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"Smart people and interesting work for engineers."

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Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
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Pros

In the engineering areas, you will at least be working with smart people. The lower level managers seem to stay on top of what is going on beneath them. People are eager to help each other on challenging projects. Friendly and relaxed environment most of the time.

Cons

It seems that managers are not often recruited from within. This appeared to limit some growth opportunities, but I really wasn't working there for long enough to be certain of this. There seems to be a wide range in ability between employees in the same group. As a result, some of the stronger workers are constantly pulled around to help other employees with their projects.

Advice to Management

Don't let top talent leave.

Other Employee Reviews for SAIC

  1. "Thanks for the opportunity."

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Rosslyn, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I like the fact that I am able to work from home on a regular basis and that there are some programs that help to compensate for the cost of commuting to work. I appreciate the fact that they allowed someone with little experience in the job focus but that showed interest and aptitude for learning new things to have a chance.

    Cons

    The location that I work in is not in the most accessible of locations. Dealing with certain parts of the government or the people who work there can be challenging at times but I am sure that that is something you would have to deal with at any job.

    Advice to Management

    Over-reaching in a bad market could be a bad idea.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Large company, reasonable benefits, but whether or not you like working for SAIC depends on local/regional management."

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    Current Employee - Senior Communications Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Communications Specialist in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable (but not great) benefits; large enterprise means you may be able to find work in other locations if you need to move, and they'll try to find you another job if your contract ends; stock price and management stable, if not stellar. About 90% of their work comes from government contracts, and the large majority of that from DOD. They're serious about ethics, and have several ways to report issues.

    Cons

    Organization is stove-piped in divisions, and competition between them means one division will torpedo another if it gets the chance. Bonuses and pay raises politically driven. Regional and project managers can run their groups like fiefdoms, meaning your employment experience highly depends on the integrity and competence of the staff at that level -- if they're good, you'll like SAIC, and if they're bad, you'll mostly be unhappy. They're stingy with educational opportunities because the costs are considered an extra expense, and managers looking to reduce their expenses will cut training budgets first (or make the application requirements impossible to comply with).

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond P&L statements to evaluate the success of a given region and division -- that level's management may be driving the best talent to leave, or badly impacting morale.

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