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Huge disparity between "Direct on Contract" at customer site and an "SAIC employee"

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Information Assurance in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Information Assurance in Washington, DC
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Fantastic at getting clearances crossed over. Generally hires at competitive salary rates especially if you are good at negotiating salary. If you are working as an overhead employee and "not" direct on contract - depending on your manager/supervisor - they can be great at providing training - up to around $5000/year. If you are in a position where you can work from home, they are pretty good about giving flexibility to do that on occassion - for instance, during the Jan 2010 snowstorm there were a LOT of employees (normal SAIC overhead employees) working from home.

Cons

Downside - if you are direct on contract (meaning, essentially the people pulling in the money for SAIC) it depends on your contract and program manager for training, etc. Forget working from home if your work is primarily in a secure environment. Many at the customer site are still trying to make up work on the weekends and nights from the snowstorm when we "wanted" to work but the gov buildings were shut down. Training direct on contract - unless it is in your contract that government will provide it - seems to completely be nonexistent on at least some contracts. Forget training. For education training - the $5000 they say they provide, you have to pay for it yourself first and it's understood that if everyone took advantage of it they couldn't provide it. HUGE discrepancy for those on contract. All those SAIC policies and guidances, individual development plans, etc.? it's a different beast and you need not worry about consistency. Not impressed by a long shot.

Advice to Management

Change the discrepancies - it's frustrating and disconnected. Find out what your employees really think at the front lines and actually "listen". Stop acting like you care and do something about it - at the front line. If you have a lot of employees leaving a contract - look at their supervisors and program management and you'll see why. When people submit anonymous ethics complaints, maybe there is a reason. Fix the corporate bloat. With that $ you can provide those that are making you money (direct on contract) training. During snowstorms, etc., if you're letting the rest of SAIC work from home, it would be a good idea to make sure it's equal. it's not like we can't use that time for training. Make sure the program managers don't stomp it. Make sure the policies you push out at corporate, group and the BUs are consistent with front lines. It's your JOB. Have hopes for Havenstein simply based on his record and, of course, being a former Marine. Haven't seen many changes yet, but hopefully he's good enough to get it. Group your talents so they can leverage each other. For instance, IA is across all groups. Streamline. There's a lot of talent that we can leverage but don't know where to find it.

Other Employee Reviews for SAIC

  1. boy have things changed in the last few years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    support from fellow employees, not management

    Cons

    the work environment has changed so much in the past few years. It has gone from a place where people truly loved their jobs and would work untold hours to get the job done right to a place where people want out, do only what is needed and talk down the company. The management that I worked under did not understand our department, the areas we supported and how to support their staff. They were only interested is making sure that their manager thought they were doing it all. If they had to learn the general process of each department then they would be in a better place to make decisions concerning the departments.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should skip levels and have real conversations with employees doing the work on how to get the company back on track. Look at managers who have a history of not working well with their departments.


  2. Helpful (1)

    SAIC: talent pool versus employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Defense Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Defense Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Company has a good reputation with customers. Fairly simple and effective performance evaluation system. Loads of professional and competent people in the company.

    Cons

    There are two kinds of employees at SAIC: the real employees and the "talent." The talent are those people hired from inside government to work on site with government customers. The "talent" are not really treated like employees. No real career development, training, or corporate attention. The talent are really product that SAIC sells to the customer. And like any product, if there is any problem at all with the product or the contract, the product goes in the dust bin. I've been observing some chilling horror stories about SAIC putting these "talent" employees out on the street with no warning and no mercy, even though these people are qualified to do other open jobs in the company. Advice to any one in the government considering taking an SAIC job working in the government: Don't do it. You won't be able to trust the company to take care of you.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your talent. Providing on-site personnel to customers is big part of SAIC's bottom line. It won't take long before word will get around about SAIC treats these people and after that happens, there will be less and less "talent" looking to SAIC.


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