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Updated Jan 9, 2019

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79 Ratings
Pros
  • "There are some really great people working there(in 8 reviews)

  • "Mid-sized company that is family-owned so they have a vested interest in your success and they truly care about their employees(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "lack of work-life balance, poor management of work processes(in 5 reviews)

  • "After the extreme downsizing the military endured (while increasing the number of(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (29)

    "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow....NEXT!!!!"

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    • Senior Management
     in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SOSi

    Pros

    SOSi is a unique kind of place but not for the faint of heart. You will find that the office environment is most certainly good for some laughs and has an uncanny resemblance to the television show "The Office." This is due, in part, to the nature and being of those that fill the space. They span a wide spectrum and are constantly changing, like children rushing through a toy store’s revolving door. This naturally makes for an "interesting" time and you’ll leave with a few good stories to tell around the old campfire. A contributing factor to the massive line-changes in office personnel comes from the fact that the corporate mentality is (or was) one that every person is replaceable, or as one more prominent member of middle-management used to say, “You are all expendable.” Of course, this doesn’t fare well with most people, so the vast majority of the rank-and-file set sail for kinder waters within a short amount of time. Such a situation inevitably forces those that choose to weather the storm to learn countless jobs outside their job description (if one even exists) and this can be very beneficial when checking boxes on “past experience” sections for future jobs applications. And with a company that runs through employees like calories through the morbidly obese, you are sure to meet a lot of people. Like the morning tide, they will come and go. But the sheer fact that they shared the SOSi “experience” with you will create a unique comradery, only reinforced through the shared misery, which will undoubtedly help you in your networking for future employment. If you are a retired military officer, SOSi is definitely the place for you. It offers you a great opportunity to supplement your sizeable retirement with another large paycheck accompanied by minimal work, if you so choose. Just make sure to drop a few military acronyms and "take down a couple targets" in the office from time to time, making constant references to your stint as a commander or a "leader." Ahhhhh, who am I kidding, do it all the time. That way, everyone around the office will know you’re the real deal and mean business, instead of just being some phony who may or may not have an actual skillset that contributes to the complicated tasks at hand. If nothing more, taking a job at SOSi might parallel the experiences I’ve heard from old friends who’ve dabbled with illicit drugs—most notably acid. They described it as a sort of euphoric experience that starts with an increase in heartbeat, dilated pupils, and emotional upheaval. This quickly turns into hallucinations and uncontrollable laughter for no apparent reason followed by the dark lows of depression: for example, you will begin to think you are seeing people showing up to work, clocking in abbreviated hours, and leaving when they feel the time is right without actually completing the tasks that were asked of them from other departments. Moreover, sounds will be distorted, objects may appear to come alive, time will become irrelevant, and you will endure intense feelings and emotions that you haven’t experienced before. Mood swings are inevitable, you may develop a nervous twitch, and your life’s path will come into question as you contemplate the deeper meaning of why you are there. Essentially, you’ll feel like you’re on another planet as people with distorted bodies walk by you, speaking foreign languages you don’t understand. And when the trip hits its "peak," you will probably have to sit down by yourself, away from everyone, and take some time to reconnect with your equilibrium. All in all, it’s not something you want to do for the long haul and surely not something that you want to find yourself addicted to. But, trying it probably won’t kill you and you may find that you’ll be a better person after doing it. If nothing more, you’ll know that you can endure its wrath and handle whatever life throws at you, but keep in mind that you always run the risk of walking away a withered and broken man/woman.

    Cons

    If you're looking to be part of a cohesive, all-inclusive team, this probably isn't the place for you. If you aren't over 50, weren't a high-ranking officer that retired after decades in the military, and/or aren’t someone that has 30 years of experience at some large corporation, you will have your work cut out for you. You see, SOSi is a series of abstract divisions that better resembles the Pentagon than a corporate office. There are a whole slew of people in the upper-middle and top echelons looking to cash in on the big coin, but only a couple of poor, lowly, forgotten saps at the bottom, getting their hands dirty and pulling the bulk of the load. The department you are hired into will be instrumental in determining how you are treated and valued. If you are placed in certain areas within the company, you will most likely find that your opinions will not hold the clout that they might otherwise have at another organization. Your work and insight will be marginalized by your lack of time and grade in service, and you can bet your last ha’penny that your paycheck and the way you are talked to will directly reflect that. At first, this probably won't bother you, since you are new and looking to prove yourself. However, as time progresses and you gain confidence in your work, you will find that this seemingly obvious discrepancy between job performance and compensation will leave you feeling belittled and empty, which in turn makes you bitter/angry (a factor that is reflected in the astronomically high turnover rate). Finally, this high turnover rate will eventually wear on you. All the great, friendly, and talented people that you befriend throughout your tenure will come to pass. They will move on to bigger and better things, only to be backfilled by some new "recruit" or temporary hire. I think a former colleague summed up the SOSi experience best when he likened the company to the Cleveland Browns. “Every year, new hope abounds with the addition of a new crop of rookies and free agents. But alas, the dysfunction and politics at the front office always lurk in the background, killing the beast from the inside.”

