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Updated June 17, 2017
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  • Upper management has there hands tied when it comes to things they should be providing (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 (2)

    "Poor managment skills"

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    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in Aberdeen, MD
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in Aberdeen, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The pay, vacation and time on the job from former contract holders were not questioned and transferred to new contract.

    Cons

    From upper management to local management S.A.I..C doesn't have a clue on how to fulfill contract obligations, procurement, morale or treat their employees with dignity and respect. They have their HR personnel do not have the general employees best interest in mind, this company lost its dignity with it left being a employee owned company and went public.

    Advice to Management

    You stress integrity and A 0 % harassment free work place....Listen to your employees and when the attrition rate climbs its for a reason.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Alright if you like vegetating quietly behind a desk for the rest of your days..."

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    Former Employee - Help Desk Technician in Oak Ridge, TN
    Former Employee - Help Desk Technician in Oak Ridge, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Good Benefits
    -Nice Facilities
    -Many locations
    -Successful Company

    Cons

    -Advancement based on seniority not aptitude, skills, work ethic
    -Everything is about the bottom line
    -Job Offer included perks to accept and were later revoked
    -Middle Management is unapproachable, inaccessible, and simply has no personal care for their employees

    Advice to Management

    -Invest in your employees
    -Advance based on aptitude, skills, and work ethic not seniority
    -Don't treat employees like disposable goods, they are your most valuable asset


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Recruiter"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC full-time

    Pros

    No shortage of work and good PTO benefits

    Cons

    No growth plan, no desire to grow as an organization, and unrealistic expectations of how to attract talent.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on results rather than an explanation of why are you are not producing. Listen to senior employees doing the work, and recognize SAIC makes money by filling jobs; recruiters are who fills those jobs and those drives revenue.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not good experience."

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Sterling Heights, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay was average or maybe slightly above, not much else. Poor management, lack of a close office with talent to help learn

    Cons

    Where to start, left a position to take their offer, only to find that after interviewing and being placed for a short term 'they were looking for someone with more experience' then tried to deny my unemployment claim after layoff and I had to jump through hoops to win my case.

    Advice to Management

    Understand job descriptions and make sure you have the right person for the position it's not fun to leave full time employment to be let go short time later.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Out of touch"

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    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can be a great learning opportunity and allows to network with good people..

    Cons

    Management is way out of touch. Worked 2 different contracts with the company. Workload is completely unrealistic to what you are doing. If you are promoted do not expect to get a raise even if it's to a much higher paying position. You will get a meager one and every reason in the book will be found to not provide the increase. Remember this is a contracting company, they do everything to protect the money they are making off of you.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and realize that people are not numbers. Take a look at the management you have in place on contracts and review how they communicate, or lack thereof, with their employees. Also, contract management needs to stand up to the customer is there is any delays or holdbacks that cannot be avoided instead of disappearing when it's time to talk to the customer about them.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Not the place for women"

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    Current Employee - Director in North Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Director in North Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair salary, flex work, stock options and good stock price. Telework is the norm. Great if you have a busy schedule.

    Cons

    Nowhere to go career-wise. Good ol' boy network. If you don't have military background, you won't be taken seriously. So many real estate and OH cutbacks that you'll be working from home and demoted before you know it.


  7. "Need to Value Employees"

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    Current Contractor - Analyst in Fort Bliss, TX
    Current Contractor - Analyst in Fort Bliss, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay with many opportunities.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't value employees. You are treated like a number, not a person. Many expenses for work and travel are out of the employee's pocket because Corporate does not do their homework (nor do they have the forethought or experience) to plan for additional costs that are typically incurred. Many upper level managers lack broad knowledge in regards to taking care of employees and their benefits. They have a serious HR disconnect that causes employees to find answers on their own and fight for their benefits. HR is almost non-existence from the employee perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to be better trained in HR, Benefits and Authorizations. As well as Resourcing and Resource planning both for manpower and company expenses. They also need training in taking care of "people." This is important because those people will make you or break you. Your recruitment is lacking as well. I saw many people recruited to work for the company that were not worthy of being selected for the positions. Why is your company hiring sub-standard workers? Word of mouth travels fast, and many good employees avoid SAIC because of how they have been treated. It is a shame, because the company has great potential - if it was managed properly and had the right people in the right positions to make a difference.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Make sure you have a parachute!"

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    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer/Tester in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer/Tester in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good, pay, benefits and their are some good people that are genuine and decent.

    Cons

    They really do not care about anything but their bottom line and ability to just make money. Like most government contractors. The company is at mercy of government control. Everyone is disposable. If your comfortable with that then your in the right place. When it comes down to it. No matter what they suck up to government, at any cost. They have a big dose of karma coming.

    Advice to Management

    If you tell your employee something, follow thru with it and be honest with them. Do not lie to their face and phone. Be true to your word have morals and respect for yourself and company. If your employees treated the company, like the company treats the employee. They would not have success and the company would find itself irrelevant. No communication or just bluntly lieing to employees is not formula for success.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "15+ year Huntsville Seat warmer. Pay is OK, $877.00 month insurance premiums"

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    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    there are some good people at SAIC Huntsville, AL. I have had some great work experiences over my 15+ years and made life long friends.

    Cons

    The company is good at software but they don't have any expertise in producing products. Anything hardware related is like watching a Three Stooges show, it's a lot harder than it should be. Medium quality insurance with high deductibles for family is $877 month for everything. If you are offered a job, you better add 20% to cover the lack of benefits. Management only gives you about 3-4 months of work (charge number) at a time. If YOU run out of funding (charge number), it's up to YOU to find work within the company, don't expect any help. There is always a feeling of uncertainty in job stability, just listen to everyone's conversations. They don't help or give their employees any training for expanding education. With the lack of product expertise and just keeping a seat warm for years your motivation, skills, and mental sharpness will vanish quickly. Hurting your ability to perform when you have to produce at another company. The company is setup like a lot of small businesses, so their is NO communication between projects or management, this makes everything very frustrating. Most people only stay with SAIC in Huntsville about 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Most managers are only interested you billing hours to the project. In fact the time charging training says "their main product to the government is hours".They don't care about the employees and their development all they want to do is check boxes on their list. I have had many managers ask me to charge time to a charge number (project) that I was not working on or never worked on. This is highly illegal and fraudulent !!!!
    You claim SAIC One.... just admit it. All you want to do is burn money.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "plenty of work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They are prime on several contracts so there is a lot of work available

    Cons

    For a company whose only product is people, they sure do not invest in their product.
    Benefits are poor compared to other companies in the area, and pay is just average.

    Advice to Management

    Go back private


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