SRA International
3.0 of 5 392 reviews
www.sra.com Fairfax, VA 5000+ Employees

SRA International Reviews in Fairfax, VA

Updated Mar 27, 2014
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2.9 54 reviews

                             

43% Approve of the CEO

SRA International CEO William L. Ballhaus

William L. Ballhaus

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46% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    6 people found this helpful  

    Use to be a great company, but is definitely a sinking ship

    Grunt (Former Employee)
    Fairfax, VA

    ProsThe grunt workers who have been with SRA since the beginning. Normal people, that are close to retirement that treat you well and with respect.

    ConsManagement is lousy, benefits are being cut, you are a number and a paycheck for the company, there hasn't been anything good to say about SRA for awhile.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement knows they can't do anything so why bother. They're crossing their fingers that they don't get cut as well. (And a bunch of them have been cut already)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Titanic and the Costa Concordia.

    Vice President (Current Employee)
    Fairfax, VA

    ProsGood mission driven work and the company truly values its clients.

    ConsTop Management shows no clear direction for the company, benefits are being cut, jobs being lost and our strategy for growth is boxes, sqaures, triangles and circles on a chart with no clear direction as to how we sustain the business, win and grow. This place is not what it used to be and will never be the same as long as the current regime is running things.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI can't offer any. Just waiting to see when/if the company will be sold and to whom and at what cost. The management is in this for themselves. Large payouts to the CEO who clearly had no experience leading and growing a company like the great brand SRA used to be. Watching and waiting. The best leadership potential for this company is somewhere else.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor HR Team

    Human Resources Business Partner (Current Employee)
    Fairfax, VA

    ProsI get a paycheck. If you are lucky you support a good team with professional managers.

    ConsThe HR team reorganized in 2012 and 2013. The HR leaders use this opportunity to promote and keep employees they personally like. For both reorg, HRBPs (including new hires who are 2 months in the company) were asked to apply and interview if they are interested in staying. This left a bad taste and I'm looking to leave soon as I find another opportunity. I'm concerned applying for my job will be an annual event and if I become unpopular with the HR managers, I'm out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect your employees and stop the backstabbing. There's a reason HR has high turnover at the manager and employee level.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Over Its Head

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Fairfax, VA

    ProsSRA was a leader with a recognizable name in the federal government systems integrator space. It still has the name recognition so current employees can use that in pursuing their next opportunity.

    ConsThe company's acquisition by a venture capital firm (Provident Equity Partners) has compelled executive leadership to compromise the honest and integrity that once made the company great. The company's leave plan has been reduced significantly. Leave have been taken away from the more tenured employees. Severance plan was reduced significantly. Internal Mobility is ineffective. There has been a 3 year drought in winning large proposals and a trend in losing major contracts re-competes. There is an urgency to meet investors revenue goals that has placed pressure on employees at the project level as everyone is being asked to do more with less. This environment is a pressure cooker with little employee engagement or incentive beyond a paycheck.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management has communicated the state of the company and its vision however on the ground at the project level the message is we've reduced or have taken away benefits, but it's this way with our competitors too so work hard and be glad in this economy you still have a job. There has to be a better message to get the buy in from employees to perform at a higher level.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Ever since Providence Equity bought us, the company has been killing us with death by a thousand cuts

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Fairfax, VA

    ProsI like the people I work with

    ConsThe company says it strives to be a "best place to work" but all of the HR actions they are taking proves otherwise. We are clearly driven by the bottom line, screw the employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWith all the employees having to give up old time benefits, like the nice health care plan, the on-site nurses, and the formerly industry-standard PTO plan, why don't you chip in some of your excessive bonuses so you can feel the pain like the rest of the staff? You preach Honesty & Service, but why don't you live up to? Talk is cheap, much like your actions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Culture of collaboration has been lost.

    Human Resources Administration (Current Employee)
    Fairfax, VA

    ProsDecent (not top-line) benefits
    Company very client-focused
    Recently there is more focus on building business

    Cons"Honesty and Service" logo needs to be just "Service". Honesty and open communications with upper management is no longer valued, at least in HR.
    Preferential treatment regardless of performance.
    Culture of collaboration has been lost.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSRA used to have a reputation for dealing fairly with its employees. Due to contract losses, pay reductions on recompetes are becoming more commonplace. Even if the recompete is won, staff are leaving for other jobs to regain their prior salaries. On the administrative side, staff reductions plus increased workloads are putting inordinate pressure on remaining staff to get work done. We are losing good people as a result. Don't have the answer, just know it's no longer an enjoyable work atmosphere.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    SRA is a shadow of what it was in the 1990's

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Fairfax, VA

    ProsStill some hardcore SRA'ers left in the company that motivate the younger generations

    ConsLimited career paths - remaining billable is the only option and that can be difficult without any bench time betweenprojects

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp middle management to understand the difference between business capture and project execution

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    She ain't what she used to be...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Fairfax, VA

    ProsIf you are primarily concerned with finding "project work", there is plenty to go around. They will find your butt a seat to sit in if they can.

    ConsThis isn't a place where many people get ahead or even share in the success of the company. Don't expect to make a career here -- very few do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut your people first -- always.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A so so place to work. Management preaches one thing but practices something different

    (Current Employee)
    Fairfax, VA

    ProsGood health benefits for most part, however it may fade away with time. Some projects allows work from home option for at least two days a week

    ConsManagement heavy company with a Gov like bureaucracy structure. Employees joining from client projects to corporate are usually asked to take a pay cut. Most managers are fit for nothing except a few notable here and there. Usually employees are laid off with 2 weeks notice unless you are a chum of a management protege. Poor HR, recruiting and internal placement services.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet back to basics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not The Company it Used To Be

    Technical Lead (Current Employee)
    Fairfax, VA

    ProsStable Work
    Good Benefits
    Some Really Talented Smart People

    ConsManagement cares about $$$$ only
    Lower Compensation
    They Don't Invest In Your Future Once In The Door

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop focusing on gross margins and dollars. Your people are leaving because compensation is low and the managers on project sites aren't listening to their employees needs. If the company can turn back time to the leadership style of 10+ years ago, the company would be successful again.

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