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Updated Apr 27, 2019

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3.5
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SAIC CEO Nazzic Keene
Nazzic Keene
19 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Mostly okay, but not so much for women"

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    Senior Network Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    Management is hands-off and allows for self-direction 5 weeks vacation! Incentives for completing certifications and degrees Wide variety of projects and tasks

    Cons

    Very uneven performance reviews showing obvious favoritism Lots of deadwood middle management and program managers Revolving door between company and government employees Large numbers of former military commanders trying to run the place like a military command Very little opportunity for women to lead or move up

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    SAIC2010-08-10
  2. "Project Manager"

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    Senior Project Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    Job with a mission - government oriented Good employee support although communication could be better

    Cons

    Military mindset throughout company - could stand to be more business oriented No clear career path. Promotions are there but you have to find your own way

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    SAIC2010-08-09
  3. Helpful (1)

    "What have I done?"

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    Research Scientist in Beavercreek, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    People are friendly. Benefits are decent, salary (speaking for myself) is good,

    Cons

    This only applies the SAIC in Beaver Creek Ohio and at the Airbase near by, and to lesser to Champagne Illinois. What the ef is going on here? Who is kidding who? This company i bids on 40000000 contracts, and hope that it would win 10% of them. There is very little discussion of technical details of the proposals,. But then there is very little to discuss. SAIC has interesting and I should say somewhat successful strategy. Firs of all it has hired and is always hiring people from Military branch; usually retired but a considerable number younger ones who made the switch. Hiring bucket load of ex-military personal means for about each contract at least on of them knows the POC of the customer; More importantly, the slick SAIC proposal team identifies entities (people or other companies) that are viewed favorable y by the potential customer. So the recruiting as partner or subcontractor of these entities begins. Secondly SAIC simply has taken (hired) many of the military personal, and now these SAIC employees do the same work for military but as private contractor working for SAIC (with gadgets provided by SAIC). Essentially military has privatized a part of its work and given it to SAIC. II think it is the largest source of revenue for SAIC. And it also means SAIC is no longer a true Science company, but private company taking over and doing part of operations previously done exclusively by military. I imagine they do it more efficiently as government is always slow and inefficient. . By the way don't look for competent technical people! There are hardly any. There may be one or two. You will recognize them. They are the only ones who have more than 15 books in their office and look tired and don't give a rats.....anymore.

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    SAIC2009-08-11
  4. "Another planet all together..."

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    Depending on your BU and site budget, SAIC offers training and educational opportunities. In fact, you'll find that many employed by SAIC have a great deal of certifications. The fact that these same employees have no real-world experience doesn't seem to bother the customers of SAIC, though it makes for a challenging work day for others.

    Cons

    If you don't work at a client site, you have little to no opportunity as far as training or education or career advancement for that matter. Benefits leave a great deal to be desired. The site I work at is about ten years behind on technological advances, yet no one understands this based on the fact that they have been with SAIC for the last ten years. Also, the only qualification(s) needed to become SAIC management concern former military service and the ability to sit at a desk and stare into a computer screen (also, it is preferred though not required that you know your basic shapes and can read above a second grade level). If you meet these requirements, you are golden.

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    SAIC2009-07-26
  5. "Pros and cons to working at this Fortune 500 company"

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    Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at SAIC

    Pros

    SAIC is a well established company with a lot of procedures and protocols in place to make learning the company ethics and new policy's very straightforward. Most teams are very diverse experience wise, so there is great opportunity to work with several higher-ups - and that face time can be advantageous to future growth on a career experience level. The opportunity to be a "jack of all trades" is present and one can learn a lot of different things in a very short amount of time. Reviews are given on a regular basis with raise, and providing the team does well, bonus are given yearly. The company also has an amazing dining area and gym within the facility.

    Cons

    The learning curve to get started on most projects is very intense. The work given completely exceeds the amount that any one person can do in a work week. Company laptops are often given, specifically so that one can take their work home, making the amount of overtime put in, upwards of 20 additional hours per week. Most management are former military, and are genuinely there to make money and not friends; so they are not very nice. The significant number of men to women workers also makes it somewhat difficult to work with if you are female. Projects are often very large and dynamic, and you only ever get to see a very small portion of that project. This makes it difficult to see the whole picture and to feel that your specific work is purposeful. There is also limited positive feedback.

