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SAIC: DC or Defense

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  • Senior Management
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Former Employee - Consultant in Baltimore, MD
Former Employee - Consultant in Baltimore, MD

I worked at SAIC

Pros

The benefits, as well as the security of government contracts. You can buy all the benefits and insurance you could possibly need for a married couple for <USD250 per month. We're talking about millions in life insurance, AD&D insurance, great medical/dental, the works. Also, if you land on a team working on a multi-year government contract

Cons

You have to love working in the defense industry, or live in the DC area, otherwise there is very little for you. If you *don't* love working in defense, and you want to work/stay at SAIC, then you *must* live in the DC area, if you want to land on a non-defense government contract.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

None. They are too successful to listen to me.

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    SAIC - good for ex-military not so for Fortune 500 experienced

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    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    Large Company with different fields to choose from. Much of its success comes from military related engagements. A lot of federal govt related work in DC beltway. Different divisions have domain expertise in different industries.

    Cons

    Independent divisions compete with one another. Oak Hill based division does not understand non-military (commercial) business market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers that have Fortune 500 experience and not exclusively ex-military.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Large company, reasonable benefits, but whether or not you like working for SAIC depends on local/regional management.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Communications Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Communications Specialist in Denver, CO

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    Reasonable (but not great) benefits; large enterprise means you may be able to find work in other locations if you need to move, and they'll try to find you another job if your contract ends; stock price and management stable, if not stellar. About 90% of their work comes from government contracts, and the large majority of that from DOD. They're serious about ethics, and have several ways to report issues.

    Cons

    Organization is stove-piped in divisions, and competition between them means one division will torpedo another if it gets the chance. Bonuses and pay raises politically driven. Regional and project managers can run their groups like fiefdoms, meaning your employment experience highly depends on the integrity and competence of the staff at that level -- if they're good, you'll like SAIC, and if they're bad, you'll mostly be unhappy. They're stingy with educational opportunities because the costs are considered an extra expense, and managers looking to reduce their expenses will cut training budgets first (or make the application requirements impossible to comply with).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond P&L statements to evaluate the success of a given region and division -- that level's management may be driving the best talent to leave, or badly impacting morale.

    Recommends
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