SRA International

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SRA International Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
451 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • SRA provides a very relaxed atmosphere and places a focus on work-life balance (in 41 reviews)

  • good benefits , although every year they are becoming less and less (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Constant realignment of upper management in order to make company more competitive (in 18 reviews)

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

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    Former great company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Intelligence Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  3. 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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I worked at SRA International full-time (more than an 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good people, very poor management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Acceptable pay, ever decreasing benefits, totally disconnected from the company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I work offsite. My local supervisor is great. The people I work with onsite are great, very professional, supportive, etc.

    Cons

    Overall: SRA signs my checks. That's about it. If SRA loses the contract I work on, I will move to the winning company without any regrets unless the contract change occurs before the end of the year.

    Benefits: 401k matching contributions are only paid at the end of the year, so if you quit, get fired, lose your contract, etc. you get nothing. You also don't benefit from the interest earned throughout the year. In other profit-centric cost cutting measures, SRA management postponed merit increases last year by several months as a one time cost saving effort. It's probably similar in other big contracting/consulting firms, but frequently shifting costs onto employees doesn't inspire loyalty.

    Opportunities: SRA's expertise is in staffing and securing and managing contracts, so opportunities for advancement appear to be limited to those areas. There appear to be zero opportunities to advance within SRA as a technical subject matter expert.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I regularly shop for a better company. Reversing the steady decline in benefits, paid time off, number of holidays, etc. are things that would inspire confidence and loyalty in SRA. At present, I don't feel like SRA benefits me at all. It is because of my work and expertise that SRA maintains my current contract. In return for dealing with the taxes and perks, SRA takes about 2/3 of the billable dollars and gives me about 1/3 in pay and benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    In 2003 was one of Washingtonian's Best Places to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Member of the Professional Staff in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Member of the Professional Staff in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    They've been around a long time

    Cons

    Lost touch with the rank-and-file

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    Look at its SEC filings via Edgar & see that SRA is deeply in debt & in critical financial distress

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Volgenau founded this company and in its heyday it was a good place to work. SRA still offers benefits to pay for about one certification per year but not enough paid days to take the training. The college, degree-seeking tuition reimbursement is after-the fact - you pay for it first & must earn a grade of B or better in order to be reimbursed.

    Cons

    Volgenau & cronies artificially inflated stock value prior to selling SRA to a holding company, so he got what he wanted per share for his retirement nest egg & to hell with the backlash. Holding company cannot unload SRA to a buyer for the price it paid, so SRA has been trimming the fat ever since. Employees are listed on SRA's SEC 10K as its most valued asset yet 10K financials show the costs for severance packages are huge meaning that employees are leaving (or being fired) in droves. Changes eliminated ALL sick leave, personal time has been cut by more than a week, hourly workers were switched to salaried (less pay) so you must work for free to get your job done. Horrible Cigna health insurance (check out its Facebook page "posts to page" for complaints) with huge out-of-pocket "deductible" costs & rules so complicated & arbitrarily applied that nobody can successfully navigate them. If you are hospitalized, you'll be paying thousands for you & thousands for any family member. If you go to the ER, you'll be paying $300 if not admitted. Each year, the health plan changes so you pay more of everything yourself. Zero cost of living increases, & zero raises in last several years. 401K percentage-of-salary contribution only made on the last day of year, so if you leave or are laid off prior to Dec 31st, you forfeit. I wouldn't be surprised if SRA just pays the fine & shuffles employees off to Obamacare. I gagged on its requirement that I complete tutorials on ethics, corporate loyalty & contributions to the team when its own founder did the opposite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sequestration sucks but practice what you preach. If CEOs & managers make bald-faced lies, don't expect employees to reach moral benchmarks set by hypocrites. You've cut the benefits of workers - now do the same with your top management. The old man V took the money and ran leaving everyone holding the bag. If you want to put cash into it, ensure that the cash-making workers are content. Also, change is better embraced when it occurs gradually and with plenty of advance warning. You do yourselves no favors by springing unfavorable changes in benefits onto unsuspecting workers. A heads up a full year in advance would be appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    New Logo Says It All

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

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

    Pros

    Peers are fantastic and are very smart people.

    Cons

    The New Logo that apparently cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars is garbage. My 10 year old could have done a better job. A Logo with a reflection?? What is this, 1996?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Honesty and Service?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Architect in Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Architect in Chesapeake, VA

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

    Pros

    Excellent non management people to work with.
    Relaxed Environment and attempts to boost morale.

    Cons

    Management is very dishonest, not trained in their jobs, and have absolutely no empathy for nothing but bonus money for them. Do not take care of their skilled workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try some honesty, because you all get a F in that area, and that says a lot about your leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    I worked for SRA for nearly 9 years, and saw the company go from great to horrible by the time I left.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    The company has a lot of really good, intelligent employees still within its ranks. Their benefits package used to be first class, but that has been declining steadily over the last couple of years.

    Cons

    Benefits have degraded year after year. The company was bought out by Providence Equity several years ago, and things are gone downhill very quickly since that acquisition. The company use to value its employees and understood the value good, loyal employees brought to the organization. It seems that now they are more concerned about winning contracts by underbidding, and it is the employees and their benefits that suffer as a result.

    There is also very little in the way of advancement potential within the company. If you want a good raise or a promotion start looking for a new job with another company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the values to company was established on, and return to those. Continually reducing pay and benefits of good, hard working employees is a sure path to failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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