Software Engineering Institute

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Software Engineering Institute Reviews

Updated June 26, 2014
Updated June 26, 2014
9 Reviews
3.8
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Software Engineering Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent people with whom to work. Excellent emphasis on quality products. Great place to work if you're interested in fixing big problems.

    Cons

    Too exposed to one large, very dysfunctional government agency. Need a strategic vision in how to move beyond CMMI into cross-functional problems facing IT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to better leverage the organization's strengths by thinking more strategically, and less project-by-project. Need better cross-portfolio interaction between cyber and non-cyber practitioners.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place, great benefits, good pay

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Software Engineering Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great benefits, you get your own office even as a new hire. very many talented people, great work life balance, training

    Cons

    too many divisions, not enough interaction, really not that many cons, location is pittsburgh but this can also be a pro

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place to start your career or to end your career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Software Engineering Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Schedule Flexibility, Tuition Reimbursement, Wonderful Co-workers

    Cons

    Too many re-organizations, Nepotism, Lack of diversity, Lack of benefits in the DC office. No transportation benefits in the DC office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan the reorganization before announcing it. Layoff people whom are not contributing instead of re-assigning them to a different department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent Company to work for with a deserving reputation!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Software Engineering Institute full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This company has an excellent leadership team that knows what they are doing. The Interview process was smooth but long but the people were so friendly and team oriented. The upper level executive come from a highly educated and diverse background. One of the biggest things that helped make my decision for employment was the affiliation with Carnegie Mellon University and the benefits that come with it.

    Cons

    I don't really have a downside to describe this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the excellent work. Don't change something if it isn't broken.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I worked at CERT/CC in the NSS group for the software engineering institute

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    Former Employee - Visiting Scientist  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Visiting Scientist in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Software Engineering Institute as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    SEI is operated under CMU, and so has incredible benefits.

    Cons

    Re-org day 1. The person I had interviewed with 3 months prior, and was looking forward to working with was replaced by someone who strongly disliked the technology I was hired to work with. This all happened shortly after noon on my first day.

    Interesting job, but the environment is over-political and I rarely saw any reward for talent. In one case I even saw a promotion to vulnerability analyst from a monitor who had absolutely no knowledge in her new field, yet was well liked.

    Stories of people who have come to work here on the first day, and do not return after lunch - started to make sense my first week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seems you have any real talent in your organization at CERT. You should consider hiring talented people for a change, and promoting them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Information Security Analyst  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Information Security Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Software Engineering Institute

    Pros

    There are strong benefits to being associated with a college campus (CMU) and the work/life balance is generally respected. Good mix of research and operational support.

    Cons

    The research component of the institution sometimes trumps customer demands and requirements. PhDs are given too much weight and influence. Compensation, bonuses and promotions are at times entirely unclear (though compensation isn't bad).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent about compensation, promotion and bonuses. Stop bringing in new work if you can't handle what we currently have.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good mission, poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Software Engineering Institute

    Pros

    Cutting edge work. Good, honorable mission. Opportunities to learn and grow professionally.

    Cons

    No corporate strategy. Senior management does not solve problems which make it hard to perform work. Promotion process confused and does not follow documented processes. Say we had the best year ever financially and gave 1% raises. Very poor corporate communication to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your talent like they are your best asset. Enable them, not impede them.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Comfortable place for self-paced professionals.

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    Current Employee - Member of Operational Staff  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Member of Operational Staff in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Software Engineering Institute

    Pros

    If you are seeking freedom in professional growth, semi-relaxed environment, very stable place for building long term professional relationship, it place for you.

    Cons

    One of the downsides in SEI is that the pace of your professional life is extremely dependent on department you are in. Very often your work is not stimulating you to obtain hand-on technological experience or to explore a new technology. Everything will be depending strictly on you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more attention to your employee’ s qualification and previous experience. You will be surprised what hidden pearls you have.

    Recommends
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn InfoSec and it's leaders, slow advancement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Software Engineering Institute

    Pros

    SEI/CERT has more clout than any other security organization. Working with people that see 5-10 years out where the industry is going. Opportunities for expanding knowledge and working with top people.

    Cons

    Management needs more soft skills and recognize employees when they accomplished their goals. Need more communication on direction and goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide transparency in company management. Be willing to recognize when good work has been accomplished. Provide more guidance in career management within.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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