SRA International Reviews

Updated August 14, 2015
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SRA International CEO William L. Ballhaus
William L. Ballhaus
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Pros
  • SRA has a good work/life balance (in 41 reviews)

  • Competitive salary, good benefits (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management will stiff you out of a raise just to keep within their budgets (in 18 reviews)

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

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  1. If you are considering SRA, recommend you look elsewhere.

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Contractor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I do not see a pro. There's the one, two, three, five, ten fifteen, twenty year awards, if one believes they provide a value.

    Cons

    Look up the term "forlorn hope." On-site front-line troops are given one tool and it is up to the troops themselves to find the materials to survive. For example, imagine you are given a rifle with no bullets and you have to find those bullets wherever you can. Headquarters will not provide the bullets because there are no government funds to buy them. Expect absolutely no support from headquarters, EXCEPT, if there is a Government RFP in which they want to bid and they want you to do it. Even then, expect no input other than "IS IT DONE?". However, expect to see the weekly email reminding you to fill in the timecard. Bottom-line. This is a company that WOULD VALUE ALBERT EINSTEIN AS A PATENT CLERK AND NOTHING MORE. A better investment for someone looking to join this company is to spend $500 to create your own small business corporation and subcontract. SRA is a great example of a "beltway bandit."

    Advice to Management

    The management staff lacks the mental capacity to operate and build a company. To management, what exactly are the assets of the company? If the executive management staff lacks the mental capacity, how then can you find fault with them? In reality, the problem is not with the management staff, but with Providence Equity Partners, the owners of SRA, who put the management staff in place for if SRA were a publicly-listed company, there would be very little shareholders. That in of itself, speaks volumes to why it is private.


  2. avoid at all costs

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    Current Employee - Principal in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Principal in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    still trying to find one.

    Cons

    Management rewards its own and leaves out the hard working front line people. sub contractors are treated poorly, and they seems to have to hire a lot of subs because no one wants to work directly for the company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    It started out ok but got worse and worse.

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can't think of any at least not if you're working for HR and Recruiting

    Cons

    treated like a number and not valued especially by the HR team The majority of the recruiting leadership team has no recruiting experience and they keep introducing new programs that made our job harder

    Advice to Management

    Review your HR and recruiting leadership team and what they are doing and then compare that to what other companies are doing and I think you'll be surprised by how your own organization is making things worse


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Very Disappointed how I was treated by management.

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    Former Employee - Site Supervisor Enrollment Assistance Center in Cliffside Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Site Supervisor Enrollment Assistance Center in Cliffside Park, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SRA International (More than a year)

    Pros

    I loved my job. I loved managing people. And those who worked for me praised my management style. Even my managment praised my management style during enrollment

    Cons

    I received a good review and my site was 2nd in enrollments with 50 employees. Management waited until enrollment was over and they did not need me anymore. Then they set up a way to get rid of me by appointing me committee chairperson and judging me unfairly It was very obvious. They did not use the same criteria in judging others. Also favoritism was shown to others

    Advice to Management

    Don't preach about working on teams when your goals is to destroy teams. What a let down!!! Management has totally discouraged current team members with how they have treated former team members and how they show favoritism to certain team members.


  6. Helpful (1)

    mixed reviews

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    Former Employee - Overstay Analyst/Criminal Investigative Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Overstay Analyst/Criminal Investigative Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SRA International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    large company, with many different contracts

    Cons

    Management on contracts bully you and have unrealistic production goals


  7. needs improvement

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SRA International as a contractor

    Pros

    pay, benefits, very diverse learning techniques and instructors

    Cons

    lots of miscommunication which leads to program mismanagement, senior management isn't as supportive as they should be, lots of backstabbing in order to carry out hidden agendas

    Advice to Management

    Needs restructuring within certain programs


  8. Helpful (1)

    body shop

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SRA International part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mmmm....let me think.....run of the mill contract company, really I cannot think of anything outstanding for SRA.

    Cons

    They are reducing benefits at an accelerated pace. Arrogant and out-of-touch management and inept HR department. What a combination!

    Advice to Management

    What kind of advice can you give to a bunch of megalomaniacs who clearly do not care about their workforce? Go see a psychiatrist?


  9. Helpful (1)

    Not a great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SRA International full-time

    Pros

    The benefits package isn't bad, although they cut the vacation time and some of the benefits.

    Cons

    They overwork you and don't care about your career goals. They force you into working several positions and don't listen when you tell them you are over worked. Management is bad. Worst Project I have even been on.

    Advice to Management

    Don't burn out your good employees, take care of them so they will stay committed. Get rid of the dead weight and transfer the workload evenly so your good employees can go home and have dinner with their families for once.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good pay but not so great management

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    Former Employee - In Person Assistant in Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - In Person Assistant in Edison, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SRA International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and as a full time employee you get your 40 hours a week

    Cons

    Well to start off my co workers were great and we worked best as a team but we were hired during the "trial" period where we were basically learning as we go and yet we succeeded and became the top office thanks to my coworkers (not management) when you know you have a great team but the supervisors want to talk bad about us yet doesn't say anything about his trips to the mall during lunch break taking over 2 hours with some co workers but god forbid you did anything wrong because that would be the end of the world. I believe I had a great team working with me (again excluding supervisors)

    Advice to Management

    Instead of hiring new employees maybe you should look into hiring new supervisors/ management because they are supposed to lead by example which isn't always the case


  11. Helpful (1)

    IT specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SRA International full-time

    Pros

    work hard on old technology

    Cons

    not much benefit to enjoy, not stable job, business reduction every quarter (layoff people)

    Advice to Management

    Stop try to sell the company, care for your people



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