System Planning Corporation

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Updated Apr 1, 2014

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2.7 13 reviews

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45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good Employer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexible and fair to their employees

    ConsDid not seem to be growing the business.

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    Don't get sucked in

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsThe managers do not breathe down your neck, flexable. If flexability is the most important thing, this is a good job for you. Otherwise run for the hills...

    ConsVery low pay
    Managers have their favorites
    Not a lot of advancement

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Management Shakeup yields better outlook

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Lexington Park, MD

    ProsMy experience is at the SPC Patuxent River office, which is slightly removed from the Beltway. I have been treated with respect by my managers, they've performed competently, and my advancement has not been hindered. SPC Corporate has recently shed some of its poor-performing upper and middle management, with commensurate positive uptick in morale and financial health.

    ConsSPC is a small company. My previous employer had 170,000 employees, SPC has barely 400. There are quirks, there are sometimes advancement delays due to only so many positions to be filled. The flip side of this is more agility, more ability to grow your own work, and significantly less bureaucracy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOld management: learn from your mistakes. New management: Continue to listen to the employees. You have hired smart people. Let them continue to take the lead on addressing deficiencies and getting back to client focus.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Incompetent upper management, over incapable middle management who supervise workers via intimidation.

    Senior Space Scientist (Former Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsSystems Planning Corporation is centrally located in the city of Arlington, Virginia. The technical staff is congenial and knowledgeable.

    ConsSPC does not provide their SETA employees work assignments. The SETA members must find their own work. However, upper management will gladly manage the budget for the SETA, which entitles them to charge to the project. Of course, the SETA budget does not include the cost of two or more vice presidents charging to the project. Some SETA members are placed on suspension (leave without pay) for many varied and unfathomable reasons. Should a qualified SETA team member apply for another position within System Planning Corporation, rest assured that the requirements of the position in question will be changed to exclude the applicant from consideration. Don't ever expect the upper management of System Planning Corporation to provide you with coherent business advice. One vice president (who resembles the "Queen of Hearts" from "Alice Through the Looking Glass"), refuses to bid on any SETA support contract with which she is unfamiliar. It doesn’t matter to her if the SETA team members who work the project are knowledgeable on the subject at hand. This VP has single-handedly screwed the company out of millions of dollars worth of work, which they desperately needed. Yet she regularly pats-herself on the back, in front of the SETA team members, for a job well done. Upper management throws huge parties then, they lay off staff members to pay for their celebration. The senior security officer refuses to do his job. Heaven forbid that anyone should ask him for help. However, should you ask for help, he will inform you that security is your responsibility, and not his. Termination from Systems Planning Corporation came as more of an overwhelming relief, than a regret.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis advice is for the owner: hire a consulting company to locate and hire competent management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    OK place to work for. Uncertain about its future and how it plans to deal with reduced DoD expenditure

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsAccess to DARPA projects is somewhat interesting at time. Proximity to metro and local restaurants is also a nice perk.

    ConsSenior Management is somewhat immature and could use some lessons on how to behave towards others. Looking at the demographics if the employees, they seem to recruit senior and junior people. Very little space for anyone in between.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou should probably focus on capitalizing on the abilities of all the people who work for you and not pigeon hole them one way or another.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Incompetent management with unrealistic expectations yields a dysfunctional organization.

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsMy co-workers were very knowledgeable and capable. The support staff is competent when they're not micromanaged. I found a position with a competitor within my first month at System Planning Corporation.

    ConsThe upper management is lost somewhere in the 1970's. System Planning throws big parties, and then lays off employees to pay for them. The second tier managers cannot make a simple decision without first consulting the company president. I started looking for another position the day I started with System Planning Corporation. Middle managers are routinely browbeaten by the company president.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe upper management should consider earning business degrees, since they have no idea how to operate a successful company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall good experience, but not permanent solution for professional growth.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsCorporate policies (work from home, flex time) are very flexible and customer-driven, lots of travel and networking opportunities. Entry-level workers generally get a private office. Ideal for independently motivated individuals because the lack of structure gives you room to make your own place in the company. Bad for people who need structure.

    ConsManagement does not have technical degrees although the staff support technology programs. Management also plays favorites and selectively enforces regulations. Hiring is not selective and there is no structured orientation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a structured orientation and training process. Management tends to roll stress downhill, which is not productive for lower-ranking workers because it creates anxiety for issues beyond workers' control. Find a different motivation which will improve morale and productivity.

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    SPC is a SETA for DARPA.

    Senior Scientist (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsSPC is close to the DARPA with adequate parking and comfortable, well appointed offices. My collogues were both intelligent and congenial. The hours were flexible and jr. management is ameanable to granting limited time-off for doctor appointments, etc.

    ConsSr. Management does not adequately communicate to the rank & file employees. Most of the communication between sr. management and the employees is verbal. Few orders are given in writing. This frustrates the employees and makes traceability all but impossible. This also promotes employee feelings of ill-will toward Sr. management. Capital expenditures requests, to improve scientific equipment and instruments, were routinely denied. As a result, the scientific equipment is antiquated and largely unmaintained. Sr. management held lavish parties to celebrate contract awards, which came out of the overhead budget. Therefore, Reductions in Force (RIFs) became common place at SPC, which bills itself as a company with low employee turnover. Thus, restricting the number of hours that the employees can charge to overhead. Sr. management routinely ignored reason, observation and logic, and made important business decisions based upon their "gut feelings". Many times this resulted in SPC losing a lucrative government contract to the competition. The salary compensation is below average. The benefits are well below average.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommuniate to everyone in writing. Ignore your personal feelings and judge the outcome of a project based upon the customer's feedback. Ignore your "gut feelings" and use reason, observation and logic to make business decisions. Don't punish the successful and reward the blatantly incompetent. Ignore the urge to throw a huge party and consider reinvesting that money back into the business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place to work, not as compensated as you would like

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsNice office, location, parking, benefits. Don't tend to micro-manage which is nice. Flexible hours, scheduling. Can work from home if need be.

    ConsA little office politics, would like to be paid more comparing to what compeitiors offer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore holidays (day after thanksgiving, Xmas eve, floating holiday), no soliciting emails from HR (cruises, better health lifestyle websites), and higher pay.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Exceptional little company that does big work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsSmart, talented workforce that's focused on supporting the customer. Team atmosphere.

    ConsOnly six holidays and paper timecards

    Advice to Senior ManagementTwo more holidays would make a big difference

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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