by a larger defense contractor and its a little bit unclear how much of the small company attitude will survive. The company's lack of top-down structure can sometimes make it unclear what you need to do to progress in your career.

    Advice to Management

    Preserve the fun small company atmosphere PFI has cultivated and standardize / publicize requirements for progressing in within the company.