Computer Sciences Corp

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Computer Sciences Corp Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
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Computer Sciences Corp President & CEO Mike Lawrie
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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  

    CSC = Completely Shattered Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Historically, a great culture, sales teams, smart, customer oriented employees with honest, ethical and transparent leadership. At the lower levels of the organization, these (somewhat) still exist.

    Cons

    The list is endless....endless work hours, salary freezes and reductions, no bonuses (except for executive management), reduced benefits (PTO, healthcare, etc.). The (new) leadership has gone through extensive turnover, churn and lacks transparency, business ethics, concern for the individual and "hangs on" for their payout when their tenure will (likely) end. The so-called transformation is failing, as indicated by the significant reduction in headcount, revenue and customers. As the stock price increases so does the addition of inexperienced leaders, cronyism and lack of transparency. The few bright young stars that remain, or join, are overworked, underpaid and all with the idle promise of a future, but moreso the constant fear of being terminated. I'm confident those who read this can/will, or at least should embellish this, as the unethical behavior and misalignment of the leadership team cannot continue, or the company will not sustain...at least independently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company, or take out the real culprits (without a parachute). You don't have to look far, Mike,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Revolving Door of Senior Management and Constant State of Cost Reduction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Falls Church, VA

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Majority of people are highly experienced, competent, and collaborative. Leveraging legacy infrastructure business into cloud and managed services.

    Cons

    Consultative services decimated by layoff's and inability to attract talent due to poor reputation in market. Frequent reduction in force determined by numbers with no input from direct management. Morale at all time low. Executive management focused on manipulating quarterly bottom line with little emphasis on revenue growth or delivering value to customers. Little to no opportunity for career progression or compensation growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a decision on which service lines you intend to keep and shut down the remainder. Keeping clients and employees in limbo not healthy and further damage reputation of company. Current strategy is a house of cards and Wall Street will ultimately catch on to the internal chaos and the stock will plummet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Run don't walk away

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Work Guy in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Work Guy in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    Pockets of good employees who remember legendary good old days when this was a decent place to work and stick around out of a sense of misplaced loyalty, inertia or general mental defect. It's been a good education in how not to do things. (That may sound sarcastic, but it's not.)

    Cons

    This place is completely toxic. Business is deteriorating and management can't pull the company out of the nosedive. Result is endless cost cutting, always at the expense of the employees, particularly in the US. Employees are viewed with utter contempt. Fortunately there's *just* enough profit to richly compensate CEO, CFO and a select few others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some ideas to win back employees: align mgmt and employee incentive schemes - if employees aren't getting bonuses/raises, neither should execs; cancel the needless mandatory holiday shut down for next year; acknowledge when something you've done is a failure; hire someone who can be an advocate for employees - the current lapdog HR dept has zero credibility. You can't be a successful consulting and outsourcing compamy with an unmotivated, resentful workforce and you have a very short runway to win them back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a Good Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Falls Church, VA

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company used to be a good company and treat their employees well and it has changed drastically. Depending on the project, you may be able to work remotely.

    Cons

    This company used to treat their employees well. Now they only give 2 weeks of vacation and employees are forced to take 1 week on days designated by the company. You are only allowed to carry over 1 week of vacation time. A lot of skilled people are leaving for greener pasture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are going to end up with offshore employees or inexperienced employees if you continue to take away benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ethics Don't Apply to the Top

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Professional: Product Test in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Professional: Product Test in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    They did provide relocation, at a capped amount
    The Global Graduate Program was "fun", but was more-or-less indoctrination with little ACTUAL training.
    The people in the trenches were real, and they help each other as much as possible
    The check comes in every two weeks, and has yet to bounce.

    Cons

    I find it funny that when I signed on to work for this company, my contract stated that I get 18 vacation days per year. Suddenly, a company policy changes and now EVERYONE gets their vacation days cut, and whatever is left over is subject to the following:
    1) Forced Company Holidays -- this means that they don't really care what you do between Christmas through New Years, you could be working, but you are spending those vacation hours whether you want to or not.

    2) You are now only allowed to carry over 40 hours per year. Honestly this wouldn't be a bad thing -- however, they still stick with the model that you get to accrue vacation hours over time--instead of the more logical policy of giving you a lump sum to spend at the beginning of the year if they will all expire at the end of the year anyways.

    3)What happens if you are forced to use more vacation hours than you have? I kid you not, the policy states that "You must submit a form which needs to be approved by two levels of management to BORROW vacation hours from next year/the future." Nifty tidbit that: not only did the company set up a system that explicitly strips the employee of something they were promised in a contract (imagine what they do to their customers...), but they now have the system rigged that the employees who recently signed on are, by default, indebted to the company JUST to keep their jobs. Pray that you live/work in California or Conneticut, otherwise you've become a debt slave to this company.

    Perhaps you think I'm being hyperbolic on the "debt slave" nonsense. I'll break it down: the company's policy is to give you only x number of hours of vacation a year. If you borrow that vacation, the company sees it as an advance, and takes it out of your future vacation hours, and, eventually (when you realize just how horrifying this new policy is), your pay when you attempt to jump ship. They realize the policies are toxic, so they're doing everything they can to shackle lower paid workers down who (typically stuck in the student loan boogie) won't have the chance of escaping. If your last pay is not enough to cover the hours indebted, you now owe the company real money. This is not legal in all states, and yet they are enforcing this policy. When they decide to relocate the Global Graduates (from my experience) they gave them a capped relocation package of $3000 USD. This was fine and all, but it wasn't actually a "benefit," it was a loan. If you lose employment with CSC in any way shape or form from one year from the date you started, you owe the entirety of that relocation package back in a very short time. Don't take the package? probably a good idea, but good luck moving on your own like that, especially when you're just starting your career. This company uses a sleazy underhanded debt-bonding practice to keep their fresh employees working there, with policies that encourage the veteran employees to bail because they can take the loss of leaving this company.

