SRA International Reviews

Updated April 29, 2015
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  1. Mixed situation, up to individual

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Pays around industry average
    - Benefits around average
    - Dysfunctional environment so for right person, there are opportunities to create positive value
    - Some training / certification opportunities available

    Cons

    - No mobility, no bench. If your project ends, you have to sell yourself or get laid off. Almost easier to just look external.
    - Benefits have been slashed
    - Moved to archaic 22 level organizational structure with no clear promotion review or cycle.
    - Favors external hires to internal transfers or promotions.
    - Weak leadership chain. Fragmented business environment.
    - No real company culture.
    - Management lacks diversity in gender, ethnicity, and thought.

    Advice to Management

    - Spend more time evaluating middle management ranks. Bad managers, bad team environments drive away good people and repel external hires.

  2. We got acquired by SRA and they promptly started laying us off, including me. Revolving door management.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at SRA International full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    A lot of very smart people work at SRA.

    Cons

    Ongoing cuts to benefits, office space and training. Lost over a 1000 positions in the sequestration while upper management kept turning over. Sometimes it's not clear where the ship is headed.

    Advice to Management

    Be straight up with people about the cuts and don't pretend that less is somehow more. Figure out what SRA will be known for. Every week go meet the people at the bottom doing the work.

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    management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SRA International

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

    Pros

    SRA need to return to the old SRA before going public

    Cons

    company no longer value their employees

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees for improvements and problems

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  5. Helpful (2)

    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)

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

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (1)

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Helpful (6)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    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 Management

    Get your act together.

  9. Helpful (4)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers and work environment. Good pay.

    Cons

    Benefits such as health insurance in decline.

    Advice to Management

    Return to your values and focus on your employees.

  10. Helpful (3)

    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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Try to act like you care

  11. Helpful (5)

    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)

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

    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.

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