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    SOSi2016-01-14
  2. Helpful (27)

    "Proposal Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Proposal Coordinator in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SOSi full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This company made me realize money is not the reason to take a job and helped me be pickier when choosing my next job. The general staff is a pleasure to work with and very hard working

    Cons

    Where to begin... 1.) Most people in upper management are military men with little to no respect for the staff they manage 2.) Everyone person is considered easily replaceable 3.) We go after bids we have NO shot at winning and LIE about our capabilities in said proposals 4.) Managers micromanage and have no real concept of putting together a winning proposal. Their way is the right way and nobody else has an opinion 5.) When we lose proposals we are told it is because of price but find out later it is because of compliance issues, yet nobody is held accountable. Pricing meetings are attended by VPs who just throw out random numbers they feel are adequate for the positions 6.) Staff turnover throughout the entire company is incredibly high 7.) We lie on proposals and to team members what our actual employee number is as well as what our revenue for the company is 8.) Upper management throws lower staff members under the bus for mistakes made instead of taking accountability for their work 9.) Never produced a winning proposal in the 6 months I worked there 10.) When we did self evaluations we were told a 3 means you're doing a great job, 4 means you're out of this world and 5 means you're sleeping with the boss. Found out later every manager reduced the ratings because we didn't have a budget to give out raises or cost of living increases 11.) Upper management will do whatever the CEO wants because if they are not YES MEN they will be fired. 12.) During exit interviews the company will ask leaving staff to write a nice review because the CEO checks Glassdoor every day, half of the good reviews on this website are written by current staff trying to fill vacancies.

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    SOSi2015-04-08
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Strategic Communications Planner"

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    Former Employee - Strategic Communications Planner in Kabul
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SOSi full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Contracting has become the new retirement plan for veterans and retired military, and SOSi has successfully found a niche for some of the more specialized veterans that really have no other job prospects.

    Cons

    After the extreme downsizing the military endured (while increasing the number of military contracts) there has been a glut of jobless vets and competitive contracting corporations can hire these veterans as contractors for cut rate salaries because they have few other alternatives. SOSi followed this trend allowing them to pay veteran contractors in combat zones less than their active duty counterparts. While this is more a result of the current industrial military complex the fact that SOSi gives contractors no choice in insurance, positional mobility, and focuses on quantity of contractors rather than quality, adds to the problem

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    SOSi2019-01-09
  4. "Linguist, Security, & Camp Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Camp Boss in Erbil
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SOSi full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I would like to deal with an international team which has long period experience all around the world.

    Cons

    Overseas opportunities, furthermore the Military job offers which are very interesting and challenging.

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    SOSi2018-03-27
  5. Helpful (13)

    "Learned a lot, mainly learned I will never work for SOSi again nor will I recommend SOSi to any of my peers."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SOSi full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Average benefits Immediate vesting in 401K Pay is above industry standard (but absolutely not worth it)

    Cons

    1. Corporate nepotism - family owned and family run. 2. Top executives and leadership are mainly prior military with little to no business insight or contracting experience. 3. Small company cannot see past their small company mentality. 4. ZERO work life balance. 5. Micromanagement to a degree I have never before witnessed. Routine decisions shoot up the organization through VP level and CEO for approval. Suffocating and smothering individuals hired for their expertise, no room or freedom to accomplish the job you were hired to do. 6. Constant attrition and turnover throughout corporate offices. 7. Business Development is a colossal failure. No new business, always grandiose dreams and plans with no results. 8. Poor decisions seem to be predictable with no accountability at corporate level. 9. Poor Director level staffing, most department heads are performing at positions higher than their capabilities. 10. Personnel decisions have left the organization open to litigation. Culture and Values of the organization are very toxic. 11. The problems begin with the CEO and the culture he has created and allowed to persist.

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    SOSi2015-02-22

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