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SAIC is a great place to start, but you're wasting your time if you hang around too long.

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Current Employee - Research Technician in Frederick, MD
Current Employee - Research Technician in Frederick, MD

I have been working at SAIC

Pros

A great place to get started at right out of college. Pay is very competitive at entry levels and job security is high.

Cons

Don't plan to make a career here though because promotions do not happen here. Get your 1-2 years of lab experience and look elsewhere if you want to make more money or run your own lab.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Senior management is not involved enough to make accurate performance judgments. They aren't "in the trenches" so to speak and have very little idea of what is going on below them.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    SAIC a good place to work if you don't mind the huge company environment

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Englewood, CO

    I worked at SAIC

    Pros

    SAIC is a company that has interesting projects to work on. You have to work in one of the research groups and not the IT body shops. But if you get in a research group the projects aren't earth shattering but they are interesting with some challenging aspects. The company is generally very stable.

    Cons

    SAIC is just another big company. It used to be employee owned and it was better. Now its a just a 40K+ employee defense contractor like Lockheed or Boeing. Red tape is thick. Management is slow moving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the organization. SAIC has a real office space feel. That is I have eight different bosses. Each comes by to tell you when you make a mistake but never any other time. Communication is weak from the BUs down. Divisions should be autonomous in their decision making but the employees still need to know that the BU is there and supporting them.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A nice mix of technology and stability while helping your country as well.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Quality Manager
    Current Employee - Quality Manager

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    If you're in a BU with good contracts, it's pretty stable. Plus, if you do well, go the extra mile and get recognized for it, there are plenty of opportunities throughout SAIC to keep your employment relatively steady. If you have a family to take care of and would like to make sure they get provided for during economic downturns, this is definitely a company to consider. Lots of people here have been at SAIC for 5,10, 15+ years and there are many reasons why. There's enough of a mix of cutting-edge technology to keep things interesting but without the risk of your company closing its doors for good when things get tough (been there, done that, got the tee shirt).

    For the patriotic American, SAIC also offers the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than yourself while "serving" your country without the sometimes limited government salary.

    Cons

    You will come across people that are not the best at what they do but there are plenty of others that are very good at what they do to keep it interesting. The staff is older and many are ex-military but that's expected out of a government contractor. If you're looking for an internet-bubble type of hair-on-fire pace, then look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's an opportunity to attract young, cutting edge technical professionals because there's enough contracts that can satisfy their appettite but we need to promote that aspect of SAIC to get them in here. Granted, they also tend to change jobs with the change in wind direction but enough should stick around especially in this economy.

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    Approves of CEO
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