CACI International Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Stressful -- USIS part II

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Background Investigator I in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Background Investigator I in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at CACI International

    Pros

    You get to work from home & meet new people, learn about their lives

    Cons

    Unrealistic stat goals per month, low team morale, CACI pretty much absorbed USIS and inherited the company culture. I'm a new investigator and they laid my TL off who was helping me professionally. The hours are super long and I feel like they give you more work than 40 hours per week. It's draining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the stats and focus on quality and timeliness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful

    TAKING BIG TAXPAYER $$$ IN EXCHANGE FOR POOR QUALITY BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS

    Former Employee - Background Investigator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Background Investigator in Washington, DC

    I worked at CACI International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A paycheck. Nothing else.

    Cons

    After working in this job at this company, I discovered that the entire background investigation process is a complete joke and a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars to dispatch investigators to ask silly questions of subjects when the subjects could have answered the "followup questions" on the original SF-86 or other questionnaire. Driving to meet with a subject to play secretary and review the questionnaires for errors is a total waste of an investigator's time. The investigative process is inefficient and full of waste.

    Driving is a large component of the job, and you will detect that the company pretends that those hours should be on your time and not their time. All the company cares about is daily points and there is no way to predict how many hours you will drive each day and how many hours it will take to interview subjects & sources. Some reports of investigations take hours to type. So, there is plenty of variation in the number of hours it requires to complete a case yet the company pretends otherwise.

    Be prepared to feel the pressure to work off the clock by the company and made to feel like there is a problem with you for not completing the massive amount of work dumped on you each week on end. There is no way to complete the level of work assigned without working off the clock. Management does not care.

    Unfortunately, there are no investigative skills learned even though many applicants are hoping that this job will teach them covert methods or invite ingenuity. You are not a private investigator. You are not sleuthing around in the shadows to crack national security background investigations. You are a glorified secretary writing down anything the subject and source says and typing your notes into the computer. When done, you transmit your report and earn "points" for the transmission. It's simply a numbers game where you are measured by a quota system. Anything the subject or source says could be a lie for all you will ever know.

    The pay is around $15.00 to $18.00 depending on whether you accept the health and welfare benefits. Regardless, the pay is way too low for the amount of stress and hard work you will endure.

    The turnover for the job is very high and you will quickly discover there is no career in this line of work. Most investigators leave between the 1st to 2nd year of working. It is a dead end job. Do not accept it. Pursue another line of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How do you sleep at night? You know you are treating background investigators with minimal respect. Dump the OPM Contract and allow federal background investigators to do the job for national security reasons and not for profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    They will take over a contract and offer lower pay. They pay half of what other companies in the area pay.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CACI International

    Pros

    I haven't found one yet, they have taken everything the previous company had.

    Cons

    The benefits are much less then what we previously had. Their vacation plan is average, everything else is below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are in a contracting world, if you want qualified employees then be willing to pay them at least what they are worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Terrible management. I've only met my manager once in over a year. No support if you're on client site.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CACI International

    Pros

    It's a job that pays money.

    Cons

    -No time off for training. Training is only for employees that work at Caci HQ. On site employees have to stay billable.
    -No management interaction whatsoever.
    -No promotion path identified other than staying billable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide some (any) support to those on client site.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. No sense of urgency.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CACI International

    Pros

    Ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Management doesn't listen to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to be open to change and new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Worst company I have worked for as an investigator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Background Investigator II
    Former Employee - Background Investigator II

    I worked at CACI International part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The field manager was nice (but pretty clueless).

    Cons

    They are dishonest about pay. They tell you that you will get a certain amount per hour, plus an extra $3.71 per hour to cover your benefits. Well, if you do use their benefits, that 3.71 does not get used to cover your cost of the health coverage, etc...NO...it goes to CACI to cover THEIR cost of your benefits. And then you still pay the full premium on top of that, deducted from your pay. You will have small paychecks with them if you use the benefits....very small.

