SAIC Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. Electromechanical/Assemblies

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    Current Employee - Electromechanical/Electronic Assemblies in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Electromechanical/Electronic Assemblies in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at SAIC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I believe good opportunity and math with my skill

    Cons

    Flexible working and Available any time

  2. I <3 SAIC

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    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in San Diego, CA

    I worked at SAIC

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I like everyone I worked with. and the work was fulfilling.

    Cons

    Some of us were laid off after work dried up.

    Advice to Management

    Have a nice day.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Working on Innovative Science, Engineering & Technology Products & Services

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    Former Employee - Vice President in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great variety of cutting edge projects and work on important problems/challenges facing our nation and the world; hires experienced staff/SMEs with deep knowledge and industry expertise; while there are defined career training tracks in several areas, emphasis is on the mid-career professional; benefits comparable to other Fortune 500 companies

    Cons

    Project and product based work that is mostly associated with commercial and federal contracts; employees are expected to stay on top of projects ending and new projects getting off the ground to ensure their continued engagement and work within the company.

    Advice to Management

    As in the majority of corporate workplaces today, diversity, promotion of women and minorities needs to be a continuous focus to ensure a broadly diverse employee base, reflective of the diversity of customers served.

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  5. Helpful (4)

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

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Relentless pursuit of the impossible

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    Former Contractor - Software Designer in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Software Designer in San Diego, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The pay was decent, perhaps slightly above average
    Open to very Flexible Schedule
    Big pretty building in San Diego by the Sea

    Cons

    Disturbing unwillingness to accept impossibility
    Dysfunctional
    Dystopian
    I am sorry I do not have twenty appropriate words for this input (could be excessive.)

    Advice to Management

    When the custom hardware's military contract docs specify, require and document a remote reset function, but the actual hardware physically does not support said function, there is no way that software can adequately compensate. I can see you wanting multiple opinions, but at some point you have to eat the hardware. Never lie to technical personnel, or withhold important details, it's wasteful and irritating. Try to avoid Concordian Logic (valuing something based on what you have into it, rather than what it's worth.)

  7. Difficult Environment to Grow Career

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

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    I was a software project manager at SAIC. I worked there for 23 years.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some really talented people at SAIC. There is a depth of knowledge that you can tap when needed. Management is generally very good. Ethics are strongly reinforced.

    Cons

    Stock isn't going anywhere any more. When it was an employee-owned company, there were many employee perks, such as a fitness center, cafeteria, good offices and equipment, good health benefits. Most of these have been eliminated, or reduced to be just in line with industry. SAIC's new line management structure removes line managers so far from employees that they don't even know each other. How can line managers find work opportunities for employees when they don't even know the skills of those employees?

    Advice to Management

    Change your line management structure, put the personal touch back into the work culture.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work until 2012

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, customer oriented. Telecommuting encouraged in past.

    Cons

    Layoffs of long-term, loyal employees. Upper management disconnected from workers.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your strategy to save costs. Getting rid of most people who had more than 20 years at the company was a huge mistake. It's not all about money.

  10. Was once THE Place to Work

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Under employee ownership spectacular. As a publicly traded company mediocre. Great customer. Interesting work. If you don't work on a customer site, most people telecommute.

    Cons

    Unorganized and decentralized management in a matrixed organizational structure. Publicly traded company, so went from a destination company to just another overhead heavy corporation. Zero training.

    Advice to Management

    Start over and try to get it right.

  11. I was brought on as a junior employee, and they mentored me quite well. There were a variety of projects to work on.

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The variety of work was definitely nice and challenging. As a junior employee they did not expect me to bring in work, but once I started to do that they offered me stock options as compensation.

    Cons

    I had a manager that liked to "bend" the rules, which I felt uncomfortable with. He would tell me that unless I went along with what he wanted to do, I was not a 'Team Player'.

    Advice to Management

    Stress the value of Integrity across the company. For without integrity, nothing stands for long.

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