SRA International

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SRA International Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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3.0 395 reviews

46% Approve of the CEO

SRA International CEO William L. Ballhaus

William L. Ballhaus

(133 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Poor Upper Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome very nice and smart people.

    ConsPoor senior management. Favoritism abounds. To much dead wood at the higher levels of management. Some of these people are inept at managing resources (both personnel and project). Some others that are good are let go because they do not conform to the status quo.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet with the times, be open to new blood and new ideas. Get rid of the folks that have been there forever and get some new people in that know what they are doing and keep them!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Preaches Ethics and Values, Doesn't Follow Them

    Intelligence Analyst (Former Employee) Honolulu, HI

    ProsWork/life ratio was very beneficial and generous.

    ConsSRA sounds very good on paper and in job interviews, spouting off their ethics, morals and values; but in reality they don't follow them. They constantly and blantly lied to me and others, paid minimal salary for the area, and tried stong arm tactics any chance they got to defraud employees of benefits and pay they were entitled to.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPractice what you preach

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    I was a contractor for them, horrible management, zero organization.

    Senior Enrollment Specialist (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsDecent pay and benefits and the job can be very fun and rewarding.

    Consunorganized
    in-effective - honestly i cannot believe the contract I was working on with them was even renewed.
    lied about schedule in interview and then was told I could either keep the job or leave when they told me what my schedule would actually be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire better people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Cutbacks everywhere

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsSRA provides a very relaxed atmosphere and places a focus on work-life balance. Coworkers are smart, driven, and easy to get along with. Hours and culture vary widely based on your client and business unit within SRA - I was part of the management consulting workforce, and had a good experience for the most part.

    ConsSalaries are stagnant and there are few opportunities for advancement. Repeated shake-ups at the top lead to murky strategy and subsequent execution. Win rates are low and core business is eroding, yet leadership continues to make severe cuts to the business development workforce. The company is also extremely top heavy and almost refuses to recruit consultants with less than 2 years of experience, so leverage and rate structures continue to be problematic both internally (no one gets a raise) and externally (losing proposals because SRA is too expensive).

    As a result, staff morale was at an all-time low when I left. I hear it has only continued to go downhill since then, due to additional contract losses. The company is shrinking at a fast pace - at the end of your contract you will find that it's like a game of musical chairs with fierce competition internally for the same position. If you're a top performer, you'll have no problem finding your next project, but salary increases, even when taking a more senior position, are nonexistent. As such, most of the top talent has already left or is actively looking for an exit strategy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave a clear win strategy, place more focus on the quality of proposals instead of slapping them together, and find ways to make employees feel appreciated.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    I worked hard for them for 8 years and was profitable and they laid me off so they could save money on the office.

    Senior Program Manager (Former Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsThe People. The project employees are some of the best I have ever worked with. When SRA was private and before 3 different CEOs they really took care of the people and therefore we had the greatest people in the industry.

    ConsManagement is about $$ not people. The company went from being a team to being all about the management. Senior Management refused to listen to local management and tied all opportunities up in committee for months. They lost the ability to be agile as it was local managers responsibility to spend an enormous amount of time making senior managers feel comfortable with every decision. Refused to invest in individual markets based on local assessment instead relying on impacts to east coast business

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to the experts in the field. The world does not revolve around Virginia. You shutdown a multi-million dollar pipeline based on a couple of senior managers opinions. You have lost the ability to adapt to real time environments and the agility to trust your junior management on strategic decisions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Not Employee or Client Friendly

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe Wellness Incentives and pretty decent healthcare insurance. But still not enough to make up for how horrible the company has become.

    ConsAll of the benefits keep getting cut: 401K, holidays, vacation, compensation, and parking. Telecommuters do not get all of the equipment they need. Clients are basically given the bait and switch once a proposal is won. Management is focusing so much on profit and GC that they don't see how unhappy the employees and clients are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCheap and ineffective does not make a good combination for the future of the company. Take the hint that we have not won 80% of the work we are bidding.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    2 people found this helpful  

    In the middle

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe San Diego offic and it's members were engaged in significant government projects.

    ConsLeadership was not all that I expected and many obsticles made it difficult to work.

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Too much automation, not enough management

    Program Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsIt's a pretty standard mid-sized company. Lots of positions open if you have an IT background.

    ConsI'm on my 7th manager in 3.5 years due to several re-orgs and sequestration. EVERYTHING is automated, from IT support to HR to annual appraisals...multiple databases that you need multiple passwords to get into. It's a hassel. Despite having been rated "above average" (which is not easy at SRA) for the last 3 years running, I have been passed over for quarterly bonuses for 6 quarters (largely, I think, due to the manager turnover).

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to your good people...or you will lose them. Streamline processes for people at client sites, the corporate systems are too unweildy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    6 people found this helpful  

    The Titanic and the Costa Concordia.

    Vice President (Current Employee) Fairfax, VA

    ProsGood mission driven work and the company truly values its clients.

    ConsTop Management shows no clear direction for the company, benefits are being cut, jobs being lost and our strategy for growth is boxes, sqaures, triangles and circles on a chart with no clear direction as to how we sustain the business, win and grow. This place is not what it used to be and will never be the same as long as the current regime is running things.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI can't offer any. Just waiting to see when/if the company will be sold and to whom and at what cost. The management is in this for themselves. Large payouts to the CEO who clearly had no experience leading and growing a company like the great brand SRA used to be. Watching and waiting. The best leadership potential for this company is somewhere else.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Use to be a great company, but is definitely a sinking ship

    Grunt (Former Employee) Fairfax, VA

    ProsThe grunt workers who have been with SRA since the beginning. Normal people, that are close to retirement that treat you well and with respect.

    ConsManagement is lousy, benefits are being cut, you are a number and a paycheck for the company, there hasn't been anything good to say about SRA for awhile.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement knows they can't do anything so why bother. They're crossing their fingers that they don't get cut as well. (And a bunch of them have been cut already)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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