SAIC Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Work life balance good / Not Micro Managed unless your not meeting deadlines (in 50 reviews)

  • Good benefits and great Senior Management support (in 66 reviews)

Cons
  • Getting information frm upper management to do the job properly (in 36 reviews)

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

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  1. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at SAIC (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, interesting projects. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Short-term focus from leadership. Lost some culture when they went public.


  2. Not what it use to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ramona, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ramona, CA

    I worked at SAIC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Saic use to be a great place to work. They cared about the employees until they went public and then it went downhill from there.

    Cons

    Relocated headquarters to east coast and slowly moved majority positions in U.S. To east coast. Have been applying for jobs that I most definately qualify for and can't even get an interview even though they boast on their web site that former employees are an asset.

    Advice to Management

    When former employees apply for positions give them priority over people who have never worked there.


  3. Business Manager

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Business Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you have a good manager and your organization does well, they take good care of outstanding employees. Get hooked up with a bad manager and life can be heck until you are gone.

    Cons

    Management can often be inconsistent, especially since they went public and even more so since they split into two companies. Attitude at many levels is half as good as it was 10 years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your employees as they near the end of their time with you. Have seen too many rudely forced out the door.


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  5. Great Experience!

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    A lot of variety in what I worked on. Constantly challenged. Best job to date!

    Cons

    I do not have any.


  6. Beltway Bandit Structure and Mentality

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    Former Employee - Vice President Programs in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Programs in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, usually successful in previous careers, customer contact /marketing is everything, hire in mid and late career people who are knowledgeable, but "careers" only last 1-5 years then you are out; good compensation and bonuses typical of a beltway bandit

    Cons

    200 small groups in search of a company; no career path for individuals, especially young engineers; your job only lasts as long as your project does; no mentoring by older engineers; ex Gov and retired military personnel dominate management(good old boys) ; WIN AT ANY COST mentality, big bonuses for wins, slash & burn whats left

    Advice to Management

    Build a real company with a career path for tech people, not just a bunch of unrelated projects which come and go, with execs who collect their bonuses and leave after a few years


  7. Field Engineer

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    Former Contractor - Field Engineer; Training Specialist in Ramona, CA
    Former Contractor - Field Engineer; Training Specialist in Ramona, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAIC as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    SAIC is a strong, employee oriented company, having begun as a totally employee owned corporation. A true leader in science technology and military support, SAIC fabulous company to work for.

    Cons

    SAIC recently opened up to be a publicly traded corporation. Sadly, much of the talent which originally built the company cashed out on the stock and retired. Over the course of the last 10 years however, the company has restored its goals towards employee cooperation, which has brought the corporation to the forefront of contemporary technology.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and inspire. Management has the responsibility of ensuring quality engineering and technical staffing, as well as retaining talent that finds its way to this firm. Good people make for great success, both up and down the management ladder.


  8. Systems Administrator

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at SAIC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked at Spawar as a contractor. Interaction with SAIC corporate was limited.

    Cons

    Upward growth was limited due to lack of interaction with corporate SAIC office.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to make your contractors feel as if they are valued


  9. Helpful (1)

    STAY AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of former military personnel.

    Cons

    - There is no care for career advancement. - When the contract is over, you are done. You are gone! No effort is made to keep you or find a fit into another contract even when space is available. Terrible leadership, at least in the contract I was on.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget that people are your most important assets. Did you catch that? No? I'm not surprised...it shows.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Awesome company with room for growth

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant I in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant I in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers, good worker schedule (M-F daytime and no weekends), business casual to business professional atmosphere, plenty of job training and advancement available to anyone that's interested.

    Cons

    You need to research the education opportunities yourself to learn more about what's expected in your position.


  11. Helpful (3)

    What happened to the old SAIC?

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is large enough to provide ample resources to their employees. The Matrix system works for employees with unique skills.

    Cons

    Sharp decline in ingenuity and out of the box thinking. Result has been a downfall in new contract wins for projects with heavy design criteria. SAIC outsources the ingenuity to small businesses, but takes ownership of design. The matrix system has devastated the connection between employee and senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Shake up the management gene pool. Promote within instead of looking outside the company to fill the management roles.



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