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Social & Scientific Systems Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
23 Reviews
3.3
23 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Aimless strategy, great people.

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    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Attentive human resource department with a caring director

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    • 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
  6.  

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

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    • 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    HYbrid between Academia and Business

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    • 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nepotistic

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Educated staff, dedicated to the mission. More vacation time than I've experienced anywhere.

    Cons

    Depending on the center in which you work, there can be a lot of gossip, nasty things said about others (people experience the "if you're not there, you're the one being talked about" syndrome). If you're in the A list, you can't do anything wrong. Performance reviews are very strange. They don't seem to focus on overall performance, but often on a particular situation that may not have been within the reviewee's control. There are way too many levels of management, Work is in some cases either duplicated by two managers, or actually "job-shared", resulting in two people getting high pay for doing the same job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch what is going on, don't close your eyes to ethics violations. They are most certainly happening. Pay attention to how little time some managers actually spend there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Dedicated employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Health Specialist III
    Former Employee - Health Specialist III

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

    Pros

    There are lots of dedicated employees who are committed to do good work for the grants research.

    Cons

    Management does not support the employees

  11.  

    Experience So Far

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Social & Scientific Systems

    Pros

    Employee Owned
    Good Location
    Nice Vacation Time

    Cons

    Struggle to get promotional increase

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