SOSi Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
28 Reviews
2.5
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    SOSi is a unique company that provides entrepreneurial minded employees with opportunities to do meaningful work.

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

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

    Pros

    SOSi is privately held, and the leadership genuinely cares about the business and the employees who are committed to making it successful. It's a lot of work, and there are times where some of the challenges we face seem like they are impossible to tackle, but that is balanced with competitive compensation, a rich benefits plan, immediate 401k vesting and matching, as well as a more robust Paid Time Off plan than our competitors. The culture is fast-paced, and rapidly changing, which is exciting for people who thrive in those types of environments.

    Cons

    SOSi sometimes gets a bad rap from former employees who didn't like our fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. The expectations are high, but the leadership never asks anyone to do something they don't or wouldn't do themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on the track that has made SOSi the company it is today.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very mismanaged, with wasted potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SOSi full-time

    Pros

    They are always hiring, as there are always plenty of openings.

    Cons

    Crippling mismanagement is bringing this company down, costing it new business and experienced staff, with predictable losses on bids and an impressively high turnover rate--both because so many employees quit and because management is very quick to fire employees (nearly always with same-day notice). Consistently poor executive decisions (especially routinely bidding on contracts that SOSi couldn't adequately perform on if it won, or that SOSi is obviously highly unlikely to win) and rampant micromanagement hinder progress at all levels and generate an employee-hostile culture. Upper management is out of touch with employees and frequently reiterates the impression that employees are dispensable and operate at the mercy of their superiors. (The hostility directed toward an employee by management is amplified considerably if he or she has never served in the military, and this kind of blatant discrimination is both tolerated and encouraged among the cadre of senior personnel.) Senior executives also crowd in on the work performed by the company's specialists, taking it over for lack of trust and abundance of ego, usurping employees' ownership of and investment in their assignments.

    Writ large, employees' skills are undervalued and underutilized, with upper management insisting on bland, monotonous material that limits the application of any honed skills. (This is largely attributable to the attitude that the private-sector company should be run as a public-sector military, obliterating any real-world business practices and trapping the company in a self-destructive cycle.) Also, employees' work is only ever evaluated negatively, with not only no recognition of good performance but also no reinforcement of good practices; you never know what you're doing right, but you ALWAYS know what you're doing wrong. Compounding that problem is the total lack of guidance that comes with any tasking. Rather than to tell an employee what is expected of him or her, the standard operating procedure is to let the employee perform on a trial-and-error basis, in a pseudo-autonomous manner. Employees are then penalized when they (inevitably) fail to meet requirements that were never provided, and must continuously guess at what is expected of them in order to repeatedly revise their work until criticism is satisfactorily diminished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SOSi is NOT the military, and civilians are not second-rate, sub-human specimens.
    Trust your employees to do the jobs that they were hired for, and quit trying to do it for them.
    SOSi is NOT the military, and nepotism is not a business strategy.
    Be more diligent with respect to capture, and only pursue bids that give SOSi a respectable probability of winning.
    SOSi is NOT the military, and exclusively negative reinforcement is not an effective means to shape your staff's performance; that's a method one would use to house-break a puppy, not to train a professional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not Impressed...

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

    I worked at SOSi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They at least try to pay their employees...just not fairly.

    Cons

    Top Heavy/too many managers
    No respect for employees
    Lacks tact
    Full of empty promises
    Will do anything to win a contract...including sacrificing their workforce in the process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change careers...I suggest a third world country with loose child labor laws would be more suited to the way you wish to run a business...

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

    Miserable, could not wait to leave.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

    I worked at SOSi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity for oversees travel and working on a known mission.

    Cons

    Micromanagement by family senior executives, resistant to new ideas, salary, operates as small company, can not compete against big companies on price or solutions. Raging temper of CEO. Majority of employees there under a year before quitting or being laid off. Poor interviewing/hiring decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay out of the way! Let the people you hired use the expertise they have. Just because you're a family member, doesn't mean your way is always correct, ethical or innovative.l

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company, great people, and exciting opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Room for growth and new career opportunities. Mid-size company with ambitious and lofty goals - but the culture and feel of a smaller company. Its an exciting and fun place to work.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from senior leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more personable and communicate more with the employees than just the occasional mass email blast.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Revolving door - steer clear!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

    I worked at SOSi full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Can't really speak to any. Everything seemed to be in a state of flux all the time. Too bad really it could be a great place to work.

    Cons

    Revolving door - people being axed unfairly. Turmoil, transition, upheaval all over the place.
    Julian needs to get a handle on it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strengthen your HR exit practices at the rate you are getting rid of people and people are leaving voluntarily as well, you are bound to get litigation backlash.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    From within

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SOSi as a contractor

    Pros

    Management was everywhere but they were amiable. Office mood was flexible.

    Cons

    Company grew too big too fast. Didn't plan on long-term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have promoted from within

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Awful experience, do not recomend this company to anyone

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    Former Employee - Spanish Linguist in Del Rio, TX
    Former Employee - Spanish Linguist in Del Rio, TX

    I worked at SOSi full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nothing positive as far as I remember

    Cons

    They make you sign a contract by which they can let you go whenever they want, meanwhile you can only leave if they want you to. Also, they'll let you go and not even give you any notice, they will just call you and ask you not to go back to work the same day. They are suppossed to pay biweekly but you will be paid monthly. THEY DON'T PAY OVERTIME hours and you will work overtime for sure. They'll send you to work away from home and will not provide transportation unless you are part of their team of usual employees. They don't pay for your taxes. Overall it was a awful experience and I don't recommend this company to anybody.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should start treating employees and contractors as PEOPLE for God's sake

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Better off somewhere else

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

    I worked at SOSi full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Commute was great
    Salary was ok

    Cons

    Management is non-existent
    Finance Department is not organized
    Not open to new ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When I first arrived at SOSi, I was really excited about the opportunity ahead of me. However, I had no idea about how bad things actually were. There is absolutely no processes or procedures set in place. When informing employees of task that need to be completed you are met with complaints and apathy. Management has little knowledge of how the current accounting system work. Management also had a tendency to make payments using the wrong bank accounts thus creating confusion and more unnecessary work.

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

    another contractor struggling to reposition itself in post-defense contracting boom

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

    I worked at SOSi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    decent salary and benefits, interesting work, capable colleagues

    Cons

    incompetent management, inability to leverage employees post-contract

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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