SAIC Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
1,114 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance good / Not Micro Managed unless your not meeting deadlines (in 47 reviews)

  • Like I said above the company does have a good reputation along with good benefits (in 60 reviews)


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

  • Upper management doesn't know (or is not saying) what they see for the future for SAIC (in 32 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company to work for and be a part of.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5.  

    A Good Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Friendly People, a lot of managers are are prior military the company does have a good reputation along with good benefits"

    Cons

    No loyalty from senior management as to long-term, mid-level employees. Also no guidance from senior management as to the work you are performing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management should provide guidance to staff members on upcoming opportunities for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    SAIC for 17 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Progressive advancement possible; better culture when company was employee owned

    Cons

    impersonal for most employees now. If you're not a "business of one" and pretty self promoting, you'll fall behind.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    20-year employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Salaries are reasonable
    Treats employees as adults (if the customer is happy and you work the correct amount of hours, you can pretty much come and go at will)
    Very ethics oriented
    Customer focused

    Cons

    Lots of changes over the past 5 years, some not as helpful as others.
    Pro and con: different parts of the company have completely different vibes. If you land in one you don't like, re-deploy to another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the changes for a while and let us breathe.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Solid Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at SAIC as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work culture, lots of trust and responsibility placed in interns, open to ambitious ideas and initiatives, very generous summer conference for interns

    Cons

    Shrinking projects in non-science/engineering, gargantuan corporate decision-making processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on providing a clear career path to interns, and not just an HR training session

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Positive Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good Salary
    Liked the folks I worked with and the work that I did definitely wasn't boring

    Cons

    Was a temporary employee
    I would have liked to stay on, but it seems that options were limited.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    16 years with SAIC

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    Former Employee - Government Support Services Contractor  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Government Support Services Contractor in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Generally able to get and keep government contracts.

    Cons

    I had little or no contact with the company since I was at a government site throughout my employment. No chance for advancement in the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I provided project management capabilities in support of a variety of military health software development efforts

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    very smart people that are good at what they do. they are passionate about ensuring solutions meet and exceed the customer's expectations. very deep domain knowledge

    Cons

    government contracts are harder to come by for the big bandits of late. as individual contributor if you lose coverage you're toast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue supporting personal growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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