    You can only use the CACI-provided computer for OPM things. Everything else must be done on your personal computer, like timesheet, expenses, accessing company e-mail, etc. If you do TDY, you have to bring two computers!!!! And they do not have a website or portal for investigators, so most things are done manually. You cannot print needed forms, etc -- you have to request them and they are mailed to you.

    If you do a local TDY that is over 100 miles, they make you get a rental car so they don't have to pay miles.

    They say they are all about quality, but not anymore. It is all about revenue and production. So much for quality background investigations. You are running for points. People at level III are usually working off the clock to make their weekly points. Life is too short to be donating your time to a company that could care less about you.

    USIS was SO much better in all ways. OPM fired the wrong contractor. They should have kept the best one they had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They would not care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. You are expendable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Reading, PA

    I worked at CACI International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Lots of online CACI course
    -Tuition Reimbursement if you meet the deadlines
    -Well Paid

    Cons

    -Management does not care about the workers
    -If you report someone violating CACI code of ethics managers cover their butt and do not correct the situation
    -I reported a problem in the work places multiple times to multiple managers then they laid me off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    your company is only as good as it treats its employees. Do not advertise a code of conduct if you do not enforce it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Avoid Becoming a GIS Technician I in Fort Collins, CO at All Costs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - GIS Technician I in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - GIS Technician I in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at CACI International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You are allowed to work 4x10s and take off a day during the week.

    Cons

    Where do I begin?

    Phone interview described a position that was completely different than what I was hired to do. Let me tell you what we actually did. If you get hired as a GIS Technician I in Fort Collins, CO you will be using ArcMap to symbolize and move different features. You are technically making maps, but talk about a joke of a job. The work is never ending and for only $14/hr I would advise you not even take the job. They are constantly hiring because they lose a number of people every month. I lasted less than 6 months. Most of the people there dislike their job but are stuck with nothing better to go to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest about the job responsibilities and duties during phone interviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 8 people found this helpful

    OPM Background Investigator III

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

    I have been working at CACI International

    Pros

    Paycheck and benefits. Nothing else.

    Cons

    Misleading recruitment practices
    -no advancement
    -Caci took over a large portion of the contract from USIS and did not have any idea the type of new work they were getting. They were not handling full SBI cases prior to the new contract. Metrics expectations are far worse than USIS.
    -they advertise 3 week case assignments, but that is false.
    -There is no support from leadership. Most have not worked in the field and have no idea what the job is. The expectation is that people are always available for an interview and cooperative and each interview and report takes the exact same amount of time.
    -If you need help and your direct supervisor doesn't have the answer, then you probably don't get an answer because he doesn't know who to ask either.
    -A laptop and printer are provided for OPM access, but you have to have your own computer for training, email, time sheets, expense reports, job aide, accessing internal sites etc. Anything that is CACI, mostly sensitive, proprietary information is stored on your own personal computer. If you don't have your own or have a Mac, which is not compatible with many internal programs, then they recommend you go to the library or use a friend or family members computer. The response from upper management was "its 2014, who doesn't have a personal computer?" How Professional.
    -they do not provide copier, scanner or fax, yet you are required to scan receipts for expenses.
    -They recommend going to Kinkos to copy and fax PII for case work and do not seem to understand the security concerns of handing PII to the kid at the counter and letting him take it out of sight and then scanning it into their machine where an image of that document is stored.
    -there is no sick time. You must take vacation.
    -If you take time off, even if you are traveling, you are expected to log in everyday to report what cases you'll be working on (daily manifest)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They wouldn't listen anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    CACI is not a nice place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CACI International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was OK. Work from home is good. Paid for mileage on own personal car is good. Some flexibility to set own work schedule.

    Cons

    A culture of arrogance NOT accomplishment. Only my direct supervisor was nice to me, all other contacts with CACI employees was negative. Constantly threatening my job and liberty with threats of investigation and prosecution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture of arrogance to a culture of accomplishment. Stop threatening employees. Listen to new employees who worked for USIS and know the realities of conducting investigations on military installations.

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