SRA International

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SRA International Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
406 Reviews

2.7
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get worse and worse

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

    Pros

    management does not care about employees at all, although they kept saying people are valued asset. employees are only bunch of deployable resources.

    Cons

    a lot, ridiculous pay and benefits package, too many office politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst place I have EVER worked...bar none

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

    Pros

    Very little, if any. I'll get back to you.

    Cons

    Low pay; horrible benefits; ineffective and out of touch management all the way down to first line (I've seen my reviewer about five times in the last year and a half). No incentive to achieve. The best people are leaving in droves. Morale is horrible. The hypocrisy of "Honesty and Service" is nauseating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tighten the over-inflated management payroll and reward the skilled professionals on the client sites that bring you your money. Think outside the box for incentives and rewards. Demand your first line managers go out of their way to interact with their reports. Get out of your corporate offices and meet the customers and find out why your projects aren't up to standards; find out why your people are ashamed of working for SRA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Beyond the Economy

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

    Pros

    Telecommuting and education benefits IF pursuing a degree.

    Cons

    Benefits are no longer good. Incompetent Managers and Directors are not removed. Too many promotions are based on personal relationships vs. actual competence and contributions to the company. Heavy laden with overburdensome and inefficient internal systems that slow down the work.

    Personnel input is solicited for the sake of PR and good form, but not often listened to. SRA used to be successful because the executive management cared about and responded effectively to their personnel who do the actual work. Now insincerity abounds.

    Internally it seems like a perpetual game of "Tag, You're It". This is code for "You're Terminated". People are constantly laid off including many of their best, long standing performers. Management often makes no mention of employee departures and then behaves as if the employees never existed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Laying off your best, brightest and proven personnel to cut salary costs while retaining and promoting those less competent with lower compensation, often leads to the exodus of your few remaining competent employees. Remember, a ship is only as good as its crew.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    What will they take away next?

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

    Pros

    Having a job makes me not homeless. They give you a little money towards commuting expenses, until they take that away.

    Cons

    Incompetent management at contracted client locations. They brought the cap down on paid time off, they've taken away some paid holidays, the new health plans are inferior and more expensive than years past, no raises or raises that don't even keep up with inflation, they extended the amount of time you have to work at the company to get a few extra days paid time off, they went from matching 401k every paycheck to once a year, and you have to be an employee on the last day of the year to get it. They also seem to be winning new contracts pretty regularly, yet are doing absolutely nothing to reinstate any of the benefits that they've taken away over the past few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone involved in slashing employee benefits should take a hefty paycut as well. You should also care about employee morale, as it's currently abysmal. And you need to do a much better job of hiring and policing (and firing) your program managers and other management at client sites because most of them that just have business experience (and sometimes not even that) and no technical experience are driving contracts and morale into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not as impessive as they claim they are.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Years ago SRA was a great place to work.

    Cons

    Typical big business mentality. Dissapointing waste of 10 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Winded all hands meetings are pointless. Employees know that they'll be left with more questions than answers.

  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Like watching the bad guys retrofit a chocolate factory into a horse slaughterhouse

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

    Pros

    - A few idealistic and loyal stalwarts from the good ole days still doing what they can to make the place live up to the old promise of "Honesty and Service"
    - Free parking

    Cons

    Gone are the days of Ernst Volgenau and Renny DiPentima at the helm, when SRA was growing, profitable, took care of its employees of all levels and tenures, and most importantly, had a bright future. A few tumultuous years under Stan Sloane were followed by a disastrous private acquisition and the installation of Bill Balhous as CEO, who inspires very little loyalty and "warm and fuzzies," except with maybe a select few upper echelon executives who have found space under his wing.

     The money has dried up, both for the business and for the employees (who get to hear about "Best in Breed" performance review practices that ensure only the single highest performer on a given team receives a cost-of-living wage increase).

    Benefits have been whittled back to nothing resembling industry-competitive, career growth is limited by managements' seemingly single-minded instinct to source first from outside rather than promote from within, facilities and space has been sold off, leased out, and parceled up, and the fun team-centric working atmosphere that defined the heyday and attracted top talent has been replaced by hollow promises that everything's still the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stop deceptively selling prospective clients, new joiners, and partners on old corporate values that are no longer adhered to. Talk your walk if you refuse to walk your talk. If profitability and being as "lean" as possible are the qualities that all upper management are being driven to delivering, then why talk about Honesty and Service as if it were still SRA's north star?
    - Money talks. And if you follow the sound, it blabs its way right into a very few sets of hands, all right at the top.
    - Get involved again, Ernst. Intimately. If you can't anymore, at least spend some time handpicking someone who can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    worst company you could work with, a 100% body shop

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

    Pros

    I can't see anything good here. Unless you are in the management level, your environment is totally subject to your client. SRA will not keep you one day if your client doesn't pay SRA. I do see some good colleagues here, but they seem to be here for retirement.

    Cons

    low salary, almost 0 benefit, your job security is 0. You feel you lost in the middle of nowhere. When you need help, GOOGLE is your best friend, not your boss or colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work harder if you want to stay in business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company when I joined -- Began a dive when new management took over

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Principal  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    Great people who work hard and collaborate well. There is a sense of pride in "Honesty and Service" and many in the company do considerable service work outside work time.

    Cons

    New management is more interest in protecting 7 figure salaries and caring for employees. Benefits cuts drove many people away include those who were very skilled in winning new business. Many of the changes are driven by management's wish to pay off the debt and sell the company -- if there is much of a company left to sell

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up your 7 figure salaries and bonuses and rebuild the company's benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Better than no job at all. Barely

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

    Pros

    A paycheck twice a month, even if it is far below market.

    Cons

    Annual reduction of pay, benefits and holidays - SRA doesn't even recognize Veterans' Day as of 2014! Experience an talent leaving in droves because they're tired of being overworked and underpaid and unappreciated by management all the way up to the CEO. No morale and no incentives. The company is bleeding good, experience, certified people and management is ignoring it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit bidding on projects that you cannot afford and lose money on. Give your (remaining) experienced field staff reason to stay and pay them proportionally. Quit make excuses for making bad decisions. Pay your people and make attempt to respect that they make your inflated paychecks just that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work 60 hours, get 40 hours pay. Work 39 hours get 39 hours pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Chesapeake, VA

    Pros

    Many good technicians but most have left with the pay cuts.

    Cons

    No overtime. No comp-time. Terrible company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend

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