Stanley Associates

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Updated May 11, 2015
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  1. Stanley was good, CGI is like the Borg

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Springfield, VA

    I worked at Stanley Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    When I first hired on, Stanley Associates was a spirited, small, employee-owned company, so the shareholders all were in favor of upper management (the "elephants of the 7th floor") providing excellent benefits for the employees. There was a definite pecking order within the company (*everybody* compared employee numbers to determine seniority), but underneath the cockiness and bantam-rooster personality was a work ethos of always getting the job done.

    Then came the buy-up by CGI, and the personality which permeated every layer from the CEO on down was displaced by CGI's uniformity even more quickly than CGI's logo displaced the Stanley anchor.

    Cons

    Not long after the acquisition by CGI, the Stanley upper management exited the company. I don't think they were quite forced out, but the CGI management culture has been a stark contrast to the days when we worked hard, played hard, and earned our pay by making our customers happy.

    Pinache and humor lost out to the grey flannel suit which demanded compliance. Now the company requires mid-level managers to be trained in CGI's corporate culture, and there are strict guidelines on things as mundane as office and cubicle size (I know of one office where walls were moved prior to move-in so that "oversized" offices were the proper size for the occupant's position). The benefits which once were "Caddilac plan" quality are now about par.

    Bottomline, CGI attempted to transition what had been Stanley Associates from a highly competent defense contractor into a more socially acceptable -- and less personable -- healthcare information systems company, and healthcare.gov typified the results.

    Advice to Management

    One size does not fit all. Grow a soul and do things with conviction and character. Indulge the instinct to micro-manage less and encourage folks with expertise to be entrepreneurial in their niche.


  2. Ideal Acquisiiton?

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Program Manager in North Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Assistant Program Manager in North Charleston, SC

    I worked at Stanley Associates (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stanley Associates is a fantastic company, well-balanced between DoD IT and non-IT programs, when they win contracts.

    Cons

    Loyalty to employees mixed. When the strategic objectives change which have negative impacts on employees, the employees are the last to know.

    Advice to Management

    Beware of the dead-sea effect! Most would rather want top management transparent and honest with its workforce. Colleges offer life-long benefits to its graduates, this company not. But that is why colleges are known for time-enduring scholars and mentors.


  3. Stanley Associates

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Stanley Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Traveling company
    Great co workers

    Cons

    Company stopped caring about it's employees


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  5. Great Company, Great Benefits!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Martinsburg, WV
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Martinsburg, WV

    I worked at Stanley Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stanley Associates was a great company to work for. Unfortunately they lost the contract at my work and I had to switch companies.

    Cons

    As they got larger and eventually bought by another company, they lost some of the great benefits that I enjoyed about them the most.


  6. bad taste

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ops Manager in Fort Campbell, KY
    Former Employee - Ops Manager in Fort Campbell, KY

    I worked at Stanley Associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    the only thing good about is the pay

    Cons

    back stab, if you are not in their group you are going nowhere, you dont get any help from superiors, all they want you is to drown yourself in the problem, dont apply

    Advice to Management

    leave the "buddy buddy" system to the side and help those in need without looking skin color or old boys network


  7. Worst place ever!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanley Associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    hmmm....healthcare was cheap - that's it.

    Cons

    work environment, people are promoted if you are friends and family of the big bosses - some dumb people and recent colleage graduates are promoted to program managers because they are CEO's friend's kids...unbelieveable, can't distinguish business to personal matters, losses contract middle of work due to poor program management, sinking down ship

    Advice to Management

    This isn't your play ground, and don't play with people with real career goals


  8. Miserable, couldn't wait to leave and find a good company to work for.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Systems Security Officer in Fort Washington, MD
    Former Employee - Information Systems Security Officer in Fort Washington, MD

    I worked at Stanley Associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was on the high side for similar positions at other companies. I received a sizable hiring bonus when I accepted their offer. The Vision Plan is good.

    Cons

    No support or communication from management, unless they wanted to reprimand or counsel you. When they received complaints from the client or customer, they immediately assumed that the employee was in the wrong without hearing or even asking for your side of the situation.

    Advice to Management

    Loyalty, communication and trust are two-way streets. You have to communicate whats' going on with the company if you want your workers to be loyal and trust you. Stop keeping secrets about things that impact their future. When a customer complains don't take for granted they are telling the whole truth. Ask the employee in question for their side of the story before you accept what the client said and hand out reprimands and counseling. Listen to your people and take care of them.


  9. A Great Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, NH

    I worked at Stanley Associates

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    One of the reasons was their motto" Work Hard, Play Hard!!

    Cons

    They sold us out to another company


  10. Pretty Good

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

    I have been working at Stanley Associates

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Competitive Pay
    Work/Life Balance

    Management cares about keeping good employees. If you're looking for something different, you'll have the opportunity.

    Cons

    Defense contracting
    Limited Systems Engineering work
    Recent Acquisition leaves culture and benefits in question

    Like most defense contracting jobs, a lot depends on the site you work at, the customer you work for, and the management you deal with.

    Advice to Management

    At this point, the management is in flux. Here's hoping that the new company will look at what made employees happy to work for Stanley and make some changes to accomodate the new team members.


  11. The grass is greener on this side

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Dumfries, VA
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Dumfries, VA

    I have been working at Stanley Associates

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not one to normally believe in idioms, the grass is definitely greener on this side. While you can always find something to complain about, Stanley is one of those companies where you just do not want to leave. Good medical, higher than average pay, team-oriented atmosphere, and flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Middle management gets the job done and this is what has made Stanley so successful. It's the executive management that needs some therapy. Lack of operational vision and growing too fast too short of time has made most of the executive team excess baggage. No clear career tracks leaves every man for themselve.

    Advice to Management

    Too much pride and not enough work ethic. Get over yourself and get your hands dirty from time to time. Need to focus more on operations and less on your legacy.



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