SRA International

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SRA International Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
446 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • SRA provides a very relaxed atmosphere and places a focus on work-life balance (in 40 reviews)

  • They tend to be a company that does value honesty and service (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Constant realignment of upper management in order to make company more competitive (in 17 reviews)

  • SRA used to have a reputation as one of THE companies to work for (in 8 reviews)

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    Pros and Cons

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

    I have been working at SRA International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Most of the people are nice; I'm employed

    Cons

    Micromanaging by upper management and TLs. Benefits have gotten worse over the last few years and raises are non existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and have a better work like balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    What a great former company. Not the same AT ALL.

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

    I worked at SRA International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work opportunities. Chance to learn and grow. Work with good people on projects that make a difference. Decent salary and benefits.

    Cons

    This used to be such a great company. Now with so much of the focus of paying off the debt for going private cuts have been extreem. Also, this used to be a company that would reward the folks who helped the company grow. Now it is full of politics in terms of who you know and how they like you. Good solid work is no longer rewarded. I suspect SRA will pay off their debt off employee's backs and be sold to the highest bidder in the next few years. Not a place to build a career anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! Your people and groups are not in touch. Your new logo and slogan ring sour and hypocritical. Your senior most leaders are lying and act unethicaly. And SRA has no idea how close to the end of value it actually is. I am not sure anything can actually make it a "best place to work" anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Insecure middle managers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SRA International

    Pros

    Large company with lots of projects

    Cons

    I can't speak to every project, but my experience was characterized by insecure, jealous middle managers who were suspicious of their best employees, apparently afraid of having someone outshine them. They would manipulate, hide information or lie outright. Not just one, but several. One manager even admitted that the company trains managers in how to manipulate employees, and seemed proud of it. It was very hard to progress one's career in such an environment, even when doing excellent work. One had to always watch one's back for the character assassination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put all the managers in self-help groups so they can feel better about themselves.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    They literally never assigned me anything to do and didn't provide any training.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SRA International as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is reasonably good, and the people working there generally seemed nice. There were lots of free desserts.

    Cons

    From day one they literally never assigned me anything to do. I feared for job stability, because I'd never been assigned any projects to work on and never received any training. It seems like they have more employees than they need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that all employees are receiving some kind of training and some kind of work assignments, and make sure that the purpose of their position is something they understand. I came in as a contractor, and I wanted to work, and in the months that I was there I was literally never given any training or assigned any single task.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job Titles and Experience Mean NOTHING to SRA Management

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

    I have been working at SRA International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The employees in the field (not at corporate) - excluding management - are hard-working, professionals and great to work with.

    Cons

    - Micro-managing project managers! Warning: You won't be treated like a professional here! These managers have no interest in discussing work conflicts with their employees!
    - Self-serving project leads with no backbones.
    - No regard for the individual employee's work history and previous responsibilities; all they seem to care about is giving you the lowest salary possible.
    - The "Honesty" part of their motto apparently does not apply to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than avoiding a conflict of your own creation - such as giving a new employee "Senior" status (which even by the company's own definition he does NOT qualify for) and then having the person who's been on the job for almost 4 years train and mentor that person with no extra compensation - take responsibility for the conflict and find a way to resolve it equitably and professionally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a place to call home...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Help Desk Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Help Desk Specialist in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at SRA International as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    SRA has a good work/life balance
    They offer lots of training for free or will reimburse you for certifications and course you take
    They will hire you even if you don't have much experience.

    Cons

    Our benefits have decreased every year since I began working with SRA,
    Upper management will stiff you out of a raise just to keep within their budgets
    There are no set disciplinary protocols so they can write you up or fire you whenever they feel like it
    Upper management rather hire new employees for cheap than pay their seasoned employees what they deserve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting costs at your employees expense

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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

    I worked at SRA International

    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
  9. 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

    I have been working at SRA International

    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
  10. 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

    I have been working at SRA International full-time

    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
  11. 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

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

    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

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