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"Decent pay, lousy benefits and middle management."

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Current Employee - Research Scientist in Frederick, MD
Current Employee - Research Scientist in Frederick, MD
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Decent Salary, good coworker atmosphere.

Cons

Lousy, highly political middle management, with little to no qualifications. All song and dance, zero substance. Scratch the surface of their vast expertise, and there is nothing there. Managers are very good at sales pitches, and very poor on the technical side. They guarantee delivery of the moon, setting unreasonable client expectations. This ultimately results in renegotiation of deliverables after the contract has already been awarded. If you look through SAIC history, this is a very, very common scenario.

Advice to Management

Hire qualified people for project management, with demonstrated real world experience, that junior employees who actually do the work can look up to. The status quo of moving SAIC senior management from position to position, without any regard for credentials, is destroying SAIC's reputation.

Other Employee Reviews for SAIC

  1. "SAIC go there if you dont mind fearing your job will disappear in a month"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As far as defense companies go SAIC is mediocre, and there it seams is where they want to stay. If other companies offer a benefit SAIC will match it, but never pass it. Not all is bad, the management is so clueless that you could stroll in around 10 and leave around 3 and as long as you have all your work done, they really dont care. Also there is no dress code, so everyone pretty much wears jeans and short all year long, sandals are not uncommon either.

    They really take personal time here very seriously, I have been in meetings where we waste more time trying to satisfy everyones schedule than we do in requirements gathering and design.

    anything to not miss that new movie, or that bike race, you get the idea.

    Cons

    2 words, MANAGEMENT SUCKS, this place is a throw back to the 80's it is so research focused that about 85% of the management has no clue how to treat human beings. The concept of empathy is so gone from these people that they are could run over you in a car and then get out of the car to make sure the car was ok. There is absolutely no leadership and Upper management is commonly undermined by middle management. There are some horrible software issues as well, the transition from prototype to operation is completely gone. Management just does not have a clue how to set up the processes to do that. In one word its a mess, stay as far away from here if you value your career and want to see it flourish or if you want to grow as a technical abilities.

    Advice to Management

    get a clue


  2. "Large company offering many opportunities but at the expense of employee morale"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, large selection of opportunities

    Cons

    Large company, huge bureaucracy, communications to employees is poor

    Advice to Management

    Allow for lower level employees to provide input

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