SRA International Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
433 Reviews
2.8
433 Reviews
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SRA International CEO William L. Ballhaus
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • SRA provides a very relaxed atmosphere and places a focus on work-life balance (in 40 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 17 reviews)

  • Company no longer keeps you around to find a spot if your contract ends (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Principal in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Principal in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at SRA International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good team, opportunity to grow, good benefits, lots of free online training, good compensation...

    Cons

    If one is there for a long time, even with average raise the overall compensation goes up. This makes the management extremely concerned because with the market competition, the newer contracts have reduced margins.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great culture, Good Pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SRA International

    Pros

    - Culture is very fun, you can set your own hours within reason as long as everything gets done
    - CEO is extremely humble, talks to everyone
    - Plenty of opportunities for growth and innovation from inside

    Cons

    - Not as much name brand
    - Hard to do government contracting in this environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Bottom dollar matters most

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SRA International

    Pros

    If you are on a good contract, you will feel valued, experience career growth, and flexible work arrangements. There are some great people to work with, but you have to find them.

    Cons

    For all the good of leadership at the top, it doesn't trickle down where it is important. Benefits and financial policies are not what they used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why are some contracts like the Wild West? Please review contracts so that you know which ones require your attention immediately.

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  5.  

    SRA is a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SRA International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The cluture is superb: work hard and you will be rewarded.

    Cons

    Hard to move up to new positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    What a great former company. Not the same AT ALL.

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    Former Employee - Senior Principal in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at SRA International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work opportunities. Chance to learn and grow. Work with good people on projects that make a difference. Decent salary and benefits.

    Cons

    This used to be such a great company. Now with so much of the focus of paying off the debt for going private cuts have been extreem. Also, this used to be a company that would reward the folks who helped the company grow. Now it is full of politics in terms of who you know and how they like you. Good solid work is no longer rewarded. I suspect SRA will pay off their debt off employee's backs and be sold to the highest bidder in the next few years. Not a place to build a career anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! Your people and groups are not in touch. Your new logo and slogan ring sour and hypocritical. Your senior most leaders are lying and act unethicaly. And SRA has no idea how close to the end of value it actually is. I am not sure anything can actually make it a "best place to work" anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Drive to succeed sacrifices people focus

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SRA International full-time

    Pros

    Good people working hard to help the company succeed.

    Cons

    Culture has changed, and with that the dilution of living the values it was known for. It is not the same employee- caring company. People are working harder than ever, and benefits, services and support for employees is declining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your project managers and people versus the core corporate leverage teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be an employee oriented company

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer V in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer V in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at SRA International full-time

    Pros

    A reliable administrative staff
    Decent benefits
    Decent pay

    Cons

    Disconnect with offsite government contractors
    Reduced benefits

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

    Insecure middle managers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SRA International

    Pros

    Large company with lots of projects

    Cons

    I can't speak to every project, but my experience was characterized by insecure, jealous middle managers who were suspicious of their best employees, apparently afraid of having someone outshine them. They would manipulate, hide information or lie outright. Not just one, but several. One manager even admitted that the company trains managers in how to manipulate employees, and seemed proud of it. It was very hard to progress one's career in such an environment, even when doing excellent work. One had to always watch one's back for the character assassination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put all the managers in self-help groups so they can feel better about themselves.

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    Excellent Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Master Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Master Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Solid pay and benefits, well defined processes and policies, honesty and integrity.
    Rewarding projects using cutting edge tools and systems.
    Continuing education and certifications are supported financially.

    Cons

    Government Contracting can be a risky proposition depending on how the political and economic winds are blowing. Advancement takes awhile, but will come to the talented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to nurture the culture and values that have made the company strong.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Really Bad Leadership Affects Projects They Have No Expertise In. Whats the Bottom Line Mentality.

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

    I have been working at SRA International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you are on a long term contract, they leave you and management alone. The company only focuses on new business and at risk contracts.

    Cons

    The company just revamped its logo and slogan. This supposedley costs enough to cancel the annual August company family day at Six Flags for all employees. The new logo is very unoriginal (SRA with a reflection of the letters SRA) and much worse than the one SRA has had for years. I don't know how anyone who views the two could say that the new one is better or adds any value. This environmental friendly company now has to get rid of all of the old logo paperwork. Another corporate suck move and execution failure. Did I mention that SRA is owned by an Investment Firm ready to flip it to one of the large gov contractors when the price becomes right?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go away. Volgenau has no power now and doesn't seem to care that the great company he built is almost dead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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