SRA International

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Celebrating past glories will only get you so far...

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Former Employee - Senior Member of the Professional Staff in Arlington, VA
Former Employee - Senior Member of the Professional Staff in Arlington, VA

I worked at SRA International

Pros

SRA has a very casual atmosphere, and a minimal skill set will allow you to obtain a job that you may not be fully qualified for but are willing to develop into, that is, as long as you are willing to accept a salary less than the market average. As a result, this is a great starting point for IT professionals with some knowledge or experience gaps in their resume.

Cons

I agree with all other reviewers who believe that in order to position itself for success, the biggest obstacle the new SRA leadership team must overcome are its own long-term, less-than-dynamic employees that have been milking the company of unwarranted advancement and training opportunities over the past few years. These folks have mastered the art of touting their corporate loyalty and outdated "successes" by exploiting the nepotistic policies the company has traditionally embraced. These folks have been instrumental in the recent demise in both client service and awarded contracts, which in turn has left the company in its current brittle state.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I'm sure you are already well aware SRA is hemorrhaging talent, and those who have left SRA after reaching their limits of professional patience are finding success at your competitors and elsewhere. To return SRA to some "real" glory days, here are a few suggestions by one of those folks who has moved on to something better, but remains concerned for the SRA colleagues who have vowed to stick it out:

Don't ever forget your best staff are those you rarely see or hear of or from. Recognize that the employees that are continuously in your face have the time to be there simply because they aren't doing much of anything else, nor are they liked or are of any benefit to their subordinates. You will most likely not see your best people on a regular basis because they are too busy carrying an excessive burden to overcompensate for either inept coworkers, government employees, or supervisor. You may also have a tendency to forget about them because their clients are satisfied with their performance, however, may not necessarily make an effort to send a commendation, especially those "difficult to please" clients that SRA loves to do business with.

Presenting a counteroffer to a resigning "power hitter," though admirable and appreciated, just doesn't go far enough if you fail to remove the employee from their inept supervisor or outline their path to the future.

Finally, for sanity's sake, overhaul your HR department and install a true leader at their helm who can teach any remaining staff a thing or two about how a real HR department should be run. I agree with the other reviewer who referred to your current HR staff as "a joke."

Good luck SRA. There is still room for you on the beltway if you scrutinize intensely and execute wisely.

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    SRA International is a good starting place.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at SRA International

    Pros

    Good avenue to enter the contracting industry

    Cons

    Salary is not as competitive as other companies

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    positive experience working with smart people in a very collaborative, yet competitive environment .

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SRA International

    Pros

    You almost never work alone, but almost always are part of a team working together on projects and assignments. Their collaborative nature and commitment to learning is very positive. The staff is friendly, smart and willing to help others. If you are at your best, you can go far in terms of taking on interesting assignments, receiving recognition and advancing your career -- but you need to be aggressive, and know how to play the game, which isn't very clear.

    Cons

    Touchstone's internal policies and practices regarding how decisions are made, what projects you are on and how to advance your career are foggy at best. Its a difficult place to figure out how to operate and to get what you want out of your job there. Although its very collaborative, its also competitive. Your advancement depends on who you know and how you play their game, which is tricky to figure out. The staff overall is very young and inexperienced (yet smart). They tend to form cliques and prefer to work with their friends. If you are new or have yet to "prove yourself" be prepared to work hard to make a positive reputation for yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Touchstone's leadership needs to do a much better job communicating with staff. They need to improve their frequency of communication and their level of detail. Too often they play down issues, put on a happy face and give themselves a pat on the back. Leadership needs to "cheer lead" less and learn to be more real with the staff.

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