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Declining value and weak management

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at SAIC full-time (More than 8 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

I was proud to be associated with the company when it was an "Employee Owned Company" as it was refreshing to have highly motivated team that cared about the product being produced for the customer and end user. A group of patriots who strived to out perform prior performance.
Every new group and program was a disappointing step down with management inexperience and myopic perspective and lack of support. Quality was thrown under the bus and a scapegoat for process failure.

Cons

Weak management that allowed the direction to be set and the daily operations to be at the whim of the wind direction of the project management office that had no clue of what the needs of the customer were. The redirection and misdirection consuming hours of effort. The lack of commitment to process, process improvement, and CDRL review by more than the creators was reprehensible. The checks and balances of a quality program with a focus on meeting the date rather than delivering a quality product. The constant bypass of QA and only wanting a check box to achieve and maintain CMMI Maturity Level with no commitment to invest the efforts needed to maintain that assessment. Management that managed by threat and demand. PMs that liked to share stories of present or former employee missteps as casual conversation to intimidate.

Advice to Management

Streamline the management by getting rid of the layers of dead archaic retired in place managers resting on their laurels of past achievements. PMP certs mean nothing if they don't have the strength of character where ethics don't need to be discussed because they are above reproach. The culture breeds the wrong kind of managers. SAIC clamors to become like the NG or LockMartins but they don't recognize the girth those heavyweights have with the toxic work environments and practices that remove the ability to be nimble and responsive. The culture of the military in staying in your lane beats the innovation out of an organization and limits the ability to satisfy the customer by giving them product that exceeds expectations and limits the opportunity to excel.

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  1. Big Company that does a lot of things

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Burlington, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Burlington, NC

    I have been working at SAIC full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well established in many markets

    Cons

    challenging to find the overall direction of the company

    Advice to Management

    need for greater focus on staff retention


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    Changes in 2013

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editor
    Current Employee - Editor

    I have been working at SAIC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good starting salary and competitive leave packages. If you can get into the right business unit, management can be acceptable. Some BUs allow telecommuting and work with employees to improve home/life balance. SAIC was an OK place to work through the end of 2012 (see cons for explanation).

    Cons

    Each working group is its own little fiefdom with no standardized oversight. Work comes in waves so there is either too much work to complete in a normal work week or not enough work and employees are laid off. Once hired, raises are 2% to 3% for those who are “above average”. Benefits have been gutted for 2013 with health savings accounts replacing medical insurance for 90% of the workforce. This change saves the company thousands of dollars per employee and the employee takes a massive pay cut from the benefit reduction. SAIC upper management has stated in a meeting recently that employees are now expected to complete all training (even mandatory training) on their own time.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize management in each BU. Understand that the employees are the reason upper management has a job and treat them accordingly. The gutting of SAIC benefits will hurt the company more than it saved in dollars because the best employees will be inclined to go elsewhere.


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