SAIC Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. NDBC

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    Former Employee - Meteorological Data Analyst in Stennis Space Center, MS
    Former Employee - Meteorological Data Analyst in Stennis Space Center, MS

    I worked at SAIC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Corporate was pretty hands-off with the government contract. It felt more like we worked for NOAA than SAIC

    Cons

    Corporate didn't care about the government contract employees who wanted to stay with SAIC after contract ended

  2. Customer Service Representative

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Oak Ridge, TN

    I have been working at SAIC full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The help desk campaign I work for is easy after you learn what you have to do. Management treats employees with respect, they understand that life happens.

    Cons

    Not clear of how long I will be a temporary employee to full time status. Not able to have benefits until full time employee. Because of the lack of communication of being hired on full time I gave 3 stars. If I was already hired on it would be 4 or 5.

    Advice to Management

    Give us hope, incentives and compensations especially if we are doing a great job hitting our metrics.

  3. My experience here has been mixed.

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    Current Employee - Network Operations Specialist
    Current Employee - Network Operations Specialist

    I have been working at SAIC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company at large is successful and will continue to be successful.

    Cons

    Management has no concept of day-to-day work in the operations environment and only cares about avoiding looking bad in front of government reps.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time learning about the work of their subordinates and less time trying to quantify that work in order to justify cutting personnel to satisfy over-promised contract requirements, especially when the work is often abstract and/or preventative in nature.

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  5. I good place to start or finish, but you're on your own for professional development.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I started at the very bottom and was promoted to a supervisor position quickly - but I work very hard and have too much experience for the position. You can move up, but moving to a new type of position is difficult. My manager is one of the best bosses I've ever had. I generally like my job. The company is on the rise and is being awarded more and more contracts, and it's stock is on the rise.

    Cons

    The company seems to value degrees above what you've proved to them you can do, and what certifications you have. I couldn't even get a interview for a different position. The company does not support you getting extra certifications. You are on your own. They do offer tuition assistance for degrees though. It's a crazy way to run a tech company - certifications are important in our industry. The pay isn't great. After working hard and being promoted a person who I do not know and does not know me evaluated my performance as satisfactory. My annual raise based on that barely keeps up with inflation. Management is not permitted to tell other employers how well you perform - only confirm your employment dates and title; thanks a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your hard-chargers to retain your best employees. Develop your employees who have a desire to lead and learn. If your employees work hard for you, the least you can do is recommend them.

  6. Earlier growth with company was good.

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    Former Employee - Contractual in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Contractual in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at SAIC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Earlier growth with the company was great. Camaraderie with colleagues and customers were very good. Company had a great employee owned concept and this concept was embraced.

    Cons

    Company no longer shared the employee owned concept. Company was split, therefore, layoffs were eminent. Company no longer cared about employee, just another big company managing the bottom dollar.

  7. Generally good, however incentive compensation generally non-existent

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in McLean, VA

    I have been working at SAIC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good opportunities to learn new skills

    Cons

    Lack of employee ownership in company (SAIC had a history of employee ownership which drove growth)

  8. Good People - Very small operational feel outside of big locations like DC

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    Former Employee - Technology Project Manager in O'Fallon, IL
    Former Employee - Technology Project Manager in O'Fallon, IL

    I worked at SAIC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company and good people when they have a good contract. Some level of big company resources online due to the large sized nationally / internationally. Decent policies on tuition and such.

    Cons

    Pay was OK but not impressive. Employee support in small offices is very low. Felt more like a consulting firm run out of someone's basement almost. Formal career development and mentoring were basically zero. Seemed to be bias against employees without former military background.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the experience at smaller offices to have some of the characteristics of the larger sites.

  9. This is a good company to gain experience in your field.

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    Current Employee - Junior Software Developer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Software Developer in Sacramento, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company offers a wide spectrum of work, much of it DoD, some state and local projects. Some travel, need to be self driven and take little direction. After the split of SAIC to 2 companies, the matrix model was adopted and adjusted to focus on bringing in more business. Still heavy on the government projects but trying to get more commercial, state and local business.

    Cons

    If you are on a project billing 100% you are in good shape, quotas are set as your goals to always have a high, 98% or high billed to projects. Employees depend on the business developers to win new business and win re-competes, and hope that the work is in your field and area. If your contract ends and there is not a project for you, you are put on leave without pay. There if no guarantee a project will be coming soon, totally out of your control. Your manager and the upper management are spread across the country, so they do not personally know you. The last couple of years many of my peers with 18+ years were let go. My project ends in 1.5yr with no sense a follow up project is in the future...I am looking for new opportunities to continue unitizing my skills.

    Advice to Management

    Your senior and most experienced employees still have a strong commitment to Dr. Beyster's belief to exceed your customers expectations and each employee is a business developer and owns a piece of SAIC's success. With the restructure you have lost the connection with these same people, which you are letting go the following day after their project ends. Don't think that other employees are not concerned of what will happen to them once each of their project ends....they will look to leave to obtain a more stable employment. Employees do not feel like anyone cares if they stay or go, or bother to seek new projects for them. SAD!

  10. Helpful (1)

    Not the company it used to be
    Where I worked was bought by SAIC in 2004 we were a small contractor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAIC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people never lacked for work at least when I was there can't speak to that now

    Cons

    Pay wasn't great you had to fight for everything you got my manager thought remote working was great but he didn't want anyone else to do it
    He didn't like me because I opened my mouth

    Advice to Management

    Be careful who you put in management positions just because they have been there for. While doesn't mean they are cut out for it

  11. Helpful (2)

    It is...what it is.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAIC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Salary is pretty fair from both what I've seen and heard.

    Cons

    Quality of people, management, facilities.

    Know this: aside from the exciting videos of people doing high technology and smiling, SAIC is a services company who focuses on military contracts. There aren't people inventing things or working to solve humanities problems.

    Most all of us get stuck in a grimy building on a military installation and are turning wrenches on military vehicles. That's the true nature of this company; chasing down contracts and keeping the military industrial complex alive and well. If you're okay with that, come on in and close the door. If you want to do something that promotes a healthy future for the whole of humanity...keep movin.

    Advice to Management

    Push for and invest in the health and welfare of the people who do the real wrench turning. Look at the success of companies who invest in their people. Quality facilities, tools to do their job, nurture an environment of happiness and commeraderie.

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