SRA International Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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SRA International CEO William L. Ballhaus
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Pros
  • SRA provides a very relaxed atmosphere and places a focus on work-life balance (in 41 reviews)

  • good benefits , although every year they are becoming less and less (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • Constant realignment of upper management in order to make company more competitive (in 18 reviews)

  • SRA used to have a reputation as one of THE companies to work for (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Benefits Diminish Each Year

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great people and work environment if you're lucky enough to be on a good team

    Cons

    Work stability, benefits keep diminishing, employees have to pay for their own parking at the corporate office if they don't have a desk there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back our benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Looking to better position for a successful future in a competitve market, a company in the midst of shifting priorities

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    Current Employee - Growth Division in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Growth Division in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at SRA International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Overall culture encourages learning, career advancement, mentorship, and personal growth. Senior level management is accessible/transparent, major company decisions are communicated openly with ample opportunity for employee engagement/discussion. New benefits program is very customizable and cost efficient. Vacation/PTO policy very flexible. Company that clearly cares about its employees.

    Cons

    From external rebranding to new internal mobility initiatives to a new benefits program to an upcoming headquarters move to Chantilly, the company is clearly refocusing its corporate priorities. For better or worse, it's still too early to tell. While employees are overall friendly/approachable, company divisions feel very insulated from each other (not many opportunities for cross-division or cross-project engagement).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While evolution is necessary, it's feeling a bit like corporate has gotten swept up in the winds of change by implementing a whole slew of new initiatives all at once without taking time to see whether the resulting effects are positive or negative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. SRA was a good place to work. I learned a lot of skill to help me accomplish my growth.

    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at SRA International

    Pros

    good people and good training

    Cons

    I did not have any issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep hiring only good people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Good experience, flagging company in recovery.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom, good employer overall, used to give very good benefits and spot bonuses, excellent family leave experience, tuition reimbursement, remote work, excellent manager, excellent work-life balance, transportation reimbursement and good co-workers.

    Cons

    Steep benefits cuts, unable to offer competitive salaries for the region, job was somewhat different from what was originally sold to me and upper management was disengaged from my facility's work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish more realistic compensation policies to retain talent after someone acquires a graduate degree.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    A diamond in the rough

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Cyber Security Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Cyber Security Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SRA International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities exist here if you treat your career as if you're an entrepreneur. Colleagues are extremely helpful, caring, and friendly. Projects are interesting as well. My PM is very open, communicative and supportive.

    Cons

    Vacation time is horrible at best! One bucket for sick, vacation, and comp time. Earning time off is a joke. I started with more time off 24 years ago. Taking advantage of training is a murky process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak to and about diversity more and openly. Train to retain!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Average government contractor

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    Former Employee - Energy Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Energy Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great people and a good environment. I think people were fairly compensated and recognized for their accomplishments.

    Cons

    Poor communication and a difficult industry. Government contracting is currently being squeezed.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SRA International

    Pros

    SRA need to return to the old SRA before going public

    Cons

    company no longer value their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees for improvements and problems

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Tread Carefully

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I worked at SRA International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Large established company with many career paths to choose.

    Cons

    On-site management allows the government to intimidate and push them around. The workers have scarce protection from government verbal abuses and meddling. This was clearly inappropriate. Team leaders have very little actual work experience in the specified field. Paid time off (like vacation or sick) was hard to come by. One of the supervisors is a lying, petty, backbiting, gossiping and worthless individual who's hellbent on manipulating the team to get his way. He also rats out co-workers, spreads lies and sides with the government to stay in their favor. Individuals with experience and confidence were perceived (and treated) as threats and purged (fired). During orientation, company stated they take pride in their diversity. However, in the Fairfax upper leadership team, five white males and one white female was they only thing offered to back up this claim. I think they are lying to themselves. Work there if you are desperate for a full-time gig. Otherwise, hold on for something better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your managers need some backbone to stand up to an abusive and meddling government.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Good for young people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SRA International

    Pros

    -open environment and friendly co-workers
    -good professional development opportunities
    -good benefits and average salaries
    -interesting approaches to work and good relationships with clients

    Cons

    -unclear structure and bad managers
    -inefficient operating procedures that hindered growth
    -too many people who were at senior levels who did not know what they were doing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good place to work, especially if you are young and haven't figure out a career path yet. But once inside, it can be difficult to move up or around, lots of pressure on keeping contracts and pleasing clients without much thought given to change.

  11. 6 people found this helpful

    before accepting your offer, research company's review first

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    Former Contractor - Certified Marketplace In-Person Assister in Cliffside Park, Bergen, NJ
    Former Contractor - Certified Marketplace In-Person Assister in Cliffside Park, Bergen, NJ

    I worked at SRA International as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Job is easy, any high-school kids with good work ethic can achieve it. Work-Life balance, ok flexible hours.

    Cons

    ** These CONs only happens in Cliffside Park office with certain supervisor and group leaders. **

    Poor-skilled management. Supervisors and group leaders don't have the ability to deal with problems whatsoever, instead of solving it, they just fire people. When staffs make mistakes they magnified it and make a huge fuzz out of it and fire those people; when supervisors and group leaders make mistakes, especially violate the labor law or physically push other staff on purpose, nothing happen to them it's like we deserve it. Group leaders are whole bunch of housewives who crave for powers/authorities and abuse them on staffs. When staff complain to supervisors they just got fired or on the watch list.

    The work environment is just like Communist countries: staffs have no say, staffs cannot stand up for themselves or others, staffs are afraid of saying anything. We can only be angry and complain among to each other. Also office rumors are terribly toxic and supervisors and group leaders love it and allow it: they just fire the innocents and keep the trouble maker so that they have something to entertain them.

    All the problems happen in this office, corp higher-ups just don't care and when they fire people, any tiny excuse will do. No justice, no fairness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to the management is grow up. Don't assign a kid to do grow-ups job, whether you got this position through family/friend connections or not. Leadership takes years of experience to learn and to lead. And if a supervisor has trouble to face and solve problems and think it is a stressful job just want to bury your head into sands, please quit. Evidently it is not for you. Leadership and manage an office is stressful but it's also fun. Moreover, you just want to be a nice person and ask somebody else to do the dirty job for you, go to McDonald's flip burgers or supermarket or collect your social benefit. A corporation needs a real leader, not bad apples like you guys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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