Computer Sciences Corp

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Computer Sciences Corp Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
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Pros
  • Very good work-life balance (as long as they keep you on the payrolls), good pay (in 283 reviews)

  • The opportunity to work from home "IF" it was written in the initial contract (in 115 reviews)


Cons
  • work-life balance advertised as being important when in reality it should be work (in 52 reviews)

  • Very bad senior management, dont even have ethics or know to speak proper English (in 87 reviews)

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  1.  

    take the good with the bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are awesome good benefits

    Cons

    drastic changes making good worker leave

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great in its prime

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Management Principal Leader in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Management Principal Leader in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great leadership and investment in the people.

    Cons

    BCG did a workforce analysis to reduce the size of the firm but didn’t take time to understand leadership dynamics or variance in remaining leadership and manager capability. The result was a lean organization with less leadership and reduced focus on development or employee engagement. You can predict what happened next.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CSC was a great firm with caring leaders and exceptional employee development. Build the firm leadership competency and focus on employee development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great while it lasted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team members who are dedicated to excelling at their jobs and making for a fun challenging work environment. At least this was my experience most of the time. With consulting this is likely to change often. Co-workers are generally very helpful and follow a team mentality to accomplishing goals.

    Cons

    The company is constantly re-organizing to the point it's become a joke. At least that's the perception at the lower levels. Employees don't even know their titles or standing within the company. After several years I became disenfranchised with the larger organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reviewers should always be on the same project, contract, or site as the employee they are reviewing. It's not helpful to be rated and reviewed by someone who has only met you once or twice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    First 4 years = Great! Last 5 years = DISMAL!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Management Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Management Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Management was very understanding when it came to family leave and taking vacation time. Education compensation will be granted IF you are taking classes in a career field that is directly related to your job. Has an alliance with Strayer University to take classes and certifications. Great employee perks and medical coverage is pretty fair (though how much you pay is based on salary).

    Cons

    Where do I begin. TONS of nepotism is going on at CSC. It's hard to move elsewhere in the company since they have terminated programs like the "Employee Reassignment Services." If you work on a contract, like I did you have to deal with conflicting direction from gov't and CSC PMs when it comes to policy on leave, holidays, and vacations. Incompetent people running the programs that mismanage the funding and then in turn have to lay off people to compensate for their lack of knowledge in funding a program. The office culture is ok. Most people like their peers but hate all of the policies that corporate has passed down..i.e. Previously we could switch people from one contract to another if one of those contracts was ending. Now all employees must REAPPLY for a position that they already held in a company even if it's to move within the same job AND directorate, once a contract has ended.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They could consider changing their policies on leave instead of moving to force everyone to take all of their leave in one calendar year.

    Also, the new way of conducting performance evaluations and raises leaves much to be desired. An outstanding employee would be rated as middle of the road since, corporate has mandated that you "obviously can't be that great" and makes all lower management grade us on a bell curve. If you're in that top 10% you get a raise...if not - NOTHING. I hadn't had a raise in 2 years and I scored extremely well compared to my peers on my evaluation. You must be ranked a "1" to garner a wage upgrade. You should pay and grade people according to their skills and contributions to the company - not as a statistic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Company was an amazing employer until they disbanded the consulting practice

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, good salary, lots of autonomy.

    Cons

    New CEO stripping benefits left and right and froze pay in 2014.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improving shareholder value on the backs of employees is not a long term solution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some interesting opportunities, but fleeting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Very nice, down to earth people and good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Very slow to promote, which is now harder due to new requirements. During 5+ years there, I met few who were able to earn more than one promotion, if at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide much more support to enrich the skills and morale of employees, especially those at the mid-range of their careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Waste of time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Health and educational benefits. Interview process is easy.

    Cons

    CSC wants a free ride. The client will have workers perform work outside of the contract and CSC does not want to raise employee pay. The work-life balance sucks; people have families. Having families are some of things that give you employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retrain your upper management. They need to stick up for their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Inside Scoop on CSC

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    - Long term employees are generally paid well
    - Location is generally good
    - Most people at operational level are nice to each other

    Cons

    - Very unstable at the moment
    - Lots of movement at executive level
    - Aggressive cost cutting is affecting general employees' job satisfaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to create a strategy to keep talents. Service industry key to long term survival is talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large company that is not innovative

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Computer Sciences Corp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have found that the one positive attribute of CSC is that they offer salaries that align with the industry standard.

    Because CSC is a global company, its workforce is located in many different places. Thus, each employees' experience will differ. I am speaking from the point of view of the US mid-atlantic market which relies heavily on federal government contracting.

    Cons

    - You get lost in the shuffle because the company is so large. It is impossible to be promoted, recognized or grow with the type of structure and size of the company.
    - As a technologist, CSC is completely not innovative. In fact, they do not encourage a community of innovation and they do not invest in their employees. As a result, many technologists with current or cutting-edge skills have left or are considering leaving to pursue more interesting positions.
    - The benefits are decreasing. Over the past three years that I have been employed with CSC, major benefits were removed or reduced as cost cutting measures (one time CSC 401K contribution at the end of year, health costs increase; penalties if including spouse, mandatory end-of-year shut down where you use your own vacation, no raises in 2014, etc). Of course, a company needs to survive; however, such a severe and rapid reduction in benefits has severely decreased morale.

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

    Questionable ethics, inept management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Aggressive at bidding on and winning contracts in the federal sector. Initial salary was very good, better than expected. Employees at the mid level and below are often committed and hard-working.

    Cons

    Senior management engaging in unethical practices and constant CYA, including discrimination and contract violations. No flexible work arrangement. No work-life balance. No opportunity for advancement, unless you are part of the good old boys club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of laying off or letting some of the best people walk out the door, I would cut, at a minimum, 15% of your senior management team. Start with retirement offers and then move on to more aggressive tactics, especially at 10th and G Street in Washington, D.C. Those guys are a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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