Computer Sciences Corp

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Computer Sciences Corp Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
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Computer Sciences Corp President & CEO Mike Lawrie
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good work-life balance (as long as they keep you on the payrolls), good pay (in 299 reviews)

  • The opportunity to work from home "IF" it was written in the initial contract (in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • work-life balance advertised as being important when in reality it should be work (in 53 reviews)

  • Very bad senior management, dont even have ethics or know to speak proper English (in 89 reviews)

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  1.  

    Old boys club that lacks direction

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

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp

    Pros

    They offered fair compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Poor feedback loop. No direct support from management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    CEO and VP's lack a moral compass

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

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

    Pros

    L6 L7's are trying to do their best and typically work well together; however the lack of company direction and offerings strains relationships among teams.

    Cons

    Lawrie and his direct reports have absolutely no compassion for employees and any loyalty that employees held for CSC have been smashed to oblivion by the constant RIF's, loss in medical benefits, restructured 401k funding to an annual basis (and loss of employee contributions if axed prior to funding date), forced vacations, pitiful to nonexistent pay raises; Lawrie and team are concerned about the bottom line only. Avoid this company like the plague.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider the employees first vs stock price, price of you stock options and how much you can squeeze folks till no one of any caliber is left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    You can ignore this company!!

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

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A laid back culture with lot of opportunities.

    Cons

    Not really a good company in terms of salary. Resources are not fairly treated when it comes to career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think resources should be assigned to a manager who are more responsible and answerable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Short Term Management Outlook Alienates Employees and Customers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    Very experienced delivery consultants
    Responsive and collaborative contributors

    Cons

    Malaise by remaining people who feel like survivors of substantial downsizing and cost cutting at expense of employees. Little to no bench to support new services or sales. No sales discipline to qualify opportunities. Sales organization is constant revolving door including leadership who are saddled with unrealistic quotas create bad behavior. No communication by executive leadership pertaining to the future. Continuous reduction in quarterly revenue is coupled with culture of ongoing personnel reduction. No focus on revenue growth or creating a sales culture. Remaining personnel must wear lots of hats to keep company afloat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest about the future of the company and complete the re-sizing of the company to fit the service lines that will remain in operation by CSC or will be sold and pay retention bonuses. Show gratitude to people who have remained and continue to help the company keep what revenue remains and fill gaps of layoffs involving critical functions. Invest strategically in clients to retain business and alleviate their concerns about the company being sold or service lines being shut down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    management has complete disconnection from employees and clientele

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Clients include high-profile companies in financial industries. Partial Matching 401k.

    Cons

    medical benefits are expensive for a company of this magnitude. even after busting your butt for many months to make the company $10,000's with your improvements, expect to be told there "will be no raises across the board" for your entire team. Management is more concerned with you helping them do THEIR job rather than assisting you with maintaining a positive work environment in their client's business. Companies are finding other vendors to outsource their work to due to under-staffing and lack of ability to come through with promised support and fulfill their contractual agreements. Pay is very sub-par and raises are out of the question with the loss of business to this company. Technical support, both internal and externally-supplied to clients, is constantly downgraded to new-hires in various third-world countries across the globe. Internal technical support will attempt to contact you at 3am, expecting you to answer their instant messages and phone calls in order to resolve issues.
    No matter how many 12 hour days you put in, there are at least three people both over you and in other departments demanding you do more and to attend unnecessary and irrelevant meetings in order for them to look better to their own management.
    Overtime is mandatory. If you have a family, kiss your life goodbye.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Properly staff your company. Offer adequate pay. Support your employees. Focus on customer service, rather than procedures, mistrust, and greed. Offer pathways for hard-working company-minded employees to progress to other positions in the company; do this rather than pick at their small mistakes, make more demands of over-worked people that are already doing three other people's positions just to make your stock price go up, and cut down benefits.
    Make expectations of employees with multiple positions clear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once was a good company ...

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

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was an employee at CSC for a little over 11 years. During that time, I worked on a number of projects, was a team member supporting operational tasks and finally promoted to management.
    CSC was not an easy company to work for but when a need was identified and justified, somehow, somewhere the funds were secured to move forward and meet our contractual / regulatory obligations.
    Rank and file staff members always made themselves available to run problems to the ground. We worked them through nights and weekends – whatever it took. On occasion, management would acknowledge the effort and send out an ‘atta boy’ and maybe throw a small pizza party.

    Cons

    Fast forward to the Lawrie model.

