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SCI Consulting Reviews

Updated August 2, 2014
Updated August 2, 2014
10 Reviews

2.2
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Lynette Spano
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good salary but opportunities for advancement are limited

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesapeake, VA

    Pros

    Salaries are good. The benefits ae getting better. Management listens to its employees and tries to resolve any concerns the employee has. The work schedule is flexible.

    Cons

    There are limited room for advancement unless you are willing to relocate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pursue opportunities in several areas where current employees exists. This would be one way to keep employees.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The stuff of professional nightmares (no stars wasn't an option)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Many of the people working there are top flight talent. IF you have an "in" with the senior leadership, compensation is excellent and the corporate rules don't apply.

    Cons

    No leadership. No training. No real opportunities to accomplish anything. No strategic vision. No corporate culture. Fear dominates the environment (starting and ending at the very top of the organization).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide leadership with honest feedback instead of a culture of "yes ma'am." Top leadership should decide on running a company or chasing unrelated dreams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    An okay place to work for a job, but not a place to consider a career.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    When it comes to SCI, having a job here is better than being unemployed or flipping burgers. The pay is somewhat reasonable, but on the low level. Employees are entitled to some benefits which can be beneficial to those just out of school or single parents. In addition to time off, the company has always been very easy to work with concerning time off and making up missed hours. The dress code varies depending on where exactly within the company you work for, but is generally business casual.

    Cons

    SCI is a contracting company and each month that passes you grow closer to uncertainty and the end of a contract. This can be very tough, especially if you are one of the many people that live paycheck to paycheck. SCI management (at all levels) does a poor job of communicating anything to the low level employees, which often leaves you wondering if they even care. Benefits have been cut nearly every year as the company looks to "be more competitive in the work force." The company does not pay for or provide any real technical training to help you improve and the policy towards educational reimbursement is not in favor of the employees. It is very difficult to move to another position within the company, and even more difficult to move upwards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee happiness is based largely on benefits. When you reduce benefits, moral suffers. When moral suffers, so does performance on the contract. When performance on the contract suffers, the less likely it is to be renewed. Provide training to your employees to help improve the skill set (Microsoft, Oracle, Citrix, etc.).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience has been ok

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PC Support  in  Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - PC Support in Oak Ridge, TN

    Pros

    Great working hours, boss is laid back.

    Cons

    Insurance has increased bigtime, reduce everyone PTO by combining VAC and sick leave. Reduced my PTO by 30+ hrs.
    Contract under B&W is terminating, meaning no more stability.
    Cannot apply for internal government jobs.
    Employees not held accountable for coming to work on time and respecting work breaks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Favorability shown to some over others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good company to work for

    Cons

    nothing bad about the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

  7.  

    A Life Without Limits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A number of key managers are incredibly strong, resilient, and capable leaders.

    The leader has an aspiration, that I am confident can be achieved, to become a small business again by reducing annual revenue by 40%. This will give them the statutorily mandated preference in federal contracts that the company has depended on for success (but it is a trailing three year average, so it will take a while).

    Cons

    It is a hostile and abusive work environment lacking respect and denying any dignity to its employees.

    Is this company as bad as it can get? Not yet.

    During the downslide, non-preference business is likely to have lower margins and put pressure on profitability. It will get worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let version 16.01.2.b of the second layer of management do their job. There are a group of perfectly capable managers there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    SCI is a case study in...how not to do business!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Director in McLean, VA

    Pros

    You need a pay check.

    Cons

    The economy is horrible...and you need a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The lack of any sound business practices and knee jerk reactions is running the company into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Unprofessional and Stressful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The employees in general are great. Everyone finds refuge in the fact that they are all miserable together, so some nice friendships.

    Benefits aren't too bad, pay for some people is great, but others have to beg to be compensated even at market value, the company is extremely hit or miss, no rhyme or reason to anything.

    Cons

    There are literally too many to list. This work environment is a nightmare and anyone who gets out, whether on their own or because they fire you is happy to be done. Turnover is unreal at all levels and the CEO typically walks through the halls screaming. The other reviewer summed it up perfectly, "CEO is commonly referred to as a tyrant leader and tries to maintain control through fear. Most employees are scared of being fired almost every day, causing an extremely unsettling/stressful work environment." Nepotism is also present, almost like something out of a movie.

    This environment is toxic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best advice, sell the company to the highest bidder you have no business being an employer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Stressful Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    Pros

    Some people I worked with were nice.

    Cons

    Certain leadership members lack the necessary skills & experience for their position. CEO is commonly referred to as a tyrant leader and tries to maintain control through fear. Most employees are scared of being fired almost every day, causing an extremely unsettling/stressful work environment. CEO gets too involved in minutia such as gossip and business attire, rather than focusing on the overal direction of the company. SCI has an extremely high turnover rate, with staff at all levels. Lynette Spano has let go of many executive members, which further contribute to the lack of direction. the CEO herself, has gone through 6-7 executive assistants within a one year period. Employee morale within the company is extremely low and leadership does not want to fix it. If you are offered a job, do yourself a favor and stay away or you will regret it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Obtain training or more experience to manage a business. Make a decision and stick to it. Do not change things on a whim because you "feel like it." Establish clear direction for staff and where you want to take the company. Retire current CEO and get a new one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at SCI was unsettling and very stressful.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    Pros

    The CEO was very employee oriented until some business was lost. (However, that is the nature of government contractors.)
    Some of the employees were very easy to work with and helped each other.
    The accounting department was very competent.

    Cons

    Upper management really really didn't know how to properly manage and business practice inefficiencies resulted.
    The top management got involved into minutia and lost the big picture and focus.

    Doesn't Recommend

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