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SAIC Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
1,160 Reviews
3.5
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SAIC Chief Executive Officer Anthony Moraco
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Review Highlights

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 66 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management doesn't know (or is not saying) what they see for the future for SAIC (in 36 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Challenging Work Scope

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

    I worked at SAIC (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    SAIC has strong ties to the Government Sector. Great networking and opportunity for long term employment. Benefits are somewhat competitive.

    Cons

    SAIC is highly nepotistic, especially in the state of Indiana. If you aren't part of the right tribe, it is challenging to grow your career. SAIC recently changed over to a Matrix Management style company and the employees are experiencing difficulty adjusting.
    Regional Management is standoffish and does little to make themselves available to all staff. Middle Management often lacks expertise in the area they are managing or lack certain skills that would enable them to be more effective leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Hire qualified Management that understands civilian and military leadership styles.
    2. Familiarize yourself with the day to day operations and tasking of those you are assigned to lead so that you can more effective communicate business needs to both - upper management and other departments/divisions.
    3. Be a leader - remove yourself from petty office politics.
    4. Make decisions that will help your employees and company grow.
    5. Offer a career path, not just an annual increase or bonus.
    6. Operate the business with integrity.
    7. Expand the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good overall, but lots of government red-tape

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAIC

    Pros

    Good pay, opportunities for career advancement

    Cons

    Government red-tape can prove to be a challenge

  3.  

    Business Analyst - Service Mnagement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Incident-Problem Manager in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Incident-Problem Manager in Torrance, CA

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

    Pros

    Good leadership. People will to mentor each other.

    Cons

    Not knowing when your contract is up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Once-great innovator being dragged into the depths of corporate mediocrity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Drone in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Office Drone in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    At the mid and lower levels there are still a great number of very intelligent, very skilled people working on the vast array of technical opportunities SAIC presents. The benefit/compensation package used to be very good and is still above average. There is enough brain-power and potential within the ranks to be optimistic for the future.

    Cons

    Middle and Upper management is less than worthless. Since becoming public, executive culture has shifted away from providing quality solutions for customers to squeezing every available penny out of each contract and worker. Benefits get chipped away at with every passing year. Feels like corporate view of employees is that we're all faceless, replaceable drones. Reorgs were an annual occurrence done so that the new executive could mark his/her territory, not because of any specific benefit to the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Declare a reorg moratorium. I worked at SAIC for eight years in only two different positions, yet I still had EIGHT different managers/directors, went through SIX divisions, FIVE business units, and THREE different (internal) companies. STOP. Just stop. Breathe. Remember the great company Dr. Beyster founded. Get back to your roots. When I started, SAIC was a special company. Now it's just another generic Wall Street corporation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Big and Lost in the past

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

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

    Pros

    Willing to allow for remote work and flexible schedules (where applicable)
    Benefits were decent and coverage for domestic partnerships was nice (and available years before most places offered)

    Cons

    Huge corporation nightmare
    No concept of real bonuses (money has value, their stock does not)
    A fight to get anything done, bureaucracy galore

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the past, you are no longer an employee owned company and the old order of doing things does not fix the problems that exists and are endemic to their large behemoth of a corp.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst in Marysville, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst in Marysville, CA

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

    Pros

    Management Leadership, competitive pay, benefits, culture.

    Cons

    Limited promotion opportunities at my location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Intern in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at SAIC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Big company which allows for
    Lots of places to put you if your job closes
    Good pay for the job
    Fairly stable place to work

    Cons

    Not particularly challenging or exciting. Not too much else to say about it. Can sometimes be slow on decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Prepare for change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Designer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Engineering Designer in Huntsville, AL

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

    Pros

    They offer decent benefits and comprehensive leave with 9 holidays. Direct supervisors CAN be lenient with work schedule for offsite employees.

    Cons

    Benefits have fallen, management isn't consistent, ethics seem to be nothing but lip service. Stock holders are #1 since company went public.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the employees again. We are the reason the company is did so well. Survey employees before cutting benefits to see what we think is more important. Quit lying to employees about reasons behind policy changes. Stay out of employees home lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Difficult Environment to Grow Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contracts in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Contracts in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    SAIC has competitive salaries and benefits. Job opportunities are based on projects associated with SAIC's products and services in the commercial and federal markets.

    Cons

    The culture is competitive based on project orientation. The environment does not foster creativity, innovation or constructive debate. Career development is not a top priority and it is very difficult to move up or into other positions as advancement is politically motivated. Valuable training and mentorship is minimal.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company at the time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL

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

    Pros

    Management team was very much pro-employee
    Employee focused
    Benefits were good

    Cons

    Contract environemnt makes it difficult for a good company to retain its competitiveness. DoD and NASA contracts keep telling companies to cut costs, those cost cutting measures impact benefits and morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more non-government contracts.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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