SRA International

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SRA International Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.0 398 reviews

46% Approve of the CEO

SRA International CEO William L. Ballhaus

William L. Ballhaus

(134 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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    Good People and Work/Life Balance

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood/avarage benefits. I've worked at some larger consulting firms that required you to jump through endless hoops. SRA is not this way. Simple yearly review process. Concerned with getting the job done and not on frivilous corporate requirements that really serve no purpose.

    ConsInsurnace benefits and PTO benefits in the last year have changed for the worse. As with most companies in the Federal Government sector they've had to tighten thier belt due to competition - which feeds down to employees in the form of benefit changes. I'm also not sure that there is a lot of room for promotion with the model that is in place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue the efforts to define clear career paths for employees so that they can advance their career.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    SRA was a good place to work.

    Senior Member of the Professional Staff (Former Employee) Fairfax, VA

    ProsSRA purchased the company where I worked prior to 2002. They did a great job of integrating us into the company after the purchase. I appreciated their values of honesty and excellent customer service. SRA had great benefits, training opportunities, and pay. I worked at the client's site and thoroughly enjoyed it. My managers kept me informed about what was happening at SRA and let me work fairly independently.

    ConsPrior to the economic downturn, SRA worked hard to keep good employees when a contract ended. This was no longer the case in 2013.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good groop of individuals

    Help Desk Specialist (Former Employee) Rockville, MD

    ProsGood company to to use as a jumping platform. The current CEO was an aerospace engineer out of California and he probably knows his stuff., so hopefully less bureaucracy that strangles most DC-based companies I'm not sure about advancement, however I would consider working for them again if they offered me a perfect job.

    ConsThere is no demand for employees to excel or renew their IT certifications.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDemand more IT certifications from your IT people. and provide better educational resources.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for with minor drawbacks

    Senior Member of the Professional Staff (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood company with a diverse work-force. The company does a relatively good job of making all feel they are valued as employees through numerous recognition programs.

    ConsWith the growth, seem to have lost much of the original focus with the founders as it went through the change to public and now private firm again.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the core values and build the business back to what it was.

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    I worked for SRA for 3 years and loved it!

    Cyber Security Analyst (Former Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsSRA provided (at least in my Section) an abundance of Career Development and training programs for the employee
    Additionally , they had a super health and wellness incentive programs to ensure that employees were getting exercise and eating healthy
    Salary compensation seemed to be a bit above average and fair
    Ethics and company values were excellent and the tagline and slogan off "Honesty and Service" was for the most part put into practice.

    ConsThe company seemed to be a bit top heavy with management
    When the company lost some contracts , placement and coverage was very scarce , facilitating major layoffs- I think maybe that could not have been helped....

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrim the fat of upper management to keep more people employed .

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company values work ethic, initiative, and responsibility. If you prove your value as a worker, in general, your boss will be willing to give you additional responsibilities - this is how you move up. The benefits here, such as Health, Vision, and Dental, are elective but much better than the alternative (ACA marketplace). In my experience I've never been asked to do more than the 40-hour workweek as a salaried employee, although voluntarily doing so reflects well on your work ethic.

    ConsThe benefits have been cut to some degree recently, following the company's acquisition by a private equity firm. I also have a suspicion the company might be downsizing its non-salaried workforce. I wouldn't say the work I do is personally fulfilling, but it *is* a job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't cut vacation hours anymore - in fact, you might find that adding more days of leave helps us be "wickedly efficient" by reducing employee burnout. It makes me feel awful when I come into work burnt out, because I want to perform better.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging times

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI had many opportunities for career growth and training while at SRA. I moved around to different areas, and the experience I gained there helped me get to where I am now. The business teams varied greatly between the sectors or units or whatever term the latest re-org had you using, but there were some really good ones.

    ConsSRA has been shrinking and this has caused decreases in benefits and several rounds of lay-offs over the past several years. Areas that were doing well are not as well recognized for their efforts due to the heavy losses in other parts of the business, which is demotivating.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe C-Suite has done a much better job at being transparent and delivering the hard messages. But seriously, stop re-organizing every 6 months. It is confusing and contributes to people feeling disconnected.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work life balance and Culture

    Consbenefits are decreasing especially reduced vacation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Over the course of a 9 year career at SRA, my experience was, overall, very rewarding.

    Senior Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsI worked with some great guys ( bus. unit leadership) who really wanted to help their people grow and excel.

    ConsInternal mobility seemed to be quite difficult unless your own business unit had other opportunities to move you to.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop with the constant upper management personnel changes!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Efficient, professional, and flexible employer

    Associate Editor (Current Employee) Frederick, MD

    ProsAs a part-time, on-call editor working remotely, I have found SRA to be quite wonderful to work for. They have very detailed style guides and editorial processes; once learned, these guides and rules vastly simplify the work. Editing style points can change somewhat arbitrarily and frequently, but this is, I think, a result of the changing preferences of the clients. My supervisors have been very understanding and flexible about schedule conflicts and changing availability. They seem to respect their employees and treat them fairly.

    ConsThe only thing that might be a bit of a con would be the possibly somewhat-too-frequent training courses required of all employees -- generally on topics such as ethics and security.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI suggest that you reduce the frequency of the ethics lessons a bit. Most of the people likely to behave unethically will, I think, do so no matter how frequently you tell them they shouldn't. If unethical behavior of employees has been a problem, maybe it's something to be dealt with a little better during the interview/candidate selection process. A little less time spent on the training courses would be less disruptive and would allow employees to work more efficiently.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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