SRA International - A company in a death spiral | Glassdoor
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"A company in a death spiral"

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Former Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
Former Employee - Project Manager in Fairfax, VA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

A job at SRA is better than being unemployed.

Cons

Being sold to Providence Equity was the worst thing that could have happened to SRA employees. Many other reviews tell the story about cut benefits, so there's no need to repeat those. The capability centers are a joke. Their leaders are new to the company, have no idea about who has what skills and where they are located in the company. They have no idea about past performance and have no idea who does know. Dissolving the horizontal specialty practices has been a disaster. The specialty practices used to manage their staffs and projects managers could go to practice management for help staffing surge or part-time requirements. Now, project managers can't staff or deliver surge, short or part-time projects.

Overhead no longer exists. You can't even get $1,000 for tools or training. SRA is hemorrhaging experienced staff and managers. Bill Ballhaus has surrounded himself with a bunch of sycophants who are out of touch with their teams and reality. The company has lost recompetes and hasn't won much in the way of new business. While management boasts about the IDIQ or BPA contract wins, the company has won few, if any, task orders under those IDIQs or BPAs. SRA recently received a stop work order on a large (100+ staff) contract because of delivery issues.

Long term employees at all level are demoralized. While the company publishes the percentage of voluntary terminations (one or two percent above competitors), they are afraid to publish the number of people who are laid-off.

The company used to pride itself on hiring people for a career, not a contract. Now it's a lousy body shop. It's really upsetting to see what has happened to a once great company.

Advice to Management

Sell the company as quickly as possible since Humpty Dumpty can't be put back together. Quit filling your pockets with bonuses while you cut benefits and give miniscule raises. Stop telling lies to employees by saying that what you're doing to the employees is happening at all of your competitors.

Other Employee Reviews for SRA International

  1. "A family values company known for honesty and service."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SRA is a very family oriented company. Customers/Clients always come first, with the upmost respect and service. SRA Employees are treated with the same respect, with great benefits, and job placement.

    Cons

    Industrial progress, and business processes have changed over the years making for more automated and less of a personal relationship between clients, employees, and corporate staff.

    Advice to Management

    Remember SRA Core Values.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Feels like being on the HMS Titanic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SRA International full-time

    Pros

    Nothing much other than opportunity to telecommute, and work with a few good folks that are left.

    Cons

    Overpaid, and heavy management structure, that have lost the trust and respect of employees. Current management is unable to grow the company, and resorts to quarterly benefit cuts to pretty up the balance sheet. Spin talk, and pretending has become the trademark of the current management. Employee performance rating manipulated to lower salary increases. Holidays reduced, 401k contributions reduced, leave caps reduced, health benefits made more expensive, removed opt-out credit, several more and counting.

    Advice to Management

    Hire management folks who can think outside the box, and really knows how to grow the business versus bottom line, status-quo, race to the bottom management. Streamline and reduce management structures in departments like ITS, HR, Strategic Acquisition, Capability Centers and so on.

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