SAIC Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
1,124 Reviews
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SAIC Chief Executive Officer Anthony Moraco
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Pros
  • Work life balance good / Not Micro Managed unless your not meeting deadlines (in 47 reviews)

  • Good benefits and lots of opportunities to expand your skill set (in 62 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management doesn't know (or is not saying) what they see for the future for SAIC (in 34 reviews)

  • Very little loyalty from senior management to long-term, mid-level employees (in 33 reviews)

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  1.  

    I have enjoyed working at SAIC and growing in many areas.

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    Current Employee - Project Analyst II  in  Springfield, VA
    Current Employee - Project Analyst II in Springfield, VA

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

    Pros

    The company structure has been very much about employee and growth.

    Cons

    During restructure and economy slow down the employes have taken a hit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training and investing in long term employees is critical.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    Excellent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Spanish Translator  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Spanish Translator in Washington, DC

    I worked at SAIC as a contractor for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great environment, positive people, great satisfaction for feeling dedicated to the mission of the company, great benefits

    Cons

    no room to diversify or learn new skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe everybody benefits when a company is dedicated to developing its employees' skills and abilities. I would have liked to have gotten support expanding some of the skills i already had

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Meh

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    Former Employee - Policy Analyst  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in McLean, VA

    I worked at SAIC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great flexibility/hours, wide variety of work

    Cons

    no real upward mobility, management sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay attention to your employees, look at your stock price, give people career opportunities

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for and be a part of.

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay. They are working a lot harder to keep seasoned employees that lose coverage to make sure that they are covered somewhere else.

    Cons

    Promotions are slow, and we just lost our commuter incentive for taking public transportation. :(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a little more time to listen to those on the front lines. What you hear from management may not be what is reality

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good solid traditional company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I worked at SAIC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Human resources, payroll, travel services and other administrative roles are staffed with dedicated individuals.
    Reliable raises (at certain salary levels) for good performance.
    Training and College programs are well established (depending on the contract)
    Employees at all levels are professionals in attitudes and in their roles.

    Cons

    Satellite facilities are not as well maintained, since there are MANY facilities everywhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Loss of dedication

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst  in  California, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in California, MD

    I worked at SAIC full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Large company with many contracts.

    Cons

    Values continue to be reduced. There is very little team spirit left. Now you are an employee number, not a person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are still human beings, treat them as such. Think of as a person rather than a dollar figure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great starting out company

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    Former Employee - Systems Integrator  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Systems Integrator in McLean, VA

    I worked at SAIC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Travel, strong tech work, less of a small fish in a big pond

    Cons

    compensation in relation to industry standard

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    SAIC used to be one of most progressive and outstanding org to work for

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    Former Employee - Earned Value/Scheduling Manager  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Earned Value/Scheduling Manager in McLean, VA

    I worked at SAIC full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Employee stock share, metrix centered organization that slows you to freely contribute and feel part of the team. Each Business Units is separate and draws from a centralized pool of experts for Project Management.

    Cons

    they have lost their employee owner focus. while job satisfaction is still there, the employee has lost their value - it is all about the bottom line, stock price and stock dividends. Trying to emulate the big boys with a mid size company mentality.. doesn't work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn from the past! value your employee, take care of the employee and get rid of the "old boys" network and go back to the core values that made you a 12 billion $$ company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A loyal company...as long as they're billing you at 2-3x to the USG

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer III  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Network Engineer III in Washington, DC

    I worked at SAIC as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    It's a place to work where they give you money in exchange for your time, so that's something. There are (presumably) a lot of opportunities to move around.

    Cons

    Let's face it--this place is a body shop. They throw a minimal number of bodies at a contract to keep the margins up, but will fling a bunch more at a contract when it's getting close to renewal. And you'd better hope they win it, because you've only got two weeks to find a new one if they don't, which is roughly the period of the announcement, depending on the contract. Benefits are barely average, and there are a number of mandatory meetings not billable to the customer so you're expected to "make up" that time. A lot of contracts require a clearance--if you don't have one, the opportunities dwindle rapidly.
    Work there if you must, but keep your resume updated and keep one eye on the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that the company's success is predicated on the employees, not your ability to jigger numbers on a spreadsheet. Your employees have two bosses, the customer and you, so go light on the MBA nonsense and trust that your employees are doing the job you hired them for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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