SRA International Reviews

Updated August 5, 2015
126 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset
2.0
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
SRA International CEO William L. Ballhaus
William L. Ballhaus
47 Ratings

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)

More Pros and Cons

126 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Helpful (4)

    A slowly sinking ship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SRA International (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Truly strives to deliver excellent services to their clients. A good place for young people to gain experience. For the most part attempts to deliver on "work-life balance".

    Cons

    What do you expect for a company owned by a "holding" company? The focus is on making SRA attractive for a sale by reducing costs through reducing benefits, reducing staff that reach a salary clip level, scrimping on every nickel & dime... Smart companies know how to retain talent and sustain tribal knowledge that has led to success in the past. If SRA ever becomes attractive enough for sale Providence will sell them in an instant just like they did with Hulu.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring the big $ business developers that can't seem to pull in the contracts. Invest in your people, build their morale and loyalty (like when Ernst was there) and success will follow. Create a path for products to be developed and sold. It doesn't have to be large but suitable for your creative talent to actively pursuit innovation and give back to the company. There's no central focus in the company around which to rally the troops towards success.


  2. Customer Service Representative III

    Current Employee - Contractor in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Contractor in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I am still a new employee. I cant answer this question

    Cons

    I really don't wish to explain my answer at this time.


  3. Helpful (1)

    It's a Man's World

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent salaries for the chosen few.

    Cons

    It's an old boys network where being ex-military is the brass ring. If you are a civilian, you are going to be three times as good to even get noticed. Not a fun environment.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (4)

    No Mobility / Ignorant Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Support Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Customer Support Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The workload is thankfully light and the schedule, but everything else is a nightmare of high expectaions with no communication.

    Cons

    Four managers have come and gone in the past 3 years, none of whom communicate what they want or how they want things done. The current manager doesn't even talk to his employees and refuses to learn the processes for our mission. When the positioned opened three of my team members and I applied, each with 5+ years in the position in roles of heavy responsibility, and we were all rejected for an outsider with no experience in a Problem Management role. It has become clear that there is no chance for upward mobility in the organization and time to look elsewhere for employment.

    Advice to Management

    You have valuable assets at your disposal which are simply withering on the vine.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Used to be better; good if you're desperate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Master Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Master Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SRA International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Wide variety of positions available when you initially apply - Proposal work available for those interested

    Cons

    - If you're in IT, expect your skills to atrophy. To prevent this, switch contracts every 1-2 years. Expect a culture shock when you switch as the corporate culture is inconsistently applied. - Expect to take firm charge of your career direction. Your immediate management has no motivation beyond altruism to want to do anything other than to keep billing your time to the client for as long as possible. In fact, they may humiliate you when you are forced to tell them you want to switch contracts. - Be on the lookout for external opportunities. Despite what you may be told, there is no bench at SRA. Two weeks without a charge code and you're out the door, despite your prior stellar performance or your length of service. - Save all emails from the client, copy management on everything you send to the client, journal every interaction with the client. CYA, CYA, CYA. - Benefits have been cut to the bone. Expect further cuts. - Watch as your smarter/better positioned/more motivated colleagues leave after less than two years. Emulate their example.

    Advice to Management

    - Improve retention by providing meaningful skills improvement and training opportunities that *you* pay for. - Improve retention by providing a softer landing in between assignments. - Rein in your program management and project management staff. Collect anonymous feedback from your individual contributors about their project leadership to ensure that corporate values are being upheld and employees are being treated well. - Investigate employee complaints seriously. - Be willing to stick up for the employees in front of hostile government staff.


  7. Helpful (1)

    sys admin

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sys Administrative
    Current Employee - Sys Administrative

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity for people entering the market. It's contract work but you get vacation and health insurance.

    Cons

    the cons related to contract work, health benefits suck, have to fight for every annual increase.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make is so painfully obvious how top heavy you are management wise.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Management does not care about employees as much as they do about contractors

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SRA International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary that is competitive with the best in the field

    Cons

    SRA management is really lacking in skills to care about their employees. They give more value to their contractors. Also moving between jobs in the same project is not allowed even if you are out of a job. They try to push you to find jobs using their pathways initiative but I don't think it exactly a successful program. The pathways executives try to push you to look for jobs outside the project even if you have openings within the same project. Don't join a company like this else you will feel dejected for the rest of the time you are working here. Wasted my career joining this company.

    Advice to Management

    You can value the contractors but not at the expense of your employees jobs and well being. Even the higher management do not care about this issue even after getting information on these practices.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Depends on your project

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Training Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Training Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SRA International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary was reasonable and free travel was a nice incentive.

    Cons

    Benefits are expensive and not very comprehensive, no checks and balances of power, downsizing of PTO, commute, projects can be convoluted and intentionally derailed by team members, no OTJ training.

    Advice to Management

    Nobody wakes up in the morning to fail at their job. If you're hiring the attitude, then it's imperative to give employees opportunities to learn, develop and grow. Nobody wants to make mistakes or fail, but it's important to coach employees along the way so they are clear about their role and position. In my experience (can't speak for others) I was constantly being told to "figure it out" or ask someone else. My direct supervisor left me off meeting invites, was late to meetings or cancelled my training altogether at times, then my absence was used against me on my performance review. I doubt most people will have this experience, as each project is managed independently.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I worked with a great project manager who was flexible and compassionate. Nice people and work location

    Cons

    EVSS Project - Leadership was terrible, unorganized, indecisive, showed favoritism, lacked integrity. The Program Manager for the project was lacking people skills, did not know how to communicate and wore the same clothes everyday....did not know how to assess or leverage talent and skillset that they hired...kissed up to the client in hopes of winning a recompete

    Advice to Management

    Get good leadership to oversee highly complex projects, instill a sense of integrity into the culture


  11. Helpful (3)

    Run, don't walk, away from SRA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is very generous. fairly relaxed atmosphere. If you live in the right part of the country, many opportunities for movement in the company are available.

    Cons

    Communication from my manager was terrible. I was hired for a supervisory position for which I was not prepared and had not applied. I was promised training and support that I did not receive and then was fired for unsatisfactory performance. My office didn't even have a permit to do business in the city where it was located. SRA gives a lot of lip service but no real help to employees who need it. I would not recommend this company to anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Carefully evaluate management in the EAP. Don't let them make promises that they don't intend to keep. Make sure you have a business permit before you bring on staff.



Showing 126 of 564 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.