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Used to be a wonderfully employee-focused company, less so now

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

Pros

Many opportunities for training - online (SkillPort), WebEx, SRA University, Books 24x7. SRA's Capabilities Centers and Communities of Practice give opportunities to learn about new technologies and network with people in far-flung parts of the company.
SRA is serious about doing *useful* performance appraisals to really help the employee improve and grow, not just to check a box to say it's done.
No one can say the company is in a rut when it comes to trying new approaches to strengthen the business and the leadership.
SRA dealt with the effects of the Oct. 2013 government shutdown much better than many competitor companies.
The people I work with are smart, collaborative, hard-working, and focused on doing what's best for our customer. I'm proud and happy to work with them.

Cons

Senior management's decisions over the past 18-24 months to reduce benefits, reorganize the company, and lay off people in certain areas, all in the name of making the company more competitive, have hurt morale and caused some excellent people to leave the company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

When Bill Ballhaus first joined SRA as CEO, I was very impressed with his willingness to answer questions during his quarterly "town hall" employee meetings, and his commitment to being transparent about senior management's decisions and directions for the company. But the latest round of upper management layoffs in December 2013 was done with no context and no explanation beyond "consolidation," and many people are very upset about it.

Bring back the transparency.
Explicitly connect the dots for the rest of us, to demonstrate how your decisions to make SRA more competitive and to invest in people dedicated to growth/business development have benefited the company through new and re-competed contracts.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for SRA International

  1.  

    great people, tough market

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    The project team personnel are all great. Likewise, the majority of the mid-to-upper management staff is supportive and provides solid leadership. The clients we support have exciting missions that provide great job satisfaction.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, changes to HR policies over the past year or two have had a negative impact on employee morale and have significantly reduced efficiency in administrative procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Obtain input and buy-in from project teams before implementing new--or changing existing--HR policies and procedures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Has its ups and downs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SRA International

    Pros

    Compensation is relatively high, and benefits are decent. Tough times though are eroding these.

    Cons

    Lots of people are being let go with the slow-down in govt spending. Company no longer keeps you around to find a spot if your contract ends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit taking things away and giving us a sob story.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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