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SAIC Washington DC Reviews

Updated June 14, 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. "Good Company for a Govt Contract house"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The GMC of Federal Outsourcing
    Employee oriented - career and professional development opportunities
    A sincere appreciation of employees
    Flexwork/Telework
    Challenging work and assignments
    Interesting and prestigious Government and Military assignments
    Great Talent Acquisition team and process to work with

    Cons

    Benefits are pricey and high deductible.
    SAIC onboarding is great, but your worksite you might have to figure out your job.

    Advice to Management

    Rather have better benefits than higher salaries.
    Have better onboarding at your worksite
    Room for improvement


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Recruiter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  3. "Very Supportive Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Engineering Analyst in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supported my educational endeavors even though they did not match the work I was performing. Took the time to mentor me and put me in customer facing roles.

    Cons

    The vast majority of the work I performed was classified so very little could be done remotely and much of it was done in a lab without windows.

    Advice to Management

    They had a very good management structure so I do not know of any advice I could give. The only issue I found was that it was difficult to transition to different positions within the company.


  4. "Large Decentralized Organization"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly competent corporate management with desire to meet customer needs. Size of company allows for upward mobility and geographic relocation if desired. Competitive salaries and good benefits. HR department and PMO is strong.

    Cons

    Decentralized management means local team is somewhat isolated and aggressive bidding has created under resourced requirements. Team members can be overwhelmed.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate reach out to lower level managers to provide support and a sense of community. Especially customer site based teams that can get isolated and lose company connection.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Supervisors have no accountability to employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    You won't be unemployed.

    Cons

    - There is NO 360 review for management. You will have no opportunity to provide feedback about your supervisor or Project Manager.
    - Because there is no opportunity to provide feedback on supervisors, SAIC rewards and promotes people who know how to play company politics and who look good on paper; there is no consideration of feedback from employees he/she manages.
    - Extremely low to NO effort to retain younger talent.
    - Based on conversations with colleagues, salary for females in similar positions as men can be as much as $15K lower.
    - Management does not care about you. It's a big company.
    - This is is not a company that believes in "investing in its employees." Again, it's a big company- they can replace you with someone cheaper in a week.
    - Merit "increases" run at about 1.5% a year, if you perform very well.

    Advice to Management

    #1: IMPLEMENT 360 REVIEWS. Performance reviews should be a two way street.
    #2. Make an effort to retain your young talent- support their professional development goals and encourage participation in professional training. Invest in them and they will be loyal to you.
    #3. Encourage (anonymous) feedback from female employees specifically about their views on professional development opportunities, salary, and if they feel they have the right tools to succeed in their role (supervisory or otherwise). And actually take steps to address concerns in feedback.


  6. "Great People, Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAIC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Sharp, talented people and their strong ethics.

    Cons

    Focused on the big wins only. Difficult for a new manager to start growing.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to the entrepreneurial business concept where a manager can grow the business from a moderate contract


  7. "Large company that does many things. Company may do something one is interested in, but discovery can be hard."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management quality and support varies as with any large organization, and may be somewhat outside your control. My own personal experience has been great, but YMMV. For someone who is proactive and can network, a person may be able to move around as their career matures.

    Cons

    Many different internal IT systems at play. Can be very difficult to get information about one's own program and role in the organization. Some of this is being addressed, but roll-out will take time.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Windows Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Windows Engineer in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with a lot of room to grow. Friendly environment.

    Cons

    Medical benefit sucks. Premiums are very expensive and the deductible are horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Review the medical benefits package.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    challenging atmosphere, most work is interesting, McLean facilities and location are good to work in, people are generally friendly

    Cons

    lack of company focus, SAIC does a little bit of everything and therefore has a hard time building core competencies other than just systems engineering and integration. could be managed better, both from a top and direct supervisor levels

    Advice to Management

    need to pay more attention to employee needs, not burn them out, and recruit higher quality people in order to continue to build business. need to be more agile and invest more in marketable capabilities


  10. "Great working environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Recruiter in McLean, VA
    Former Contractor - Recruiter in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAIC as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    SAIC had a great learning environment. Very professional work environment.

    Cons

    There wasn't much opportunity for growth in the company.


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