SRA International
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www.sra.com Fairfax, VA 5000+ Employees

SRA International Reviews in Fairfax, VA

Updated Mar 20, 2014
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2.7 51 reviews

                             

42% Approve of the CEO

SRA International CEO William L. Ballhaus

William L. Ballhaus

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44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Decent Government Contracting Company

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Fairfax, VA

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

Pros+ SRA provided training for certifications
+ Health Incentives (gift cards)
+ Opportunities for career growth

Cons- Compensation
- Lots of "realigning with industry" = benefit cuts

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Loosing original values

Director (Current Employee)
Fairfax, VA

I have been working at SRA International full-time for more than 10 years

Proswork / life balance, fexability, fellow employees support

Conslost our way, budget cuts, have become a people mill.

Advice to Senior ManagementPeople first work always; we’ve lost the values our founder Ernest instilled of looking out for our people. We were not a people mill which made this company great in the past.

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

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Been steadily going downhill for years

Senior (Current Employee)
Fairfax, VA

I have been working at SRA International full-time for more than 8 years

ProsExtremely flexible telecommuting policy. Anual raises. Some training opportunities not available elsewhere. They pay for any certification that you pass (though I would not be surprised if that benefit comes to an end).

ConsGetting promoted is like pulling teeth. Even when you do, your salary barely moves. Moving to another position in the company with more responsibility does not raise salary either. They eliminated "princple." Basically impossible to get more money no matter what you do. 401k slashed, medical slashed, holidays, slashed, vacation slashed! What's next?

Advice to Senior ManagementJust sell already! You can't squeeze blood from a stone.

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

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Current CEO and management has accelerated the company's decline

Technical Lead (Current Employee)
Fairfax, VA

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

ProsFlex schedule on some projects.

ConsLots of over compensated, incompetent management layers contributing to cost structure. Management indulges in PR show and long winding emails from time to time to prop up sagging morale of the workforce. HR is the worst run of all departments. Management keeps chipping away dwindling employee benefits to maintain bottom-line versus growing the business. Benefits are rebranded time to time to make it appear like they are providing new and additional benefits.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to bring in corporate efficiency consultants to fix management structure and costs. Hire successful CEO and COOs with proven track record in turning around a declining company to an engine of growth.

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

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Turning the Corner

Senior Principal (Current Employee)
Fairfax, VA

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

ProsCompany seems to be turning the corner. Revenues seem a bit down, but the new CEO seems to be "pulling all the levers" to get the company back to it's hay day of high revenues, explosive growth and high morale.

ConsSame management team with some reworks. Upper Management seems to be into theatrics and fluff and not enough substance. We have had multiple rif's, forced layoffs, early retirements and the upper management team seems to be unscathed.

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop and train staff.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Ok place to grow skills, but jump to another company for higher salary.

Sys Administrative (Current Employee)
Fairfax, VA

I have been working at SRA International

ProsI have had a chance to grow my skills greatly at SRA.
I have seen many very smart people at SRA.
Better than most companies when it comes to honesty in dealing with employees.

ConsMy current salary is way below industry average for my quals and skills.
Has seen downhill slope for employee satisfaction in recent years. Fell off 100 best companies to work for list, and I see why.
Was probably better company to work for years ago, but has growing pains. Recently sold to huge conglomerate...they will probably try to turn the company around and sell for higher price. This could be a good thing for sra.
My raises seem generous when you look at percentage, but never got me to the level of my skills, responsibilities, and qualifications.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your people. Try to go back to your roots...best company in the world by any measure, including employee satisfaction.

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business focused company no frills

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Fairfax, VA

I have been working at SRA International

ProsSRA is a company in the midst of change. Putting accountability in the system which should have beneficial longer term benefits.

ConsMaking the shift to a large company has been challenging on many fronts. Still not adequate infrastructure and too many manual processes. Sometimes leaders make decisions without understanding the impact on the many first line managers.

Advice to Senior Managementseek feedback on major changes from first line managers. Make sure to keep incentive pay aligned with those that produce.

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It's mediocre depending on the position

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Fairfax, VA

I have been working at SRA International

ProsGreat benefits! Some nice people to work with. Orders food out a lot of the times when people are visiting from other companies.

ConsNo growth potential, training, upward mobility. Pretty stagnant without much leeway for growth. No mentoring from direct management, depending on the position.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more guidance and potential for training and career development. Mentor and develop entry level employees who aspire to want to become future management leaders.

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SRA is nothing speical.

Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Fairfax, VA

I have been working at SRA International

ProsI'm not sure I can really say there are any real good reason to work for SRA. None that comes to mind that puts SRA above any other company in the area. Maybe: SRA does win contracts so at least there's potential for future work.

ConsSRA is one of Forbes Top 100 Companies to work for... but SRA's spot on the top 100 has been sliding every year. in 2008, SRA barely made the list and we highly doubt the company will make the list next year.

SRA use to have dedicated staff to find you work if your contract ended but they have since disbanded that department (to save money, or so I hear). That *was* one of the selling points to working at SRA.

Like all other gov't contractors in the DC area, when you work off-site (i.e. not at t he corporate headquarters) then you don't really feel like you're part of the company.

I don't feel that SRA promotes from within enough. and the addition of responsibilities does NOT come with additional pay. likewise bonuses are almost embarrassing compared to other companies. I'm told that this is no better or worst then other companies in the industry but it's still not very encouraging.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is concerned about turnover rates and with good reason. Very few people I work with feel appreciated for their work and when asked to take on additional responsibilities, why is there no increase in pay? even a small one as a token of good faith to do good work is absent. where is the incentive for any of us to work hard/harder when the dead-weight gets paid just the same?

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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An ok government contractor but certainly not the best.

Principal Consultant (Current Employee)
Fairfax, VA

I have been working at SRA International

ProsThe work life balanace is good. There is very little pressure to perform but that also means there isn't much reward when you do perform. The benefits are good and pretty much all encompassing. There are a few interesting projects to work on, but not as many as you would like to see. There aren't a lot of people who have to travel on a regular basis, so if you are looking to stay in the area where you live this is a good place. As long as you perform well enough you are pretty much left alone to do your job.

ConsLimited advancement beyond a certain level. Work is commotitized. Acquired companies are fairly siloed and are not valued as much as they could be. It is hard to break into upper management even if you are talented. Pay scale is good for junior and some mid-level positions but it tops out once you are a Principal or higher unless you are one of the top 10 or so employees. There isn't a great pay for performance model. They say this is something they are working on, but we haven't seen any changes. It takes a long time to change anything at SRA.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to do a better job recognizing and rewarding superior talent.

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