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Updated May 25, 2018
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  • All decisions require multiple sign offs from upper management, even for very small routine tasks (in 54 reviews)

  • Their business model was internal competition which pits different business units against each other to compete for opportunities (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Project accounting"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SAIC full-time

    Pros

    Great environment , learning about costpoint and different types of contracts

    Cons

    Traffic around the area was terrible


  2. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Care about their employees, and provide a great work environment. Provide a lot of free, nice, merchandise (gold shirts, back packs, etc.).

    Cons

    Hard to relocate with, even if you are qualified for another position within the company. Reluctant to reimburse for a lot of training, and frown on in person training if it’s offered on their online portal.

    Advice to Management

    Help your employees relocate if an opportunity presents itself within the company that they qualify for.

  3. "Great First Job"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Analyst in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Engineering Analyst in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall great team and the company does great work for it's customers. Company has a great reputation. Great first job for transitioning military personnel and skilled professions.

    Cons

    All employees are at the mercy of their contract. Company will almost never work at risk and will not carry over employees in between contracts. I witnessed many long-term employees who had over ten0plus years of service with the company, let go by when their contract expired. Company used to have a more competitive job benefits package but significantly scaled these back. The ability for an employee to get tuition assistance, even for skill sets directly related to the contract and the customer's task, is completely dependent on what Business Unit the employee is in. Bottom line, even though the company advertises tuition assistance as a benefit, it is almost always non-available due to the profitability of the Business Unit. The low value that the company has towards employee investment was highlighted by the current CEO completely eliminating tuition assistance from the company shortly after he assumed leadership. CEO stated that employees wanted certifications rather than college tuition benefits. A few months later, the company backtracked on this policy after receiving significant employee feedback on this. Almost zero professional development by leadership with it's employees. I had joined the company based on it's solid reputation, with the goal of making a career with the company. Ultimately, the lack of company investment into employees along with the lack of contract stability are why I left the company.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the professional development (job related, certifications, and academic education) of your employees. Show loyalty to your employees, they are your greatest asset.


  4. "Innovation"

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    Current Employee - PMP in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - PMP in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    conscientious, collaborative, creative team environment. excellent autonomy, strong leadership, consistent communications about corporate successes, visions, strategic intent and overall business goals and objectives.

    Cons

    competitive but conservative pay. while I preferred the benefits package of Scitor before bought out by SAIC, what we do have is still quite competitive, aside from resisting the inevitability of change, I otherwise no cons to report.

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what your doing!


  5. "Running in circles"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comfortable work environment with yearly bonuses and a strong commitment to their employees.

    Cons

    Autonomy is non-existent. All decisions require multiple sign offs from upper management, even for very small routine tasks. There is more management than employees and they do not promote from within. If you take a job here, expect to stay in that position permanently with no change in pay.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees. One person does not have the expertise to understand the unique business needs of all departments. This is why you bring in people who excel in different areas. Listen to these people and let them have the power to make necessary changes.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Business Strategist in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Business Strategist in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible work arrangements. Salaries are comparable to other contractors. Leadership is engaged and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Not very much internal networking or socializing. They could do a better job of developing a company culture.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "IT Service Desk Level 1"

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    Current Employee - Service Desk Technician in Cookeville, TN
    Current Employee - Service Desk Technician in Cookeville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -management is relaxed
    -coworkers are engaged and willing to help if you have a problem

    Cons

    same as any other helpdesk

  8. "SAIC"

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer Associate in Portsmouth, VA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer Associate in Portsmouth, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quite a large company with a great work/professional reputation

    Cons

    Probably due to the nature of the work the company does which are mostly government contracts, career opportunities could be limited


  9. "Solid Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAIC full-time

    Pros

    Had plenty of autonomy as long as business was growing well. Lots of good people in my department. Compensation was competitive.

    Cons

    Everything driven by the contracts you win. Departments sometimes competing with each other for pieces of the same pie. Often groups were more inclined to team with external companies than internal peer groups.

    Advice to Management

    Don't change a thing. Competition is healthy, as is natural selection. Continue to reward success and drive out lagging failures!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Business Anlayst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    flexible, pay, leadership, friendly, growing

    Cons

    i don't have any cons


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