    Looking for stability? Pray you get on a good contract. At any time, your project could end, and when it does, you've got precious days to find another one and get out to it before you are terminated. Upward mobility? Forget about it, this company does not award things based upon merit but based upon where you are in the old boys club.

    Seriously, if you have talent, run. Bide your time. Eat more Ramen and wait in your parents basement for the next opportunity. This company is hemorrhaging employees like crazy (when I joined there were over 95,000 employees, now there are around 78,000) because those who have talent and money are jumping ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mike, listen, CSC doesn't MAKE anything. Okay? We aren't a manufacturing plant. We can't just survive on one expert who designs the widgets and then a bunch of peons to make sure the machines print them out like in other industries.

    We are a SERVICE company. Our product IS our employees! Employees who make things work, who make customers happy. You joined, gave us grand fluff presentations on your "vision", and suddenly employees start seeing incredibly toxic policies being put in place while the stock is rising. Employees abandon if they can, yet the stock keeps climbing.

    To put it in perspective, imagine if you would that CSC was a large company that had manufacturing plants all over the world. Each of these plants get no upgrades, and now maintenance services are reduced at all plants. Naturally, a ton of plants shut down, however there are only so many things you can manufacture per plant per day. Your product has plenty of competition, and yet you are now forcing your overwhelmed remaining facilities to work more to produce marginally more product per facility with a significant drop in quality. Why, in that case, would the stock rise? Hint: it's not because the company is GAINING more revenue (it is in fact selling less!), but its operational costs for the short term have decreased significantly, which boosts the profit margin. Stockholders like profit, so they invest. Tell me, what happens after a few years and your customers realize your competitors have expanded their operations, can produce more, better quality units at the same price that you can now hock your inferior, limited supply of products? Your revenue continues to decrease. You COULD keep closing factories to keep the profit margin going, but tell me this, Mr. Lawrie, what happens when your final factory closes down? What's the profit margin then?

    Stop thinking short term, because it's obvious you're either doing it for yourself OR you're trying to pretty up the company enough to make the stock price high enough to sell the company, which is probably not what you were hired to do. Maybe you don't care, because you'll end up profiting with your golden parachute either way, but as someone in the trenches, I beg you to listen: play the long game. Stop looking for massive increases in profitability in the short run, instead look at how you can do steady, low percentage yields that keep on going. Stop making the environment more toxic to employees; remember, they are your product. Instead, make quality product: change your hiring practices so that not just anyone with a pulse can work for you, and set your system up so that the passionate and the talented get not only more responsibility, but the power and benefits that come with it. I've worked every day thinking that the cloud of unemployment is looming over the horizon, despite the fact that I have now taken on the responsibilities of a four man team --I've only worked for the company for a few months. This was a company that helped put men on the moon! Just how did you think that was done? Through extensive outsourcing and treating your employees like cattle? We can do GREAT things again, but it all starts with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Greatly Disapporve

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Then Cons negate any Pros

    Cons

    Disrespectful to employees, superficial interest in employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its not "all about you".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Waste of time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Health and educational benefits. Interview process is easy.

    Cons

    CSC wants a free ride. The client will have workers perform work outside of the contract and CSC does not want to raise employee pay. The work-life balance sucks; people have families. Having families are some of things that give you employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retrain your upper management. They need to stick up for their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible for entry level associates

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Associate in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Above average pay for an entry level position out of college. They have some big clients but struggling to get more projects

    Cons

    - no on-boarding process
    - no training
    - no mentoring
    - no work life balance
    - no "development path" for entry level associates, all lies.
    - no one takes you seriously
    - cost cutting so pretty much everyone is slowly getting laid off to make their numbers look good.

    If you are a recent grad, find a place that allows you to get a good foundation. This is not the place. I've paid the price for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No hope.

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

    Downsizing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp full-time

    Pros

    Generally good office facilities on all project sites with a few exceptions.

    Cons

    Very unstable. Far more layoffs than you see in the news. Many projects terminated early due to client dissatisfaction in my experience. No internal support for finding positions. Cost reductions resulted in a nearly 30% increase in cost of benefits for 2013.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on winning and maintaining business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Just say no to CSC!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Support/Business Analyst in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Program Support/Business Analyst in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I did enjoy to people I worked with. Most were very kind and would rally in the event of a work crisis. Also the benefits were reasonable.

    Cons

    Horrible leadership!! When your PM has her husband and sister working all under the same contract you know there's something shady going on. To make matters worse upper management simply ignored the situation. It also seems that the company values contradict themselves. There unrealistic goals lost them a contract that they had been on for over ten years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR policy is there for a reason. Follow it as it prevents those pesky lawsuits of favoritism and discrimination in the future. It would also help to have experienced Managers in Management roles. Not just fancy talking people in suits with no experience in maintaining contracts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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