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"Huge disparity between "Direct on Contract" at customer site and an "SAIC employee""

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Current Employee - Information Assurance in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Information Assurance in Washington, DC
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Fantastic at getting clearances crossed over. Generally hires at competitive salary rates especially if you are good at negotiating salary. If you are working as an overhead employee and "not" direct on contract - depending on your manager/supervisor - they can be great at providing training - up to around $5000/year. If you are in a position where you can work from home, they are pretty good about giving flexibility to do that on occassion - for instance, during the Jan 2010 snowstorm there were a LOT of employees (normal SAIC overhead employees) working from home.

Cons

Downside - if you are direct on contract (meaning, essentially the people pulling in the money for SAIC) it depends on your contract and program manager for training, etc. Forget working from home if your work is primarily in a secure environment. Many at the customer site are still trying to make up work on the weekends and nights from the snowstorm when we "wanted" to work but the gov buildings were shut down.

Training direct on contract - unless it is in your contract that government will provide it - seems to completely be nonexistent on at least some contracts. Forget training. For education training - the $5000 they say they provide, you have to pay for it yourself first and it's understood that if everyone took advantage of it they couldn't provide it.

HUGE discrepancy for those on contract. All those SAIC policies and guidances, individual development plans, etc.? it's a different beast and you need not worry about consistency. Not impressed by a long shot.

Advice to Management

Change the discrepancies - it's frustrating and disconnected. Find out what your employees really think at the front lines and actually "listen". Stop acting like you care and do something about it - at the front line. If you have a lot of employees leaving a contract - look at their supervisors and program management and you'll see why. When people submit anonymous ethics complaints, maybe there is a reason.

Fix the corporate bloat. With that $ you can provide those that are making you money (direct on contract) training. During snowstorms, etc., if you're letting the rest of SAIC work from home, it would be a good idea to make sure it's equal. it's not like we can't use that time for training. Make sure the program managers don't stomp it.

Make sure the policies you push out at corporate, group and the BUs are consistent with front lines. It's your JOB.

Have hopes for Havenstein simply based on his record and, of course, being a former Marine. Haven't seen many changes yet, but hopefully he's good enough to get it. Group your talents so they can leverage each other. For instance, IA is across all groups. Streamline. There's a lot of talent that we can leverage but don't know where to find it.

Other Employee Reviews for SAIC

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Your average job."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stafford, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stafford, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great reputation. Very science focused. Military professionals. Good benefits package. Decent pay (salary). Various locations. Office morale is above average.

    Cons

    This is a contracting job, therefore the work is not too stable. Some contracts only last one year. Also, if you want to transfer to another position, the internal process is not as easy as they make it seem. Promotions are given on tenure instead of ability.

    Advice to Management

    There seems to be recognition given to minorities. Also, SAIC seems to only want to participate in the larger community service activities as opposed to smaller orgnaizations.


  2. "Good but could be better."

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Process Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Process Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - good company reputation
    - many available opportunities across the company

    Cons

    - difficult to move to other open positions within the company across divisions/BUs.
    - wide variance in compensation for the same jobs
    - no clear paths for career progression/promotion
    - turnover of employees vs retention efforts needs work
    - few minorities in senior ranks

    Advice to Management

    improve internal employee retention efforts; strengthen mentorship programs; improve employee performance/compensation system.


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