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Social & Scientific Systems Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
26 Reviews
3.2
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Balance of work and care

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Health Manager II in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Health Manager II in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Social & Scientific Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good benefits, took care of employees, good management styles, HR process well established and clear

    Cons

    client needs swayed all activity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Years of service un noticed

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

    I have been working at Social & Scientific Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I like the benefits of the company - vacation, ESOP, 401K with company match.

    Cons

    The company rarely promotes employees. They rather hire than promote deserving emplyees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before looking elsewhere, look under your nose those employees who had been loyal and worked hard, deserving a promotion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good benefits, no room for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Social & Scientific Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leadership is generally open to employee input in the company's direction and company provides great benefits.

    Cons

    Very little room for growth, virtually no investment in the technical training of employees, and general atmosphere of job insecurity. The only way to move up is to move out or attempt a lateral move, if at all possible. Middle managers are very hesitant to promote from within, even employees with good annual reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Monitor how well your managers attempt to retain talent within the company and investigate the real reasons employees leave. Invest in the growth and development of existing employees, particularly in updating technical skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place to start a career...shouldn't have stayed as long as I did.

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

    I have been working at Social & Scientific Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to volunteer, some flexibility to telecommute, decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance depending on manager. No opportunities for career advancement, especially for junior staff. They claim to offer training and education benefits, but don’t expect to see these.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Aimless strategy, great people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Social & Scientific Systems full-time

    Pros

    Can make a difference if you so desire. Great mission. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Stuck in a small business mentality trying to compete with larger companies. Strategic planning are discussions without tactical outcomes. Department leaders need end goals to implement toward with management support, but management seems to say anything but yes and support ideas without solid plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promote people to incompetence.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    NCS project is out of this company's hands : they cannot get it back

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

    I have been working at Social & Scientific Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good start but lost mission

    Cons

    dont beleive if they say they are still working on NCS project. Read about NCS project online.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it is one man's kingdom. Management need YES BOSS people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Attentive human resource department with a caring director

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

    I have been working at Social & Scientific Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great stock options, wellness facilities, capital bike share membership, and opportunities to volunteer.

    Cons

    Can be a bit bureaucratic, which will often delay processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Smart People, Important Work and a Collaborative Environment! What else do you really want?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Consultant in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Social & Scientific Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    What we do matters. It has a larger purpose and that rarely - if ever - gets lost in the hustle and bustle. Individuals who choose a public health career path are well educated, dedicated and interesting. This matters for so many reasons!

    Cons

    We are not a big name outside of our niche, so impressing strangers at cocktails parties takes more of explanation that a Fortune 100 name might.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Professional services firms that focus on federal clients are finding a constriction in opportunities. Don't be afraid to be bold and change your course. I have every reason to believe that you understand this and are acting accordingly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice place to work

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

    I have been working at Social & Scientific Systems full-time

    Pros

    Many international projects within the company, company supports work-life balance (although I hear this depends on yr project and manager), nice location, flexible, supportive environment.

    Cons

    Too many levels of management, project managers don't follow standard PM methodologies, low pay for many positions, no clear 'job track' for career planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a formal structure for employee advancement that is clear and that an employee can plan for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    HYbrid between Academia and Business

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

    I have been working at Social & Scientific Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people, great projects,employee owned

    Cons

    cant think of any right now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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