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Great company to work for if you liked military life.

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Former Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst in Alexandria, VA
Former Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst in Alexandria, VA

I worked at SAIC

Disapproves of CEO
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

SAIC provides work on contracts that are difficult to find anywhere else. The work is always interesting, meaningful and rewarding. Some of the best people in their respective fields work for the company and it is always a pleasure to work with these types of highly skilled people.

Cons

Senior Management is often grossly out of touch with employee morale as well as how to effectively manage employees and their interrelationships. Employees often have to fend for themselves and form cliques in order to survive and advance. Thus advancement is often a function of popularity vs. job performance. Employees are often treated as functional cogs in a machine instead of people.

Senior management is often hired out of the officer corp of the military and have little knowledge or understanding of the corporate world and of skills based jobs (vs. managerial jobs). Opportunities to move into the management ranks are most often limited to those employees who were prior officers even when other, more qualified candidates exist. This creates a "para-military" mindset in the company that is at best ignorant of the employees and at worst destructive and cancerous within the employee ranks.

Advice to Management

Think a little outside the box of the training provided the military officer corps and try to run a business instead.

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    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst V in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst V in Huntsville, AL

    I have been working at SAIC

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are non-management, you are ignored.

    Cons

    No advancment for non-management personell

    Advice to Management

    Give credit to workers that do the work and not their managers that take the credit for the work

  2. Decade Plus at SAIC

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Virginia (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Virginia (South Africa)

    I worked at SAIC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good vacation and 401 contributions. I treated them fairly; they did the same to me. Felt like I was working in a class organization.

    Cons

    Training sometimes got shortchanged due to budget constraints. OK if that happens one year, but 2-3 years in a row.

    Advice to Management

    Since I left, SAIC split into two companies with Leidos taking a large share of the work. Don't know if any advice is worthwhile at this stage.

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