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Updated August 21, 2017
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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. Helpful (3)

    "Entertaining if you can put up with BS"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great bonuses:
    Referring friends who have TS/SCI + fullscope polygraph gets you a $500 bonus.

    Great pay:
    Cleared software engineers with 5 years experience typically get $48,000/yr.

    Cons

    Management makes decisions based on blogs.
    401k eligibility goes from on to off to on based on what position/billet you're in.
    Frequently have to pay for supplies such as PCs, router, VIsual Studio, or Zend Studio
    Have to timeshare equipment (AM and PM shifts for the same PC)
    Managers get to use your cube as their additional storage area for boxes, books, swag, other office supplies
    Managers save program funds by not reimbursing for customer directed travel expenses (like hotel, food, conference fees)
    Division manager think that a qualified project lead is a "go-getter" fresh out of college
    Security frequently misplaces paperwork causing long delays in processing

    Advice to Management

    Think real carefully about why the stock hasn't gone anywhere since the IPO.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Join SAIC if you’re looking for low morale, low pay, and poor management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The place is a giant example to how not do run a company, make management decisions, or treat employees.

    Cons

    You are constantly working on technology that is outdated thus slowing development. It is not uncommon to find yourself developing on something that was "cutting edge" 8 to 10 years ago.

    Management's decisions are based on what is "neat" rather than functionality or practicality. If there's a way to save a dollar then management will find a way at someone else’s expense.

    Internal movement is non-existent and HR is near useless. Upward mobility is limited - what you come in as, is what you'll stay. Lay-offs are a common event that everyone turns a blind eye to.

    Bonuses and pay raises range from nothing (literally) to meager. Their charge rates are twice that of competitors, yet they pay less than half of what other companies do. Great business model for them.

    Benefits, such as 401k, change when you move from project to project, or at the whim of management.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better, sustain benefits packages across all full time positions, and provide stable management,

  3. "Nepotisim going wild"

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    Former Employee - Solicitations/Admin Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Solicitations/Admin Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a job. The company is growing.

    Cons

    No bonus's for jobs done well. The manager's take the employee's bonus's as their end of the year bonus. Only praise for the long-term people who work for them and these people are ususally friends or relatives. A lot of Nepotisim with in the company work place.

    Advice to Management

    Run the company like a company and not like a "place for my relatives and friends" to work with.


  4. "Poor management decisions and lack of trust lead to low morale."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Management is flexible for time-off.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for professional growth. Promotions are preselected without regard for qualifications. Pay is well below industry average and management is not concerned with increasing so as to better staff operations. Benefits are hit and miss, mostly miss, and eligibility changes frequently. Management makes no attempt to share future plans with the "worker bees" and keeps them in the dark as often as possible. Actually, management doesn't give much information to the employees at all.

    This type of mentality generally leads to a mistrust of management, a lack of pride of where you work, and is not someplace that I'd recommend.

    The business sense of management is to "put all you eggs in one basket". Translated that means that all resources are poured into the largest program, and when that fails or gets cut back, those employees are laid off.

    The IPO was a failure. The stock price hasn't gone anywhere. and that's an indication of managements lack of competence.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better compensation overall and listen to the employees.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Don't waste your time applying for a job here"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Geospatial Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Geospatial Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are none. Only if you can't find a job doing anything else anywhere. At least at the St. Louis office. They lie to you on what your job description is when you get there you are doing something completely different.

    Cons

    The lack of professionalism, low employee morale, terrible benefits. Bad management of projects and workers. For a company that requires employees to have security clearances they sure do allow a lot of bad behavior. People throwing stuff, showing up to work drunk/high talking openly about drug use. For have strict dress codes they don't seem to enforce them if you are a woman or minority especially when it comes to piercings and wearing jeans. However this was all at their St. Louis office on Grand Ave. Other offices may be different.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage. C'mon did you even finish high school?


