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Updated July 6, 2017
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Pros
  • I have worked for a handful of companies now and while I have met great people, I have never truly loved the culture--until now (in 4 reviews)

  • Approachable Team leads - Great benefits (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management only focuses on short term profits not long term growth (in 3 reviews)

  • Limited work at the time so there was no opportunity when contract ended (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "A Growing Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pragmatics full-time

    Pros

    As a growing company, there is potential for advancement.

    Cons

    As a growing company, they are struggling to find a balance between acting like one of the big guys, and maintaining a family company feel and attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Need a higher level of trust toward employees. Locking everything down does not help maintain security and control, but using the tools you have already invested in to their fullest capabilities and as they were intended will increases productivity.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "rear view mirror"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pragmatics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Workers are good and decent people trying very hard to make things work without necessary support.

    Cons

    No opportunity for professional advancement or promotion without leaving the company. I left and improved my pay by more than 18K in less than 1 week.
    No respect for rank and file by GMs and VPs who keep the CEO in the dark. It is sad and I feel bad for him - he is a good man but doesn't get out and interact with his employees much.
    Failing major programs due to bad management and lack of resource support by GMs. We did not have QA/QC on programs and our deliverables were often late. We were ALWAYS playing catch up and begging for forgiveness from the customer.
    No respect for women by senior leaders (all male).
    Dishonest CBDO - driving the company into the ditch.
    Working here is like an abusive relationship - you need a job badly - so you will endure the beatings - when you try to leave they lure you back with the promise they will treat you right "this time" eventually your soul is crushed and you move on.

    Advice to Management

    To the CEO - Fire your senior management they have done you a grave disservice.

    In the end, you message to the employees has been, "you are nothing except replaceable."

  3. "Pragmatics"

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    Current Employee - Senior Information Assurance Analyst in Martinez, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Information Assurance Analyst in Martinez, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pragmatics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small company feel with freedom to perform work at your own pace and be a self starter.

    Cons

    Current PTO policy needs to be taken into consideration.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit you PTO policy to come more in line with Medium sized companies that do government business.

    Pragmatics Response

    Nov 8, 2016 – Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for the positive comments about our unique culture, that's certainly one of the reasons that I have stayed with Pragmatics over the past 15 years. As for the PTO policy, you should be... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Human Resources- Recruiting"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Pragmatics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    VP of HR is excellent- Michelle Geddes.

    Cons

    Not able to count employee referrals towards hiring quota- WHAT???? Makes no sense-
    too many status reports that are done individually & manually- should be using ATS to generate reports-
    No flexible work schedule. Need to leave desk for lunch. All hours must be worked in office at designated time. Micro managed.

    Advice to Management

    Use common sense. If you only have 10 funded openings, all 5 recruiters cannot have 5 hires in one month.

    Pragmatics Response

    Oct 13, 2016 – Director of HR

    Thank you very much for feedback and positive comments about our VP of HR, Michelle Geddes. We seek to hire the best and brightest into Pragmatics. In order to do that, we have assembled a... More


  5. "Autocad technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Front Royal, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Front Royal, VA

    I have been working at Pragmatics (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment in a very busy city.

    Cons

    Too far a commute from the country.

    Pragmatics Response

    Oct 14, 2016 – Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for your positive comments regarding your position. It can definitely be a challenge commuting to your work location. In some positions we do support flexible schedules and telework for... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pragmatics full-time

    Pros

    They lost the work I was hired to do, two months after I was hired. However, they found an alternative position that worked out great.

    Cons

    The benefits are a little more lacking than most, but not terrible.

    Pragmatics Response

    Oct 13, 2016 – Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for your feedback. We look to hire employees for the long haul and not specifically for a particular project. Each year we do a market survey to ensure our benefits are competitive. This... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "general view"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pragmatics full-time

    Pros

    HR dept is well run, employees feel supported and cared for

    Cons

    Culture at HQ is negative, each persons keeps to themselves. There is a perpetual revolving door at HQ, even though individual contracts were well-managed.

    Pragmatics Response

    Aug 6, 2016 – Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for your comments, especially the positive feedback regarding the management of our contracts and our human resource team! Some personnel change is normal in an organization of our size... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "AV Team Lead (Project Manager)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AV Team Lead in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - AV Team Lead in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I worked with a great team of professionals, especially having a wonderful supervisor (Wanda Wells-Hines).

    Cons

    The turnover for some reason within our program was at least 5x higher than I've every experienced at any other company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to pursue work within other areas of military, government, private and collegiate sectors to diversify the contract base.

    Pragmatics Response

    Aug 6, 2016 – Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for your comments, I am happy to read that you enjoy working at Pragmatics. We try to hire employees who, like you, enjoy the work, have great attitudes, and are in it for the long haul... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "IV&V Analyst"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IV&V Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - IV&V Analyst in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to good tools, training, great clients.

    Cons

    Not enough focus on SAfe and Agile Framework

    Advice to Management

    Need to offer more Agile training

    Pragmatics Response

    Apr 21, 2016 – Chief Operating Officer

    Thank you for your positive thoughts on the company! For more than 10 years, Pragmatics has employed Agile practices into our software development process. Your points about increasing training... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Family oriented company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Functional Analyst in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Functional Analyst in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pragmatics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have work for Pragmatics for 15 years and have not had a single bad experience. The staff from the President on down to the receptionist are very personable. I think that the head of the company and executive staff try to let the employees know that they wouldn't be winning contracts without the support of their employees.

    Cons

    Hardware upgrades lack behind the times but in today's financial world it comes down to budgeting for it in the future I guess.

    Advice to Management

    The strength of the company is the leadership. Once the leadership forgets where they started the moral of those working for them could go down because they have been forgotten.

    Pragmatics Response

    Apr 21, 2016 – Chief Operating Officer

    I very much appreciate your comments. At our size we are still able to closely interact at all levels, which increases communication, responsiveness, and teamwork. Regarding your comment on... More


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