SRA International

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Technical Lead in Fairfax, VA
Current Employee - Technical Lead in Fairfax, VA

I have been working at SRA International full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Decent benefits package overall and multiple work locations

Cons

Vacation accruals are low for all incoming new hires, regardless of years of experience

Due to short staffing at all levels, be prepared to give up your nights and weekends at a moments notice to make internal or external clients happy - your career will suffer at SRA if you dont
As such, employees are treated as if it is their privledge to work at SRA - there is a reason they fell off the list of the Best Companies to work for about five years ago.

Even though SRA only has about 6000 employees, the red tape to get decisions made takes as long as it would if they were a 60,000 employee company. So many people have to give their opinion on even minute policy or day to day operations in an effort to not hurt feelings and because there are no clear procedures for decision authority that SRA cannot keep up with the work load demanded by internal and external clients.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

My current role is in senior management. My advice would be to get rid of the legacy leaders (functional, executive, and client facing) who are stuck in a mental state of "this is how we have always done it" which is in conflict with the new folks coming in trying to establish best practices. SRA had long operated as four seperate divisions and the leaders of these divisions have no interest in working together or seeing the forest for the trees when is coming to the greater good of the company and hence large scale positive change is severly delayed at SRA.

Internal resources for manager to be managers is also severly lacking - no formal training or integration into management role, no online self-service to manage employee performance and salaries, no career development resources to coach subordinates, no time or emphasis on looking out for employees best interests or their work life balance.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, wrong time to be in federal consulting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at SRA International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    40-hour work week depending where you work within the company, other sectors/clients require longer hours (beware of of the growth group) but in general the firm encourages a fair work-life balance. People are smart, friendly, and the corporate culture is very relaxed and executives seem genuinely concerned with how the average worker perceives policy initiatives. Plenty of training opportunities and decent tuition reimbursement program.

    Cons

    Unclear promotion path, poor to mediocre pay increases, small or nonexistent bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage high performers to stay with the firm by rewarding their hard work with benefits such as comp time, bonuses, or special training opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    SRA is a shadow of what it was in the 1990's

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at SRA International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Still some hardcore SRA'ers left in the company that motivate the younger generations

    Cons

    Limited career paths - remaining billable is the only option and that can be difficult without any bench time betweenprojects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help middle management to understand the difference between business capture and project execution

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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