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  • From upper management to local management S (in 51 reviews)

  • Poor Benefits, Poor Senior Management, Unnecessary deadlines, Team sizes shrinking as workload increases (in 36 reviews)

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  1. "A great company with a great potential!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company embraces diversity and offers opportunities for committed employees. There are a lot of interesting and challenging projects going on throughout the company and it's relatively easy to move around within the company. The people at SAIC are bright and work hard. Because SAIC values its people, they will try to take care of the employees during the "down times": help with placement, etc. Education and training assistance is also great.

    Cons

    One thing they lack is a pension program, but that's probably true for most other similar companies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep training the employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a very positive experience. Lay-off process needs to be addressed as well as internal transfers."

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    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Intelligence Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Family friendly. Time off as needed was never an issue. Lower management looked out for their people as best they could.

    Cons

    Poor communication between management and employees. Career path is convoluted at best. Told several times if I received a particular certification it would boost my career only to have the position taken away and given to a new hire. Highly driven by profit margins.

    Advice to Management

    Stay in touch with your people.

  3. "Excellent Role"

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    Current Employee - Director of Technology in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Director of Technology in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at SAIC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with talented industry professionals

    Cons

    Hours and be long on the weekends

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the excellent management


  4. "The quality of management varies from division to division"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Alexandria, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management tries hard to find support for employees who lose coverage, which makes it pretty stable employment in a competitive environment.
    Management is very supportive of continued education--the company will pay tuition.

    Cons

    The quality of management varies tremendously depending on location.
    There is no path for career advancement in some divisions.
    The corporate environment isn't what it was during the good old "employee owned" days.

    Advice to Management

    Don't focus so much on the short-term bottom line. Don't lose talent because temporary lack of support lowers profit margins.


  5. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job with a mission - government oriented
    Good employee support although communication could be better

    Cons

    Military mindset throughout company - could stand to be more business oriented
    No clear career path. Promotions are there but you have to find your own way

    Advice to Management

    Work more as a commercial business and less as a military subsidiary. Focus on revenue, profits and customer satisfaction.


  6. "Military Jobs in DC"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, and a little less cutthroat than the private sector.

    Cons

    a lot of incompetent employees that float by because of high security clearances.

    Advice to Management

    quit tossing developers aside when projects are put on hold, only to have to retrain someone the next month when it starts again.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Flexible workplace, salary not so good for younger workers"

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    Current Employee - Java Developer in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible work place (this is really up to my division - not the company as a whole).
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor salaries for newer / younger employees. Times were much better in the years before the company went public, and the raises the older workers got were MUCH higher. Therefore, there is now a de-facto two-tier pay system - one for those there before the company went public, and one for those who began their career afterwards. The older employers make a good 30% premium all other things remaining equal.

    Advice to Management

    Start working on removing some of the dead weight in middle management and the large amount of poor performers who've been feeding at the trough since 911 bonanza began ten years ago. Many of these workers do not carry their weight, and are becoming a burden on those that perform.

    SAIC (and all the other big miliatary / government contractors) are going to run into trouble as the technical talent moves to smaller / younger companies where they're not required to subsidize the large salaries and expensive health bennies of the older workers.

  8. "SAIC Review"

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    Former Employee - Configuration Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Configuration Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management and employees were outstanding. Benefits were good.

    Cons

    No training and let go when contract ends.

    Advice to Management

    Hold on to good people... they are hard to find!


  9. "Java Developer at SAIC INc"

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    Current Employee - Java Developer in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to gain experience working on various software technologies. They let you get your hands dirty and give you great exposure

    Cons

    Technologies on some projects are old and all I was promised as benefits where not really fulfilled to me.


  10. "Started as an intern then worked full time for 2 years experience at SAIC"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Patient management and teams that are willing to work with employees to increase their skill base
    -Got to work on a wide array of different projects while learning different software and systems
    -Free coffee in kitchens
    -Good size teams that are able to support their members
    -Decent length of contracts so you have enough time to get things done right

    Cons

    -Like most places some managers could be bad and would either micro manage or neglect aspects of a project
    -Salary could have been better
    -Interns are under utilized until they start full time work.
    -One project I worked on had too much complexity in it's architecture and had a stagnant atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    -Interns want more real world work and can do more for the company than you normally realize.


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