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Updated May 9, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Background Investigator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Background Investigator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Background Investigator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at CACI International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    at least i have a job

    Cons

    new information is not disseminated well throughout the company, raises promised at certain markers but never received. During training they boasted about how easy it would be to try another position should we not be satisfied with the current one; I spoke to my manager about wanting to and was told she would not help me


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Background Investigator"

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    Current Employee - Background Ingestigator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Background Ingestigator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CACI International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You do get to make your own hours and create your own schedule but those are the only pros

    Cons

    I just started as a level one background investigator. I had 6 weeks of training, and once you get into the field it seems as though the training was a waste. Nothing learned in training comes close to what you actually do. It is also hard to get a direct answer from anyone. If I ever have a question I have to call at least 3 people all of which have different answers to my questions. It seems as though no one exactly knows what they are doing. You are graded on your quality and quantity you can produce with unfair metrics. It is very hard to reach an acceptable score when everyone you need to interview will not return your calls. I have had to show up unannounced at a workplace to try and track people down. They don't tell you at all what it is you will be doing when you accept the job, make you sign a year contract, and then you actually find out what you do on a normal day. Also the pay is not substantial enough for what you have to do everyday and it does not differ based on your job location.

    Advice to Management

    Have an accurate and detailed job description that details what you do as an investigator every day. Develop the training courses so that they are actually somewhat helpful. It seems as though I learned nothing after 6 months of training.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Eh"

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    Current Employee - Special Investigator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Special Investigator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CACI International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's great to have a flexible schedule and make your own hours, pay is pretty good.

    Cons

    Things are constantly changing, when I first started I was told "it's a marathon, not a sprint". Very true. I feel like management looks at me like a machine, only caring about how much work you produced, how good it is and how fast you get it out. Don't feel valued as an employee or a person.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "If you absolutely must..."

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    Former Employee - Production Control Clerk in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Production Control Clerk in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CACI International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As a "production control clerk" you may either be working at a CACI site (doing only doc review) in Alexandria, or as a paralegal in Washington DC. If you're a paralegal, the job itself is good. You often receive interesting work and gain exposure at the DOJ. Overall it tends to be a great work environment. However, none of this is due to CACI - it purely depends on the section that you join at the DOJ.
    Typically there are also no issues with being paid on time.

    Cons

    Dealing with CACI is a major pain, especially if you are a paralegal onsite at DOJ. Emails and phone calls to manager (who has an office in the building but is rarely there) go unanswered and work trips take many months to be reimbursed. In one case, I waited nine months to be reimbursed for a trip. Management will tell you one thing in a meeting, and tell another person the complete opposite. There's a pervasive understanding that direct manager cannot be trusted to keep his/her word.

    Dealing with other CACI departments that provide technical support has been difficult, and the message from management has been to "keep any issues in the CACI chain of command", i.e. don't tell your attorneys about the problems affecting your work if it will make CACI look bad.

    If you are working offsite as a doc reviewer, you are treated as expendable and hold little value to CACI. There is no onboarding process and you're lucky if you are informed about the case you're working on. It's modern day assembly line work. You cannot even take advantage of the education benefits that CACI touts because that requires management approval (from an unresponsive manager). It's an unhappy place to work, with high turnover. If you're a paralegal working downtown and CACI wants you to get rid of you, they will transfer you to Alexandria for doc review. The turnover is no surprise, since CACI treats you like you're not worth investing in anyway. Currently, there are no opportunities for career growth.

    Overall, CACI hinders your ability to do good work downtown, and otherwise fosters an unhappy, unorganized work environment of disposable workers.

    Advice to Management

    Turnover should not be a surprise - managers are frequently absent and do not look out for employees. It should not be the case that the only method for obtaining a response or a reimbursement is to ambush a manager in the hallway. There are many ways to make this job more attractive and to retain employees, but there need to be managers who actually foster and care about these things.


  6. "Glorified Recruiter"

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst III in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Analyst III in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CACI International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    CACI employs some very smart, very capable people. They have a wealth of talent even if they refuse to utilize it appropriately.

    Cons

    Senior management's focus is solely on business development, with no regard for employee development. Most of the contracts were bid to win instead of bid to perform.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people. They are the company's best asset


  7. "Disorganized workflow, poor culture"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Hanover, MD
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Hanover, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CACI International as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly management, lack of oversight over employees
    Good pay, I guess you have to do something to pay the bills

    Cons

    Culture does not foster innovation
    Lack of creativity, complacency
    Employees did not strive to create better products, but rather laid back and accepted what was currently done.

    Advice to Management

    Work on the documentation of workflow and create time to foster new ideas within the organization.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Company In Turmoil"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    CACI has many interesting projects as well as smart hardworking people on the ground providing direct support to government clients. Compensation is fair as long as you start out with a good salary.

    Cons

    When I was there the change in senior management was followed by huge turnover at the HQ level. This provided a culture of fear and frustration. It was hard to get any real support from upper management since no one knew who was going to get fired next. The fear of dropping stock prices and a unit missing one quarter's numbers was breath taking. No long view.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to be as a company. Stop expecting people to believe in the sincerity of Jack London's book fodder when you don't follow the beliefs yourselves. Build a structure based on a five year not one quarter vision.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Programmer Analyst 3"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer III in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Software Developer III in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy interview and relax working environment, convenient working hours if you get grate boss who don't do macro management

    Cons

    Even though you are hired as Permanent employee, once they loose the contract you are working on it, you loose your job. get Paid as as permanent employee but get the treatment as consultant.

    Advice to Management

    Please start hiring smart and skillful employee instead of low salaried one.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Company diversity policy was ruined by Indian employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company with many federal project and location.

    Cons

    This company's diversity policy was kidnapped by these Indian employees. They sit on the project management or the first line manager or team lead position. Then they use race identity to discriminate other memories. The project team is occupied by 90% of Indian employees and 10% of other races. How many population of Indian people in the States? Then they take 90% of IT job in many companies. Especially, when one Indian people sit on the project management position, he or she will hire a lot of Indian people to the project. Some of them even do not have GC or citizenship. CACI management ignore this fact and make this company as Indian company.

    Advice to Management

    Please reevaluate your diversity policy in whole company to prevent other race employee from hiding race discrimination. Otherwise, CACI will pick up stone to hit its own foot.


  11. "New to CACI"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CACI International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The initial impression of the company is one of inclusion and opportunity. There is seemingly a vast array of avenues of advancement and education opportunities for those that fit nicely into the CACI corporate climate. The management is aggressive in encouraging each CACI employee to live up to his/her full potential.

    Cons

    Communications about what is happening with the company is not always clear, making it difficult to see where you as an employee fits into the overall vision, mission, and goal. There is no clear articulation of the company's future direction.

    Advice to Management

    Clearer and more frequent communications with CACI employees would help to foster a clearer understanding of where CACI is heading and how each employee can see themselves as part of the team carrying the organization forward.


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