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Good place to work; and work, and work

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Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Baltimore, MD
Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Baltimore, MD

I have been working at SAIC full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Salary and benefits are good - on par with other large defense contractors. very successful winning new business. Several successful large programs as prime contractor. Large range of technical skill sets represented. Largely reasonable and competent mid to sr level mgmt.

Cons

Ever since going public a few years ago, company focus on short term earnings. Increasing levels of centralization and cost cutting makes company more efficient on paper, but diminishes staff motivation & sense of self-direction. People are being stretched thinner and expected to do more. In the push to aggressively win new business, execution could get pushed to the breaking point.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't kill the goose that laid the golden egg. Company risks becoming another large, impersonal defense contractor in the push to make Wall Street happy for another week. Or, semi-happy - stock performance hasn't been great.

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Neutral Outlook
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    Not bad but headed in a bad direction because of bad upper management.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at SAIC full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Salary, promotions, benefits, good work environment but a lot of military psychos work there.

    Cons

    Ridiculous overhead rates caused by too many chiefs make winning new work impossible. Collosal blunders like the Greek Olympics ($100 million loss) and CityTime ($500 million loss) caused by poor upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the entire board of directors.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Love my job, Love my company

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    Current Employee - Senior EVM Scheduler  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior EVM Scheduler in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SAIC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * Career Advancement Opportunities are vast. SAIC offers free courses, college tuition assistance and career training to help you advance within the company. Most of us have been with the company for 4+ years and have no intention in leaving.
    * Communication - We hear from our senior leadership whether good or bad. We also have great teams working together to exceed customer expectation. Most importantly, management trusts you to do your job and doesn't micro-manage employees.
    * Overall all opinion - Great company to work for. I have only had one bad experience and once reported the company took care of the matter promptly.

    Cons

    * Most work is contract work and with contract work, sometimes contracts aren't renewed or even cancelled due to government financing. Caveat - the company will try to place you to avoid termination.
    * Project budgets are very lean, usually no money for outside vendor training or speciality office supplies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Make outside training budgets part of the corporate budget not the division or program level.
    * Convince customers to encourage telecommuting for trades such as project controls, schedulers and management analysts - we tend to not see the customer enough to warrent physical space in the office thus saving you thousands of dollars annually on leased office space and big bonus... we actually get more done when we telecommute.
    * For inner city workers who commute offer parking assistance (parking passes) or mass transit/commuter reimbursement - we pay alot of money to come to the jobs we love... love us back.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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