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Declining value and weak management

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Huntsville, AL

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with; very innovative and engaging

    Cons

    Consumer driven high deductible insurance - means min &9000 out of pocket for family plan if just one member gets hospitalized for any period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find another way to offset health care cost besides shifting it all to the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Finance Associate

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    Former Employee - Finance Associate in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Finance Associate in McLean, VA

    I worked at SAIC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its good hours and benefits. There are also a lot of free training opportunities within the company

    Cons

    They are not very generous with pay to indirect staff. At my annual review I received a 2.5% salary increase which worked out to almost nothing. I went to a competitor after working for them and was offered almost 10k more to do the same work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees more!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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