    As soon as he walked in the door, the stock price took off – he was the answer everyone had been looking for. His “Transformation” agenda sounded like a real plan to move CSC toward becoming a real technology solutions company. “Cloud”, “Big Data”, “Analytics” were the cornerstones of this new revitalization effort. Unfortunately, they were just buzz words CSC started using in their press releases and web site.

    Shortly after he arrived, employee health care was “modified” so that it was more in line with industry standards. So we were told. We were also told via CSC’s employee blog that the reason for the drastic change and rate increases were the result of the ACA (Obama-care).

    Next came “rethinking” how the 401K was administered. We went from a paycheck to paycheck contribution of matching funds to a once a year cycle. If went to work for CSC in January and left before the end of the year, sorry – no matching benefit.

    Employee assessments were “modernized” by deploying the bell curve process. By definition, 40% of all CSC employees will not satisfy minimum performance standards and therefore will not be eligible for any salary adjustment.

    Most recent corporate “enhancement” to be issued was the forced vacation policy. No more carry over for a rainy day – use it or lose it, oh and by the way, CSC shuts down for the Christmas / New Year holiday to burn up one week of your vacation at their discretion.

    I could go on about the forced relocation of NPS business units to Bossier City LA and the added benefit of a 10% pay cut – sorry for the cynicism.

    I won’t speak to the extraordinary compensation plans afforded to only the most senior management positions. ( Hint: Google - "michale lawrie compensation" )

    My recommendation for prospective candidates – if you NEED a job and CSC makes an offer, take it but aside from performing your daily tasks, make it your top priority to find another position outside CSC. At least until the current CEO leaves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the money and run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Don't work here

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

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Big stable static archaic company

    Cons

    Dysfunctional, business & software practices at least 2 decades behind what is current, business structure fragmented over several divisions

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

    Below average Company

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

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp

    Pros

    It is not a company for anyone

    Cons

    Management is highly irresponsible and bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't learn anything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    CSC upper management looks the other way when lower management lies about you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp

    Pros

    I'm certain there were some, but considering the "Cons", they don't matter much.

    Cons

    There was an agenda by management to lie about me in order to remove me from a contract job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you choose to "back up" lying managers, the word will get around. In the case, both of those managers were let go months are I left, .... but the fact is that upper management sided with the lying managers, even though there was evidence that they were lying, ... and the HR department did nothing about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Know your Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Falls Church, VA

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    o Challenging Work Environment
    o Challenging Customer and Prospect Requirements
    o Good Public Sector Business
    o Good Banking, Finance & Insurance Business
    o Good Installed Base of existing customers
    o On paper, Re-Invention of CSC looks very good
    o Rumors of attempts to entice Venture Capital Firms to buy CSC
    o Coworkers are great people

    Cons

    o Executive Inner Circle is successfully fooling CSC's Investment Community into believing that CSC's growth is coming from business growth.
    o Business growth is being accomplished via cost containment & reductions along with scavenging Incentives earned by hard working sales resources.
    o 2014 Compensation Agreements were crafted in 2013 to give CSC latitude in 2014 forward to avoid paying Incentives. Read your compensation plan, Every Word! Additionally, your quota after hire may become 20% greater than that discussed before hire.
    o Un-Announced Short Notice Reduction in Force actions being taken on large scale. Experienced loyal resources being released.
    o Experienced Human Capital is resigning on an alarming scale who deliver offerings that Executive Inner Circle is promoting to be key in reinventing CSC.
    o HPers are being selectively hired into Executive Management roles thus duplicating HP's Services Business Models.
    o Employees under Salary + Incentive plans are not being paid properly. Claw backs and RIFs are being executed before Incentives are paid.
    o In 2013, 20% of salary customer satisfaction incentive was held back from employees by CSC and applied to CSC's bottom line.
    o In 2014, 10% of salary customer satisfaction incentive will be retained by CSC. This has occurred repeatedly.
    o Consulting Organization has been relived of large numbers of experienced resources.
    o Applications Organization has been relieved of experience resources.
    o ERP Practices have been relieved of experienced resources.
    o American Management Leadership has been selectively replaced by Indian Leadership who have signed up for Quotas Executive Inner Circle Management dictate in order to be promoted.
    o CSC Stock Price Appreciation has been attained via Cost Cuts not growth.
    o Rumors of attempts to entice Venture Capital Firms to buy CSC. VCs do not know what they are being sold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    o Change compensation plans of Executives to focus on growth
    o Expose Cost Cutting Activities transparently to CSC's Investment Community and employees
    o Change Executive Inner Circle Management
    o Discontinue hiring management influenced by HP Services Business Models
    o Claw back 80% of CEO's stock option money and pay Incentives to employees
    o Demonstrate loyalty to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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