Computer Sciences Corp

  www.csc.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

Computer Sciences Corp Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
2,615 Reviews

2.7
2,615 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Computer Sciences Corp President & CEO Mike Lawrie
Mike Lawrie
762 Ratings

Review Highlights

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)

More Highlights

288 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Great Experience! Learned a lot.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer Intern  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer Intern in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    -Weekly seminars on career advancement and current technologies for interns
    -Great atmosphere
    -Solid Salary for an internship
    -Co-workers and upper management were very helpful with any questions
    -Got my own office

    Cons

    -Did not get to work with any other interns since I was with a smaller division
    -Felt a little overwhelmed at the end of my internship due to some pressure of finishing an updated version 2 of my project.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    CSC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Fairfax, VA

    Pros

    Large Company with the ability to learn different area of the business

    Cons

    Salary structure has been negatively affected by upper management. Many people have been placed into pay grades where the max salary is below their current salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees as people and e not just a number

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    The extreme bell curve instituted in Feb of 2014 resulted in my resignation, I would not be a part of that.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager  in  Largo, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Largo, MD

    Pros

    Nothing since Mike Lawrie came to the company. He has taken a community of dedicated employees to a shell of a business. Cuts do not create prosperity. Top performers are leaving in droves.

    Cons

    Everything, CSC no longer exists as it once had. The extreme bell curve requires at least 40% of employees to be subpar. Lawrie came from IBM, a commercial company. He and his consultants, along with the idiots he brought with him know nothing about the government contracting side of the business, which brings in hundreds of millions in revenue each year. What gov't agency would award contracts to a company that has 40% of their employees not meeting expectations. These dedicated people do not deserve to be part of this destructive game.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Mike Lawrie.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Keep searching and don't settle here.

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and telecommuting option if your manager approves.

    Cons

    After interviewing with several companies I accepted and started at CSC less than a year ago. During that time I got a new senior manager, new director and new VP. My job description completely changed and I was given a low rating because 'the department under performed' and not me. I was given no notice and layoff because they were told to cut staff and I was one if the newest members. Only 10 days vacation and no exception below director level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only paying attention to cost is going to bite you in the end.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Very good

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

    Pros

    Able to move from group to group to maintain career goals

    Cons

    Always subject to lay offs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    IT Project Manager

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

    Pros

    You can work from home is the only benefit.

    Cons

    This is the cheapest company. They treat employee very poorly. The good ole boys club get all the raises and perks. They lie to you and back stab you to help themselves. If you want a paycheck with no security or growth and bare minimum benefits that you pay for and not them, you can work here. This is the worst company I have ever worked for. They lie to their customer. It's as if all the rejects of IT professional all assembled at CSC and partying eating budget money. It is really disgusting .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't need any advice. Advise is given to those who care and are interested in change. You are only interested in lying to your employees and your customers. Shame on you and you are a disgrace to our profession.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    CSC - Big company that treats employees like temp agency resources. Run away!

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

    Pros

    Allows employees to work remotely. Good benefit given that many team members are disbursed across US. If you are recently out of college, you can get good experience because you will be overworked. You will get 2 years of experience in 1 year!

    Glad I was laid off by CSC with 600 other employees. It gave me the opportunity to go work for a better company with better pay, better benefits, better culture.

    Cons

    Benefits are terrible now. In 2013, CSC reduced the benefit coverage yet raised prices to employees at a higher level than companies of similar size. They also changed their 401K matching so that they will only contribute to your account at the end of the year. They do not match it as you contribute every pay period. The catch is if you aren't employed as of 12/31, they don't have to contribute 1 penny to your account.

    Training, mentoring and true management of staff does not exist. Company is 55 years old but behaves as a start-up with no formal processes, templates or governance. Work is done by heroic efforts rather than having defined plans and adequate staffing. Company will lay off (they call it a reduction in force) any employee who is not billable to direct clients regardless of your previous success or expertise. Employees are treated like temp agency bodies. I am not a disgruntled former employee. I wish no malice but this company's credibility is quickly eroding due to inability to win new contracts or keep existing contracts. Good employees are actively looking to jump off of this sinking ship. Sorry to say all this. But hopefully it will keep new candidate employees from thinking they are going to work for a 1st class organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked with the VPs and executive team. They were polite, political and paralyzed. Their ability to have a vision and develop a strategy to execute was non-existent. Its the good old boys network. Employees were overworked and received on average 1.5% raises unless you were part of the good ole boys network. They advertise they provide training to obtain certifications and paid education reimbursement but once you're hired they tell you those benefits are temporarily suspended. Directors often say their VPs don't communicate with them so Directors feel they can't effectively lead their teams based on corporate direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disorganized place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Hours flexibility; caliber of colleagues was excellent

    Cons

    Penny-ante mindset - employees had to buy hand soap for the kitchen and hangers for closets; paid time off for new employees is bare bones; benefits erode each year; major problems dealing with the health care providers (I truly believe you get what you pay for most of the time and they must not be paying much); 401k matching changes implemented this year had only one objective - screw the employees; no training; aloof/unfriendly management; very much a daily grind; implementation of policy subject to manager whim; non-existent HR department; onboarding process was unlike anything I'd ever seen before - I was essentially on my own; went through phases when coming to work felt like coming to a sweat shop

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get to know some of the people who are actually doing tthe work and earning your bonus for you; invest in your people - provide training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic Mess

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

    Pros

    Cannot find any. Big Bureaucratic Organization. I couldn't find any thing that is positive about CSC except a few people.

    Cons

    Stay away if possible. No career growth. No training. Even a $19 power cord takes 7 levels of approvals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It's a confusing (and confused) company right now

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

    Pros

    some good people to work with - at worker bee level

    Cons

    constant threat of layoff
    lack of updated policies and org charts post transformation - no one knows work flow
    2 in a box = no one really responsible
    little or no merit increases, regardless of merit
    management mentality of "it's never enough"
    no investment in its own infrastructure. If it costs money, you can't have it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No one is listening, so why bother. If Lawrie's end game is to sell all or part of the company, just get on with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Worked for Computer Sciences Corp? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.