SAIC Reviews in Alexandria, VA

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
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Pros
  • Work life balance good / Not Micro Managed unless your not meeting deadlines (in 50 reviews)

  • Good benefits and lots of opportunities to expand your skill set (in 64 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management doesn't know (or is not saying) what they see for the future for SAIC (in 35 reviews)

  • No loyalty from senior management as to long-term, mid-level employees (in 33 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a very positive experience. Lay-off process needs to be addressed as well as internal transfers.

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    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at SAIC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Family friendly. Time off as needed was never an issue. Lower management looked out for their people as best they could.

    Cons

    Poor communication between management and employees. Career path is convoluted at best. Told several times if I received a particular certification it would boost my career only to have the position taken away and given to a new hire. Highly driven by profit margins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in touch with your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great company with a great potential!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at SAIC

    Pros

    The company embraces diversity and offers opportunities for committed employees. There are a lot of interesting and challenging projects going on throughout the company and it's relatively easy to move around within the company. The people at SAIC are bright and work hard. Because SAIC values its people, they will try to take care of the employees during the "down times": help with placement, etc. Education and training assistance is also great.

    Cons

    One thing they lack is a pension program, but that's probably true for most other similar companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep training the employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Started as an intern then worked full time for 2 years experience at SAIC

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at SAIC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Patient management and teams that are willing to work with employees to increase their skill base
    -Got to work on a wide array of different projects while learning different software and systems
    -Free coffee in kitchens
    -Good size teams that are able to support their members
    -Decent length of contracts so you have enough time to get things done right

    Cons

    -Like most places some managers could be bad and would either micro manage or neglect aspects of a project
    -Salary could have been better
    -Interns are under utilized until they start full time work.
    -One project I worked on had too much complexity in it's architecture and had a stagnant atmosphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Interns want more real world work and can do more for the company than you normally realize.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Java Developer at SAIC INc

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    Current Employee - Java Developer in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at SAIC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to gain experience working on various software technologies. They let you get your hands dirty and give you great exposure

    Cons

    Technologies on some projects are old and all I was promised as benefits where not really fulfilled to me.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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    Former Employee - Configuration Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Configuration Manager in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at SAIC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Management and employees were outstanding. Benefits were good.

    Cons

    No training and let go when contract ends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold on to good people... they are hard to find!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible workplace, salary not so good for younger workers

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    Current Employee - Java Developer in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    Very flexible work place (this is really up to my division - not the company as a whole).
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor salaries for newer / younger employees. Times were much better in the years before the company went public, and the raises the older workers got were MUCH higher. Therefore, there is now a de-facto two-tier pay system - one for those there before the company went public, and one for those who began their career afterwards. The older employers make a good 30% premium all other things remaining equal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start working on removing some of the dead weight in middle management and the large amount of poor performers who've been feeding at the trough since 911 bonanza began ten years ago. Many of these workers do not carry their weight, and are becoming a burden on those that perform.

    SAIC (and all the other big miliatary / government contractors) are going to run into trouble as the technical talent moves to smaller / younger companies where they're not required to subsidize the large salaries and expensive health bennies of the older workers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Military Jobs in DC

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, and a little less cutthroat than the private sector.

    Cons

    a lot of incompetent employees that float by because of high security clearances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit tossing developers aside when projects are put on hold, only to have to retrain someone the next month when it starts again.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    Job with a mission - government oriented
    Good employee support although communication could be better

    Cons

    Military mindset throughout company - could stand to be more business oriented
    No clear career path. Promotions are there but you have to find your own way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work more as a commercial business and less as a military subsidiary. Focus on revenue, profits and customer satisfaction.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The quality of management varies from division to division

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    Management tries hard to find support for employees who lose coverage, which makes it pretty stable employment in a competitive environment.
    Management is very supportive of continued education--the company will pay tuition.

    Cons

    The quality of management varies tremendously depending on location.
    There is no path for career advancement in some divisions.
    The corporate environment isn't what it was during the good old "employee owned" days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't focus so much on the short-term bottom line. Don't lose talent because temporary lack of support lowers profit margins.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    SAIC is about average.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at SAIC full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Standard compensations.
    Good work environment.
    Work is very rewarding.

    Cons

    Company will let you go when you're usefulness and/or contract are over.
    No real help finding other positions within company.
    Company not interested in holding on to experienced and good people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees and be honest with them.
    When you have experienced people, do all you can to hold onto them.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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