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Computer Sciences Corp President & CEO Mike Lawrie
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    Increasingly Hog-Tied by Intrusive Corporate Politics

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    Current Employee - Principal Analyst and Software Manager in Egg Harbor Township, NJ
    Current Employee - Principal Analyst and Software Manager in Egg Harbor Township, NJ
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    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many good people, loyal to project objectives. Some exciting work for the FAA at the WJHTC in the recent past.

    Cons

    Increasing interference from CSC top management. Tendency to apply a "one size fits all" model to employees. Appears to believe that "training programs" are the answer to every challenge. CSC has a generous but naive notion that "anyone can be trained to do anything" and doesn't particularly care whether workers have a matching academic background. Many ot the employees and staff have degrees in totally unrelated areas (e.g. marine biology) and have never written a line of code in their lives. This makes it hard for them to establish realistic project milestones and control customer expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Admitting that the FAA isn't the easiest customer to work for, don't be so quick to "over-play" our hand. We tend to exaggerate our skill set to win programs which we ultimately regret because we place too much faith in our capability to "learn as we go". The aggressive pace set by the Government makes this unrealistic. Once we get behind, even slightly, there is no effective way to catch up--short of working six day work weeks for protractive periods of time. We should either stick to what we know or develop a "ramp up" plan prior to project inception. Even NASCAR runs practice laps. In our culture, winning new business is king. Figuring out how to work it is clearly an afterthought. At least one highly successful medium size project was lost to a competitor probably due to poor performance on a larger unrelated project. This seems to have come as a surprise to management, but it needn't have.


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