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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. "Goo company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Frederick, MD
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, tuition reimbursement, and great benefits.

    Cons

    No room for growth within the company


  2. "Formidable company but limited promotion/growth opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Vice President in Frederick, MD
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global, good benefits, great people.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities, government contracting constraints

  3. "Fairly ok place to work"

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    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Analyst I in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Analyst I in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Since it is a Government contractor, there is no strict deadlines...

    Cons

    limited growth and absolutely no promotions options.


  4. "Government contractor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable work environment and great people.

    Cons

    At mercy of government raise scale...if you get one at all


  5. "Nice salary and work life balance!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and bonuses are competitve for the position. Direct management (and 1 level up) are very proactive in work life balance. Telework 2 days/week for good staff. Stable environment due to strong government contracting. Opportunities for getting into other types of work are good if you'd like to get into proposals, management (project and program). IT strong.

    Cons

    Depending on your niche, promotions (if that's what you're after) are hard to come by. Senior management (3-6 levels) may not always know what you do and getting into interesting commercial work is essentially non-existant. Even though it's an IT company, satellite sites (under 250 people) don't get their own IT staff which can cause delays in fixing computer issues if you're not as saavy as others.

    Advice to Management

    Be up front with why things aren't moving and/or why promotions aren't coming. Find a business development leader who knows commercial work and definitely adopt more a separate model for commerical business. Fitting government requiremens to a fast pasted environment will never work.


  6. "Good Strong company to work for, Secure Jobs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional People and Management
    Strong Policy
    Performance is awarded
    Strong group and team effort

    Cons

    Salaries are based on internal HR system that does not value what you do and your management

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff, visionary resources will drive the future


  7. Helpful (1)

    "SAIC is a great place to start, but you're wasting your time if you hang around too long."

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Frederick, MD
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A great place to get started at right out of college. Pay is very competitive at entry levels and job security is high.

    Cons

    Don't plan to make a career here though because promotions do not happen here. Get your 1-2 years of lab experience and look elsewhere if you want to make more money or run your own lab.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is not involved enough to make accurate performance judgments. They aren't "in the trenches" so to speak and have very little idea of what is going on below them.

  8. "You get what you put in. Hard work is rewarded."

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Frederick, MD
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of diversity (new graduates working beside career employees) and lots of opportunity for continued education (seminars, workshops, classes, tuition).

    Cons

    There are a lot of career employees without vision or drive who like to gossip about being required to actually produce for their pay. However, I have found the compensation to be above the norm for the area and my coworkers, managers, HR, and senior management to be very supportive, involved and fair.

    Advice to Management

    Try to re-engage the career employees who have forgotten what putting your nose to grindstone means...get rid of watercooler mentality. Get people talking! One suggestion to try is to have a column in the newsletter just for "man on the street" discussions. If you want to know what employees are talking about or worried about, you have to ask.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Decent pay, lousy benefits and middle management."

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Frederick, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Salary, good coworker atmosphere.

    Cons

    Lousy, highly political middle management, with little to no qualifications. All song and dance, zero substance. Scratch the surface of their vast expertise, and there is nothing there. Managers are very good at sales pitches, and very poor on the technical side. They guarantee delivery of the moon, setting unreasonable client expectations. This ultimately results in renegotiation of deliverables after the contract has already been awarded. If you look through SAIC history, this is a very, very common scenario.

    Advice to Management

    Hire qualified people for project management, with demonstrated real world experience, that junior employees who actually do the work can look up to. The status quo of moving SAIC senior management from position to position, without any regard for credentials, is destroying SAIC's reputation.


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