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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. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and flexibility for growth and personal improvement. Very ethical company that cares about ts employees.

    Cons

    Still working out some kinks from a split and a merger over the last few years.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to refine internal training and improve the electronic recruiting system. Current system not users friendly. Update everyone's computers to WIndows 10 ASAP.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "System Engineer - Great place to start your career."

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAIC (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great place to start your career.

    Cons

    - A lot of raises based on who you know not what you know.

  3. "Great company to work for....large company were you are treated as one of the family."

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay and people care about each other.

    Cons

    This company should give more assistance to people that are losing coverage.

    Advice to Management

    Try harder to retain loyal employees by forming a group of people to assist employees that lose coverage to find another position with the company.


  4. "There's better out there"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can't really think of any. They do, or did employ a lot of people so facilities are decent.

    Cons

    Unless you have a full scope polygraph clearance, SAIC (now Leidos) won't have much opportunity for software engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify your portfolio of work to include non-gov spaces.


  5. "GREAT experience"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAIC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules. Work-life balance stressed as important. Great working team members. Benefits are reasonable.

    Cons

    I enjoyed working for SAIC - didn't have any concerns. Left seeking more money and didn't have a pleasant experience at new company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Software Systems Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Software Systems Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mid-Level Management are very hard working and considerate.
    Lots of opportunities to expand knowledge and experience.

    Cons

    Too locked into specific government customers, should try expanding into commercial market.
    Wasting talent and resources on too restrictive of customer.

    Advice to Management

    Seek opportunities to tap in to commercial world.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great people! Horrible Insurance Plan..."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAIC full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work with extremely talented people who's willing to help as much as they can. Never seen such synergy in the team compare to others. Everyone is a contributor. I realize getting into such a good group can be draw of the luck. During interview, she asked "Do you like being thrown in the volcano on your first day?" This group was known for being overtasked and a stressful environment but as said... it wasn't true at all. I really doubt I'd work with such talented team again in the future.

    Cons

    I left a company for better pay and medical. SAIC Medical plan sucks! If SAIC manangement is reading this then change it ASAP! You say that it's a fair plan but it's not and you know it! You have the worst benefit compare to ANY company by far. I promise that more people will leave and more negative review will follow. If you ever want to join, make sure to bump $10k for sucky insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Don't mess with the medical. We all are raising a family and we deserve a fair plan with co-pay..not this ridiculous $3000 deductible, pay 20% of the bill instead of co-pay. I've been with many company and you guys are really screwing on family need... provide a decent medical.

  8. "Overall, I enjoyed working at SAIC"

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    Former Employee - Acquisition Logistics Expert I in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Acquisition Logistics Expert I in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, wide range of access to career opportunities.

    Cons

    Only paid for 9 out of the 10 government holidays per year.


  9. "Fair start to your career"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAIC part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the benefits are worth it

    Cons

    repetitive, not much communication with management

    Advice to Management

    offer more growth opportunities


  10. "wonderful people and nice perks but very loose and not well structured work environment"

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    Former Employee - Signal Processing Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Signal Processing Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAIC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    free coffee/tea, flexible work schedule, workout room, fun team games, nice and friendly people

    Cons

    retirement plans, lack of communication from management, lack of structured work environment, not a real business focus/mission

    Advice to Management

    It was an alright experience at SAIC. While I really enjoyed being around wonderful and nice people and nice perks including a company gym to work out, fun team games and flexible work schedule, I just found that it was not the right type of environment for my professional growth and success.

    The work environment was quite loose. The work environment is not quite structured. The management team was quite hands off. There was no real communication and coodination from the management team. The management team needs a big improvement in their leadership and communication skills.

    The company as a whole doesn't have one true business focus. It's like they are trying to be everything they can be to please their customers with so many different focuses and different business units. That's the downside.


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