SAIC Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
1,139 Reviews
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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 64 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management doesn't know (or is not saying) what they see for the future for SAIC (in 35 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great company good benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, 401k matching

    Cons

    No room to grow in my division

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    SAIC

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Awesome contract and DoS great customers for the most part! Plenty of online training opportunity

    Cons

    Management pass the buck on dealing with difficult customers and tend to appoint inexperienced employees in management roles. Also, improve the Health Benefits, the employee absorb too much of the cost and kick up the tuition reimbursement and bring it back to 5K and above per year, as most of the staff could use the money to at a least motivate them to acquire a post high school education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within, do not grab someone from the opposing engineer team that made life miserable and make them a program manager....c'mon you can do better! (I hope!?!?)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Still in love with the company after 6 years!!! Excited for more.

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    Current Employee - Project Management Analyst V in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Management Analyst V in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The office culture is awesome. There is an atmosphere of positive reinforcement. With the company split from Leidos, we are back in the business of growing the corporation.

    Cons

    Company has to be sure to offer new opportunities to existing employees looking for advancement and prior to hiring new employees at even higher wages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more leadership and telecommuting opportunities to improve the work-life balance and the environment.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company to work for in Metro DC Area

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good work environment and friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Benefits are not that great

    Recommends
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging...for all the wrong reasons.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    The people make the company, nice offices.

    Cons

    SAIC, a Fortune 500 company, went public in October 2006. Since the IPO, SAIC has taken the focus off of employees and doing what's right to only focusing on shareholders and profits. Employee morale is at an all-time low. Many people leave SAIC as employee growth and advancement is discouraged. Advancement is only for a chosen few-those who are personally selected by their managers to be promoted over those who may be better qualified. Upper management is greedy and only focused on numbers.

    Hard work is not rewarded as the company expects salaried employees to work extra hours without pay and discourages overtime pay. The work-life balance is simply lip service. Employee burn-out is common.

    Also, pay is low compared to market rate. SAIC practices salary theft and salaries are stagnant compared to its competition. Many people leave after a year or two as the company is not very good at redeployment following the loss of contract work or company layoffs. Recruiters bring people in by the week only to see them leave within three years or less.

    Human Resources is neither human or a resource. HR management is out of touch with the employees and is not accessible when needed. There seems to be too much of a dependence on the HR hotline as managers are unaware of basic company policies.

    SAIC is not the company to advance your career. Unless you are a new college graduate looking for your first opportunity or you are someone looking to retire within five years or truly desperate for a job, you're better off elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to work to retain employees and pay what you're worth. Also, company needs to address growth and advancement as this seems to be a problem inside the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (more than an 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
  11.  

    Excellent

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    Former Employee - Spanish Translator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Spanish Translator in Washington, DC

    I worked at SAIC as a contractor (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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