Sallie Mae
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www.salliemae.com Newark, DE 5000+ Employees

Sallie Mae Reviews in Reston, VA

Updated Feb 22, 2014
Sallie Mae – US – “Sallie Mae Building”

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3.3 15 reviews

                             

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John (Jack) F. Remondi

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Challenging work and opportunity to learn and grow.

    Programmer Analyst (Current Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsPlenty chances to take onsite courses to learn new skills. Professional work culture. Opportunities for advancement. Great benefits from flextime, telecommute options, health care, stock option and stock purchase programs.

    ConsMovement of training department from VA to IN decreased the training opportunities for VA employees. Possible because Sallie Mae purchased a company in IN and that company's management became a majority in Sallie Mae management.
    Movement of headquarters from VA to newly acquired office in DE caused a smaller VA office when it led to layoffs. Management of company in DE became a majority in Sallie Mae management. The move was also possibly because VA politicians voted for the Federal Government to service federal loans instead of Sallie Mae. These loans were very profitable for Sallie Mae.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow a commitment to VA headquarters to improve their morale.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great job security and long term prospects.

    Technical Analyst (Former Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsMore Paid Time Off than the average US firm.
    Loved the steady pace (not too fast, not too slow), but there was the occasional urgency to fix production bugs.

    ConsMedical Insurance deductible was a little bit higher.
    Only officer level and up got bonuses.
    New technology investments are slower than the average tech company.
    I got shaken loose from them as we were asked to relocate and our unit would eventually shutdown.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor the 2 years, I had been there, I think the following improvements can be made:
    Be flexible to change policies and procedures and value employees more.
    Add code quality processes and improve employee review processes.
    Don't add new positions to solve a problem. - I felt that Sallie Mae was bloated and fat after making several acquisitions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall, it WAS a great company to work but it's has changed.

    Vice President (Former Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsIf you want to be a part of a well organized traditional company than this a the perfect place for you. The corporate structure is sound and extremely well run.The work environment is fair and there is a good sense of work-life balance.

    ConsThis is a fairly large organization and with that comes certain levels of bureaucracy. Layoffs and reorganizations are not uncommon. Senior management has is a sense of detachment. There is very little career development. All things considered, these are the traits of a traditional large company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConcentrate as much on the end customer as you do on your shareholders.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Well run

    Analyst (Former Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsI worked for Sallie Mae for almost four years back when headquarters were located in Reston. At the time, the company offered a very flexible work-life balance, with the option to work from home as needed and casual Fridays. Sallie Mae was a well managed, organized, and structured place to work despite the constant grappling that occurred with the federal government over the student loan business. The best part about going into work everyday were the people. Most people I worked with were incredibly genuine, down to earth, and efficient in their roles. It was never a very stressful environment even though the company went through some rollercoaster rides during my time there.

    ConsThere is no real performance management that takes place at Sallie Mae and people are given promotions based on popularity. There seemed to be little innovation within the groups I worked for.

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    Good Start

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsNice facilities, lots of lateral movement, good work/life balance

    ConsStagnant, limited upward mobility. Pay.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Work-Life balance, nice colleagues

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsNice work-life balance, flexible schedule. Nice coworkers to work with, they're willing to help you with company knowledge. Great benefits and time-off.

    ConsManagement is all over the place. Not a strong leadership and some execution of employee relocation was underestimated. Not much better salary wise compared to other financial companies.

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten more to employees. Incorporate more employee's inputs to management decision. Be more thoughtful about annual raise compared to Executive/Officer's annual raise.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great until culture starting changing mid 2010

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsThe benefits are decent.
    Depending on your supervisor, work life balance is good.

    ConsSenior Management decisions are sketchy and don't appear to be in the best interest of the company or shareholders.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Once was a great place to work...

    Marketing (Current Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsGreat work-life balance and great people.

    ConsPoor communication from executive management, instability and constant change that is mis-managed and very disruptive to productivity. HQ move from Reston to DE has eliminated possibility of growing/continuing career in this area.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior/executive leadership needs better communication amongst each other.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Expect possible layoffs and lots of office politics.

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsDecent benefits and compensation. Some promotional opportunities if you are willing to give up a lot personal family time (probably not a big issue if you are single).

    ConsVery political atmosphere. Really need a mentor (someone in your senior management chain who likes you and appreciates your work) to have the best opportunities for advancement. People who just work hard and try to do their job (but don't really play office politics) are often not rewarded.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake steps to eliminate the "boys club" atmosphere. Too many people are promoted based on who they know, or who they are friends with in senior management, instead of their contributions to the organization.

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    Great Company trying to work against all the Govt and Financial obstacles

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Reston, VA

    ProsGreat place to learn, good benefits although it has trimmed down a lot,

    ConsMoving HQ to DE can impact career prospects at Reston

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook around for Talent and stop playing politics

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