SRA International Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Recruiter

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

    I have been working at SRA International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are none as a recruiter. If you are on a project that you like that might be ok.

    Cons

    I would not recommend working here as a recruiter

  2. Helpful (2)

    No Improvement in Employee Relations after years of disappointments and claims of concern by executives.

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

    I have been working at SRA International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pros are getting fewer and fewer. Still a great deal of flexibility in work/life balance.

    Cons

    The equity firm borrowed heavily to purchase the company, so the top executives are cutting through the bone to make the company appear more profitable. Wages are stagnant for most employees. Employees took a 3% benefit cut, while being told repeatedly that the benefits had not been cut. Promotion or advancement opportunities are few and far between. New career pathways program designed to address development and attrition doesn't seem promising, especially to those in the career pathway they forgot to include (mission support, consulting (management, OCM, HR, etc.), and emergency/continuity planning and preparedness.

    Senior and executive management have dismantled the cultural backbone of the company. The core values driving the company right now is "work hard and look out for the Top Exec's bonuses."

    Advice to Management

    Commit to an actual strategy to revitalize the company. "Win more business, lose fewer re-competes" is not a strategy, that is a description of the basic competitive structure of the industry.

    Get out of the headquarters bubble you live in. Interacting with, and listening to the people in contract execution and front line managers will give you a good set of perspectives. Had you done this with the Pathways program, you probably wouldn't have left out 25% of your workforce when developing the construct.

  3. Helpful (1)

    How SRA take care of there people

    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company, ok benefits, and nothing else.

    Cons

    They do not pay their employees a fair wage. To get highly trained people you need to pay them or they will move to better companies.

    Advice to Management

    To keep your customers happy and stop high turnover pay your highly technical employees a fair wage.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Affordable Care Act Contractor with SRA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - IPA in Houston, TX
    Current Contractor - IPA in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers with a large variety of industry backgrounds and a laid-back work environment.

    Cons

    No clear expectations made head-on, non-existent deadlines/unreasonable goals, zero rewards for work performance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro-managing your employees. Set explicit and measurable goals and deadlines. Cross-train your employees so they are able to hold multiple responsibilities. Utilize your actual support staff to perform outreach duties in order to increase the productivity of contract staff and become more cost effective. Have some trust in your employees. Know when to lessen your direct supervision. As a new employee grows more confident in their role, reduce your direct supervision of them.

  6. Helpful (4)

    Last Straw

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

    I have been working at SRA International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Depends on the project that an employee works on. Feeling toward the company will rely heavily on feeling toward the middle management. I am on a project that is up for re-compete. I like the project so I hope SRA loses so I can join a better company and stay on the project.

    Cons

    The company has turned negatively from a consistent Forbes Top 100 company to a debt ridden defense contractor that is owned by an equity firm. The company is mostly has debt issues because the equity firm overpaid and the employees are taking the hit from these mistakes. Consistent benefits cuts over 3 years has made a lot of talent jump ship. The company is mostly a body shop at this point. Bid low, hope to win. If SRA wins, the senior leadership is awarded while the middle management is left to pick up the pieces from the poorly bid proposal effort.

    Advice to Management

    Providence Equity should sell the company to release SRA employees from their wrath. The current SRA CEO is just a puppet and SRA former great leadership (Ernst) appears to have no power anymore.

  7. Helpful (2)

    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Listen to employees and have a better work like balance.

  8. Helpful (9)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (5)

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (2)

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

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (2)

    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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