Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Good Reputation in Submarine Community

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

    I have been working at Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    SPA is highly regarded in the submarine community. If you want to support the submarine community and are not a former submarine guy, working for SPA will give you some instant credibility. SPA tries to give everyone from top to bottom their own office so you can close the door and concentrate on work when you need to. The company focus is on doing interesting work for important decision makers. To accomplish that the company tries to take care of its employees. For the most part they succeed, but where they don't they are aware and constantly working to improve.

    Cons

    Over the last few years the focus on taking care of people has taken a back seat to "remaining profitable" in the face of sequestration.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate and decide if remaining profitable is still that last on your list of goals. I suspect it has moved up the ladder a couple of notches.


  2. Current Employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great work in a great environment Great benefits

    Cons

    No specific upward mobility path


  3. Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A real opportunity to support National Security objectives in DoD and other federal markets. Superior pay and benefits; very generous 401k and top notch office spaces. Friendly and cooperative work environment

    Cons

    Sequestration has hampered growth across the entire industry. Mark Center location\neighborhood is rather dull.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to explore new and emerging markets. Promote from within. Encourage more employee forums Invest in developing a cadre of cyber security experts


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  5. A Good Contracting Company

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

    I have been working at Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Interesting work. High quality employees.

    Cons

    Limited chance for promotion. Tied to federal government.


  6. Helpful (1)

    A great place to work but with a few major flaws

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

    I worked at Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture is cooperative and politics are fairly minimal Extremely professional and helpful support staff Has the professional edge of a much larger company but is small and family focused

    Cons

    Nepotistic - you'll see full families in their email directory They treat people who are not prior military as second class citizens. I am a veteran but it was a noticeable distinction and those who had not served complained about this rather loudly. I saw it and found it to be a problem as a diverse set of backgrounds is always beneficial to problem solving. Speaking of diversity, it is a serious issue. All the black people are in IT, all the women are in HR. They have one token black male and one female in senior management. The company is run primarily by retired submariners who served when women weren't allowed on board. It shows, and while they're always super polite, they super politely never promote you and treat you like a secretary. Where you come in is where you'll be....forever. Some people love that and don't want to grow in their career - they want to be a subject matter expert and stay in that position for eternity. If you are that person, this is a great place. If not, enjoy your time and move on after a few years.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a clear path to management positions End the good ol' boys club


  7. Great Culture

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

    I have been working at Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc full-time

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

    Pros

    SPA has a unique culture that works hard to focus on helping clients and take care of employees. Government contracting is getting to be a pretty rough business. SPA is pushing back against the race to the bottom by pursuing high impact work and attracting and retaining great people to deliver it.

    Cons

    Stagnant growth is hurting the vibe some. Some positive changes, though, in business development and attracting new, interesting work.


  8. About to be Former Employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Benefits at SPA are pretty solid, especially the 401k & potential flexible leave policy (variable by boss). Good chance for advancement if you are former military. Good way to grind out a paycheck & get a clearance until your next job or retirement. Great if you like PowerPoint & stoplight charts!

    Cons

    Minimal advancement potential or raises for non-military employees. No diversity - senior leadership is 100% white, ~80% former military and all but one of ~30 people are male. They (leadership) are completely out of touch with younger (20s - mid 30s) employees, especially those from civilian and/or technical backgrounds. Quality of work is not rewarded and they are reluctant, at best, to even listen to new ideas. Classic Old Sailor Retirement Home. Not a place for people that want to work hard and leave a mark through accomplishing something important.

    Advice to Management

    Have 360 deg reviews and remove problem managers that are regularly driving out your young, skilled analysts. Embrace diversity of background instead of the current monolithic mindset. Hold management accountable, not just analysts. Reward those who have tangible successes not just those that sit in the most meetings.


  9. Great Place to Start a Career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc

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

    Pros

    I was only an intern, but I had free range to find projects of interest and make them happen. The company seemed to offer a very good benefits package and offer a strong work/life balance.

    Cons

    There didn't always seem to be work, and at times I felt that people were hoping (sometimes concerned) about when the next contract would pop up.


  10. Defense consulting

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

    I have been working at Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility, lot of work that ends up in a binder on the shelf


  11. Good company for support contracting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The pay, benefits, and facilities are excellent at SPA. The leadership is respectful and considerate, and are very much interested in seeing their employees succeed. You do get a good exposure to leaders in Government.

    Cons

    The type of work performed is not very technical, and the company as a whole is made up of almost 60% retired military. Younger employees may find the work to not be very engaging and at times you might feel like a glorified secretary. With so many retired military leaders in the company, it feels like career mobility is limited unless you plan to stay 20 years. A typical day includes a lot of time spent sending emails, in meetings, and editing/writing documents in microsoft word.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to decide if it wishes to cultivate young leaders from within or continue hiring retired military for a majority of its leadership positions. The company should consider diversifying its portfolio and move in to different areas of the defense industry.



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