Computer Sciences Corp

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Computer Sciences Corp Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
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Pros
  • Very good work-life balance (as long as they keep you on the payrolls), good pay (in 299 reviews)

  • The opportunity to work from home "IF" it was written in the initial contract (in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • work-life balance advertised as being important when in reality it should be work (in 53 reviews)

  • Very bad senior management, dont even have ethics or know to speak proper English (in 89 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding employee support until 2013

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive medical and life benefits. Educational benefits. CSC provides a good package for all standard benefits including 401K matching, Life and ADD insurance, medical, dental and vision insurance, tuition reimbursement and some certification training.

    Cons

    In the last two years, CSC has become a company only interested in immediate benefits to the stockholders. Prior to that, the company was highly focused on employee development and incentives to excel. After 2013 and a reduction of over 40% of the management staff, it became virtually impossible to figure out who your direct supervisor was. In most cases the direct supervisor worked in an entirely separate office or location, sometimes in another part of the world. Employees were and are at the mercy of project managers to support their performance appraisals. CSC also elected to enforce a more stringent employee rating policy, placing 40% of employees in the "Needs Improvement" or "Unsatisfactory" category.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees should know and be able to communicate with their managers on a daily basis. Performance of employees generally does not improve when the employee is told he is being rated below average only because there was no comment or feedback from the project manager. Vacation should be treated as a right and not be a Use or Lose privilege. Vacation time should be allowed to be carried over from year to year to allow for reasonable use based on work load. Finally, please consider employee retention as a priority.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Proceed with caution

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company seems to really be trying to improve. Investing in many areas such as offerings and training.

    Cons

    Very high turnover. i.e. more than 90% of top leadership team in past year. The transformation to growth is not making traction. Revenue is flat and even declining in some major markets. This makes for a chaotic environment with near constant reorgs "we want to announce yet one more new operating model"... Very little to look forward to here. Forced to use vacation for company's new year end shut down...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for a new CEO. I don't think you will turn the company until you gain back trust of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    dysfunctional company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Falls Church, VA

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on interesting projects with colleagues across the globe. Even as it declines, the company is still quite large and this offers a lot of different opportunities for personal growth on interesting projects.

    Cons

    The company hasn't operated properly in a lot time. The new executive team put together a decent transformation plan to try to fix things but they are trying to do it on the cheap and the execution is quite poor. The Washington Business Journal has done a fairly good job of capturing the missteps. Added to this, the executive team is extremely short-tern focus and, for lack of better description, has a distain of its own employees. The company too often tries to hit its next quarter numbers on the backs of cutting benefits for employees or future growth. They are running out of ways to keep this going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a longer term perspective and treat employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Benefits steadily eroded over my 3 years as an employee, and not a dime in raises due to broken appraisal system.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Teleworking is now an option for many. Some good people to work with.

    Cons

    Vacation policy recently changed to require 5 days per year to be used for mandatory shutdown periods, and only 5 additional days to be carried over to next year (which expire after 3 months).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the appraisal system so that people who work hard and perform well will actually get rewarded for it. If people are not meeting expectations, train them, or fire them and hire people who will.
    Eliminate the recent changes to the vacation policies! This is going to drive away the best talent.
    Stop increasing the employee's cost of other benefits every year, and get rid of the tiered system where higher salaried people (who are better able to find another job anyways) end up paying more for health insurance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large corporate company with limited compensation growth

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp

    Pros

    Great tuition reimbursement -- good 401k matching

    Cons

    Once you start a base salary then it is hard to get more money compensation when you get promotions. They base off a % of your base pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bump people to a salary range and don't judge them over their base pay. You will keep more employees that way and they will feel taken care of

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    First day, last day

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp

    Pros

    easy way to get a foot in the door with government clients, some interesting contractswith DoS, DoD

    Cons

    little interaction with management if off site, little interest in professional development, salaries seem too low for the industry, losing bids to small business contracts, management did not intervene in case of abusive client and instead chose to preserve the relationsh w over the well being of contractor staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The biggest company you have never heard of

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Director in Blythewood, SC
    Current Employee - Project Director in Blythewood, SC

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are a wealth of virtual training opportunities. Working environment is very friendly and staff are granted flexibility in working arrangements and hours.

    Cons

    The company is struggling with what it's business is - providing resources and skills, software offerings, consulting? There are gaps everywhere - between sales and delivery, in providing the right tools and in enabling successful engagements across the board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the right moves are being made - cloud, analytics, mobile and so on. But engagement is really poor with the incumbent staff and who is leading the charge to get CSC's offerings aligned to what the market wants, while maintaining the legacy of protecting IP and maintaining a motivated skilled workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Losing direction

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

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial atmosphere, global corporation, many different divisions

    Cons

    New leadership has lost direction, frequent rumors of LBO's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    People are just numbers to CSC CEO

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Use to be a good place to work.

    Cons

    CEO only cares about his pockets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's the people under you that keeps you employed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Myopic

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

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time

    Pros

    An incredibly powerful array of global resources that can positively impact clients across an array of industries. The company's new go-to-market strategy is "me too" and sounds just like Accenture. HP, IBM, Big 4 but it is directionally sound, if unoriginal.

    Cons

    In a word - leadership. The cutting and re-shaping is done. Now get rid of the CEO who only knows how to hammer nails and bring in a new CEO who knows how to lead people - employees, BOD and, most importantly, clients. The word "leader" is used too loosely here in that it refers to positions and titles and not actual inspirational, compassionate, communicative or engaged managers. In sales we see everyone above field rep reduced to a report jockey who thinks it is as important to have a sfdc entry correct as it is to have a client meeting. Reactive, uncreative and self absorbed Dilbert characters do not inspire people. There is a chronic and pervasive fear of job loss due to the series of seemingly random staff cuts which seem more motivated by quarterly earnings commitments by the CEO than an actual pruning of poor performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look upwards. Stop working sales reports as if they matter, they do not. What matters when you are trying to grow the top line is engaging the marketplace and supporting the people you hired to engage the marketplace. Issue a sales incentive plan (SICP) that is easy-to-understand and actually provides incentive. Complexity obfuscates and clawbacks are reasons to look for a better place to work. Lastly, this company needs a CEO who can actually grow the firm, not the whiny rich guy who insists he is doing all of the right things and that it is the feeble people in the trenches who need more lashings in order to grow revenue. The turn around is over and so let's jettison that crew of senior execs and bring in the market-focused, people-focused, client-focused executives who truly know how to motivate a workforce and connect with people. Profits and loss are mere consequences of business, companies, like people, need to work from a noble purpose in order to realize their potential and CSC, as it is being run today, is too myopically short-sighted to find it's way, under the current regime of C-level managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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