Computer Sciences Corp Reviews in Columbia, SC

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
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Pros
  • I have been enjoying work-life balance for some time; but not sure how long I can continue this (in 243 reviews)

  • The opportunity to work from home "IF" it was written in the initial contract (in 96 reviews)


Cons
  • work-life balance advertised as being important when in reality it should be work (in 40 reviews)

  • Very bad senior management, dont even have ethics or know to speak proper English (in 84 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not for Everyone

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Manager in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good people to work with; challenging but somewhat rewarding professionally

    Cons

    Stress of always looking over your shoulder, wondering who's going to be let go next

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

    Not at all employee focused

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some jobs have considerable autonomy with remote work option.

    Cons

    A series of rolling layoffs, benefit cuts and a singular focus on cutting costs to improve metrics reported to Wall Street have resulted in the lowest morale and productivity that I have seen in over 15 years. Employees and customers are being sacrificed for a short term increase the stock price (though this appears to be failing ...)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please transition the company to an investor or new Management that has some degree of humanity and interest in growing the company and improving the climate for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Abandon Ship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Team Lead  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Software Development Team Lead in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Company is now profitable
    They are still paying regularly

    Cons

    Eroding salaries and benefits
    Bell curve evaluations - 40% of employees get unsatisfactory rating
    No raises
    Experience employees and management leaving

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abandon the bell curve and quit driving your best employees away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great, knowledgeable, hard working, team playing co-workers / corporate cut backs, layoffs, reduced benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Business Analyst  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Lead Business Analyst in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People - Awesome team players! Flexible hours. Challenging work (never bored).

    Cons

    Bell curve employee rating - low performance reviews to talented, hard working co-workers. Forced use of vacation days. Vacation day carry-over reduced to 5 days. 5% pay cut a couple of years ago. Change of 401K match to end of year (if you leave or are laid off, then no match of 401K). Corporate shifting to an 80% offshore / 20% onshore, hence we have layoffs. Long hours. Talented management leaving the company at a rapid rate. De-motivating atmosphere due to all of these changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink changes noted in Cons above. Losing staff at an alarming rate is causing a floundering situation. Customers aware of the situation and are getting less support from us due to reduced staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Leaving CSC after 15 years of service

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you are looking for experience in data center technical support and don't mind long hours, you can add a few lines to your resume working for CSC. It seems to be a company now focused on acquiring junior people to train for a high turnover employee base.

    Cons

    CSC has been plagued by financial reporting scandals in their European contracts and former executives looting the shareholders. The new management team is seeking to regain some measure of profitability at the expense of its long time employees through cuts in benefits and compensation. Older workers with tenure of over 5yrs are the target of cuts only to be replaced with junior staff at a significantly lower rate. Ultimately this results in a loss of productivity and loss of contracts so the company's long term outlook is questionable and there is little hope of the work environment improving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There really isn't any need or point in giving upper management advice on how to treat their employees better. Their goal of profitability at the expense of their labor force precludes any meaningful discussion from the bottom up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Horrible Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst Lead  in  Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst Lead in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I can't think of anything good

    Cons

    Where do I start. furloughs and horrible pay.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    do the work and don't complain

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - exposure to large systems
    - most of the employees under management are competent and care
    - lots of long term customers who potentially supply job security
    - you get to see first hand results of your work with clients
    - very senior company so growth potential is there as many retire

    Cons

    - Health plans quadrupled in price
    - No bonuses, no employee engagements or events, and no/minimal raises. NO work/ife balance
    - Everyone was furloughed and took paycuts and vacation cuts but management continues to receive bonuses while sending out weekly emails about how well the company is doing and how high our record profits have been, (REALLY?!)
    - Management is extremely senior, unproductive, and overpaid and more worried about their annual survey score than actually making productive changes
    - After annual employee survey results (write in the space type response) hammered management, they changed the survey to multiple choice and biased questions instead of making any actual changes
    - The office branch has gone from 2000+ employees to under 400 - (not everyone was fired) so what do you think

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sweeping changes are needed beginning with extremely top heavy upper management. New CEO has started the process but may be too-little too-late. At least pretend like you care for employees well-being and work/life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Boring job after coming from customer service based environment poor poor poor training

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Cafeteria on campus and good benefits

    Cons

    I had a boring job the description was nothing like what I was doing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was not good at training you and clearly did not have the time to do so

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great to start and get experience but nothing besides that

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp

    Pros

    Big company (corporate) experience, Work with many senior personel, Exposure to large scale projects.

    Cons

    Takes too long to move up, Pay is wayyyyy too little for industry median and area, Way too strict about good employees working remotely every now and then.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more to your employees, treat them more like people and not robots, Understand Human Relations theory.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I had a good experience working there.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp

    Pros

    I always had opportunity to try beyond my comfort zone. At least my manager was supportive of my novel ideas and made sure I got the visibility I needed withing the group. Generally, my colleagues were supportive and helpful. If you are single and love to travel, there are opportunities for that as well. It is a good company to start your career. But eventually you may want to look for better opportunities.

    Cons

    Pay hikes are less in amount and in frequency. There is almost no growth in terms of new business except for occasional new clients. The management should learn to treat employees better (not that now they treat badly).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go out and get us more work. Don't try to sell out the company and make money for yourselves.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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