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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
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

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.

Other Employee Reviews for SAIC

  1. Big Company that does a lot of things

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Burlington, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Burlington, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC full-time

    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


  2. Locally good people, management seemed distant, corporate is fragmented

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scott Air Force Base, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scott Air Force Base, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAIC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    laid back local manager benefits were decent pay was above average for similar jobs in the area

    Cons

    annual raises were pretty skimpy the company has had some big ethics issues lately divisional management is distant and typically out of touch tried to transfer within the company and received little to no help from management/HR with placement, ended up having to quit

    Advice to Management

    compress the management structure focus more on your line level employees, management seems out of touch


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