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not what it used to be......with no sign of improvement in sight"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    SAIC hires decent people to work with who are hard working and really take their job seriously. There are a few bad weeds in the bunch - but I assume that's to be expected. The benefits are decent, however they're decreasing with time due to 'budget savings'.

    Cons

    Upper management will stab you in the back! If you have been promised something, get it in writing. Don't believe that any level of management is your friend. I have learned this the hard way multiple times. It is very frustrating and disheartening. The level of moral in SAIC has deminished tremendously over the past 11 years that I worked there.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat your employees better. There is such a thing as integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior. Very few senior management even know the meaning of the words. They will stab you in the back in a heartbeat!


  7. "Empower your people."

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

    Pros

    Compensation & Benefits - similar to other large companies.

    Cons

    Career Opportunities Limited
    Communication Low
    Employee Morale Low
    Recognition & Feedback Minimal
    Senior Leadership Out of Touch
    Work/Life Balance - Don't mention that you have a life outside work.
    Fairness & Respect - if you are senior to the person.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your people.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ken Dahlberg is out of touch with the regional offices."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are better at SAIC than the competitors (Northrop, McKing, Lockheed). Managers are laid back. People are able to work from home one day a week. Hours are flexible.

    Cons

    Employees of SAIC Atlanta are really contract employees. Staffing is based on contracts and funding. If the contract ends or funding dries up, you will be laid off. There is very little administrative support for the regional office. There is minimal career advancement available at the regional office, but transferring to Washington DC might be an option. There may be more opportunities at the SAIC Headquarters. The regional offices are not as nice as the Headquarters. Headquarters has lavish parties and events, but the regional offices do not.

    Advice to Management

    Put an end to the rumor that only white males over 40 make it to Atlanta's management team.


  9. "Nepotism Runs A Muck At SAIC"

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the Benefits are not bad.

    Cons

    Lot of Nepotism. Many, Many Sisters, Brothers, Mothers, Daughters, Cousins, etc., all working together in the same office. There is a lot of favortism also. Not a very friendly place if you are a new employee. You are not even introduced to your fellow workers. Seems to look down their noses if you are not in the higher paying position that some employees are. Some managers let their employees do their jobs with no extra benefits, other than the false pretense that they are important. But these people can and are replaced at the drop of the hat, so to speak.

    Advice to Management

    Be a manager. Quit letting your "best friends" do your job, even though you are getting credit and rewards for their work.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "They Showed Me The Door; Not The Way"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Allegedly, the reputation of the company.

    Cons

    Direct management not taking any interest in guiding new hires. Direct management allowing the customer to call all the shots. Direct management not informing an employee, at any point during the employee's first 6 months of hire that improvements could be made. Direct management not documenting performance issues or improvements. Direct management calling employee to an off-site meeting to dicuss a performance improvement plan, and instead, shutting the door and saying this is a termination, not a review. Never got a review, company policy for new employee never followed in my case. No direct reasons for termination given except "related performance issues".

    Being told you job is 'X' but then without warning, being mady to do 'Y', even though it is a task or set of tasks, someone with a much lower salary could perform and save tax payer money. To me, you do not pay a person 60K a year to make powerpoint slides. Each government task has an assigned cost, in my experience, but not here. Here, you are paid for a wage for an alleged job, then you do any jack of all trades task you are given, and you had better smile about it and not ask questions.

    Appreciate employees. My biggest mistake was leaving a job where I made 10K less a job per year, but where my portion of health insurance premium cost was 1/10th of what it was at SAIC; where I had perks left and right; where those in charged ensured each employee had the most ergonimcally environment in which to work; and where everything had a definited order, defined responsibility, and the company actually performed employee performance reviews.

    An environment that cultivates the delusional belief that perception is reality, and expects others to see the world that way too.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure all levels of management are accountable for understanding and employing Human Resource employee management policies and procedures. Enusring technical experts can also give direction to those in their charge, not just take direction from those they feel are above them.


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