Social & Scientific Systems Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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  1. Great Company - some hiccups in growth

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

    I worked at Social & Scientific Systems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Smart and engaged employees looking to help others through health research
    - Benefits
    - Flexible work hours
    - The company gives back to the community through many volunteering projects and even the new president is involved.

    Cons

    - As the company is growing, the plan for growth is a bit stretched due to a number of factors.
    - Hiring - takes too long to hire and at times the new hires do not fit the company culture especially when the Executives are involved
    - Salary - Being an employee owned company, the company pays less than the competition. With that said, the benefits and culture make up for the lower pay.

    Advice to Management

    - Focus more developing staff, especially junior staff, as too much talent leaves the company. If you can retain more junior talent and have them grow through the ranks, it will only strengthen the company.


  2. Average company relying on government contracts

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

    I worked at Social & Scientific Systems (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some really great and intelligent people working there. They pull together the necessary skilled staff for their projects to ensure success.

    Cons

    The management team have a hard time dealing with conflict, basically avoiding it. They also keep staff that have less than ideal work ethics which causes significant stress on others.
    Another issue is that they rely on government contracts and with the flux in the budget for the past few years, it has been somewhat stressful not knowing if you will have a job.


  3. Research Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate

    I worked at Social & Scientific Systems (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good, nice people and managers

    Cons

    not much upward mobility, not enough opportunities

    Advice to Management

    do more to understand what your employees have to offer


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  5. Waste of time

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

    I have been working at Social & Scientific Systems (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a job that is all

    Cons

    Management sucks.... Little to no advancement


  6. Anonymous

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mitchellville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mitchellville, MD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance.
    Flexible schedules
    Nice office

    Cons

    Silo's project teams with vastly varied team cultures.
    Diversity is present, but questionable management practices exist
    No management training has led to many highly unprofessional team leads in terms of team skills

    Advice to Management

    Require extensive training to all who are promoted into supervisory positions. Insist on a standardized culture of management and employee treatment. Ensure employee satisfaction takes priority during matrix transition.


  7. Flexible place to work

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

    I worked at Social & Scientific Systems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company offers a lot of flexibility. Family oriented.

    Cons

    Raises are not that great.

    Advice to Management

    Give decent raises


  8. Good pay and work/life balance

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Still have our own offices ! Professional yet casual. Most projects not overly stressful (but some are, and require a lot of hours).

    Cons

    Depending on the contract, some months there will be a lot of stress/overtime hours


  9. Balance of work and care

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    client needs swayed all activity


  10. Helpful (1)

    Years of service un noticed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good benefits, no room for growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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