Sotera Defense Solutions

  www.soteradefense.com
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Losing lots of contracts and massive layoffs

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Reston, VA
Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Reston, VA

I have been working at Sotera Defense Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Company benefits are equivalent to similar companies.
Trying to get into different areas of the IC.
New I&A President is competent and responds well to employee concerns.
New CEO is a breath of fresh air.
Human Resources and BD team are very approachable and friendly.
Great flexibility in regards to work scheduling.

Cons

No opportunities to grow. Not exaggerating. A lot of this has to do with the market, but more of it has to do with corporate management's choices of where to try for prime and which contracts to propose....AND THEY ARE NOT WINNING ANYTHING. Yikes!

There is very much a buddy-buddy club and you have to be on the "inside" to receive credit or promotions. One of the Senior Directors even calls his favorite project managers (who are women) "Dean's Angels." Furthermore, there is no mechanism to provide feedback on leadership. Several employees have approached senior leadership about issues and nothing happens.

Several of my friends who were laid off received NO SEVERANCE. Not a dime. Even though they worked for the company for years. Also, there is no "beach." If your contract ends or there is any other issue, they don't float you for a couple weeks. Also heard horror stories about furloughed employees.

Bottom line is they don't have any money. There was even a Washington Post article about how the lenders filed a complaint against the company because it couldn't service its debts. I'm worried and looking for other employment.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Save money! Listen to the lower level employees. Break up the Old Boy/Girl network.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK as long as your on contract.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - All Source Analyst in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - All Source Analyst in Tysons Corner, VA

    I have been working at Sotera Defense Solutions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Supportive and fair. They treated their people well when they are on a contract and have good benefits for people working for Sotera Defense.

    Cons

    No real support when the contract is over. There is no severance for years of service. Did not have anywhere to grow and no contracts to go on.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I had a phenomenal experience working at Sotera

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst

    I worked at Sotera Defense Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sotera hires well. There's a lot of talent in the junior to mid range that only the best recruiters and hiring managers can find - not just the resume studs. But of course this comes from level-headed leadership in key positions. I was given plenty of room for growth, and enabled to seize on new opportunities and promotions when were presented.

    Cons

    When I left, the formal evaluation system left something to be desired. Its creation was well-intended, but perhaps not thought all the way through. Additionally, and this isn't inherently a "con", but the company has gone through some drastic changes in structure (Private to IPO to Public to Investment Group) in a relatively short amount of time (<4 yrs), which always tends to create some cultural waves. Most recent changes were M&A's that have created a structure of 5 or 6 independent units with little to no contact or fusion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try your darnedest to keep the best of that same old TAC/Global/GTEC/Sotera DNA, whether it's within your new "unit", function, or headquarters.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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