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"Not the company it once was"

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Former Employee - Senior Line Financial Position in San Diego, CA
Former Employee - Senior Line Financial Position in San Diego, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

SAIC is financially stable and will be in business for the long haul.

Cons

This was a wonderful, magical place to work for many years. The employee ownership model helped to grow this company from a garage to a multi-billion dollar company. Unfortunately, after going public, employees took a major back seat to the stock performance and what Wall Street thinks. The bottom and top line come first, so when it came to major cost cutting, rather than retaining the best and brightest as they claimed, they eliminated loads of long term, very hard working, dedicated, proven talent. In exchange, SAIC has now bought into the business model that lower quality, cheaper staff is "good enough". More and more the company is modeling itself like any other contractor and losing what made it special. Understandably with Federal Budget problems, the company needed to cut costs to improve competitiveness, but it has not done this in a business prudent manner. Politics, rather than sound business decision-making, appeared to drive the decisions on who to retain and who to let go. SAIC used to care about high quality and treated people commensurate with their contribution to the success of the company. If you choose to work here, it's "possible" to have a good career. Just always remember that the company will not be loyal to you no matter how great an employee you are. Make sure you do what is in the best interest of you and your family. Working tons of hours and producing excellent work will not guarantee you won't be let go by the company or passed by on a promotion in favor of someone's "buddy" or worse. Your time is probably better spent politicking. I don't see these poor management decisions as adding value to the shareholder or SAIC's customers.

Advice to Management

It seems the very highest of management doesn't recognize just how important people are to a company. Especially this company, which used to be differentiated by employee enthusiasm and dedication to SAIC, which translated to excellence and pride in all we performed for both external and internal customers. Pride so strong to provide the best value to our customers and outperform our competitors. SAIC and Leidos are heavy in labor (people) assets. People are interfacing daily with your external customers (direct and indirect). Indirect employees performing huge results for years and then being laid off in a very impersonal manner. My advice is to start making employees a much higher priority in your decision making. Actually care about them again and stop treating people as if they were easily interchangeable machine parts. When people were treated well, they cared about the company and were proud to work for it. Those in direct contact with your customers are the best marketing tool. When morale is bad, it will affect company performance negatively. Deep cost cuts will only temporarily make the financial statements look better. It's the longer term impact of poor morale that's being overlooked.

Other Employee Reviews for SAIC

  1. "Good Company for Entry Level Software Engineers"

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    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAIC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits for starting out in the industry. Good co-workers and plenty of exciting and cutting edge projects have be awarded to this company. I've been to several of the semi annual work socials which helps build the company morale.

    Cons

    Health care coverage has gone down the toilet and with it, the morale. Business units seem to be detached almost like they are different companies. Upper management seems numb to employees needs. Turnover rate has since double since the high-deductible health care has gone into effect. In my 3 years of experience at this company, all of my 2-3% 15 month raises have since been nullified by 1. The high deductible health care and 2. The government's 2 percent income tax increase which went into effect in 2013.

    Advice to Management

    Hear out your subordinates and reward them for their hard work. When your company is making great revenue a, your employees should get the recognition, raises and benefits they earn. In turn, you will see the company swell with people who want to stay rather than leave as they are doing now.


  2. "former manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAIC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    SAIC pay scale is quite good for mid to upper level employees. Good bonus amounts and benefits. Ability to have stock options as well.

    Cons

    Treat lower level employees as revenue generators only. Could care less about these employees and have lowered benefits for these employees while increasing compensation for managers

    Advice to Management

    getting a bad reputation of not taking care of customer needs and being too greedy

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