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SAIC Alexandria Reviews

Updated March 19, 2017
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  • From upper management to local management S (in 50 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "I was treated like crap"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    I was recruited to SAIC from my military career. They promised me two years of employment in BD as I developed the market. Two months into the job, the company split and my position was eliminated and I was moved into a new division. They kept me around out of sympathy. I was laid off after 11 months. Lay off was over the phone. They never told me during recruiting that a split was impemding. They basically lied to this 22 year military veteran. They withheld that information. While working there, I found blatent lying and a culture of sucking up. I think this was only in he division I was transferred to. Perhaps the rest of the company is OK.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Unqualified Management & Extremely High Turnover Rate"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager/ScrumMaster in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager/ScrumMaster in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team members are extremely talented, qualified and work very well together to product high quality work and meet deadlines. SAIC has a good benefits package which includes free training and development resources.

    Cons

    Management was not qualified and did not support project teams especially as it pertained to ensuring that scope creep was minimized. Management also allowed the customer to dictate how the development team worked which resulted in working more hours and an extremely high turnover rate. SAIC also has very poor retention efforts to retain employees, once their contract has ended. Managers also fails to keep team members updated about contract end dates and future work. Managers ignore all requests for this type of information which puts employees and contractors at risk for being unemployed.

    Advice to Management

    Please invest more time in personal and professional development efforts and refrain from any attempts to yell at employees and contractors because you failed to do your understand how to correctly do your job.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of Integrity"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst/Business Development in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst/Business Development in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAIC full-time

    Pros

    I have nothing good to say.

    Cons

    Company managers are liars and incompetent. They only care about being low-cost. No training. No communication, except when they want something.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like humans


  4. "Fulltime employees are running business with Vendors"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Alexandria, VA

    Pros

    Salary / pay rate is high as comparision to other employer
    Less Micromanagement

    Cons

    The worst place for the contractors just like body shopping
    The fulltime employees running business and getting vendorship , its most terrific
    The government contracts are terrifically managed and the most junk company
    They claim that they have high-security compliance , using this statement they get lot of good contracts but the managment of the project is just blowing money.....no standards, no documentations its just working like we play football game... do as they want....
    Politics is like crazy
    Only 30 percent of money goes to employee all rest of money goes to vendors

    Advice to Management

    Stop cheating government clients. Be honest, you are playing with innocent lives, you are wasting people money. Be honest to have experienced management consultancy.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for if you liked military life."

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    Former Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst in Alexandria, VA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    SAIC provides work on contracts that are difficult to find anywhere else. The work is always interesting, meaningful and rewarding. Some of the best people in their respective fields work for the company and it is always a pleasure to work with these types of highly skilled people.

    Cons

    Senior Management is often grossly out of touch with employee morale as well as how to effectively manage employees and their interrelationships. Employees often have to fend for themselves and form cliques in order to survive and advance. Thus advancement is often a function of popularity vs. job performance. Employees are often treated as functional cogs in a machine instead of people.

    Senior management is often hired out of the officer corp of the military and have little knowledge or understanding of the corporate world and of skills based jobs (vs. managerial jobs). Opportunities to move into the management ranks are most often limited to those employees who were prior officers even when other, more qualified candidates exist. This creates a "para-military" mindset in the company that is at best ignorant of the employees and at worst destructive and cancerous within the employee ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Think a little outside the box of the training provided the military officer corps and try to run a business instead.


  6. "SAIC is for you if you are looking to have a stable job where you gain satisfaction through your performance."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Alexandria, VA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Its always been a stable company. During my tenor when the market was down SAI stock was up or stable. There is plenty of work and the company continues to grow. Senior management have a keen since as to what the future holds and how the company can continue to remain competitive.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is more work than available resources so it is not uncommon to work extra unpaid hours. There is not alot of team building experiences.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the onboarding process. Open the doors for members that hold a Secret clearance to seek Jobs with TS or greater. Open channels of communication between engineers in different divisions/groups etc. I guarantee there are duplicate efforts being performed throughout the company and lessons learned that could be shared.


  7. "Leadership style"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most managers are good people.

    Cons

    If one does get a bad manager, the leadership is unwilling to do what's necessary to correct the situation .

    Advice to Management

    It's important to be fair to the employees instead of just covering for the "managers" who may not be performing the tasks that are best for the team.

  8. "Not a bad place but depends on your contract."

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

    Pros

    Good salary, very flexible hours.

    Cons

    Working at the Towers is the best way to advance. Away from the Towers you aren't visible for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Advance younger people more willing to work hard than older employees who advance just there because of their past military/government success.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company has a good reputation, never really heard anything negative said about it."

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    Current Contractor - DCGS-A Mentor/Trainer in Alexandria, VA
    Current Contractor - DCGS-A Mentor/Trainer in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Like I said above the company does have a good reputation along with good benefits. Since the company is a mid size company there are always lots of jobs that you can move within the company.

    Cons

    Good or poor management is all relative to the division that you are in. My job doesn't really have very many options for advancement or working outside of a combat zone, so once the contract is done then we will all be forced to look for work. The biggest complaint that I have is that I was burned on my tuition reimbursement. The company approved me for reimbursement since the claim to be fully supportive of getting a higher level education, knowing that I was going to be on a leave of absence. Later claiming that they could not give me the tuition reimbursement because I was on a LOA status. The policy is extremely vague.


  10. "Great team"

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

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

    Pros

    project team, policies and processes

    Cons

    Difficult customer, PM was unrealistic


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