SAIC Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
1,115 Reviews
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SAIC Chief Executive Officer Anthony Moraco
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance good / Not Micro Managed unless your not meeting deadlines (in 47 reviews)

  • Like I said above the company does have a good reputation along with good benefits (in 60 reviews)


Cons
  • Very little loyalty from senior management to long-term, mid-level employees (in 33 reviews)

  • Upper management doesn't know (or is not saying) what they see for the future for SAIC (in 32 reviews)

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  1.  

    Does not recognize hard work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at SAIC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They are a large, stable company. Job security should not be a concern.

    Cons

    They do not value the worth of their employees. You can perform better each year and not receive the pay raise you deserve. They use any excuse as a cost saving reason, including the government shutdown in a division that only does commercial contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide timely raises, promotions, and competitive benefits or your employees will be hired by your competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Large company that's in the midst of a transformation

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

    I have been working at SAIC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazingly talented colleagues
    Like most consulting firms...important to build your internal network

    Cons

    In its current state, not the right company for you if you are not open to change
    Development of employees is slim to none right now
    Communication between management and staff is in consistent and sporadic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Decent Entry Job

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

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    Decent pay for the amount of work required.

    Cons

    Promotions take too long. Worried about budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just go with your gut instinct. Don't worry about the government regulations that are slowing progress. Sometimes getting the contract means lowering your morals. These are the qualities that bring in business. It may not be right but it is the culture that has been facilitated in this country top down. Bring back happy hour and pay for the cab rides home. And if necessary, hire some high dollar call girls for the COTRs to make things happen. Come on, this is America.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Some good, some bad.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    Paid well, interesting work up to a point.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, not much focus on employee development. Taught just enough to do my job but not enough variety to make it interesting on an ongoing basis. Too much repetition.

  6.  

    Management only takes care of themselves and the stockholders

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

    I have been working at SAIC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Overall, good colleagues and work life balance.

    Cons

    High cost of medical and dental, high deductibles. Depending on the manager, flex time may or may not be an option. 19 PTO for new hires only if you are at $150,000 or higher. Current employees got grandfathered at 19 PTO if under $150,000.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We know part of your bonus is tied to the stock price, and that is a factor why you favor buying back shares. Next time think of putting some of that cash towards employee salaries and invest in the company for a long term strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Hard to Connect with Company Culture if Working Remote

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at SAIC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The work was good and most people were very professional. Pay in my case was good, as was the ability to work independently at client locations (may vary depending on management).

    Cons

    It was hard to be a part of the company. As a remote employee, I felt more like an independent contractor most of the time. As long as the client was paying, having me onboard was no big deal. Once funding ran out, no opportunities were available and I was terminated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to understand the perspective of the everyday employee, who cares about doing good work and making a good living, not stock prices, company splits, and other corporate busywork. Understand that not everyone is gunning to make VP or CEO one day, reward us appropriately, and see how much better things get. You can't force a culture, but you can start to grow a good one.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A rapidly changing company

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

    I have been working at SAIC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    My best reasons for working at SAIC are my colleagues, including my immediate managers. Even when working on separate projects, we help each other out as best as we can. At least in the part of the company where I work, there is an atmosphere of trust, support, and respect. We look out for each other.

    Cons

    SAIC is the smaller of the two companies resulting from the split of "old SAIC" into SAIC and Leidos on October 1, 2013. A "matrix" reorganization has created annoyances at the working level and may have made us less nimble, not more. The business environment is increasingly constrained. Upper management is looking for all sorts of ways to cut costs, which is imposing burdens on employees. The customers are spending less on contracts, so raises and bonuses are increasingly scarce. (The quality of benefits fell sharply a couple of years ago, before the split, and is holding steady lately.) The company is not committed to anyone who isn't covered full-time -- an unpredictable condition in a time of sequestration and occasional government shutdowns. SAIC no longer offers the opportunities it once did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First, you have little to sell but your employees' time, so take care of your employees before those with choices go away. Second, give your organizations the leeway to invest in business development before they run out of work to do. Third, if looking after the interests of shareholders is preventing you from doing either of the above, take the company private as soon as you can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working for SAIC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Control Analyst III  in  Mc Lean, IL
    Former Employee - Project Control Analyst III in Mc Lean, IL

    I worked at SAIC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Benefits, relationship with other departments was great, the team I was working with was excellent, first line managers were great

    Cons

    No career advancement, hard to get promotion, no training available, too much bureaucracy, benefits were getting worse from year to year

  10.  

    Overall, experienced pleasant mobility within the Contract; with required skills, able to easily advance.

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    Former Employee - Salaried Employee  in  Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Salaried Employee in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at SAIC full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Only worked on one Contract for over 10 years. Great atmosphere in the company prior to the split in September 2013. The personnel in our location were awesome; family-like. Some managers helped their employees; communicating news about the way ahead. Training was abundant at the start of the Contract; lesser later on due to budget restraints.

    Cons

    Top management and some mid-level managers did not keep their personnel informed of items pertaining to the company nor the Contract. Job opportunities used to be ample but not so anymore, due to the company split. Now, only minimul opportunities for those leaving Contracts. The company is only hiring the new generation, it seems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, due to the splitting of the company, managers were downsized; comapny is still standing up. For future managers, the company motto should be 'we keep our employees informed'.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Best, Better, Good, Average, What's next?

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

    I have been working at SAIC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good talented people to work with.

    Cons

    Disappearing health insurance, disappearing 401K, smaller raises, and shrinking or no bonuses are a cause for alarm not only in this company but in this industry. It seems to be a race to see who can get rid of any overhead that benefits employees the fastest. Eventually I will move to a smaller company where many of my co-workers are headed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "SAIC values its employees" has become a hollow statement and "SAIC needs to cut back to remain competitive" is now the mantra. When the best and brightest end up working for the subcontractors I will join them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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