SRA International Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SRA International

    Pros

    SRA need to return to the old SRA before going public

    Cons

    company no longer value their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees for improvements and problems

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Tread Carefully

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Large established company with many career paths to choose.

    Cons

    On-site management allows the government to intimidate and push them around. The workers have scarce protection from government verbal abuses and meddling. This was clearly inappropriate. Team leaders have very little actual work experience in the specified field. Paid time off (like vacation or sick) was hard to come by. One of the supervisors is a lying, petty, backbiting, gossiping and worthless individual who's hellbent on manipulating the team to get his way. He also rats out co-workers, spreads lies and sides with the government to stay in their favor. Individuals with experience and confidence were perceived (and treated) as threats and purged (fired). During orientation, company stated they take pride in their diversity. However, in the Fairfax upper leadership team, five white males and one white female was they only thing offered to back up this claim. I think they are lying to themselves. Work there if you are desperate for a full-time gig. Otherwise, hold on for something better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your managers need some backbone to stand up to an abusive and meddling government.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Good for young people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SRA International

    Pros

    -open environment and friendly co-workers
    -good professional development opportunities
    -good benefits and average salaries
    -interesting approaches to work and good relationships with clients

    Cons

    -unclear structure and bad managers
    -inefficient operating procedures that hindered growth
    -too many people who were at senior levels who did not know what they were doing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good place to work, especially if you are young and haven't figure out a career path yet. But once inside, it can be difficult to move up or around, lots of pressure on keeping contracts and pleasing clients without much thought given to change.

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  5. 5 people found this helpful

    before accepting your offer, research company's review first

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    Former Contractor - Certified Marketplace In-Person Assister in Cliffside Park, Bergen, NJ
    Former Contractor - Certified Marketplace In-Person Assister in Cliffside Park, Bergen, NJ

    I worked at SRA International as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Job is easy, any high-school kids with good work ethic can achieve it. Work-Life balance, ok flexible hours.

    Cons

    ** These CONs only happens in Cliffside Park office with certain supervisor and group leaders. **

    Poor-skilled management. Supervisors and group leaders don't have the ability to deal with problems whatsoever, instead of solving it, they just fire people. When staffs make mistakes they magnified it and make a huge fuzz out of it and fire those people; when supervisors and group leaders make mistakes, especially violate the labor law or physically push other staff on purpose, nothing happen to them it's like we deserve it. Group leaders are whole bunch of housewives who crave for powers/authorities and abuse them on staffs. When staff complain to supervisors they just got fired or on the watch list.

    The work environment is just like Communist countries: staffs have no say, staffs cannot stand up for themselves or others, staffs are afraid of saying anything. We can only be angry and complain among to each other. Also office rumors are terribly toxic and supervisors and group leaders love it and allow it: they just fire the innocents and keep the trouble maker so that they have something to entertain them.

    All the problems happen in this office, corp higher-ups just don't care and when they fire people, any tiny excuse will do. No justice, no fairness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to the management is grow up. Don't assign a kid to do grow-ups job, whether you got this position through family/friend connections or not. Leadership takes years of experience to learn and to lead. And if a supervisor has trouble to face and solve problems and think it is a stressful job just want to bury your head into sands, please quit. Evidently it is not for you. Leadership and manage an office is stressful but it's also fun. Moreover, you just want to be a nice person and ask somebody else to do the dirty job for you, go to McDonald's flip burgers or supermarket or collect your social benefit. A corporation needs a real leader, not bad apples like you guys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    From fantastic to craptastic

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SRA International

    Pros

    They used to be great.

    Cons

    They are sinking fast and keep taking benefits away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together.

  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Start out very well, but in recent years benefits are disappearing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hampton, VA

    I have been working at SRA International

    Pros

    Great coworkers and work environment. Good pay.

    Cons

    Benefits such as health insurance in decline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to your values and focus on your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Former great company

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at SRA International

    Pros

    Work life balance. Some nice hardworking folks hanging in there.

    Cons

    Benefits cut. Owned by investment company. High turnover. Daily layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to act like you care

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful

    Intelligence Analyst

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    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The analysts on my team are great and our client appreciates the hard work we do.

    Cons

    Salaries do not seem to be competitive for Intelligence Analysts in the DC area. Based on feedback from other employees, SRA used to be a good company to work for. The cost of benefits go up annually and the compamy cut the amount of federal holidays while you are maxed out at 15 days of PTO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful

    Pay is very poor, benefits get worse and worse, don't seem to care about you esp. if you work offsite

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    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Able to get some government clearances, which were given somewhat randomly to employees
    Decent stepping-stone entry-level job
    Somewhat flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Pay was terrible even for entry-level and not competitive with the market at all
    Management micro-managed employees way too much - there was no trust and terrible communication between management and employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and trust your employees more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 4 people found this helpful

    Good people, very poor management

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of the Professional Staff in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Member of the Professional Staff in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    The company still employs talented, driven, personable people. Projects tend to be large and interesting. Training opportunities aren't non-existent, at least.

    Cons

    SRA used to have a reputation as one of THE companies to work for. This is no longer true. Many changes in policies and cuts to benefits have made it a company not distinguished from any other Beltway Bandit. Employee retention programs are non-existent and HR is worse than useless - management has forgotten it is cheaper to retain than recruit. What used to be a company where one could build a career has become nothing more than a body shop.

    What's more, despite their motto being "Honesty and Service," in my time there I saw more dishonesty and disservice done to the clients than in any other position I've ever been in. Project, program, and corporate management all work to create an atrocious environment of mendacity, fraud, and cronyism to the detriment of their employees and clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act with some integrity, and learn to value your employees and clients more than yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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