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Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
32 Reviews
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32 Reviews
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    SOSi is a unique company that provides entrepreneurial minded employees with opportunities to do meaningful work.

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    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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, poor upper management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SOSi

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are adequate. Fellow associates and middle management are diligent and competent.

    Cons

    Complete disorganization. No policies or procedures for federal contract requirements. There are very few who understand FAR/DFAR regulations. Even fewer have be subjected to a federal audit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow those with government contract experience to excel without constant micro management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just Like Family

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SOSi

    Pros

    This is a privately held company that is family owned and operated. That's a disclaimer, not a pro. You love your family but you probably can't stand them for the majority of the time.

    The work here is very interesting and there are opportunities to expand and excel. Benefits are great and... ok, that's really all there is.

    Cons

    If it's so great to work here, why is the C-suite in NY? This disconnect between the CEO and the headquarters makes it pretty easy to understand why there's no investment in the culture here. Turnover's pretty high and there's a big emphasis on bringing in experienced people (and then not letting them use their experience and micromanaging everything).

    There's an air of negativity that may stem from one lost proposal after another, constantly seeing coworkers leave, or having work/ideas stifled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your senior leadership and invest in your people, not just their salaries.

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

    Meh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SOSi full-time

    Pros

    Being immediately vested with a 4% 401(k) match.

    Cons

    People leave every week and those who stay are stifled by upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go public, get a board to regulate the CEO.

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

    Vice President

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SOSi

    Pros

    One thing only: I was able to get a Top Secret government clearance.

    Cons

    The owner's son [CEO] is a micro-manager, unable to accept guidance and not a people person. Family owned firm that is anything but . . .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire experienced senior managers and then listen to them while allowing them to implement what they know, understand and have experienced. Allow for considerably less involvement by the CEO. Extract the CEO out of day to day business and operations. Remove the CEO's claws from the [potentially] good work that everyone else does on his behalf. Try to get past the industry wide perception of why the firm is not doing well; create a Board of Directors who can manage and control the CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not Impressed...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SOSi full-time (more than a 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Miserable, could not wait to leave.

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

    I worked at SOSi full-time (more than a 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
  9. 3 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
  10. 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 a 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    From within

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    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

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