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"A once fantastic company is on the decline"

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

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

Pros

Good clients and great co-workers. I encountered some great professionals and innovative individuals. I learned a lot from them.

Cons

* Poor support for employees, especially those at client sites. SRA's offsite, 100% billable employees are where all their profits are generated, but HR and management treats them like red-headed step-children. Questions about how to handle situations like what to do in he event of sequestration are treated as nuisances and often are answered with rude comments and irritation.
* Management took existing contracts for granted and focused so much on new business, that it failed to win some key recompetes and lost huge contracts.
* Continual cutting of benefits (cutting back vacation for existing employees, cutting holidays, etc) and raising costs of health benefits continuously. Employees are being penalized for poor management decisions. Their benefits program used to be amazing and a major draw for job candidates. Now it is an detriment.
* Employee development is poor. Getting promoted is virtually impossible, especially if an employee is offsite, and employee job titles were adjusted to justify lower pay raises and lower starting salaries.
* Employee feedback is encouraged, but ignored.

Advice to Management

Management should be sacrificing more than the employees and when the employees are asked to sacrifice, the statement "You are just lucky to have a job" should never be used. When complaints were raised about long-term employees losing a week's vacation time and forfeiting earned PTO when the leave caps were lowered, that was exactly what everyone was told. In less than a month, many people left and had new jobs. Management seems to think that SRA is the only game in town and its competitors are capitalizing on that.

I almost think that many of the new policies were put into place to do exactly that - run off long-term employees so that they could be replaced with newer, cheaper employees. For a few years, I LOVED working at SRA, but the last few years were miserable.

Other Employee Reviews for SRA International

  1. Helpful (6)

    "All Talk and No Action"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many good people still working for SRA, but not in senior leadership has to go. They are pompous and arrogant and too much in love with themselves.

    Cons

    Company President Bill Ballhaus does lots of talking, but has no history of success. He has led BEA Systems, then Dyncorp and both companies suffered financially under his leadership. No growth and many jobs lost.

    The motto "Honesty and Service" is a joke. Dishonesty permeates throughout SRA leadership.

    Planning on leaving soon ... cant take it anymore

    Advice to Management

    Replace Bill Ballhaus and the entire top-level SRA leadership


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Management churn + tough federal market = loss of focus and employees"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people working on advanced federal IT
    Not a toxic workplace - people are friendly, helpful
    SRA has a good reputation with its customers

    Cons

    Very dependent on federal contracting, which is a weak sector going forward.
    My company was bought by SRA, then Ernst retired, Deb bailed - turnover has hurt focus of our business group at a bad time.
    Changes to titles, performance reviews, leave policies, health plans, parking and severance have been presented poorly to staff.

    Advice to Management

    Shake off the performance of the past few years (dipped from almost 7000 to 5700 employees) and focus on getting work. Your people will get over the difficulties of the transition if they see the company growing.

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