SRA International

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SRA International Reviews in Fairfax, VA

Updated Jun 10, 2014
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2.9 55 reviews

43% Approve of the CEO

SRA International CEO William L. Ballhaus

William L. Ballhaus

(21 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • work / life balance, fexability, fellow employees support(in 34 reviews)

  • good benefits , although every year they are becoming less and less(in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • In short, the upper management doesn't seem to recognize there are people working for them(in 14 reviews)

  • Not quallifying for 50 Best Companies to Work For is justified(in 7 reviews)

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    Was great - Now part of the Government contractor herd

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Fairfax, VA

    ProsOpen door policy at all levels of management. Management sincerely has a vested interest in employee longevity with the company. Which in turn created a great group of loyal and committed employees.

    ConsMany benefits have been cut or taken away. Also, the way some well respected and loyal executive managers, who were instrumental in building SRA, were let go by the new executive management was plain wrong. Their actions showed no appreciation and in turn lost respect from the remaining employees.

    The culture that was practiced from the original managers was showing gratitude for their employees, and the sentiment was returned. With new management came the swift cutting of benefits, and changes in employee communication that made it clear there is now a barrier between employees and executives.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is ironic, SRA was a Fortune 100 company, for at least a 9 year span. After the slicing and dicing of benefits and how employees are viewed, a SRA questionnaire came out asking employees how they can make SRA one of the best companies to work for. I have no words of how to help management figure this one out. Hint: It was already a great company!

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    A good company to work for, until they decided that they needed to be acquired.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Fairfax, VA

    ProsProject team is extremely competent and professional (acquired from smaller company). Flexible schedules and liberal teleworking policy is very convenient.

    ConsEver changing benefit structure to minimize overhead is a royal pain. IT needs to figure out how to provide workstations that developers can use and not put so many restrictions on needed functionality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. Morale has been sinking due to all the benefit cuts recently.

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

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    Loosing original values

    Director (Current Employee) Fairfax, VA

    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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    Decent Government Contracting Company

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Fairfax, VA

    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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    Been steadily going downhill for years

    Senior (Current Employee) Fairfax, VA

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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