SRA International Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
409 Reviews

2.7
409 Reviews
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SRA International CEO William L. Ballhaus
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work / life balance, fexability, fellow employees support (in 34 reviews)

  • good benefits , although every year they are becoming less and less (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • In short, the upper management doesn't seem to recognize there are people working for them (in 14 reviews)

  • Not quallifying for 50 Best Companies to Work For is justified (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    SRA is a great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at SRA International full-time for 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
  2.  

    Good People and Work/Life Balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good/avarage benefits. I've worked at some larger consulting firms that required you to jump through endless hoops. SRA is not this way. Simple yearly review process. Concerned with getting the job done and not on frivilous corporate requirements that really serve no purpose.

    Cons

    Insurnace benefits and PTO benefits in the last year have changed for the worse. As with most companies in the Federal Government sector they've had to tighten thier belt due to competition - which feeds down to employees in the form of benefit changes. I'm also not sure that there is a lot of room for promotion with the model that is in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the efforts to define clear career paths for employees so that they can advance their career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good for Government Contracting work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Competitive salary. Tries hard to cultivate a workplace family atmosphere. Tries to be a great company to work for among government contracting companies.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity for advancement. In a time of constricting government budgets, the company has not done a great job of winning work that would create more opportunities for their employers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    It was Time to Move On

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Fantastic co-workers, some of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. They also do a nice job with Health and Wellness Awareness, Employee Appreciation Days/Holiday Celebrations. The benefits are good, especially the support of tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Here we go....
    1) C Level/Key Leaders - A complete mess. The COO and CFO have each left within the past year, which is never a good sign. They seem to bring way too many people in from the outside, rather than promoting from within. They also make very poor business decisions and allow the rumormill to spread the word, rather than telling the employees directly.

    2) HR is not well connected to the needs of the employee. Some of the rudest HR departments I have ever worked with. It's their way or no way. They need a reality check that without people billing contracts (i.e. staying with the company) they don't have a job.

    3) Lack of career growth. They put the needs of the company and the project you're assigned well before the employees. There is also very limited positions to move into due to a loss of contracts and heavy layoffs at corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the reviews on Glassdoor. You'd learn a lot about why so many people are leaving, but unfortunately I know all too well that this is not happening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for with minor drawbacks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Member of the Professional Staff  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Member of the Professional Staff in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good company with a diverse work-force. The company does a relatively good job of making all feel they are valued as employees through numerous recognition programs.

    Cons

    With the growth, seem to have lost much of the original focus with the founders as it went through the change to public and now private firm again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the core values and build the business back to what it was.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not Employee or Client Friendly

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The Wellness Incentives and pretty decent healthcare insurance. But still not enough to make up for how horrible the company has become.

    Cons

    All of the benefits keep getting cut: 401K, holidays, vacation, compensation, and parking. Telecommuters do not get all of the equipment they need. Clients are basically given the bait and switch once a proposal is won. Management is focusing so much on profit and GC that they don't see how unhappy the employees and clients are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cheap and ineffective does not make a good combination for the future of the company. Take the hint that we have not won 80% of the work we are bidding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent Company - Forward thinking but still care about their employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. They work hard to keep you employed as contracts change. Company is growing and they are making adjustments to react to the marketplace. Company has lots of longtime employees 10+ years which is unusual in government contracting. That should indicate what type of company it is. Training is important to them and have had several opportunities for career advancement training.

    Cons

    401K just changed from per paycheck matching funds to end of year matching and must be employed there at the end of the year. This matches most other companies' policies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Used to be a wonderfully employee-focused company, less so now

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for training - online (SkillPort), WebEx, SRA University, Books 24x7. SRA's Capabilities Centers and Communities of Practice give opportunities to learn about new technologies and network with people in far-flung parts of the company.
    SRA is serious about doing *useful* performance appraisals to really help the employee improve and grow, not just to check a box to say it's done.
    No one can say the company is in a rut when it comes to trying new approaches to strengthen the business and the leadership.
    SRA dealt with the effects of the Oct. 2013 government shutdown much better than many competitor companies.
    The people I work with are smart, collaborative, hard-working, and focused on doing what's best for our customer. I'm proud and happy to work with them.

    Cons

    Senior management's decisions over the past 18-24 months to reduce benefits, reorganize the company, and lay off people in certain areas, all in the name of making the company more competitive, have hurt morale and caused some excellent people to leave the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When Bill Ballhaus first joined SRA as CEO, I was very impressed with his willingness to answer questions during his quarterly "town hall" employee meetings, and his commitment to being transparent about senior management's decisions and directions for the company. But the latest round of upper management layoffs in December 2013 was done with no context and no explanation beyond "consolidation," and many people are very upset about it.

    Bring back the transparency.
    Explicitly connect the dots for the rest of us, to demonstrate how your decisions to make SRA more competitive and to invest in people dedicated to growth/business development have benefited the company through new and re-competed contracts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Can be a good or bad experience - Depends on your role in the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    There is healthcare coverage for domestic partners, telecommuting option for some employees, flexible work schedule, freedom to complete work without a lot of micromanaging (depends on your supervisor), the clients we work for are impressive, lots of diversity among employees, long contracts provide for steady work for a good amount of time.

    Cons

    Vacation days have decreased, healthcare is more expensive and benefits have decreased, the maximum amount of PTO (paid time off) has been capped lower - for example, employees may earn only 1x their annual cap before they can no longer accrue PTO, whereas last year, employees could earn 1.5x their annual cap. There is a distinct separation between workers who are familiar with the product (the software, program details, etc) and the management who seem to not know much about the product. The company is so large that it is hard to get assistance from your leadership, and those from HQ (in Fairfax, VA) never visit the remote sites, even if the remote site is only miles away. They are always busy and their commitments seem to be to please their own leadership. Leadership is very male heavy, and I still believe women are paid less than men for the same roles. My company was acquired by SRA a few years ago; we had an all female leadership staff, and everyone believed they were excellent, however, when SRA took over, all of the women were either fired, pressured to leave, or taken off the project and replaced with men. Excellent, knowledge, and extremely talented folks were dismissed/ignored/treated poorly, and it seemed that leadership brought in their own "crew". There is no logical or effective mentor/mentee program, as in my last company. In SRA, if you are chosen to have one, you are assigned a mentor who you don't know/have never met/has no knowledge of your project. You contact them, and they don't know what to say to you & ask you to lead the conversation (Keep in mind that you didn't ask for a mentor, but you are just assigned one) - therefore, what use are they? Lastly, if leadership doesn't feel you are important enough, they will not introduce you to client personnel, even if you are all attending a meeting together! All the men will huddle and talk together, and the one or two females are ignored by their own team leadership in front of the client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do whatever you can to hold on to the talented, dedicated and passionate workers; Otherwise, expect them to leave and soon become our competitors. Give more teleworking options and more spot bonuses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great early career company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I met some great people at SRA when I was just starting out. They gave me a chance to learn and to grow. I worked directly with developers and onsite at the customer (what might also be considered a con). I was able to work independently and corporate allowed the team to do the same.

    Cons

    The company has changed a lot since I was there. I understand there are less opportunities for advancement and career growth. While there, I was working to get my feet wet and it was great. For those more senior in their career, it may not be a good fit.

    Recommends

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