SAIC-Frederick Reviews

Updated May 8, 2015
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  1. Cronyism at the highest levels of Mgt. with Fed government

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAIC-Frederick full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Big company name, generally 9-5 job, lots of fed holidays and breaks, etc.

    Cons

    Benefits and bonuses were not great, very little control over destiny and very limited growth opportunities due to government contract controls.

    Advice to Management

    Take exit interviews seriously.


  2. Government contracting, unique challenges that don't exist in a company that has a bottom line.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD

    I worked at SAIC-Frederick full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    My networking team was great. Good people who wanted to improve the environment.

    Cons

    I was surrounded by contractors who fought progress every step of the way. Government employees on egotistical power trips, end of year spending, etc. If you have progressive ideas, do not work for the government. This is not a reflection on SAIC, it is NCI Frederick that fostered this ridiculous environment.

    Advice to Management

    I wouldn't even know where to start.


  3. For the most part a rewarding time spent here. Much interesting research.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Frederick, MD

    I have been working at SAIC-Frederick full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Local. No commuting required. Government contractor, so follows government regulations and get general government style benefits. Because it is local and basic science, the opportunity for flex scheduling is great, and was excellent while my children were young. If you open your eyes and take advantage, there is a lot to be learned.

    Cons

    No bonus structure per se. No real career advancement system. While the good old boy network is fading, not much is effectively taking its place in a managerial way, ie there is still too much lower level cronyism and not enough good use of labor. That is optimal use of labor and skills.

    Advice to Management

    Forget the forest for a day or two and take a good look at the trees.


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  5. Challenging government contacting and IT software development

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Learn contracting and IT PM process within a company that services the prime contract for NCI at Ft Detrick

    Cons

    Little individual support and recognition of effort. Focused on pleasing customer no matter what and not standing up for what makes good technical sense.

    Advice to Management

    NA as now Leidos


  6. Incest breeds....

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Clerk in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Shipping and Receiving Clerk in Frederick, MD

    I worked at SAIC-Frederick full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A paycheck? Health insurance too.

    Cons

    No raises.
    Very Cliquish, if not part of the in group, raises and advancements are virtually impossible.
    No future for support staff.
    Many of the lower management are related and/or went to school together. Very incestuous.
    Health insurance premiums are very high

    Advice to Management

    Try caring, or even just showing a grain of interest in your employees.


  7. good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    interesting projects with reasonably salary schedules. Middle management usually friendly but without much power to make things better.

    Cons

    discoveries and other advances are typically not owned by the SAIC employee as the contract typically puts nih staff in the driver's seat with these issues

    Advice to Management

    employees are the most valuable part of the company


  8. A great company turned bad very rapidly because of incompetent new magagements

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Scientist in Frederick, MD

    I have been working at SAIC-Frederick full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great resources to do great work.
    Great scientific knowledge base.
    Good but not great benefits

    Cons

    Top heavy with minimal scientific background and NO interactions with bench scientists.
    No chance for professional growth at all unless you are a YES man/woman.
    No or very low annual raises. No raise for last 3 yrs.
    Ever since the CEO left couple of years ago, the company went downhill very rapidly.

    Advice to Management

    Try to become employee friendly.
    You still have a number very knowledgeable scientists left with more years to contribute.
    Everyone is afraid to talk freely because of your "bully" attitude.


  9. A Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD

    I have been working at SAIC-Frederick full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good Benefits. HR department will go the extra mile to process Visas.

    Cons

    HR Department is non responsive. The work environment has become a political battle. Reduction in Force has required the people that care to work double, while others have nothing to do. The company has changed drastically since they went from employee owned to publicly owned.

    Advice to Management

    Manage your people and hold them accountable!


  10. Initially appealing company which in a few years presents no career path, and a weak benefits package.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAIC-Frederick full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Remote work flexibility
    Decent base salary

    Cons

    Incompetent and non-communicative upper management
    Weak yet expensive benenfits package
    No bonuses and no career path
    Extremely bureaucratic organization

    Advice to Management

    Take your employees' concerns seriously and figure out proper career paths for your IT employees.


  11. Site Program Manager - Review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Program Manager in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Site Program Manager in Herndon, VA

    I worked at SAIC-Frederick full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A very good company with lots of room for growth/upwards mobility, particularly so if you are willing to move. The pay was suitable for the position and commensurate with my experience. Caveat; sell yourself and your skills, as they are willing to pay for quality employees.

    Cons

    This Company is very large, which, by nature can and does occasionally give employees the impression that the company does not care about them. Obviously, this is not the case but it does leave some people with this feeling so if you are the type of person that needs/desires constant feedback then you may want to look at a company that is much smaller for a more personal feel.

    Advice to Management

    Make an extra effort to reach-out to employees that are not co-located with the main business effort in Virginia. This will pay huge dividends for you with respect to employee satisfaction and reduce personnel turnover.



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