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CSC Washington DC Reviews

Updated March 16, 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. "Large company going through a number of different transitions in a few short years."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Employment Compliance Senior Professional in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Employment Compliance Senior Professional in Sterling, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CSC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The fact that many, if not most, of the employees in my area work remote, cuts down on many of the negative aspects of working in a corporate environment.

    Cons

    The company has struggled in recent years and is continuing to make significant transitions to better position itself. While these efforts are seemingly working, the unfortunate side-effect has been that the employees are dealing with a great deal of continued uncertainty.


  2. "Expect to be challenged"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Purcellville, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Purcellville, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CSC (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Federal division is run similar to a Big 5 Consulting firm - relationships are key and everyone is responsible for everything (i.e. winning deals). Good location in Reston. Success is rewarded but accountability is applied for lack of success. Good colleagues to work with.

    Cons

    Federal division is overshadowed by Commercial division which struggles in marketplace. Leads to lack of infrastructure resources at times or Federal having to absorb cuts to assist Commercial.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a little more attention to the tools (technology) given employees to be productive (shoemaker's kids) even if that means shaving bonuses a bit to fund it.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Demanding Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CSC full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to a large industry, processes, etc.

    Cons

    Open plan environment, minimum flexibility, no bonus, no raises, no respect for vacation / schedule time off. Work-life balance is not there, no OT. Ongoing change/transformation, RIF's it about the dollar 'making a certain quota' and if it means double/triple the workload for others in the process... Constant changes in policies, type of applications utilize with next to no training.

    Advice to Management

    revisit your CLEAR values


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Could have been a good company with vision and good leadership."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CSC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People were the only good thing there. The infrastructure products were marginal at best.

    Cons

    Infrastructure was old, products outdated, sales were non existent people were cut to make numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people and products that work. Do not go through with the proposed merger.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "SR Benefits Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    it is a job

    Cons

    No life work balance. You are just a body at the desk. No raises. no respect for the work that you do. You can be replaced at any moment. cost of living goes up but not your salary. even the price in the soda machine goes up but not your rate of pay

    Advice to Management

    review the clear values and have some concern/compassion for the people that work under you


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Glad to see CSC is still treating employees like they belong at the bottom of the dumpster"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Tuition Reimbursement. Less micromanagement. The ability to interact with the customer instead of having your PM as the middleman.

    Cons

    Staying employed with the company. Not running for the hills.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like they matter. They do all your work! If you don't you will continue to move down the list as top federal contractors. Few years ago your company was in the top 10. No amount of acquisition/merger is going to fix your problem.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Mismanaged bureaucracy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Senior Principal in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal in Falls Church, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CSC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home. There are a few intelligent people who know how to manage a business, but it is a small minority.

    Cons

    When interviewing I wish I had been told that there are no raises. None. They do not give raises here and have not for a long time. Whatever your salary is when you get hired, that is it.

    This company makes no secret that the only goal is to increase shareholder value. This is done by acquiring small profitable companies, while letting it's core businesses languish. As employees become unhappy they leave, thus reducing the costs. Employees have little to no value to the company. CSC has extremely high turnover, and this is by design. It is cheaper to higher low level employees and simply replace them rather than create career paths and nurture career growth.

    There is no training/career development budgets. There is an antiquated internal education portal that is very outdated, and that is the only training you will get access to.

    If you are interviewing, be sure to ask why the last person left and ask how often you can expect a raise. If you are not happy with the answer do not take the job, and do not accept a response of "it's getting better", it's not.

    Advice to Management

    A very strong culture of "managing up" has been allowed to develop. This is the cancer on an organization that is supposed to be client facing. The clear problem CSC is facing is that the core businesses are atrophying faster than new ones can be brought into the fold, and the whole company will fall in on itself in due course. The merger with HPE Services will not improve the situation, it only muddies the waters for shareholders, but does nothing to bring greater value to our clients.

    Compensation structure needs an overhaul, there is an egregious disparity between the top layers of management and the rest of the company. I currently make <1% of what my manager's manager makes (yes, you read that right). You cannot expect anyone lower than the top two levels of management to outperform when they are working on three-year old salary levels, and the top levels continue to get outrageous levels of compensation.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "CSC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Arlington, VA
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CSC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse technology and career paths. Fast paced and challenging work. Plenty of learning opportunities. Clearly communicates it goals.

    Cons

    Little or no loyalty to employees. Insignificant compensation for the work provided. Promotions without pay increases. Constant RIF situations of 10% to 30% of staff. Staffs too lean.

    Advice to Management

    Strangles management to follow through on promises and/or rightful course of action, or needed measures to better situations for staff. Too many strategic changes of direction without time to fully realize potential of action.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CSC part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flex schedule and good pay

    Cons

    A lot of competing egos. Little room for women to excel.

    Advice to Management

    Accept people for who they are!!


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Meh. Pretty disorganized for a Fortune 500 company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Clearance sponsorship, they have contracts with virtually every Federal Government agency

    Cons

    Poor organization, poor communication, poor work environment

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people!


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