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Updated May 25, 2017
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  • Work-life balance can be challenging during difficult projects (in 127 reviews)

  • Senior management does not care at all about employees (in 139 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "I wouldn't want them hosting and repairing my systems."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Infrastructure Architect in Newark, DE
    Former Employee - Senior Infrastructure Architect in Newark, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are or were good. Their internal policies are not condusive to maintaining great relationships with clientle. Things are based politically and the good ol boy network; rather than on the best job is needed here.

    Cons

    Upper management politics and good ol boy network make it difficult to truely give the customer the best available service and implementation they deserve. Nickle and diming clients with poor implementations, rather than clean, efficient implementations are mandatory for revenue. Implementations that truely maximized HA, server usage and efficiency should be rule of thumb, unfortuantely that thought and even when proved is treated with distain and retrobution.

    Advice to Management

    You'll make more money and get new business if you truely offer "Best Practices" rather than your current mind set of "Best Revenue"


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Don't take the job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - SDM in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - SDM in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the benefits are good - pension plan

    Cons

    poor management - out of touch with the work

    Advice to Management

    get out of the past


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Probably no worse than EDS or IBM Global Services."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Architect in Newark, DE
    Former Employee - Senior Architect in Newark, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    More laughs than a Three Stooges movie.
    Great stories to tell after you leave - though people may think you are making it up.
    Technical skills not required.
    Business knowledge not required.
    Laser like focus on billing the customer for everything, anything and nothing.
    Nice conference rooms and offices at Corporate Headquarters.
    Kiss butt and do what you're told no matter how inane and you will be a director in no time.
    Plenty of vacant office space.
    No problem finding parking.

    Cons

    Clueless management.
    Process more important that accomplishment.
    Embarrassment.
    Suffocating bureaucracy.
    Time Entry System TES
    Customers (aka by management as chumps) taking out their frustrations on you.
    Archaic infrastructure and internal systems.

    Advice to Management

    None - I don't see how they could do better for themselves.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "CSC Sucks, get out while you can!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff B
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff B
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I was compensated well. There are educational opportunities if your manager approves and CSC approves.

    Cons

    Only certification training offered are through CBTs. CSC will not pay for a certification program, they will pay for the test however. There is very little chance for growth unless you want to relocate and your manager approves to release you at your current duty location. I volunteered for any additional duties that were offered and that still did not help me retain my job. I was just a number there. There is no communication. Usually you find out you're not following the correct procedure when you do it wrong and get your hand slapped.

    Advice to Management

    provide opportunity for advancement. Offer more educational benefits so that the workers that do become displaced like myself have an opportunity to seek gainful employment.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Keep looking for a company that will appreciate your hard work..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Falls Church, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There aren't any. Internal and potential growth is limited. Very political environment. Completely impossible to use the HR portal to get job info for employees, since all contact with potential hiring managers is hidden from employees.

    Cons

    Very political, huge company, very corporate structure. Structure HR policies that lean more toward protecting management than the working staff. communication within the organization is basically nothing. Management promoted using political framework, not because of abilities, work ethic and skills.

    Advice to Management

    Go to training, force your mid and upper level managers to go to training. Train HR to communicate with employees more effectively. Fire Taleo.net and get a better Employment portal, one that is open and honest to current employees regading positions. Allow for more advancement for current employees.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "If you like layoffs and having your job offshored to a third world country, this place is for you!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, DE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no good reasons to work for Computer Sciences if you live in the United States. If you live in India, that is a whole other story. The sky is the limit!

    Cons

    Layoffs, offshoring, forced to use your vacation... should I go on?

    Advice to Management

    Instead of always going after the almighty buck, how about thinking things out before shipping US jobs overseas? It took six India employees to do the work of one US employee. How is that cost savings?! Think!


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Time to update your resume"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Services Supervisor in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Client Services Supervisor in Troy, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A paycheck is better than no paycheck.

    Cons

    Poor pay, asked to "do more with less" continuously, CSC is outsourcing some of it's contracted work to cheaper vendors, which leads me to ask (Why would a customer pay CSC to do the work?)

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to learn to lead.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Can mismanagement get any worse?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer / Project Manager in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer / Project Manager in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They're willing to spring for a clearance. They have a huge CBT and training library.

    Cons

    Management in the Norfolk area is absolutely inept. Signing off on contracts without having the funds to back the work, and placing the employees in a battle between CSC and the customer over what is and is not getting done is ridiculous. Taking a contract, without the ability to manage the workers on that contract is horrible.
    And worst - hiring people with *absolutely no relevant experience* in order to fill seats quickly. How do you hire an Oracle DBA who's never used Oracle before...even at school or some kind of training? How do you hire network engineers who've don't know TCP/IP? And then bill them as 'Sr. Engineers'? CSC's actions at times amounted to just short of outright fraud.

    Advice to Management

    Read the contracts you sign. Don't throw employees into a battle between the customer and management. Hire QUALIFIED PEOPLE, don't fill seats.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Feels like a body shop"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Monterey, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Genuine pension plan! I don't know how it compares to other companies that have pension plans, but if I stay for 5 years, I can expect about 12% of my salary in retirement. We have some top-notch people.

    Cons

    To be fair, our office is small, and opportunities for government contractors are shrinking in this locality. Nevertheless, local management is not very involved, and distant management shows no interest whatever in this office. I don't feel like a part of a large company, rather just a vehicle for sending money to HQ.
    Paltry vacation allowance (2 weeks for first 4 years), very out of step with Silicon Valley.
    No education benefit unless you're in a degree program - they must think their online courses are adequate.
    No pay bonuses worth speaking of.
    If contracts don't come through on time, they would rather furlough employees than let them do training on company time.
    Matching contributions to 401K don't amount to much (seems to be max $1500) and there's a 4 or 5 year vesting period; however, we do have a pension plan.

    Advice to Management

    Make our office visible to HQ. Find new work outside of this small domain.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Bring garlic and a cross to work for this company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Department Senior Assistant II in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Department Senior Assistant II in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If no other job is available, then go to work for this company. Depending on the situation, it mayn not be all that bad. You can get a lot of online training in your downtime at the company. The benefits are o.k. No better or worse than what everybody else is able to get these days. They have some pretty good loan programs, where you can buy and make payments on a computer, and other software & hardware. The big requirement is that you have to have been a member in good standing with the company for at least a year.

    Cons

    My personal biggest complaint is that the company would never protect the contract workers from the federal employees. Eighty percent of the work available through the company is govt. contracting. And they would let the entry level people be subject to any kind of abuse or harrassment as long as it didn't affect them. Then and only then would they do anything about it. The salaries are not that great, and I was constantly being shorted every time I was supposed to get one of those tiny "merit" raises. Their accounting practices are shady at best, in my opinion. Overall, unless you are a tech professional, or in mangement, run, do not walk, away from this place.

    Advice to Management

    I think they should take a serious look at what their middle management is doing on a day to day basis. Come and join the 21st century. They need to realize the workplace is becoming more & more diverse. And not everyone who is in entry level wants to stay there for the rest of their lives. Or be the slave os some psychotic middle manager.


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