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    SAIC2009-04-02
  6. "A nice mix of technology and stability while helping your country as well."

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    Quality Manager 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    If you're in a BU with good contracts, it's pretty stable. Plus, if you do well, go the extra mile and get recognized for it, there are plenty of opportunities throughout SAIC to keep your employment relatively steady. If you have a family to take care of and would like to make sure they get provided for during economic downturns, this is definitely a company to consider. Lots of people here have been at SAIC for 5,10, 15+ years and there are many reasons why. There's enough of a mix of cutting-edge technology to keep things interesting but without the risk of your company closing its doors for good when things get tough (been there, done that, got the tee shirt). For the patriotic American, SAIC also offers the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than yourself while "serving" your country without the sometimes limited government salary.

    Cons

    You will come across people that are not the best at what they do but there are plenty of others that are very good at what they do to keep it interesting. The staff is older and many are ex-military but that's expected out of a government contractor. If you're looking for an internet-bubble type of hair-on-fire pace, then look elsewhere.

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    SAIC2009-01-09
  7. "All or nothing company"

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

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    Good technical staff, decent benefits package. And that's about it, really. If you are lucky enough to get on a good program with good management, you will think it is the best place you have ever worked. Otherwise, it's a muddle.

    Cons

    Wild variance in management competency. Can go from some of the best you will ever see to some of the worst - all within a single hallway. There are pockets of good people at SAIC, and pockets of good programs to work on. The real trick is combining both. Generally a place where retired military goes to farm another retirement package while earning a "civilian" paycheck.

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    SAIC2008-12-30
  8. Helpful (2)

    "SAIC: a comfortable place to work...but don't get complacent!"

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    Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    SAIC is a large, well established company which receives the bulk of its work from the defense industry. It's not going to disappear overnight like some badly managed hedge fund. It's not too hard to move around, and when your contract is up they won't just kick you out the door they'll actually try to find another contract that can use your skills (assuming you haven't royally screwed up on the first one). This is especially true if you have a security clearance.

    Cons

    Management varies *greatly* between the different business units! Not all of SAIC is doing well, so make sure your position is within a business unit with a profitable outlook...cannot emphasize this more. Don't expect an objective outlook at the job interview because they're trying to put their best foot forward. Also, you have to be proactive to get good work. You can't just sit back and expect to have the sweet stuff presented to you. If networking is key in "real" private industry, it's even more so in the defense industry which exhibits a lot of the 'old boy network' culture found in the military. Meet lots of people, ask what needs to be done (even if it's not entirely your area of expertise) and take action. Come performance review time, if you've only done what was expected you're gonna get a small raise...maybe 3%, and probably no bonus. The more people you meet & impress, the more leverage you have in demanding a larger raise...especially when you impress other contractors who just might be willing to hire you away from SAIC for a higher salary!

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    SAIC2008-10-23
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company if you're in a profitable Business Unit."

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    Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    SAIC offers a great work/life balance. Management is flexible with allowing time off for personal reasons and is willing to work with you and your scheduled working hours.

    Cons

    SAIC is very top heavy. There is a lot of management, and it doesn't seem like they know what they are doing. SAIC has recently gotten this bad rep in the media that we cater to top military brass and reward them with lucrative jobs when they retire. I haven't witnessed this, but I have heard that top military brass is getting turned off by SAIC, and they are not just handing out contracts to us.

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    SAIC2008-10-16
  10. "Good compensation and security but not very exciting."

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    Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAIC

    Pros

    Flexible environment. Mgmt understands that your life is bigger than your job. Rarely have to work over 40/hrs/week. Seems to have excellent job security.

    Cons

    Very homogeneous work-force -- almost all ex-military. Sometimes not very professional in methodology. Not cutting-edge work in most cases. Much of the work is "same-old, same-old". Can feel a little stifling.

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    SAIC2008-09-29
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