SRA International

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SRA International Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
406 Reviews

2.7
406 Reviews
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SRA International CEO William L. Ballhaus
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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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  1.  

    Excellent Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Master Software Engineer  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Master Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Solid pay and benefits, well defined processes and policies, honesty and integrity.
    Rewarding projects using cutting edge tools and systems.
    Continuing education and certifications are supported financially.

    Cons

    Government Contracting can be a risky proposition depending on how the political and economic winds are blowing. Advancement takes awhile, but will come to the talented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to nurture the culture and values that have made the company strong.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good People and Work/Life Balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Good/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.

    Cons

    Insurnace 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    SRA was a good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Member of the Professional Staff  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of the Professional Staff in Fairfax, VA

    Pros

    SRA 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very good groop of individuals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Help Desk Specialist  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Help Desk Specialist in Rockville, MD

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demand more IT certifications from your IT people. and provide better educational resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for with minor drawbacks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Member of the Professional Staff  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Member of the Professional Staff in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    With 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the core values and build the business back to what it was.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I worked for SRA for 3 years and loved it!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cyber Security Analyst  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Cyber Security Analyst in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    SRA 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Trim the fat of upper management to keep more people employed .

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and Culture

    Cons

    benefits are decreasing especially reduced vacation

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Challenging times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    SRA 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the constant upper management personnel changes!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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